September 01, 2004

Quote of the Day

Slate’s Will Saletan, who has been providing some of the best convention commentary of anyone, on Ron Silver:

"Silver doesn't present himself as a Hollywood guy. He calls himself a New York guy. He talks about his parents and grandparents who lived here. He says his neighbors were murdered here on 9/11. ‘We will never forget. We will never forgive. We will never excuse,’ he thunders. The crowd applauds wildly.

I recognize this character: the Angry Jew. (Relax, I'm Jewish.) No Christian could get away with saying, "We will never forgive" in prime time at a major party convention. Forgiveness is a fundamental Christian value. You can condemn Osama Bin Laden's evil all you want, but you're not allowed to make the point in terms of denying forgiveness.

Jews don't have this problem. We're Old Testament people. We don't read that stuff about turning the other cheek or the meek inheriting the earth. We tried the meek approach and got slaughtered. We read the part of the Bible that talks about Yahweh and slaying the Philistines and your blood shall be on your own head. That means you, Osama."

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 1, 2004 06:37 PM

Nice. I'm a new fan of Ron Silver. I never got the other cheek argument anyway, must be my Torah upbringing.

Posted by: at September 2, 2004 02:17 AM

Oops, that comment was by me.

Posted by: Funnya at September 2, 2004 02:18 AM
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