• VP Pence’s Address in Jerusalem Reminds Us the Scourge of Anti-Semitism Is Still Among Us

    Surge Summary: Vice President Mike Pence recently delivered an address in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz — and we are challenged once more to denounce anti-Semitism whenever it rears its head. 

    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a powerful address today at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.  Dozens of world leaders gathered together at Yad Vashem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  I strongly encourage you to a take a few moments to watch the vice president’s address.

    As the vice president noted in his remarks, it was just three years after liberation of Auschwitz that the world recognized the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland.  After witnessing the worst genocide in the history of the world, the Nazi attempt to wipe out the seed of Abraham, the world witnessed the fulfillment of God’s promise as the Jews were restored to their homeland.

    My friend Dr. James Dobson has often told the story of his father listening to the radio in May 1948 and saying to him, “Jimmy, the Gospel prophesies have just been fulfilled!”  It surely was as it is written in Ezekiel 37:  “My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.”

    Sadly, yet another study has found that our general knowledge of the Holocaust is lacking.  For example, only 45% of those surveyed knew that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.  More than one million Jews were killed at Auschwitz.  More than 200,000 were children.

    Unfortunately, the ancient evil of anti-Semitism is once again on the rise.  It takes root in every political philosophy, every cultural movement and in every nation.

    That’s why at a special Capitol Hill hearing on anti-Semitism held recently by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I made the point that anti-Semitism was too dangerous to be used merely as a political cudgel.  All of us must confront it wherever we find it.

    If anti-Semites are claiming to be conservatives, then conservatives must reject them.  If progressives are embracing anti-Semitic narratives, then progressives must reject them.

    If an imam at a local mosque is preaching Jew-hatred, then decent Muslims attending that mosque should be the first to reject it.  If your pastor says that all the blessings in the Bible have been transferred to Christians, then you should confront him for his flawed theology.

    In the same way, I was pleased to see that Vice President Pence urged world leaders to confront the Islamic Republic of Iran.  During his address today, Pence denounced the ayatollah’s regime as “the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism, the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/; Adapted from: Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen; https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/32269091507

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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