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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Is Truth not Truth for All?


I'm a Trekkie. I admit it. I love Star Trek

In the episode called, "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", the priestess Natira comes to her "Oracle" (the computer that runs the asteroid/spaceship she lives on) with the story that the Enterprise crew members have told her (that her "planet" is not a planet but a star ship) and the "Oracle" tells her this is "...their truth" to which she answers, "Is Truth not Truth for All?"

Natira's "Oracle" was trying to keep her from finding out the truth because reality goes against the "Oracle"'s programming and against its reality.

People who have the truth on their sides have nothing to fear from the truth -- they have no need to threaten people into believing their reality. People who have an agenda that requires them to lie don't want people to know the truth and that's why they have to threaten people into believing their "truth". This is true in politics; this is true in religion.

College campuses these days are hotbeds for anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Israel righteous indignation. Our local university had a "candle light vigil" tonight, at a time that was difficult for Orthodox Jews to attend (it being less than an hour after Shabbat -- the Sabbath) for all the "victims" of Israeli "massacres". They even went so far as to call Israeli defense of her citizens and visitors and guests "ethnic cleansing" -- (I'm amazed that a group of people that is trying to destroy the Jewish state and the Jewish people, a group of people who belong to a group that makes up 1/6 of the world's population is accusing a another group of people who are part of a group that make up .2% (that's 1/500) of the world's population of "ethnic cleansing" -- just think of how this could logistically be accomplished -- have the Hutzpa (nerve, gall) to accuse Israel of "ethnic cleansing"!)

Despite this tactic of holding this "event" so close to the end of Shabbat, the event drew hundreds of counter protesters who, despite this event being held by an on-campus group that gets campus funding which ought to have made this event open to the public based on University rules, and despite their clear peacefulness, were denied entrance.

As I said, those with the truth on their side have nothing to fear from opposition (assuming peacefulness of the opposition) while those who are spreading lies (like fictional Israeli massacres) and ignoring all other horror on this planet perpetrated by their supposed victims (like homicide bombers who murder innocent babies, children, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. or missile launchers working their "craft" by lobbing bombs at population centers in S'derot) have much to fear from the truth. This is why peaceful counter protesters were denied admission.

So where does this leave us? For one thing, it's gratifying to know that the counter protesters outnumbered the original group. For another thing, we need to see if the University's administration will deal with this situation in an appropriate fashion (like removing this hate group's charter, for example). We will wait and see if we will continue to be proud of our University's response to these sorts of incidents or if their next request for funds will end up in our shredder.

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