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Israeli lawmaker shreds New Testament and throws it in the trash

Israeli lawmaker shreds New Testament and throws it in the trash

Israeli lawmaker received a copy of the New Testament from a Christian group called The Bible Society in Israel in his Knesset mailbox.  This is not unusual and most lawmakers just quietly toss the copy in the trash or return it.

However, Michael Ben Ari, of the National Union Party, ripped his copy to shreds and threw it in the garbage, with his aide photographing the scene.  On Tuesday, he released the photo to the Israeli Daily Maariv.

"Sending the book to lawmakers is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history," Ben Ari said, adding that it "galvanized the murder of millions of Jews" throughout history, including during the Spanish Inquisition.

A government spokesman stated they deplore such behaviour and outright condemn such acts.

Government spokesman Mark Regev told Ynet that "We totally deplore this behavior and condemn it outright. This action stands in complete contrast to our values and our traditions. Israel is a tolerant society, but we have zero tolerance for this despicable and hateful act."

Ynet News quoted Ben Ari as saying, "This abominable book (the New Testament) galvanized the murder of millions of Jews during the Inquisition and during auto da fe instances," Ben Ari said adding that "Sending the book to MK's is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history."

The Blaze quotes a Muslim as saying, "As a Muslim, I respect all religions' holy books" while the Haaretz website does not appear phased by Ben Ari's actions.

Itamar Ben-Gvir said Ben Ari, an Orthodox Jew, was enraged to receive a copy of the New Testament, pointing out that Christians slaughtered millions of Jews in the name of Jesus.

Many Christians over the centuries persecuted Jews, holding them responsible for Jesus' crucifixion.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) called on the Knesset to censure Ben Ari for tearing up the Bible.  Ben Ari allegedly has a history of hostility towards Christians, as well as Israeli Arabs.  He was barred from visiting the States, where he was born, due to his association with an extremist grouped called the Kach movement, which was banned in Israel.

"MK Ben-Ari's extremist views and actions are outrageous," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "The photograph of MK Ben-Ari tearing up the Christian Bible, holy to many around the world, is a sacrilegious outrage, an abominable assault on an entire religion."

During the Knesset session in Jerusalem, Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, “I condemn all disrespect of holy writings, including the tearing of the New Testament by an MK last night. Imagine a foreign parliament member tore the bible, relating to it as a provocation.  Democracy means freedom of speech but not freedom to disrespect other religions. A foundation of the state is freedom of worship and belief.”

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Personally, I think that took gusts. What I don't get is, if it were any other book, no one would get bent, but destroy a book deemed "holy" and people get bent. It really makes no sense to me and what scares me most, is those who get bent by it will not only become violent, but try to control others too. It's crazy.

    • Deborah_B

      I agree about how upset folks get over the destruction of books — or flags, for that matter, but on another level, the symbolism is what disturbs them, not the object itself.

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        The way they act though, it's the object not the symbolism. If one burns the American flag, is the U.S. still there? If the symbol is destroyed along with what it stood for, then what it stood for must not have existed to begin with or it wasn't very strong to begin with.

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  • Gary Rath

    Please take note all you Christians that support Israel. This is what the Jews think of your religion.

    • Deborah_B

      I don't see the wisdom in ascribing the actions of one person to an entire group.

    • Rob S

      I'm christian (small C). Being somewhat familiar with Christian history I totally empathize with his actions. That history is not a pleasant picture folks, to say the least. And to have some history-ignorant person send you a Bible? WTF! To his credit, the Bible-tearer is exercising great restraint, which is admirable.

  • Rob S

    I'm a christian (small C). I see nothing wrong with tearing up a book – any book. If God is not in your heart then owning a book about God is pointless. Books are just paper, right? Books are not holy. Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, Hinduists – all religious & non-religious folks must be known for their mercy, compassion, understanding and forgiveness (MCUF) and not by waving a book around. If you don't have MCUF then you won't be happy here or There.

    End of sermon.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      "Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, Hinduists – all religious & non-religious folks must be known for their mercy, compassion, understanding and forgiveness (MCUF) and not by waving a book around."

      I would add humanists in that list, because that is the bottom line. You don't need a god to have those things in your heart or even a holy book to tell you that you need those things. Those things are a matter of survival, because without those things, no species can survive, at least not for very long.

  • Rob S

    And that applies to Jews as well – MCUF!

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