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APRIL 12, 2010 9:40AM

Chutzpah: Bishop blames "the Jews" for pedophile scandal

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 Giacomo Babini
Retired Italian bishop Giacomo Babini

 

We’re living in the Age of Globalization, and it seems that chutzpah, like latkes, isn’t just for Jews any longer. Last week, retired Bishop Giacomo Babini of the Italian town of Grosseto told the Catholic Pontifex website that the Catholic pedophile scandal is being orchestrated by the “eternal enemies of Catholicism, namely the freemasons and the Jews, whose mutual entanglements are not always easy to see through. … I think that it is primarily a Zionist attack, in view of its power and refinement. They do not want the church, they are its natural enemies. Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God-killers.”  

You might think that the 81 year-old Babini had already said more than enough for one day, but once some people "pop," they just can’t stop. “The Holocaust was a disgrace for all of humanity,” the good bishop told the world, “but now we have to look at it without rhetoric and with open eyes. Don’t believe that Hitler was merely crazy. The truth is that the Nazis’ criminal fury was provoked by the Jews’ economic embezzlement, by which they choked the German economy.” He concluded that the Jews’ “guilt is graver than what Christ predicted would happen to them, saying ‘do not cry for me, but for your own children.’” 

Bishop Babini made the comments on Friday, but the story has only started hitting the fan (a.k.a. the global press) today. The American Jewish Committee already lodged a protest against the bishop’s statements over the weekend. Rabbi David Rosen said: “The high level of mutual trust and solidarity that binds our two communities today demands that there be zero-tolerance for such defamatory statements by religious representatives.” Babini himself now denies ever having made them. The bishop seems to relish controversy, by the way. In January he hit the headlines when he opined that the Church should refuse communion to gay people.

 

Now I may be woefully misinformed, but the last I heard the Catholic pedophilia victims were abused by ordained Catholic clergy, not by Jews. And while the Jewish community is hardly immune to sexual abuse, shoving the blame onto “the Jews” is just a little too convenient. But the Chosen People are just the latest in a growing laundry list of scapegoats for the Church’s own in-house meltdown. Other usual suspects include the Devil, gays, the “sexual revolution,” the media (particularly the New York Times), and finally the Church’s eternal persecution at the hands of an evil world – a persecution matching only that of (don’t tell me you didn't see this coming!) – the Jews. (“The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt, remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism,” a senior Vatican clergyman proclaimed on Good Friday) Anyone but the actual perpetrators and the people who have been shielding them for generations. 

This latest scapegoating attempt came out not only in the days around Holocaust Remembrance Day but also on the heels of the latest alarmist report by Tel Aviv University announcing a drastic increase in anti-Semitic activity around the globe, and with historian Robert Wistrich saying that “We are in an era once again where the Jews are facing genocidal threats as a people.” 

The report does indeed make for disturbing reading (particularly when it’s a matter of individual persons who happen to be of Jewish faith being targeted for violence by anti-Israeli protesters in their home countries). Even so, I always get a laugh when I hear the fantasies of Jewish power conjured up by Bishop Babini and old school anti-Semites of his ilk. I mean, if “the Jews” and their friends the freemasons could single-handedly pull off a massive worldwide sex scandal, what will we turn to next? Global warming?

Bishop Babini's comments remind me of this tragicomic Jewish joke from the 1930s:

A German Jew in Berlin sees a Jewish friend sitting on a park bench reading the anti-Semitic Nazi rag, Der Stürmer. “Yitzak,” he says, “how can you read such a thing?” 

“Well, David,” Yitzak replies, “I find reading the ordinary newspaper to be terribly depressing: it’s full of stories about gangs attacking synagogues, old Jews getting beaten to a pulp in the street, anti-Semitic slogans painted on Jewish shops. But here in this newspaper, the news is all excellent. It says here that we Jews own all the banks and newspapers and run all the world’s governments!”  

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Rated with a due sense of disgust. Who will they blame next? The kids for daring to complain about their abusers?
I am speechless. No, horrified. Holy...shit!
Great post Judy. Deserving of an EP.
Look at that mean old face. Same old same old. Anti semitism is as predictable as it is scary.
Same old same old.

Let's see If I follow this: Priests do these terrible things for untold years, ordinary Catholics report and protest, the Vatican on down to local parishes cover it up and protect these "sanctified" criminals, enough ordinary Catholics and a few brave law enforcement types persist, then after decades of inaction the Catholic starts closing monasteries and schools to quietly pay whopping sums to victims (because, ahem, of how secular western societies and the rule of law bends at least slowly to justice), the scandals persist as more and more victims come to light and find their voices, more money is paid, Catholics complain when the the church and the Pope make sideways apologies, but it's the Jews who...the Jews that... wait. Let me start again.

(let's see: abusive priests, protected criminals, coverup, hush money, abuse continues...hmmm)

WAIT! I get it! I'm Jewish! And I am commenting on how they have done this! MY bad.

Thank again Judy for your cogent, highly readable, intelligent works on OS.
Yes, my thoughts exactly: same old, same old...
Vile and despicable. _r
Rated for true ridiculousness. If it wasn't so tragic, it would be funny. Thanks for the joke at the end. I love the Jewish propensity to laugh in the face of adversity.

This old coot will be on to blaming Bugs Bunny, George Bush, video games, divorce, and the postal service next. Any scapegoat will do (except the right one).
that's how stupid people get when they allow their consciences to be formed by institutions rather than their own minds and experiences. it is endemic to all races and religions. i'm not entirely sure catholics are any better or worse, but that isn't to excuse such ignorance and stupidity. i've had close Jewish friends break off from me when they decide thay can only trust other's who are Jewish and then years later not recall why they did so, or regret it and ask to renew our friendship. we go through stages, and hopefully we grow and if we can grow, perhaps the collective conscience can grow too.
Naturally the catholic church has been horribly remiss in reporting and sentencing the pedophiles in the church. It is horrible when a person who has been a victim comes forth after years of depression and suffering and asks the church for counseling services for help in
recovery and is sent a cold letter from church lawyers telling them that the statutes of limitations has expired. Well, the suffering of the victims never has a statute of limitations. Even the ones wh o want to believe that the church was not at fault and that they can expect some meager help(counseling) to recover are once again victimized by the church. I do not attend mass anymore as a result of this happening to someone I love. I still love God but I cannot abide the mean and hurtful attitude of the church fathers towards its most innocent members, the children. In the meantime an even more horrible thing is happening in Palestine. The jewish state is systematically practicing euthenasia. An abomination perpetrated on them 50 years ago and which lessons they learned well enough to pass it on to another people. No I don't think the jews are responsible for the pains of the church.But from Ben Gurion on, they have written and proposed a system not unlike "manifest destiny" to subdue, punish and starve a people off of their land.
So the church is wrong,their punishment is coming from their own actions. So Mandenbaum and others should know first hand that they too are responsible for Israel's bad behavior including breaking treaties, thumbing their noses to their allies etc. I do not have much sympathy for
the catholic church nor do I have a bleeding heart for the aparthied jews . Both attitudes are disgusting.
Where was this bishop during World War II? He seems to remember what the Nazis were saying pretty darn well.
As Fernsy said, dig that mean ole face.

Incredible ...
Lets see.... Jesus was a Jew ... Who again started the movement that evolved into the catholic church ?....

So denying the Jews had ANYTHING to do with it is kinda silly now isn't it....

While i think Jews are resposible for mutch evil abusing priests/ nuns ect isn't part of it...
Wasn't blaming the victims the first tack taken? This is why I have no faith in religions.
tony,
If it were a matter of individual lay Catholics being accosted in the streets or seeing their churches and gravestones covered with swastikas because of the clergy's choice to molest children and cover for the perpetrators, just as non-Israeli Jews are being punished for Israeli actions around the world in the report I cite above, then you might conceivably have a point somewhere, otherwise I don't see a connection between the Catholic clergy raping children and the Israeli government/military bombing Palestinians, unless you're arguing for "collective guilt." I don't think even Babini is drawing this connection, his point is just "The Jews are bad, so if anything bad happens to the Church, the Jews have gotta be behind it."

Maybe it's just me, but I like to keep my atrocities in separate files.
This makes me very angry. It compounds my anger that a church official uttered it. Regardless of what people may or may not think about the country of Israel and its actions, the attack on Jews as the scapegoat of the world is intolerable. We have learned nothing. No arguement can convince me otherwise. I am sympathetic to any people who are oppressed, but nothing can erase hatred, certainly not more hate. Many changes must take place in the world for peace and balance to prevail, for respect to endure. Each must take part in the balance, the understanding and peace. Thank you for the informative post. Rated.
Just his way of remembering the Holocaust. Reading something like that, you just want to get a flat stick and scrape yourself off. Unless you subscribe to the theory that the Jews are clannish or that they're committing genocide in Palestine. Oy.
I just gotta say, what the hell is wrong with the rest of us that we didn't see this coming?
Great post, Judy. Holocaust Remembrance Day makes it especially poignant.

Rated.
a disgusting bigot in bishops' garb is just a disgusting bigot. the church has finally exposed ITSELF and all the wretchedness it's ever embraced under all that pomp and guilded hokum. Beneath it all, it (as an institution) just vile, evil authoritarianism. A power structure as bad and as corrupt as the worst government anywhere. adding religion to the mix, they hope to be immutable. But the scales are falling away and and the rot is not visible to everyone. Only those who wish to remain in a delusion will defend it.
This is completely disgusting. The current Pope is awful, but I think this may even cross HIS line, and I'm waiting to have him either denounce this garbage, or be considered embracing it.
I see we have yet another Catholic sex scandal post on the cover of OS. There's always room on the cover for such posts.

And what is the news that is so compelling that it deserves a spot on the cover? An 81 year old Catholic bishop few have heard of, who has been retired for almost 10 years, is quoted as having made anti-Jewish remarks on a web site that, under normal circumstances, no one here would ever read (or would even be able to read).

Going out on a limb here, but I'll wager that without much difficulty one could find anti-Jewish sentiments being uttered by a retired U.S. general, a retired high school administrator, or even a retired congressman. But such remarks would be considered only the personal opinions of the individuals in question, not representative of entire organizations or professions.

But on Open Salon, when it comes to the Catholic church things work very differently. On OS, if a Catholic does something good, then that's only to the credit of that person. But if the person does something bad, then that is emblematic of the whole organization.

There is seemingly an insatiable appetite for Catholic sex scandal stuff on OS. People never tire of it. Indeed, the more they feed off of it the more they want. The comments on this post are overwhelmingly positive; many are enthusiastic. If the comments of an elderly retired bishop on an obscure web site can elicit such passion, one can only wonder what next week's sex scandal cover post will be.
This man is not just an old bishop. He expresses what many Catholics still feel. His outing is important to report.

@Toni, your political message is off here. Write another post if you want sympathy --here it rings really abrasively tone deaf, and especially strident. I will stop there.
Ditto the yentas who don't like the cover, Lea. That's Judy Berman's cover and she can put anything on it she wants. She can put a picture of my sister's black cat's ass on that cover, and anybody don't like the cover can kiss it.
as the french say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. it's not hard to see how the atrocities happened in the 'thirties and 'forties, is it?

excellent post, exceptionally well-written.
femme forte,
"it's not hard to see how the atrocities happened in the 'thirties and 'forties, is it?"

A scary thought, but you're absolutely right. "Culture of impunity" is the watchword in both cases. If the SS had believed they would not have gotten away with their deeds, they likely wouldn't have committed them. Ditto today's (and yesterday's) priests. Different time, different acts, but same mental process.
Another turd that deserves to be flushed.... Ciao Signore!
I sometimes think I should have become a priest. I could spout any kind of insane nonsense, and the collar would protect me from the mob.

On the bright side: I don't think this guy speaks for many Catholics under the age of 80.
thanks for putting this story together with all the links
Judy, great post and follow-up comments. I knew it was only a matter of time before the Jews were to blame. This guy must have not gotten the memo about the Good Friday sermon where the persecution of the Catholic Church was akin to violence against the Jews. While the perpetrators keep changing, at least there is consistency about who the real victim is in all of this (why the church of course).

@Toni -- Inserting Israeli politics and a fantasy of collective Jewish guilt into this discussion is no better than a hateful ignorant Bishop trying to link the Jews to the church abuse scandals and other anti- church "persecutions".

You say: "In the meantime an even more horrible thing is happening in Palestine... So the church is wrong... so Mandenbaum and others should know first hand that they too are responsible for Israel's bad behavior" WTF? Mandenbaum is Jewish, therefore she and other Jews are personally responsible for actions taken by the Israeli government, and those actions are morally equivalent to both the holocaust and the church enabling systematic pedophilia?

Bishop Babini: “The Holocaust was a disgrace for all of humanity, but..." Toni acock: "I don't think the Jews are responsible for the pains of the church, but..." Do you see the pattern here? You may not even realize it, but this is the same skewed thinking and dangerous tactic used to smear Jews and perpetuate anti-semitism throughout history.

The defensive use of broad character judgments about groups of people in place of logic and facts has been responsible for many of the stereotypes that fuel bigotry. It is the ultimate irony that the Church itself has been so active in condemning moral relativism.
What's even more nauseating than toni's remarks(and Stellaas approval of said remarks) is that there is no arugument that the isrealis are not an apartheid state or committing euthanasia. Ms. Mandelbaum, please tell these people to stop lying like that.
I lived in Isreal for long periods of time and know a lot about the middle east conflict, and toni is simply spouting lies and propaganda. I bet he looks like that bishop.
That crazy old man is still on his rant? I thought he had moved onto homosexuals, and satan. Seriously, these people scare me. They have so many followers worldwide who blindly believe every word he AND their nazi leader says it really creeps me out.
Evidently Bishop Babini feels the heat on the Catholic Church a little too much, and doesn't like it. Who can we blame to distract people that we've been caught with our moral pants down? The always handy Jews.

Sorry Babini--I'm not buying it. If you abused boys in your parish, or even if you covered it up and protected other priests from the consequences of their behavior, stand up and take it like a man. Don't try horrible distraction techniques.
The last refuge of scoundrels.
An horrible person as this retired bishop seems to be is why it is hard to be Catholic.
@judy mandelbaum

Since you refered to "If the SS had believed they would not have gotten away with their deeds, they likely wouldn't have committed them."
I agree with that statement.
You fail to adress WHY the SS KNEW they would get away with it.
It was because the people AGREED with it.
This as a result of what the people had experienced in every day life.
Adolf was a DEMOCRATIC ELECTED LEADER and all his intention where known (Mein Kampf) bevore the elections.

The actions of the N.S.D.A.P where fully legal (laws of the country at that time) and of people want to hold them acountable for there actions (neurenberg trials) then they will be held to the same standard themself. (actions of israel)
The Roman Catholic Church is a cancer built on the edifice of the Roman Empire. Hobbes' "Leviathan" wraps it up neatly.

The same families, descended of caesars and popes have lived in the same castles on the same hills of Europe for two and three thousand years...the Black Aristocracy...engaging in "ritual persecution," as Andrew Dickson White termed it, whenever their enormities become identified by the masses.

Their usual target for deflection has been "the Jews," those pesky folks who yet wish only to worship G-d, and unlike their DNA cousins, the "Palastinians," refused to "switch" to the Roman "method" of "religious" observance.

Crucifixion, the central element of this death cult, was only meted out for the second conviction for sedition under codified Roman law - and for no other offense. It was sedition to deny that the ruling Caesar was G0d Almighty, the Creator of the universe.

No kidding.

Pontifex Maximus, then; Pontifex Maximus, now.

The Holocaust was just the European elite's "business as usual," since antiquity proffered with "sword and flame," embellished with the "fruits" of the Industrial and Chemical Revolutions: mass-production and Zyklon-B...sold by Karol/JP2 through the Solvay division of I.G. Farben.

America yet suffers from that which Our Founder correctly identified as "the real Anti-Christ" because their "Fifth Column" has been firmly ensconced, even recently being the exclusive majority opinion in the SCOTUS' 'Bush v. Gore,' making Hitler's banker's draft-dodging closet-queen grandson our president to commit 9/11, and 'Citizens United' as fascist plutocracy's "endgame" against the once sovereign People.

Black, White, Jew and Gentile built America. They were "whigs" fleeing the Old Sectarian Order of King and Pope.

That is why they established the New Secular Order.

The only solution is to cast "the Beast" into the "pit" of expropriation, criminal conviction, and banishment/extirpation.

Do that or look forward to new modes of "ritual persecution" delivered by Rome/Rockefellers' handmaidens: Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Bachmann, and whatever front for fascism and racism they can muster.

Death for Treason
@bonnie russell
Looking at there past behavure they might like that.....
Well I would take Bishop Babini's word for it... that is, if I could take the word of a hate-mongering thug, who supports and defends the sexual abuse and torture of helpless children.
With friends like this, the Catholic Church doesn't need any enemies! r.
Personal experience as an animal activist (trying to educate the public that it's morally wrong to do to animals the things we would never do to human beings: kill animals for food, clothing, "sport," experiment upon animals, or use them in "entertainment," etc. ) has taught me that Christians are incredibly anti-semitic.

Occasionally, they'll give lip service to the Jews for having given the world monotheism and Jesus (who was, after all, a rabbi). Pope John Paul II once referred to the Jews as "elder brothers" in the Abrahamic faiths.

But for the most part, their hatred of ethical vegetarianism (which they incorrectly mistake to be following "dietary laws," rather than showing compassion for animals) reveals the way they really feel about Judaism.

The most-repeated argument against biblical vegetarianism I've gotten from Christians is that they think they are no longer under Mosaic Law, because the apostle Paul referred to his background as a former Pharisee and his previous adherence to Mosaic Law (with its dietary laws, commandments calling for the humane treatment of animals, etc.) as "so much garbage." (Philippians 3:4-8)

There is nothing in the synoptic gospels of Jesus, however, to suggest a fundamental break with Judaism. Jesus was called "Rabbi," meaning "Master" or "Teacher," 42 times in the gospels. The ministry of Jesus was a rabbinic one. Jesus related scripture and God's laws to everyday life, teaching by personal example. He engaged in healing and acts of mercy. He told stories or parables--a rabbinic method of teaching. He went to the synagogue (Matthew 12:9), taught in the synagogues (Matthew 4:23, 13:54; Mark 1:39), expressed concern for Jairus, "one of the rulers of the synagogue" (Mark 5:36) and it "was his custom" to go to the synagogue (Luke 4:16).

Jesus began his ministry by teaching the multitudes not to "give what is sacred to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine." (Matthew 7:6) Dogs, like swine, were considered foul and unclean by the Hebrew people. (Deuteronomy 23:18; I Samuel 24:14; II Kings 8:13; Psalm 22:16,20; Matthew 7:6; Luke 16:21; Revelations 22:15) These words were used by the children of Israel to describe the neighboring heathen populations.

When sending his disciples out to preach, Jesus instructed them not to go to the gentiles, but to "go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matthew 10:5-6) When a Canaanite woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter, he replied, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel...It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." (Matthew 15:22-28)

Jesus regarded the gentiles as "dogs." His gospel was intended for the Jewish people. Even the apostle Paul admits that the gospel was first intended for the Jews, and that the Jews have every advantage over the gentiles in this regard (Romans 1:16, 3:1-2).

When a scribe asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment in the Torah, Jesus began with "Hear O Israel, the Lord, thy God, is One Lord." This is the Shema, which is still heard in every synagogue service to this day. "And you shall love the Lord with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength...And you shall love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus concluded.

When the scribe agreed that God is one and that to love Him completely and also love one's neighbor as oneself is "more important than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices," Jesus replied, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:29-34; Luke 10:25-28)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus himself said:

"Do not suppose I have come to abolish the Law and the prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill...till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle pass from the Law till all is fulfilled. Whoever, therefore, breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven...unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20)

Jesus also upheld the Torah in Luke 16:17: "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest portion of the Law to become invalid."

Nor do these words refer merely to the Ten Commandments. Jesus meant the entire Torah: 613 commandments. When a man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied, "You know the commandments." He then quoted not just the Ten Commandments, but a commandment from Leviticus 19:13 as well: "Do not defraud." (Mark 10:17-22)

Jesus' disciples were once accused by the scribes and Pharisees of violating rabbinical tradition (Matthew 15:1-2; Mark 7:5), but not biblical law. At no place in the entire New Testament does Jesus ever proclaim Torah or the Law of Moses to be abolished; this was the theology of Paul, a former Pharisee who never knew Jesus, but who used to persecute Jesus' followers. Paul openly identified himself not as a Jew but as a Roman (Acts 22:25-26) and an apostate from Judaism (Philippians 3:4-8)

Sometimes Christians cite Matthew 7:12, where Jesus says "Do unto others..." and this "covers" the Law and the prophets. But Jesus was merely repeating in the positive what Rabbi Hillel taught a generation earlier. Hillel was asked, "What is Judaism?" He replied, "Whatever is hateful to you, do not do unto others. That is Judaism. Everything else is commentary."

No one took Hillel's words to mean the Law had been abolished--why should we assume this of Jesus?

If Jesus really came to abolish the Law and the prophets, Simon (Peter) would not have resisted a divine command to kill and eat both "clean" and "unclean" animals (Acts 10), nor would there have been a debate in the early church as to what extent the gentiles were to observe Mosaic Law (Acts 15). When Paul visited the church at Jerusalem, James and the elders told him all its members were "zealous for the Law," and that they were worried because they heard rumors that Paul was preaching against Mosaic Law (Acts 21).

None of these events would have happened had Jesus really come to abolish the Law and the prophets. Jesus not only repeatedly upheld Mosaic Law, he justified his healing on the Sabbath by referring to commandments calling for the humane treatment of animals!

While teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, Jesus healed a woman who had been ill for eighteen years. He justified his healing work on the Sabbath by referring to biblical passages calling for the humane treatment of animals as well as their rest on the Sabbath. "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham...be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" Jesus asked. (Luke 13:10-16)

On yet another occasion, Jesus again referred to Torah teaching on "tsa'ar ba'alei chayim" or compassion for animals to justify healing on the Sabbath. "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" (Luke 14:1-5)

Jesus compared saving sinners who had gone astray from God's kingdom to rescuing lost sheep. He recalled a Jewish legend about Moses' compassion as a shepherd for his flock:

"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? Who among you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it," Jesus continued, "he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home,he calls together his friends and neighbors saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

"I say to you, likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance...there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Matthew 18:11-13; Luke 15:3-7,10)

Paul, on the other hand, said if anyone has confidence in Mosaic Law, "I am ahead of him" (Philippians 3:4-8). Would that mean Paul places himself ahead of Jesus, who said he did not come to abolish the Law and the prophets? Would that mean Paul places himself ahead of Jesus, who said whoever sets aside even the least of the laws demands shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-19)?

Would that mean Paul places himself ahead of Jesus, who taught that following the commandments of God is the only way to eternal life (Mark 10:17-22)? Would that mean Paul places himself ahead of Jesus, who said that it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest portion of the Law to become invalid (Luke 16:17)?

Paul may have regarded his previous adherence to Mosaic Law as "so much garbage," but it should be obvious by now that JESUS DIDN'T THINK THE LAW WAS "GARBAGE"!

If Christians assign greater value to Paul's teachings over those of Jesus, then "Christianity" really is "Paulianity". Bertrand Russell referred to Paul as the "inventor" of Christianity.

I'm not saying Christians should all be circumcised and following Mosaic Law. The Reverend Andrew Linzey, the foremost theologian in the field of animal-human relations and author of Christianity and the Rights of Animals (1987), rejected such an approach in a 1989 interview with the Animals' Agenda.

I'm merely saying that Christianity for the past 2000 years has been based on a misunderstanding. My friend Rankin Fisher (a former Missionary Baptist minister), quoted a Methodist minister friend of his as having admitted, "We (Christians) aren't really following Jesus. We're following Paul."
nerdcred: "I just gotta say, what the hell is wrong with the rest of us that we didn't see this coming?"

This is really round two. Some of the same kind of thing came out of the mouths of the Church's defenders in the US when the scandal broke here in Boston a few years back. It was all the fault of the Jews who run the media, doncha know.
It was only a matter of time before one of these clowns blamed the Jews.
The joke at the end is actually funny, in a sad, depressing sort of way. Gotta love jewish humor!