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In the Doctor Who episode A Good Man Goes to War the Doctor posits that good men don’t need rules, and that it was not the time for the people around him to find out why he had so many. So, why do good people don’t need rules? And why do bad people need them? And does that mean one has to be perfect?

Because, we can argue on what it means to be a good man or a bad man, but the only thing that really matters is the best man. Do the best of us need rules? Do the best men and perfect men need rules? Well I contend no, but can any one of us call ourselves the best and the perfect?

People ask why we need the rule of law, we need a Government…granted a very small and toothless Government but a Government none the same… why we need the bible or the Qur’an or the principles of Buddha, Tao, and Confucius.

Well, the answer, because men need rules. Even if it’s a personal code of ethics, something we can identify with and make our own. No matter what it is, if it does not involve the intentional and deliberate killing of human life.

Even if those rules don’t mean anything and are just for teaching discipline and respect. Even if they are just silly rules for when people are young and to get through the early part of their life so they can again learn the valuable lessons of life. This is what rules is about.

For, as the writers of the Federalist papers pointed out, if men were angels we would not need Government.

But yet the Government needs rules to, because they are made up of just as corruptible men as any other organization and even as the individuals of which make them up.

I also think why early man, in one way or another, needed their early religions like Judaism and Hinduism to help get them through. Their laws may seem draconian to a twenty-first century mind, but a lot of them were about teaching discipline to people who desperately needed it. While giving them enough of the good stuff to move them forward.

Whether it is the individual or groups of men gathering for common cause, we need rules. We need to respect our rules, even if they are the wrong rules then the best thing to do is to change them or find a new code, not break them entirely.

Charity. Its one of the things that defines Civilizations, our civilization, our roots, and our religion. It defines the boundaries between good and evil. Enabling people to help the poor or take care of one another each in their own way. But for something that is so important we really do not have any idea what it is.

It is a concept that despite being so central and so core to our very being is one that does not seem itself to be easily defined. There is a lot of debate, and always will be on who should help, who shouldn’t, how you should give, where you should give, how much you should give, even if you should give at all. Whether or not it is your individual responsibility or if an organization or Government should force you to give…to it…so then they can put that money to use on…whatever they want. Trying in their minds, I’m sure, to help.

But lets stick with generalities here. What does Charity usually mean in the modern context? Well giving money to soup kitchens. Your favorite non-profit cause. Helping a granny cross the street or giving five dollars to someone on the side of the road so they can build a sandwich.

Helping each other, assisting one another, being there to offer a bed, or clothing, or food, or money or even sage counsel.

Charity, today, is about investing your resources, usually time and money, to do an altruistic and selfless thing, with little to no personal gain, in order to provide for someone else. Usually out of religious obligation or a sense to be kind.

But that is not all Charity is, it is not all Charity can be.

It is the ability to not only give help, a place to sleep, or a warm meal. But it is the ability to get someone going, to get them out of their current situation and try to make them a better person to where they do not need your charity.

According to the Jewish thought that I have read there are eight levels of Charity. (source). All the way from ‘giving begrudgingly,’ to allowing a person to become self-reliant, to make it on their own.

It’s not a matter between good or evil, or good or bad types of charity. All of these charities are good, just that the highest level of charity is to provide so that the other person can move off your assistance and become a benefit to others.

To teach a man to fish, in other words.

To teach a man to work and to be educated while you are providing for their basic needs. Or doing that without providing for their basic needs.

So in a sense scholarships are the purest form of charity.

But also, dare I say it, jobs. The rich providing work and working conditions for employees and giving them a pay check so they can make money and be self-reliant and hopefully improve their lot in life.

That is what Charity is. It’s not just to give to give and to give without end hoping that the band aid can magically sprout wings and they can take off. But it is charity, with a purpose.

That is the highest level of charity. To move forward and teach, and allow them to get to a point where they can make their own charities, and then from there the cycle continues.

This is what charity has to be, otherwise it’s not worth it.

The Diversity Alliance The New Righteous Amongst the Nations

Last week Glenn Beck held the Restoring Courage Event in Israel to help stand with the Jewish people, the Israelis, and to help provide an example to the rest of the world see Israeli courage and then learn from it. There are several lessons that can be taken from the events as a whole. And you can watch it on GBTV.com or read articles and transcripts from it on The Blaze for further reference on the stories I will be talking about in this blog.

But there are two principal lessons that can be taken from this event.

The first is one that I touched on in the New Righteous of the Nations.

We cannot just protect the Jewish people for the sake of the Jewish people. We cannot be collectivists like the Anti Semites and Israeli haters are right now. We must be individualists. We must do this to save the individual from all those that would smear and destroy anyone who is Jewish for being Jewish.

The second example is from the Diversity Alliance. A previous blog that I did (which you can see above) that goes into the politics of diversity and turn it into the politics of unification. And how you cannot get a unity while trying to divide everyone into their subgroups.

You cannot get a country out of politics and groups that constantly espouse a philosophy of division. You cannot get peace by divvying up a state or a city into separate groups into the hands of ethnic or political groups. Which I thought that was what the Israelis were being accused of in the first place.

It struck me as particularly telling that during Restoring Courage Glenn relayed, and handed out, three medals based on three people based on the ideals of faith, hope, and charity. One to the Fogel Family, one to a restaurant which is co owned by an Arab and a Jew, and a philanthropist/ store owner who sells good, and gives out free food and services during Muslim holy times so Muslims can properly celebrate their religious obligations.

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In the case of the store they were targeted by a radical Islamic sect who were opposed to their sense of unity.

This is odd, there is a group who espoused unity and the ability to work together and serve people no matter their religion, who was bombed by a group claiming to want freedom from oppression.

In fact it is interesting because Rami Levi, the Jewish store owner, also serves the community regardless of religion. As there are also members of the Israeli Knesset who are Arabs and members of the Muslim faith (who even came out against Restoring Courage).

So Israel seems like a place of great unity no matter which faith or ethnic group you belong too. Yet there remains groups that want to divide it up? An Arab Nation and a Jewish Nation?

Yes while the nation is ‘Jewish’ in a lot of respects and named after the original home land of the Jewish people, and in the same place to boot, it is welcoming to all faiths.

And yet people want to divide it up? And along largely religious and ethnic lines to boot.

For what purpose? How will this improve the situation by taking a nation that is to a large extent ‘secular’ and respectful for the rights of all? And turning part of it into what?

Again I believe the answer lies in unification. Not division. That is the Israeli people want to work out their own problems they need to do so as a people, Arabs and Jews, Muslims…and well Jews again. And be a beacon for the rest of the world.

With the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death so recent adds a bit of a poignant point of good news to what is otherwise going to be a bleak blog. A blog that was conceived a few weeks ago and needed some time to think on it.

You see we are entering what I believe to be a turning point in World History. With my recent six part series in the Middle East it is becoming increasingly apparent that…well I was right.

Since I wrote that blog…wrote mind you…*sigh and grumbles and wants to hit something…:P* more and more events have become apparent that Israel is still under great threat and very likely Jews everywhere.

A third intifada has been announced against Israel. A page on FB that has been taken down, but keeps on cropping up. Another Gaza flotilla has been announced, with certain Americans participating. And there have been college groups examining the whole situation with Palestine and wondering about the whole thing.

And just today sixteen people, at least count….twenty four…considers Israel the biggest terrorists ever.

Again, very small minority in the world/ face book population but it is there. And it needs to be countered and addressed before growing louder.

And believe me this is not the only thing that is going on, nor is it on this issue, I just do not want to turn this into a wall of links. 😛 You will have to do your own research.

Gas prices continue to increase, Gold continues to go through the roof, and the economy looks like it is in slow down.

We still have a situation developing in Libya, the world continues to be on fire, the Muslim Brotherhood is taking power in Egypt.

And last but not least the Fed recently had its first press conference in.. a while. Basically trying to restore the good name of the Fed.

And meanwhile we just continue on with the same ridiculous policies, and in the meantime, as far as I can tell, attention to this issue has been minimal.

So I think history is going to be made this month. And I thought it would be awesome and sunshine and lollipops. It is my birthday after all.

The net result of this? I am not sure. I suppose we need to make a stand, ask for the help of Divine Providence (though it is Israel…I mean asking for divine providence in this area is a teensy bit redundant) and just continue to draw attention to this issue.

We must be firm in our stance with Israel, their national sovereignty, and their ability to govern themselves without threat of annihilation, and genocide.

We must make that commitment because it is the commitment that we need to make to all people’s, all countries, and all groups.

We were not out to kill all the Germans in Germany, just a small number of radicals that seized control. Nor the Japanese nor the British.

Not anyone.

We can make the choices that is best for us to make right now in order to defend ourselves, and anyone else who is under threat of animation or extermination.

Do we have to get involved militarily?

No but we must stand. As I will, as I continue to do as long as there is a threat to Israel, this country, or anyone else.

I want to do this part last because, honestly, I think everything sort of revolves around this in what is going on in the Middle East. It is the most important because right now they have the most to lose, Israel, the Jews around the world, should the worse come to pass. Well maybe except for the Moderate Muslims everywhere.

With the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran, and even others around the world sharing Antisemitism or advocating the destruction of all Jews, and Israel, it is certainly a dangerous time.

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The Hamas Charter states in part:

“The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).

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As for the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has said the following things about the Jews (in case you missed it in the group of stories from above):

Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them…Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.

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And in part of a statement he has said:

Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.

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Now he could just be talking about all the Zionist Jews, so if you disagree with the state of Israel or want to see it blown up today could just be your lucky day!

Of course, if you were a Jew, and you understood history and just what kind of things this rhetoric causes wouldn’t you be concerned? Concerned for your own life, especially given everything else that is happening?

I think I would be.

So it is clear that the Jews are under great threat around the world. Great threat from many angles and that this Muslim uprising in the Middle East might not be so lovable and cuddly.

Again they can make the choice but one must also recognize the threat from some in this community.

So why do I care? Why should we as a people care?

Well I care because it is personal to me. I have had Jewish Friends, I respect and admire greatly certain individuals who are Jewish, and quite frankly I do not want to see them dead. I am sorry but I cannot remove my own personal bias and feelings from this, I cannot help to be worried about the people I care about in the off-chance that this develops into something truly dangerous.

I care because I have a firm grasp on history. I know the darkness and the evil that is usually engulfing the world every time Antisemitism rears its ugly head in any major fashion.

Whether it is the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, Anti Antisemitism in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and now currently. Jews remain one of the most persecuted people in world history. And when it is at its height, usually the globe is going through some sort of traumatic event.

And I care, and so should you, because the phrase ‘first they came for the Jew.’ Seems to apply.

Racism and Racial hate seem to know no boundaries of reason. Antisemitism joins it in that.

Because a threat to one race or one group, especially a threat of we will wipe you all out is going to be a threat to all of us. Every single one of us.

Because has it ever occurred to anyone that if and when they go and kill all the Jews that some people who if they look slightly Jewish might be under threat?

How about all those who stand with anyone who is Jewish? Heck or even have the perception there of? Do you think that any radical Islamist or a radical of any group who hates on the Jews is going to simply stop at that? And if anyone stands with the Jews and their lives they may even be under as much of a threat. It always starts with the Jews but, it is a threat to all religions.

And I do not think that individual ideological preferences by certain Jews are going to save you. I do not think that if you are Liberal, or Socialist yourself, or even agree with the Muslim and what they are trying to do is going to save you from the radicals in either one of those groups.

The response probably will be, well you just came into it only to save your life! And thus your head goes rolling away.

But then again maybe if you are a ‘good Jew’ maybe it will. I do not know for sure but I do not think I would call that bet in a Poker game. With such high stakes.

So I will stand with anyone, and I do mean anyone, who is Jewish and is under this threat, either religiously, spiritually, or ethnically. I will even stand with George Soros and Frances Fox Piven. As much as I may disagree, and vehemently on a wide variety of political issues religion and ethnicity is no basis to be used to kill someone.

Especially over the perceived sins of others in that group.

Because this is fundamental: No matter your sins you have a right to your life, and your liberty, and your pursuit of happiness. Unless you break the law and violate others in theirs.

And you have a right as an individual, and as a nation-state.