At the Inductivist blog, there’s an interesting if somewhat perplexing poll from Pew Research Center, showing the result from various religious groups rating other religious groups. What it seems to show is that Jews are the most favorably rated overall by those of other religions.
“In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, the main number that jumps out me is that Jews are the most beloved of all groups (not counting warmth towards one’s one group). People who dislike Jews are a tiny slice of American society.”
I wonder if the poll was conducted after the Pittsburgh shootings, or if it’s uninfluenced by recent events. I also wonder if in polls of this kind, people say the politically correct thing, knowing that to do otherwise would brand the respondent as being anti-Semitic or bigoted or “hateful”, according to the PC orthodoxy of the day. A group which has lots of ‘victimhood’ points is more immune from criticism, and it seems that the strongest taboo is that associated with any criticism or even scrutiny of Jews.
The graph shows that Protestants, and especially White evangelicals are among the lowest rated by many of the other groups. That’s believable. It’s always open season on White evangelicals or Protestants generally. Southern Protestants are usually ridiculed as ‘snake handlers’ or other such names, especially by the Left.
But it may be that Jews are held in some kind of reverence by many Americans for obvious reasons; in recent decades (post-1980 or so, I would say) Evangelicals seem to have reversed the age-old attitudes of Protestants and have become very philo-Semitic, to a servile degree. But that would be another blog post.
Meanwhile, on another popular blog, there’s a discussion of bloggers or other public figures — Jared Taylor, for instance, or anyone who doesn’t talk about the JQ to the satisfaction of some critics on the right. The consensus seems to be that any blogger or personality on the right who seems averse to discussing the JQ can therfore be called ‘controlled opposition’ or ”useless”, deserving to be shunned.
Is it true that any blogger or vlogger or writer who focuses ”insufficiently” on the all-important JQ is not legitimate, or is a shill, or a Judas goat? Yes, according to some on the right, who believe the JQ is THE issue. All else is irrelevant or just a way to divert people away from the JQ.
In my early days of blogging, for a while some of my commenters more or less demanded I write about the Jewish question, saying that if I failed to do that I would prove myself somehow on the wrong side of the question; some critics said I obviously had a Jewish spouse or some other connection to Jews — which is untrue. A few people said that I was suspect because I didn’t write about the issue constantly, and they goaded me to write about the Jews or show I was not trustworthy. Needless to say I would not be told what I should write about, or what I should think; I wouldn’t be pressured that way. On the other side I had a Jewish regular who commented frequently and she informed me that if I wrote anything critical of Jews she would never visit my blog again. I didn’t give in to her either, and didn’t miss her when her comments stopped.
So, it was damned if I did, damned if I didn’t.
My critics, who wanted to educate me on the JQ, were not aware that I’m not unfamiliar with Jewish religion, history, culture(s), and also the languages (Yiddish and Hebrew), though I have no connection to any Jews. It’s just that work, and my life-path, and the places I’ve lived brought me into close proximity to Jews on the East Coast and elsewhere. So I am not ignorant on the topic. But while some on the right may have judged me to be in the dark about the subject, others would be suspicious if I showed myself knowledgeable. It seemed a no-win situation.
Do I believe it’s unimportant? No, I don’t, not at all. The issue is important but the poll I linked to above shows what anyone who broaches the JQ is up against. Evangelicals in particular seem to have become enthralled, in recent years, by Jews, and seem to believe that Jews and Israel (the geographical/political Israel) is all-important, on a par with God himself, almost. That, again, is another blog post.
And even on this blog, when I have discussed anything related to Jews, such as the interesting results of DNA studies of Jews, such as that by Johns Hopkins, nobody seemed interested. This has happened when I have discussed Jew-related topics. The response was usually crickets, so I’ve tended to write about other things which seem to draw more interest.
It is an interesting question as to why the former skepticism of Christians toward Jews has become near-reverence, and of course why Jews are now the most warmly regarded of the various religious groups, given their apparent animosity towards White Christians and Western civilization. I wonder how many real honest opinions were expressed in that poll.