by Melissa Clouthier | April 26, 2010 2:41 pm
Go over to The Anchoress and watch the ostensibly offending joke. Then come back. Was it offensive?
“I’d like to begin with a story that I think is true, a Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn’t have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban, the jokes goes on, begins to curse and yell at the Jewish storeowner. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, there is a restaurant; they can sell you water. The Taliban keeps cursing and finally leaves toward the hill. An hour later he’s back at the tie store. He walks in and tells the merchant: “Your brother tells me I need a tie to get into the restaurant.”
Yid With A Lid says yes.
The Anchoress wonders if there wasn’t a double-reverse racism here by the administration:
To which I say, for all anyone knows, the White House might have omitted the joke from its transcripts because it was too pro-Jew for their tastes!
Consider: The Jewish haberdasher is portrayed as clever; he is unmoved by the threats-and-curses-issuing Taliban member; he forgives him the outburst before sending him to the restaurant over the hill. The Jew ultimately defeats the Taliban, who must submit to him -and his brother- before he can get a glass of water. And he makes a little profit, in the meantime. What’s not to like?
All I know is this: It is getting far too comfy to joke about some things and not others. Certainly, the outrage pointed at anyone interested in pointing out the instantly offended culture of the extreme Islamists inhibits free speech. Yes that was a convoluted sentence meant to invoke the convoluted leftist thinking about censorship.
Meanwhile, Jew jokes? A-ok. And funnily enough, there is a history to make these faux-pas’ concerning. The Anchoress writes:
The world is in the process of gearing up to hate the Jews some more, as it always has before. The world hates the chosen people because they are uniquely God’s own. It hates those grafted onto that vine, too, for the same reason. If the past few decades have taught us anything, it is that people cannot be forced to like other people; “niceness” cannot be legislated and unfathomable hate cannot be reasoned with, because reason has nothing to do with it.
We are told that we are living in a “transformative” time. But the transformation is an illusion, because it is only about the world, and thus will be forever caught up in the snares of the world. After the “transformation” has been achieved there will still be war, still always be injustice, still be imbalance and poverty. There will still be one group of people standing around cackling at and hating another group of people. T’was ever thus, and t’will continue, until the end of ages.
And perhaps the Jews are forever the target of the world’s hatred because they have known, from the very start, that there will be an “end” to this world.
For those who are only of this world, invested in this world, that message can only be most unwelcome.
So was the joke anti-Semitic? Does it matter? The fact is, a public official has no problem joking about a Jew. He would have a problem joking about a Muslim and that IS a problem.
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