Recently I posted an article/poll that profered the question of do you or do you not hate Jews. After a few days (and 170 responses) the poll was collapsed and I have to admit I have no idea why. I questioned this collapse in another post and another Newsviner suggested that the most likely reason was because the question is a religious one and had been mis-categorizedas politics. Personally I think it was collapsed through a combination of people here who don't want the question brought forward and those who will childishly vote to collapse anything I post.
That concept is stunning to me. I mean how could the Jewish Question be anything other then political? Does anyone really think that the Romans suppressed and killed Jews because of their religion? Of course not. The same with the Inquisition. Did the Medieval Catholic Church hate the Jews because of their religion or because they presented a political dissent that the Church just could not allow? That answer is obvious. Then there was Hitler and the Nazis. I don't think anyone can seriously think that the Nazis saw the Jews as a religious threat, instead of as a scape-goat to be used politically to gain power. Along with the Nazis we also have the examples of the Russians and Soviets slaughtering even more hundreds of thousands of Jews. Because of religious persecution? Not likely considering that the Soviets were an atheist government. No, the Jews were a community unto themselves and the state could not tolerate that.
I am willing to concede that anti-Semites in America may be more religiously based since the Jews do not believe that Christ was the Messiah and that there are still some fundamentalists churches that teach the falsehood that the Jews killed Christ. Yet here again the persecution and hatred of Jews takes on a political aspect since they, like Roman Catholics, are accused of having a higher loyalty to their church/faith then to America. Again, a silly concept. It was once believed in this country (America) that a Catholic could never be elected President...until JFK was. So there again a religion is infused with political trappings. Also, the Jews are a highly coveted voting block by both American political parties and by political parties around the world in many countries.
So, the question is does how you or anyone feels about the Jews fall into the category of religion or politics? Personally I'm posting this poll under politics, because I quite frankly can't see anyway that the question can be extricated from politics considering it has been a political question since hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. If you disagree, then rather then voting to collapse this poll, tell me why.