Monday, December 01, 2008
During my years of blogging, I have been asked several times: How can I criticize Orthodox Jews who have become atheists? After all, didn’t I reject my own atheistic upbringing and become an Orthodox Jew? So therefore, since I am also a traitor to my people, how can I criticize others?
That is an interesting point, and I would like to illustrate this with a similar example.
During the Second World War, there were some Germans who protested against the Nazi government. One of the most famous was Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student who was arrested on February 18, 1943 for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at the University of Munich. Four days later she was executed by guillotine for treason.
On the other hand, take for example William Joyce. He was an American who supported Germany during the Second World War and made hundreds of pro-Nazi radio broadcasts from Berlin. He was arrested by the British after the war and hanged for treason at age 40 on January 3, 1946.
Joyce and Scholl – both traitors, both executed. Were they both the same? Or was one good and one evil? I guess it depends on your point of view. If you are a Nazi, of course Scholl was evil and Joyce was good. If you are anti-Nazi, the opposite is true.
In regards to myself compared to someone like let’s say “Yeshivish Atheist”, I think the same could be said. We are both traitors. If you are pro-Jewish, I am good and he is evil. If you are pro-atheist then I am evil and he is good.
However in any case, could Scholl for example have fairly criticized Joyce for his treason? I don't see why not. I don't think she viewed herself as a traitor.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 10:22 AM