Sometimes those we hold up as examples of everything that is wrong with the other side have merely been mischaracterized, or grossly misunderstood. I recently came across an opinion piece claiming that Glenn Beck had erroneously stated on his show that the Jews had killed Jesus. It was further implied that Mr. Beck was fomenting anti-semitism.
The trouble is, the author included a video link so we could all listen to Mr. Beck and decide for ourselves. I did, and after listening, I realized that he never said that the Jews killed Jesus after all. He implied that they were involved, to be sure, but that is the historical record, not anti-semitism. The Romans killed him after the Jews handed him over. In addition, Beck made it clear that Jesus had chosen to die as part of his "master plan" - without which we would all be lost. So, it was a good thing that there were some Jews calling for his death.
The author went on to make this exact same point, all the while putting Beck down for not getting it. Did the author not view the video before posting it? After perusing the comments to this article, it seemed to me that nobody had bothered to watch it. I was alone in my take on the soundbite. Was I missing something?
This is clearly a case of failure to understand one another. Either I have misunderstood, or the others have. It cannot be a case of deliberate, politically-motivated mischaracterization, because the video that would clearly expose the lie was also included!
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