The Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus, with a group of RNC board members, was scheduled Saturday to begin a tour of Israel, sponsored by the right-wing Christian network, the American Family Association, and led by Association spokesman, David Lane. Time Magazine wrote about this trip as early as December 8, 2014.
However, the association of AFA with the RNC did not receive mainstream public attention until questioned by Rachel Maddow and the Huffington Post. The AFA tour guide, David Lane, is on tape declaring that he would not vote for Mitt Romney (because of his Mormonism) in 2012. Fischer is on record, broadcasting repeatedly that Jews (specifically, and immigrants of other religions by implication) do not have the right to free practice of religion: that they are expected to “adopt our religious values and our traditions — that would mean Christianity” in order to emigrate to our shores.
There is no record, as of Groundhog Day, that Priebus and his entourage have actually left on this trip. The RNC website has been cleansed of any reference to this trip. The AFA website has no reference to Reince Priebus today earlier than 8/1/2014.
The air of “1984” hangs over the whole trip: History has been erased; the trip was never planned; Fischer was never a spokesman; Priebus and the RNC “always” had other plans. As Orwell put it in the book, “We have always been at war with Eastasia.”
Perhaps this is a case of Republicans adopting the hated European “right to forget,” which gives citizens of the European Union the right to cleanse offensive and false internet portrayals and search linkages.
In a related article, Charles Krauthammer would like us to believe that anti-Semitism is a genetic disorder in Europeans, and of no account to the European nationalist anti-immigrant movements.
It is, of course, some concern that some Europeans consider Jews permanent immigrants, incapable of becoming fully integrated Europeans — just as Fischer and Lane believe that even Christians who are not of their dominionist beliefs are not fully American citizens.
We hope that these are not normative American/European beliefs, and work to assure that liberal points of view are available to the public (decreasingly so, at least in Philadelphia’s opinion pages of record).
While we certainly strive to tolerate our opponents’ attempts to write their religious beliefs into the law of the land, we should voice our indignant objections when our citizenship is questioned, and when our good wishes for the state of Israel are exploited by those who demand that we ignore their intolerance of our presence as their neighbors.
Perhaps, Priebus, Krauthammer and the RNC could visit Disneyland and pick up measles in their unvaccinated, unvarnished state of nature.