US Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
By John Corry
Photo from NPR
December 7th, 1:13 pm ET.
Yesterday, President Trump announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In addition, the American embassy will be moved from the country's former capital, Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem as well. This comes more than ten years after both Congress and the Senate voted overwhelmingly (374-37 and 93-5) for this exact same move, and exactly six months since they did the exact same thing last June.
As if this is news (it's not), Jerusalem is and has been the center of controversy and violence ever since Israel was first recognized as a Jewish state in 1948, replacing what was then British ruled Palestine. That's not to disregard the violence surrounding the city before that date (and throughout practically all of time), just to put the emphasis on modern times.
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the matter, but there is one thing no one can deny: If there's one thing everyone likes to get equally ridiculously offended about, it's Israel.
This is, of course, because of the religious aspects surrounding the city (religious? or RETARDED?). It was originally created as the result of the Jewish people proclaiming that they'd been wrongfully persecuted for many centuries, a fairly big example of that happening within just the previous ten years of the birth of Israel (like, you know, WWII and the holocaust). It's also important to recognize that since the birth of the Jewish state Israel, areas in which the Jews have control violence is stymied, whereas where the Arabs have control, Jewish people really can't go anywhere near it for fear of violence.
A good example of this is in the city of Jerusalem itself, where, in Arab ruled East Jerusalem, Jews will likely be killed walking down the street, whereas in Jewish controlled West Jerusalem, Arabs can walk around freely (in fact, even simply not being Arab in East Jerusalem could potentially get you killed (though, obviously, being Jewish is a little worse)).
These are reasons for whatever opinion you may have on Israel and Jerusalem, but this is still essentially 'religion' we're talking about here. Yes, this all has something to do with politics (which is what renaming the capital is), but it's first and foremost about religion, the nature of religion, and its impact on the world and on the human species, and while this doesn't mean that religion isn't thoughtful or that it doesn't have something important to say about reality, religion is not fundamentally rational. This is proven by the fact that religion is first and foremost concerned with reality beyond our known reality. Rationality is based in our reality.
And to clarify, by 'religion' I mean anything which tells you explicitly to 'believe' and to not think about what it tells you. Any ideology can do that, however, which is why I call that the 'religious Attitude'.
The religious Attitude does not care about what you feel, or what you know. it only cares about what I know because it's TRUE GODDAMMIT (I sear!)! Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial not because religious freaks keep blowing shit up for no reason (although that is the rational way of looking at it) (and by 'blowing shit up', I also could mean trying to ideologically take over the world (the world changes in-time, not through any focused ideology claiming to be the one that works–we know it works as it proves that it works through time, and without words–hence the problem with ever saying, for example, that 'capitalism is absolutely amazing and therefore there's no reason to think about it without being offended at the fact that someone is actually hateful enough to question the godhead ($)!))), but (Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial) because religious freaks are blowing shit up for the most important reasons humans could ever even attempt to (albeit futily) understand.
There's no reasoning with religious zealots about what 'religion' means, only on what their religion means.
And until we realize that everyone has a different understanding of what 'their religion means', and hence what religion itself means (but would then, therefore, be able to talk about that without being offended (meaning: with that individual understanding in subconscious place)), we're fucked.