A Lack of Tolerance

I wonder what would happen if you conducted a random survey in which you interviewed people about their feelings about others. The survey would ask basic questions about your impressions of different ethnic groups, religions and would involve class too.

My gut suggests that without including an element of anonymity you would find very sterile answers that suggest an immense tolerance and appreciation for others. My gut also suggests that if you made it anonymous the results would be much different and you would receive something far less enlightened.

I also suspect that very few of the less enlightened see themselves as being intolerant, if for no other reason then we tend to view ourselves in the most favorable light. We don’t like to look in the shadowy corners and see what is hiding in the darker places within. It is much easier to ignore those places.

Well, I try to look in those corners. Not because I think that I am better, I most certainly am not. I look because I have an infinite amount of curiosity about how I think and function. I like understanding myself. I may have to blog about that later. For now let me share this. There are some groups of people that I am simply intolerant of.

In this particular case I am thinking specifically about people who call themselves messianic Jews or Jews for Jesus.. As long time readers know you cannot be Jewish and believe that Jesus is anything other than a person who might have once lived.

But these poor souls are quite confused and under the misguided impression that you can. You simply cannot, it is like claiming that you are partially pregnant, an impossibility.

What I do not like about them is their missionary work. They engage in a very twisted and sick form of proselytization. I don’t like people who have a hidden agenda that is not in my best interest, but claim otherwise. I don’t like people who need to use deceptive tactics, who engage in chicanery and deceit. I don’t like duplicity. I don’t like missionaries who target children. I don’t like missionaries who try and take advantage of ignorance to promote their own form of idolatry.

I like to try and judge people based upon their actions. So to be fair I should say that I only dislike those members who are part of active evangelization efforts, but if I am truly honest then I have to admit that my perception colors my view of all of the members. It is not nice, but it is honest.

Long time readers know that I am not real friendly towards any missionary group, but if I had to choose I prefer those who come out and say that they are Christian as opposed to the confused few who claim to be messianic. Feh!

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  1. Non Frum and a Proud Jew March 12, 2006 at 1:33 am

    Prag, sorry to burst your bubble, but one of the biggest Messanic Pastors in Dallas is a former orthodox Jew, and a very bright one at that.

  2. Jack's Shack March 11, 2006 at 4:20 am


    That about sums them up.

  3. Houston March 11, 2006 at 12:39 am

    When I first encountered Jews for Jesus, I was appalled and told them that their mothers would be ashamed. It took about two to three minutes of actual conversation when I realized they were not Jews in the sense of being born of Jewish parents. They were pretending to be ex-Jews.

  4. Stacey March 10, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t know if there’s a big difference between the live they lead and if they believe in Jezus or not…

    I am not quite sure how to take this. I am what you consider secular (non-frum) but I am still Jewish and live a Jewish life (where Jesus has no place).

  5. Jack's Shack March 10, 2006 at 9:24 am


    You might be surprised at who they have managed to snooker. Sometimes the easiest mark is the person who thinks that they are too smart.

    As for secular Jews, you might be surprised at how much they know, or how many used to be more observant.

    For that matter there could be many who just haven’t been exposed to any sort of Jewish education. It is important to look out for all of us.

  6. Pragmatician March 10, 2006 at 9:07 am

    I dislike them too, especially those on a mission, but to be honest it’s very unlikely frum Jews would fall for that.
    And while I care for secular Jews I don’t know if there’s a big difference between the live they lead and if they believe in Jezus or not…

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