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An Orthodox Jew Allied with Evangelical Christians

Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. Photo Felix Abraham/Flickr

Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. Photo Felix Abraham/Flickr

“You believe that because you are an Orthodox Jew allied with Evangelical Christians.” Those words offend many people, especially Jews and Christians.

Recently a Jewish man named Steve Maman, originally from Morocco, was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The interview was in Montreal, and in French. The CBC is the state funded broadcaster in Canada. Also note, this is an election year in Canada and people are choosing sides.

Steve Maman represents a charity that rescues women from terrible slavery under ISIS in the Middle East. He identifies the female victims as Yazidi and Christian. Most of the world believes he is a good man doing a good thing.

To me, the CBC is bland and boring, a government-funded news source that never takes sides. It’s an expense for the taxpayers, and financial cuts are always possible.

A brief interview in French, about an obscure charity, could not go wrong, but it did. Steve Maman praised the Government of Canada for its support of his charity and said that Canada was their most generous supporter. If you watch the video, you can see the unhappy expression on the interviewer’s face. It’s clear she is not a supporter of the current government, and she is not happy when someone complements them, on her show.

Then the interviewer makes the amazing statement “You believe that because you are an Orthodox Jew allied with Evangelical Christians.” She works for a neutral organization and she takes sides, against the government that pays her. She also expresses surprising bigotry against two religions, in one sentence.

This is all bad news except that it happened on the CBC, in French. On a world scale, the CBC has a small audience, and a smaller number that listens in French. And only a few of those are interested in a brief interview, about an obscure Jewish charity. The outrageous comments should have disappeared quickly.

But this is an election year, and the CBC stores video material in its archives. The bigoted comments will not die until the video archives are purged.

But now they will never die. A man named Ezra Levant learned about the interview and put it on his blog, with his comments in English. You can see his comments in the video below:

Our world has changed radically in recent years. News stories are interesting for about three days, and then they are forgotten. But then the news that we don’t remember is recorded and saved somewhere, it’s forgotten but not gone. Then people like Ezra Levant mine obscure forgotten news, and recycle it. The news becomes news.

And note, you are reading this now. You would never be offended if I didn’t tell you what Ezra Levant found in the CBC archives. Also, I guess that someone who spoke French saw the interview and tipped off Mr Levant. Another wrinkle to this new system is, people like Ezra Levant have millions of eyes and ears around the world. Everyone who gets annoyed can send a tip to a news source.

Edward Snowden is famous for leaking US government secrets, as a CIA employee and Julian Assange leaked everyone’s information. They published information that was supposed to stay secret. Recently the website Ashley Madison was hacked and secret information was leaked. Ashley Madison is an adultery dating site that assured its clients no-one would ever know, and now the world knows. As I write this, suicides are being reported.

This is not transparency, it’s amplified sound, and it’s a new thing in the world. There are no secrets now; secrets are valuable.

In the Bible Jesus predicted this “have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.” (Matthew 10:26 to 28).

Christians were also instructed “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11).

Welcome to the new world.

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