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David Klinghoffer Pushes Phony "Noahide Laws"

May 19, 2009

David Klinghoffer, whom Skull and Bones Bill Buckley employed as a writer for his National Review (the opinion-shaping rag for his “respectable conservative movement”) is revealing what Buckley’s “respectable conservative movement” formula, which The Remnant and others have apparently adopted, is really about.

A Gentile Torah-Believer’s Testimony

David Klinghoffer

Friday May 15, 2009

Recently a particularly thoughtful commenter on this blog mentioned in passing that he identifies as a Noachide, that is, a Gentile believer in Torah. I was so interested to hear this that I wrote to him and asked for his story, which he graciously provided. I am copying it below. It’s truly a privilege for me to have such a person among my readers.

But first a note of introduction. A few weeks back I startled some Jewish readers by saying that Judaism in its classical sources is a missionary religion. Not that Jews are enjoined to convert Gentiles to Judaism, but rather to draw them to the primordial Torah religion of Noachism. This is assumed to be the faith practiced by Noah and bequeathed to humanity.

In this model, which the Talmud details in tractate Sanhedrin, Jews follow the moral and ritual Mosaic code, while Gentiles follow the Noachide code. But the model of spiritual reality revealed in the Torah is a gift given to both Jews and Gentiles.

Maimonides makes it very clear in his Mishneh Torah that Jews are commanded to use whatever means are at our disposal to encourage (that’s putting it mildly) non-Jews in this Noachide path (Laws of Kings 6:10). Yes, Judaism is an aggressively missionary religion, if not in current practice then in theory.

That having been said, I’ll introduce you to my reader and friend, Brian Beckman:

I’m a physicist, and was brought up as a very conservative, traditional Catholic. The church changed dramatically in my youth. From my point of view, it wasn’t wrenching, because I didn’t change. That left me without an emotional connection to God, but also free to pursue a more durable, intellectual connection.

It can be tricky to look for God in a science-saturated life, but if one digs deep enough, one will find the need either for an Original Cause or for an Anthropic Principle. While I grant that anthropism is logically coherent, I find it empty, like a tautology. It’s equally sound to suppose that the universe is here because God wants it. At that point, all one needs to compose a logically coherent notion of God is to study and sift good ideas from bad ones, which, as a physicist, I know how to do.

I am an unofficial Noahide. I follow the Seven Laws of Noah found in the Torah and detailed by Maimonides. I’m unofficial only because I have not yet had the chance to take a formal oath, but I would certainly do so. In ancient Israel, I might have been ger toshav — a legal alien, and I might have aspired to be ger tzedek — a righteous gentile, a very high calling indeed, likely beyond my ability to achieve.

These laws contain nothing surprising to any typical American with a passing acquaintance with the Bible and the Ten Commandments. According to my reading of Rabbi Elijah Benamozegh (see Jewish and Christian Ethics, and Israel and Humanity), a typical American Christian trying to follow basic Christian ethics would, in fact, be a de-facto Noahide even if not aware of it. 



That’s kind of the point though. How did an nice, ordinary, American Catholic boy like me end up in such an unusual place? Visions? Dramatic conversions? No, much more boring. I found it by studying and listening to smart people.

There are three aspects to my Noahism: how I act, how I think, and what I believe. 

Practically, I study Torah almost daily and, when I have the privilege, I share Shabbat and other events with my Orthodox Jewish friends. These are new habits for me, but not conflicting with the life I’ve led since I went into religious “dry docks” in the early 1970s. Like many others, my traditionalist ship was unable to respond quickly enough to the tidal changes in the Catholic Church and I just put religion in-toto into safe storage and got on with other things. 



In my thinking, I’ve reached a synthesis that I can articulate and defend. Orthodox Jews and Catholics regard the Torah (the five books of Moses) as a direct revelation from God. But there is a fork in the road: Orthodox Jews regard it as permanent and immutable, like the laws of physics. Catholic doctrine studies the Bible in the light of St. Paul and the Church fathers. In that light, Jesus’ resurrection changed everything and the Old Law doesn’t apply any more, even though Jesus himself didn’t repudiate it. So which is it? After four years exploring the “permanent and immutable” hypothesis (just beginning, really), I haven’t found anything yet to refute it. I know of no place where the Torah states that it is changeable, and I know many places where it states that it is permanent. So if it is, in fact, true, then it seems it must be permanent and immutable.

There are those who reject revelation and treat the Torah not like the laws of physics but as ordinary human literature. I like to note that the claim of Sinai (two million eye witnesses to the theophany) is so outrageous that it must either be true or the most astounding hoax in human history. I have met people who can name their ancestors back to Sinai and claim unbroken verbal transmission of the eye-witness account. It is impressive that a claim like this can last more than 3,000 years with an entire nation believing it. I’ll take it on faith.


I believe there is One God, the God of Israel. This much is in keeping with Catholic doctrine, which adds the Mystery of the Trinity. I personally come to grips with this as follows. If Jesus is divine, then he is completely identical with God the Father (according to the doctrinal Mystery). It would then seem inconceivable that Jesus could have any objection at all to devoting oneself to God and to the selfsame Torah that Jesus himself embraced. I realize that this is a personal syllogism and that Catholics will barbecue me over it, but it’s the way I have always seen things even when I was a churchgoer.



I am very fortunate to have found this path, and it is only because of the wisdom and kindness of certain Orthodox Jewish acquaintances, now dear friends, that I was even aware of it, let alone enabled to pursue it.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/kingdomofpriests/2009/05/a-gentile-torah-believers-testimony.html

See:

Who Says Judaism Isn’t a Proselytizing System?

The REAL Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow

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David Klinghoffer Pushes Phony "Noahide Laws"

May 19, 2009

David Klinghoffer, whom Skull and Bones Bill Buckley employed as a writer for his National Review (the opinion-shaping rag for his “respectable conservative movement”) is revealing what Buckley’s “respectable conservative movement” formula, which The Remnant and others have apparently adopted, is really about.

A Gentile Torah-Believer’s Testimony

David Klinghoffer

Friday May 15, 2009

Recently a particularly thoughtful commenter on this blog mentioned in passing that he identifies as a Noachide, that is, a Gentile believer in Torah. I was so interested to hear this that I wrote to him and asked for his story, which he graciously provided. I am copying it below. It’s truly a privilege for me to have such a person among my readers.

But first a note of introduction. A few weeks back I startled some Jewish readers by saying that Judaism in its classical sources is a missionary religion. Not that Jews are enjoined to convert Gentiles to Judaism, but rather to draw them to the primordial Torah religion of Noachism. This is assumed to be the faith practiced by Noah and bequeathed to humanity.

In this model, which the Talmud details in tractate Sanhedrin, Jews follow the moral and ritual Mosaic code, while Gentiles follow the Noachide code. But the model of spiritual reality revealed in the Torah is a gift given to both Jews and Gentiles.

Maimonides makes it very clear in his Mishneh Torah that Jews are commanded to use whatever means are at our disposal to encourage (that’s putting it mildly) non-Jews in this Noachide path (Laws of Kings 6:10). Yes, Judaism is an aggressively missionary religion, if not in current practice then in theory.

That having been said, I’ll introduce you to my reader and friend, Brian Beckman:

I’m a physicist, and was brought up as a very conservative, traditional Catholic. The church changed dramatically in my youth. From my point of view, it wasn’t wrenching, because I didn’t change. That left me without an emotional connection to God, but also free to pursue a more durable, intellectual connection.

It can be tricky to look for God in a science-saturated life, but if one digs deep enough, one will find the need either for an Original Cause or for an Anthropic Principle. While I grant that anthropism is logically coherent, I find it empty, like a tautology. It’s equally sound to suppose that the universe is here because God wants it. At that point, all one needs to compose a logically coherent notion of God is to study and sift good ideas from bad ones, which, as a physicist, I know how to do.

I am an unofficial Noahide. I follow the Seven Laws of Noah found in the Torah and detailed by Maimonides. I’m unofficial only because I have not yet had the chance to take a formal oath, but I would certainly do so. In ancient Israel, I might have been ger toshav — a legal alien, and I might have aspired to be ger tzedek — a righteous gentile, a very high calling indeed, likely beyond my ability to achieve.

These laws contain nothing surprising to any typical American with a passing acquaintance with the Bible and the Ten Commandments. According to my reading of Rabbi Elijah Benamozegh (see Jewish and Christian Ethics, and Israel and Humanity), a typical American Christian trying to follow basic Christian ethics would, in fact, be a de-facto Noahide even if not aware of it. 



That’s kind of the point though. How did an nice, ordinary, American Catholic boy like me end up in such an unusual place? Visions? Dramatic conversions? No, much more boring. I found it by studying and listening to smart people.

There are three aspects to my Noahism: how I act, how I think, and what I believe. 

Practically, I study Torah almost daily and, when I have the privilege, I share Shabbat and other events with my Orthodox Jewish friends. These are new habits for me, but not conflicting with the life I’ve led since I went into religious “dry docks” in the early 1970s. Like many others, my traditionalist ship was unable to respond quickly enough to the tidal changes in the Catholic Church and I just put religion in-toto into safe storage and got on with other things. 



In my thinking, I’ve reached a synthesis that I can articulate and defend. Orthodox Jews and Catholics regard the Torah (the five books of Moses) as a direct revelation from God. But there is a fork in the road: Orthodox Jews regard it as permanent and immutable, like the laws of physics. Catholic doctrine studies the Bible in the light of St. Paul and the Church fathers. In that light, Jesus’ resurrection changed everything and the Old Law doesn’t apply any more, even though Jesus himself didn’t repudiate it. So which is it? After four years exploring the “permanent and immutable” hypothesis (just beginning, really), I haven’t found anything yet to refute it. I know of no place where the Torah states that it is changeable, and I know many places where it states that it is permanent. So if it is, in fact, true, then it seems it must be permanent and immutable.

There are those who reject revelation and treat the Torah not like the laws of physics but as ordinary human literature. I like to note that the claim of Sinai (two million eye witnesses to the theophany) is so outrageous that it must either be true or the most astounding hoax in human history. I have met people who can name their ancestors back to Sinai and claim unbroken verbal transmission of the eye-witness account. It is impressive that a claim like this can last more than 3,000 years with an entire nation believing it. I’ll take it on faith.


I believe there is One God, the God of Israel. This much is in keeping with Catholic doctrine, which adds the Mystery of the Trinity. I personally come to grips with this as follows. If Jesus is divine, then he is completely identical with God the Father (according to the doctrinal Mystery). It would then seem inconceivable that Jesus could have any objection at all to devoting oneself to God and to the selfsame Torah that Jesus himself embraced. I realize that this is a personal syllogism and that Catholics will barbecue me over it, but it’s the way I have always seen things even when I was a churchgoer.



I am very fortunate to have found this path, and it is only because of the wisdom and kindness of certain Orthodox Jewish acquaintances, now dear friends, that I was even aware of it, let alone enabled to pursue it.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/kingdomofpriests/2009/05/a-gentile-torah-believers-testimony.html

See:

Who Says Judaism Isn’t a Proselytizing System?

The REAL Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow

Skull and Bones Buckley: Dead

February 28, 2008

Buckley’s Skull and Bones “conservatism” won’t be buried with him, unfortunately. Naturally, the scoundrel is missed by his kosher-conservative ideological offspring:

William F. Buckley, RIP

William F. Buckley is Dead: RIP

William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82

WASHINGTON (CNN) — National Review founder and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. was found dead Wednesday in the study of his Stamford, Connecticut, home, officials at the magazine said. He was 82.

“Buckley died while at work,” said Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online, in a written statement. “If he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.”

Buckley’s assistant, Linda Bridges, said he had suffered from emphysema for a few years, but the exact cause of death is unknown. She said Buckley was found dead by his cook at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Even though he had been ailing, this took us completely by surprise,” said Bridges, who worked with Buckley for nearly 40 years.

“He was a great hero of American conservatism — a brilliant and exciting writer and public performer,” she added. “And he was somebody I was very proud and glad to call a friend.”

Buckley’s writings are widely credited for supporting the growth of the U.S. conservative movement in the latter half of the 20th century.

Full article:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/27/buckley.obit/?iref=mpstoryview

Also see:

CIA/Skull-and-Bonesman Wm. F Buckley Jr. Obituary

William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment

Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America’s Most Powerful Secret Society

Skull and Bones Buckley: Dead

February 28, 2008

Buckley’s Skull and Bones “conservatism” won’t be buried with him, unfortunately. Naturally, the scoundrel is missed by his kosher-conservative ideological offspring:

William F. Buckley, RIP

William F. Buckley is Dead: RIP

William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82

WASHINGTON (CNN) — National Review founder and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. was found dead Wednesday in the study of his Stamford, Connecticut, home, officials at the magazine said. He was 82.

“Buckley died while at work,” said Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online, in a written statement. “If he had been given a choice on how to depart this world, I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.”

Buckley’s assistant, Linda Bridges, said he had suffered from emphysema for a few years, but the exact cause of death is unknown. She said Buckley was found dead by his cook at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Even though he had been ailing, this took us completely by surprise,” said Bridges, who worked with Buckley for nearly 40 years.

“He was a great hero of American conservatism — a brilliant and exciting writer and public performer,” she added. “And he was somebody I was very proud and glad to call a friend.”

Buckley’s writings are widely credited for supporting the growth of the U.S. conservative movement in the latter half of the 20th century.

Full article:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/27/buckley.obit/?iref=mpstoryview

Also see:

CIA/Skull-and-Bonesman Wm. F Buckley Jr. Obituary

William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment

Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America’s Most Powerful Secret Society

Skull and Bones Bush’s Ideal Crusader

October 2, 2007
Pentagon Official, Ms. Debra Cagan is claimed to have informed British MP’s that she “hates all Iranians.”

Here we have the symbolism of the pentagon, the whore/scarlet woman, the hermaphrodite, and the crusader all in one. This is tikkun olam par excellance. This is where humanity is headed under it’s current leadership.

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=484762&in_page_id=1#StartComments

Skull and Bones Bush’s Ideal Crusader

October 2, 2007
Pentagon Official, Ms. Debra Cagan is claimed to have informed British MP’s that she “hates all Iranians.”

Here we have the symbolism of the pentagon, the whore/scarlet woman, the hermaphrodite, and the crusader all in one. This is tikkun olam par excellance. This is where humanity is headed under it’s current leadership.

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=484762&in_page_id=1#StartComments

Skull and Bones Bush’s Ideal Crusader

October 2, 2007
Pentagon Official, Ms. Debra Cagan is claimed to have informed British MP’s that she “hates all Iranians.”

Here we have the symbolism of the pentagon, the whore/scarlet woman, the hermaphrodite, and the crusader all in one. This is tikkun olam par excellance. This is where humanity is headed under it’s current leadership.

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=484762&in_page_id=1#StartComments

Student Presses John Kerry on Skull and Bones, Tazered by Cops

September 18, 2007

This story has been circulating in the news and on the internet, usually framed as a matter of politics or controversy related to the 2004 presidential election. Indeed, a student asks Kerry, speaking at The University of Florida, why he conceded the 2004 election to George Bush so quickly when there was evidence of improprieties in the election. But if you watch the video you will see that the student then mentions Kerry’s membership in the secret society, Skull and Bones, and that the microphone is cut off precisely at this point and he is then forced to the back of the room and eventually, apparently, tazered.

As this is taking place John Kerry makes a joke about the student “swearing him in as president.”

This seems to be a revelation of the method event which presents a brief flash message: pain awaits those who pry too deeply into secret society business. The establishment media’s suggestive message to the subconscious about “annoying” people who ask “strange questions” is patent:

“So he got tazed for asking John Kerry a strange question about the 2004 presidential election. Hmmn. You do the math on that one.”

Student Presses John Kerry on Skull and Bones, Tazered by Cops

September 18, 2007

This story has been circulating in the news and on the internet, usually framed as a matter of politics or controversy related to the 2004 presidential election. Indeed, a student asks Kerry, speaking at The University of Florida, why he conceded the 2004 election to George Bush so quickly when there was evidence of improprieties in the election. But if you watch the video you will see that the student then mentions Kerry’s membership in the secret society, Skull and Bones, and that the microphone is cut off precisely at this point and he is then forced to the back of the room and eventually, apparently, tazered.

As this is taking place John Kerry makes a joke about the student “swearing him in as president.”

This seems to be a revelation of the method event which presents a brief flash message: pain awaits those who pry too deeply into secret society business. The establishment media’s suggestive message to the subconscious about “annoying” people who ask “strange questions” is patent:

“So he got tazed for asking John Kerry a strange question about the 2004 presidential election. Hmmn. You do the math on that one.”

Student Presses John Kerry on Skull and Bones, Tazered by Cops

September 18, 2007

This story has been circulating in the news and on the internet, usually framed as a matter of politics or controversy related to the 2004 presidential election. Indeed, a student asks Kerry, speaking at The University of Florida, why he conceded the 2004 election to George Bush so quickly when there was evidence of improprieties in the election. But if you watch the video you will see that the student then mentions Kerry’s membership in the secret society, Skull and Bones, and that the microphone is cut off precisely at this point and he is then forced to the back of the room and eventually, apparently, tazered.

As this is taking place John Kerry makes a joke about the student “swearing him in as president.”

This seems to be a revelation of the method event which presents a brief flash message: pain awaits those who pry too deeply into secret society business. The establishment media’s suggestive message to the subconscious about “annoying” people who ask “strange questions” is patent:

“So he got tazed for asking John Kerry a strange question about the 2004 presidential election. Hmmn. You do the math on that one.”