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“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” (British novelist George Orwell)

“The relativism which is not willing to speak about truth but only about ‘what is true for me’ is an evasion of the serious business of living. It is the mark of a tragic loss of nerve in our contemporary culture. It is a preliminary symptom of death.” (Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, ‘The Gospel in a Pluralist Society’)

“We should challenge the relativism that tells us there is no right or wrong, when every instinct of our mind knows it is not so, and is a mere excuse to allow us to indulge in what we believe we can get away with. A world without values quickly becomes a world without value.” (Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks)

The horror of four rabbis being bludgeoned to death with knives, axes and guns as they prayed in a synagogue in Jerusalem sent shock waves throughout Israel and the Jewish and pro-Israel community. The brave Druze policeman who was in a gun battle with the terrorists succumbed to his wounds and also died.

This attack came on the heels of a cluster of terror attacks in Jerusalem where a three-month-old baby from America died from her wounds when a terrorist drove his car into a crowd waiting for the train. We also witnessed the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick

Being in Jerusalem at the time, one could feel the tension in the air as even standing at the train stop wasn’t safe because Arabs were using cars as weapons of death and destruction on innocent bystanders.

Given the reactions to these horrific events from world leaders it is evident that we are sinking into a mire of moral relativism in western civilization where the Rabbi praying in a Synagogue is synonymous with a Global Jihad terrorist wielding axes, guns and knives.

In a statement delivered to the White House press pool, President Obama responded to the attack by declaring that “too many Palestinians have died” as well as Israelis, in the struggle between the State of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and its affiliates, including the internationally active Muslim Brotherhood. “At this difficult time,” the president told reporters, “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”

This is a tepid and curious response to a brutal murder of innocent civilians by armed terrorists, but it is happening more and more and frighteningly is coinciding with a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the world. One might wonder how an unarmed rabbi praying in a synagogue could do anymore “to lower tensions and reject violence.”

It is macabre indeed to make such statements as beheadings, kidnapping, rapes and all sorts of atrocities are carried out in the name of Islam and the Islamic State. These attacks on the rabbis very much replicate the savagery taking place by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, with as much blood and gore as possible. It was not reported widely, but beheadings did take place in the Har Nof massacre of the rabbis.

Obama’s remarks are especially curious because according to a recent report, most Palestinians agree with waging Jihad on innocent Israelis and in fact don’t want peace with the Jews of Israel. So in Obama’s world he is designing his political language to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable just as Orwell suggests.

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