An important article. The claim that every time Palestinian tragedies are reported there must me some parallel Israeli point of view permeates North American discourse on the matter. There must always be “balance”–even though the situation is anything but–it is actually heavily asymmetrical as we all know.
“Purity” can be quite a damaging agument.The discourse on intermarriage is yet another place where the notion of “purity” comes into play–and it is often more than a fear of losing rich traditions. Imposing this notion on children can be very damaging indeed. The White Ribbon is one of the most disturbing films on the subject I have ever seen.
One small point: the reference to a Bob Jones University barring Catholics from dating non-Catholics sounds like this was a Catholic pronouncement. It was not. It was a statement from a Bible-based Christian University proscribing its students from dating Catholics and other defined groups. It was an admittedly anti-Catholicism statement, but not anti Catholic. In the “love the sinner, hate the sin” vein, I suppose. The statement, BTW, painted Democratic candidates as “radicals” and also referred to “tenets” as “tenants” in magnificent malapropism.