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antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

Jews who aren't frum, we need to interrogate and call out anti-Orthodox attitudes in our communities. If you've ever watched the Nazi propaganda film Der ewige Jude - and I understand if you haven't - it shows pictures of very frum Jews in shtetls and says, "Most Jews aren't like the liberal, Westernized Jews you know" and uses this to justify the Nazi program. It then juxtaposes them with rats scurrying.

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kittybecca when I know straight & white-passing ppl who are anti-religion in every way, it looks awwwwwfully similar to white supremacy. bc a lot of it is imho

classic example is r/atheism from 2010-2014. Anti-Muslim tropes & propaganda out the WAZOO.

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kentaboo it absolutely is, and this is how we've seen so many people move from "liberal atheists" to card-carrying fascists over the course of 20 years

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kittybecca I can understand why a queer person, for example, might be against religion. Those ppl have been exposed to the ugliness of bigotry cosplaying as healthy spirituality.

then u have anti-theists who aren’t part of marginalized groups. They take a different path and it often leads to fascism.

the fork in the road here is privilege. Ppl who haven’t experienced the ugly aspects of bigotry are bound to replicate it.

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kentaboo @kittybecca tho I’d argue the marginalized queers are more anti-evangelical than anti-religion overall, but that’s a discussion for another day.

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kentaboo it definitely depends. i've run up against issues where i've wrongly assumed a vehemently anti-religion person was a straight white men and they turned out to be a Black lesbian from Africa. nuances are important and it's always necessary to understand where people are coming from and not assume

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kentaboo and not to paint people with a broad brush either

a lot of anti-religion people are victims of abuse from religions, even a lot of straight anti-religion people are

antisemitism, Nazis, anti-Orthodox attitudes 

@kittybecca it’s why I have many complicated feelings on the subject of spirituality and religion. I’ve seen legitimate horror stories from all over the spectrum of spirituality but I’ve also learned of instances where the spiritual people were ruthlessly & violently silenced by fascist regimes.

I try to empathize a little bit because in the context of today’s America, I try to stand united against our mutual oppressors.

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