Dr. Mel Fein has said in previous columns he is Jewish. So I wonder if Fein knows how Jews were persecuted through the ages; how they were dehumanized and murdered by Nazis simply for being Jewish?
And if Fein is aware of Jewish persecution, has he learned anything from it?
"I suggested that Barack Obama felt sympathetic toward Islam and its adherents," said Dr Fein in his recent column in which he described a debate he participated in at Kennesaw State. "At this, half the audience grew restive. What these people thought they heard me say was that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Now angered by my ignorance and insensitivity, they perceived me as a 'birther' who hadn’t the sense to recognize that our president is a Christian."
No, Dr. Fein, I think they heard exactly what you said and they perceived you as an intolerant bigot.
"Barack Obama is indeed a Christian, but that does not preclude his being kindly disposed to Muslims," Fein goes on. And why wouldn't Obama be kindly disposed to Muslims, along with Christians, Jews, and Buddhists?
"... it was no accident that once in office, he used the bully pulpit to extol the virtues of Islam," writes Fein. "In Cairo, in Indonesia, and at the United Nations — where each time he insisted it was a religion of peace. All of this was presumably intended to lessen international tensions, but it was likewise in harmony with his sentiments."
Then maybe Dr. Fein can explain why President George W. Bush repeatedly made the same sort of pro-Islam statements following the 9-11 attack. "America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality," Bush said in 2002.
Fein goes on to suggest Obama's "loyalties" might not lie with America should hostilities break out. It's a preposterous, intellectually dishonest statement as evidenced by Obama's take down of terrorist leaders throughout the Middle East, including Osama bin Laden, and his aggressive prosecution of the war on Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan. Meantime, the Obama administration's intervention in the recent outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians was hailed by Israel's leaders.
Yet, Fein's broad brush paints all of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, including the 2.6 million who live peacefully in the U.S., as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, unworthy of our respect or sympathy, never mind that just an infinitesimal fraction of all Muslims are militants whose terrorism has been denounced and disavowed by Muslim leaders around the world
His generalization is, frighteningly, not unlike Nazi propaganda of the 1930s, which stereotyped Jews as rats that should be reviled and exterminated.
From Fein's anti-Islam position, history tells us, it's just a short leap to Nazi-style persecution:
"In September 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were passed," explains the Yan Veshem web site, "stripping the Jews of their citizenship and forbidding intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews. Jews were banned from universities; Jewish actors were dismissed from theaters; Jewish authors’ works were rejected by publishers; and Jewish journalists were hard-pressed to find newspapers that would publish their writings."
Very shortly after Jews were stripped of their rights, they were being sent to gas chambers by the millions. Dr. Fein should engage his brain before he sits down before his keyboard.