When Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira wrote his book last year, entitled "Torat Ha'Melech" (the King's Torah), which, according to one review, consisted of "230 pages on the laws concerning teh killing of non-Jews" (warincontext.com), many fundamentalist rabbis rushed to defend Shapira and his book. A meeting was held at which 250 rabbis voiced their support (video can be seen at the link below). Among the claims made by the book are the following:
- non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and should be killed in order to “curb their evil inclinations.”
- “If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder.”
- citing Jewish law, Shapira further claimed that,“There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”
The rabbis who attended the meeting stated that they would not allow the government to "regulate their political activities -- even and especially if those activities included inciting terrorist attacks against non-Jews." In addition, the rabbis called for the murders of non-Jews as well as of secular Jewish people, too.
Sadly, religious extremism is not confined to one religion alone. Religion irtself seems to be the problem, no matter which god is being prayed to. The sooner people realize this fact, the sooner something can be done about the extremism, which causes nothing but war and strife.
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