Europe is experiencing a mass exodus of Jews fleeing Islamic persecution. But the friendship between Christians and Jews in the Redoubt is hard to visualize until living here. These civilizational principles observed today reflect on the truth of Rawles’ original statements about the Redoubt territory.
If you look at news over the last week, you may have seen highlights of articles written over a year ago highlighting the mass exodus of Jews from European countries. First, France has seen staggering numbers of Jewish departures:
French Jews are fleeing the country at an unprecedented rate amid rising anti-Semitism and fears of more Isis-inspired assaults and mass casualty terror attacks.
More than 8,000 Jews left France for Israel in 2015 – a rate far higher than anywhere else in Europe but consistent with what over the past few years has become the largest mass movement of Jews since the formation of Israel in 1948.
The overriding reason Jews cite for leaving France as a steady rise in the rate of anti-Semitism over the past 15 years.
Is it due to white supremacists akin to the recent “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville? No, the fleeing Jews explain:
A 2013 EU poll found that 74% of French Jews are now so scared of being attacked for their religion that take steps to prevent themselves being identified as Jewish.
The rise of Muslim migration to France and Isis’ calls for an increase in “lone wolf” style attacks on Jewish citizens in particular has only added to the fear.
Four Jews were also killed when Islamic extremists targeted a Kosher supermarket in Paris in January 2015 – just days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
The same article mentions:
In comparison Britain has the second highest number of Jews leaving for Israel…
Britain is likewise very high in Muslim immigration into the country. And a linked article further points out:
German Jews ‘no longer safe’ due to anti-Semitism and ‘deteriorating security’.
Again, what’s the source of the rising anti-Semitism?
The leader of Hamberg’s Jewish community, Daniel Killy, told the Jerusalem Post: “We no longer feel safe here.”
He went on to explain how a combination of extreme right-wing forces, deteriorating security, and Germany welcoming of refugees brought up in cultures “steeped in hatred” for Jews were resulting in anti-Semitism.
Elliot Reich, who took part in a pro-Israel demonstration in 2014…. said he was surprised at the animosity against the marchers, claiming counter-protesters shouted things like: “’Hamas, Hamas! Jews into gas!’ Words like this have nothing to do with Israel – they are purely anti-Semitic.”
White supremacists may be anti-Semitic, but they are not the ones chanting “Hamas!” And now, a few days ago this news came out of Spain:
Barcelona’s chief rabbi has urged Jews to move to Israel after warning that Europe has been ‘lost’ because of the threat from radical Islam.
The American Redoubt
In his original delineation of the Redoubt concept, James Wesley, Rawles wrote (emphasis added in underline):
I’m sure…people will brand me as a religious separatist. So be it. I am a separatist, but on religious lines, not racial ones. I have made it abundantly clear throughout the course of my writings that I am an anti-racist. Christians of all races are welcome to be my neighbors. I also welcome Orthodox Jews and Messianic Jews, because we share the same moral framework.
In calamitous times, with a few exceptions, it will only be the God fearing that will continue to be law abiding. Choose your locale wisely. I can also forthrightly state that I have more in common with Orthodox Jews and Messianic Jews than I do with atheist Libertarians. I’m a white guy. But I have much more in common with black Baptists or Chinese Lutherans than I do with white Buddhists or white New Age crystal channelers.
- I recently shared the lessons learned from an Orthodox Jew from the IDF speaking on the current picture for Israel.
- This briefing was hosted by a Christian church in the Redoubt.
- The feature image at the top is a road sign in the Redoubt that has stood there for some time.
- I have heard first-hand accounts of Jewish neighbors in an area who are also strong patriots and libertarians very nearly going to war against pushy government census workers trespassing and throwing their imagined weight around.
- A large gathering hosted at the Bonner County fairgrounds last year was organized by a Christian church in the region and some of the noteworthy pastors speaking at the event said that they came to the Redoubt because they felt God was drawing his “remnant” (Romans 11) to this part of America.
- I recently had the opportunity to speak with a missionary from South America newly arrived in the Redoubt, saying God had told him to come here. The man recounts stories of the incredible miracles he saw on the mission field: bags of food that never went empty (akin to the loaves and fishes of Christ), healings including regrowth of teeth and vanishing of visibly bulging tumors, and even an occasional voice as if from one standing just behind his shoulder – warning him in the nick of time so that his family avoided serious physical harm. He’s not here to make a name for himself, and has shared his story with only a few men, so I’m fortunate to have heard it. He doesn’t know why God brought him here or what he is to do, but has arrived with little more than his family can carry simply due to conviction that God has commanded him just as He did in all past moves.
Rawles has elsewhere said about the Redoubt:
People who recognize that they are of the [Christian] remnant, that they are God’s elect, will in increasing numbers choose to vote with their feet.
I’d say I’ve witnessed plenty of that coming true just in the past year alone.
The God of Abraham
Christians and Orthodox Jews may disagree on the role and nature of Christ (a key difference to be sure), but they have a common foundation in the Mosaic Law.
They both believe in a personal God who answers prayer.
They both agree on the importance of the ten commandments.
And if you expand from ten commandments to the 613 laws of Moses as numbered in Jewish tradition (Sefer HaChinuch organizes them in the order they appear in the Bible), let’s take a look at a random few that are considered still applicable today:
- 538 – Obligation to return lost property (Deuteronomy 22:1)
- 539 – Prohibition to ignore lost property (Deut 22:3)
- 543 – Prohibition upon a man to wear women’s clothing (Deut 22:5)
- 585 – Prohibition to take collateral forcibly from a debtor (Deut 24:10-11)
- 586 – Prohibition to withhold collateral from its owner during the time that he needs it (Deut 24:12)
- 587 – Obligation to return collateral to its owner for the time that he needs it (Deut 24:13)
- 588 – Obligation to pay a worker his wages on the day they are due (Deut 24:15)
- 591 – Prohibition to take collateral from a widow (Deut 24:17)
While there are many of the 613 which do not apply today due to no temple in Israel, many of the ones that do apply make for a very good neighbor. This illustrates Rawles’s point that in calamitous times only the God-fearing will be law abiding. But we’re not talking about laws of a totalitarian state. These are moral laws of justice and common neighborly decency.
If you’ve heard the King James rendering of various statements of Jesus, “O ye workers of iniquity” is a bit archaic. But the word translated “iniquity” can also be translated as “lawlessness” – “O ye workers of lawlessness.” Civilization requires some level of moral order for neighbors to relate to one another and to look out for one another, like not turning a blind eye when you notice one of your neighbor’s animals has gone astray (law 539 above).
When it comes down to it, Jews and Christians are already living together well in the Redoubt, while Jews are fleeing the Islamic wave in Europe. And who would you rather have as a neighbor? Someone who respects and adheres to laws like those above? Or someone who demands Shariah Law rule the neighborhood and prays that his god might give him the chance to kill a Christian or a Jew (as reported by Daniel Shayesteh)?
Me, I’ll take the patriotic Jewish guy ready to pick a fight with totalitarian government agents who trample constitutional rights.