ARE THE ALLEGED ALABAMA ARSONISTS JEWISH?
By Rev. Ted Pike
Boy, have I taken a drubbing! Indignant readers of my latest article, "Is
Abe Foxman a Hate Criminal?," are taking me to task. "How
can you say you don't find 'concrete evidence' for Cloyd, Moseley,
and DeBusk being Jewish? The Jewish registries of Polish Jewish surnames
clearly reveal they are!"
Before I answer that, let me state what is most important.
To have moral and political significance, a Jewish name must be united
to a large degree with Jewish actions. If we are going to impugn the
three alleged arsonists for their Jewishness, we must have some evidence
that they were under the influence of anti-Christianity coming out
of Judaism. To my knowledge, no concrete evidence has come to light
that they ever had association with either the Jewish religion or its
biases against Christianity.
What's in a Name?
We must be aware that possession of a "Jewish" name does
not necessarily prove Jewishness. Here's why:
If a person's ancestors of 150 years ago were Jewish, yet their sons
and grandsons over the next five generations married Gentile women,
such Jewish heredity would be virtually washed away. Yes, the name "Goldman," for
example, would remain as provocatively Jewish as ever. Yet those now
known by that name would be nearly 97 percent Gentiles. For practical
purposes, they would be Jewish in name only.
Many Gentile names were adopted by Jews seeking to escape persecution,
especially in Poland and Germany. I found my name, Pike, among the
names of Polish Jews in a Jewish registry. Am I Jewish? Emphatically
not! My actual genealogy traces back to England, Wales, Ireland, and
This illustrates the unreliability of proving Jewishness by surnames.
When to be Suspicious
Sometimes, however, an abundance of Jewish names associated with
anti-Christian activities or institutions does justify suspicion. For
example, the corporation directory Standard and Poor's (available at
your library) shows that Jewish names permeate the "Big Three" TV
networks, especially ABC and CBS. To a lesser extent, the same pattern
of Jewish names exists at Gentile-owned NBC. Many writers at NBC/Universal
who helped create "The Book of Daniel" against Christ and
the Christian family have Jewish names. Jeff Zucker, head of all TV
programming at NBC, has a Jewish name. Such unites with his undeniable
prejudices against Christianity.
The significance of such high concentrations of Jewish names in the
media cannot be ignored, especially since the famous Lichter-Rothman
poll of top media executives revealed that 59 percent of these executives
were "raised in the Jewish religion."
We thus have powerful evidence not only of a high concentration of
Jewish names in the TV media but that a majority of those possessing
such names are strongly influenced by Judaism. The poll also indicates
extremely high levels of anti-Christian bias among media executives
with roughly nine out of ten favoring abortion, homosexuality, adultery,
Contrasting with such substantive evidence, the present information
from Alabama gives no indication that the alleged arsonists were prejudiced
by Jewish teaching or by Abraham Foxman, head of ADL who last fall
condemned the Southern Baptists for evangelizing Jews.
Present evidence indicates the youths were devotees of Satanism,
though two attended Protestant churches. Such devotion has motivated
many violent acts against Christianity, including church burnings.
A Time for Caution
When it comes it comes to finger-pointing against Jewish activists
or Jewish leaders, what is the lesson we must learn? We must insist
upon irrefutable substance beneath our charges. Otherwise, we seem
eager to blame the Jews, a characteristic of anti-Semites throughout
the centuries. Such impulsiveness can be used against lovers of freedom
by a media eager to discredit those who criticize the Zionist agenda.
Ideally, there should be no stigma associated with having a Jewish
name or being Jewish. Unfortunately, Jewish leftwing radicals and revolutionaries,
civil liberties groups such as ADL/B'nai B'rith, medial moguls dominating
Hollywood and the networks, and, beneath it all, anti-Christian Talmudic
scriptures have greatly stimulated "guilt by association" between
Jewish names and the bad behavior of Jewish leaders.
Sadly, Jews may have to live with the inconveniences caused by those
who preceded them and still lead them astray.
Let us wait then for substance before we cry, "The Jews did
it!" Evil Jewish leadership is responsible for more than enough
deviltry to warrant suspicion. It is not necessary to spin the facts
in order to make a case against them.
ADL would love it if I rushed to judgment, asserting what I could
not prove. They would be delighted if I went out on a limb of undocumented
accusation, a limb they could then saw off, ruining my credibility.
I'm not going to do it!