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What a British atheist and a Dutch Christian can teach us about combating anti-Semitism


Glenn Beck on Christopher Hitchens and Corrie ten Boom.

Glenn Beck discusses Corrie ten Boom’s “A Prisoner and Yet” on his radio program\n

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck discussed the problem of anti-Semitism in light of the growing anti-Jewish sentiment metastasizing worldwide, following the renewed conflict in Gaza. In particular, Beck emphasized the idea that anti-Semitism is inimical to humanity itself, citing a speech given by prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens in which the late polemicist stated:

Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity, and of civilization, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason.

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To illustrate humanity's collective responsibility to combat anti-Semitism, Beck took out a copy of "A Prisoner and Yet..." by Corrie ten Boom. The book details the inspirational story of a Dutch Christian whose family was sent to a concentration camp for helping save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. While she watched her father and sister perish, ten Boom found courage in Christ to resist and endure the suffering. This is what Beck had to say about her story:

If you don't know the Corrie ten Boom story, look it up. Read her words. Here was a woman who was very clear: "This isn't just about the Jewish people. This is about all of us. I'm not going to be silent … I will not stand." And her whole family was taken to a concentration camp. But she stood … and she was right.

Beck was optimistic about the prospect of eliminating the scourge of anti-Semitism, given a united front by all those who support good:

I want you to know, people of the world, listen, listen. We outnumber them. The good people of all faith, color and creed, we outnumber the bad guys. Listen, people of Islamic faith, you outnumber the bad guys. You just have to stand up. And if you won't, well, then there's nothing we can do. As we have seen in Iraq, if you won't stand up for your own freedom, America can't come in and help you. You have to do it. And Americans, the same with you. If you won't stand up and at least speak out against injustice — forget about freedom."

You can find the full clip below:


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