posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 01:18 PM
When I began this thread, "Why do people hate the Jews?", I did so with a bit of trepidation. I was, at first, concerned that a well-meaning mod
would take this thread as an attempt to incite hatred. Thankfully, the moderators of this forum recognized the validity of the question posed.
Secondly, I was genuinely concerned that the thread would primarily attract those inclined to, ....well, hate Jews. Heaven knows that there are
enough people who are predisposed to hate, among others, Jews. I certainly did not want to start a thread that would be the focus of hate-mongering.
Thankfully, the thread did not attract anyone that was openly anti-Semitic or anyone who openly spewed the venomous rhetoric of hate.
As I read through the thread, I was surprised and very pleased to see that, for the most part, the replies were intelligent and that responders were
courteous, insightful and sincerely interested in probing the origins of hate, in this case, hatred of Jews. I am fully aware that this thread could
have easily deteriorated into an ugly morass of name-calling, derogatory declarations and pure hate. I personally applaud the members of ATS/BTS/PTS
for their participation in my thread. The level of maturity, restraint and intelligence has made me proud to be a member of this wonderful site.
As special thanks go to the Moderators of this forum and, especially, this thread. On several occasions I noted that a simple word from a mod helped
to keep things "on-track" and civil. I have nothing but admiration for these folks and we should all be proud of their work.
I believe that there are no "taboo" topics. Everything, every topic, can be discussed intelligently, politely, without derision. At least this has
always been my belief. Once again, thanks to ATS, my beliefs have been re-enforced. I am proud to be a member.
[edit on 8/13/2006 by benevolent tyrant]