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Are Virginia's Whitbeck and Cuccinelli anti-Semites?

Posted on the 25 September 2013 by Lowell

Transcript of remarks by John Whitbeck, the chairman of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, in his introduction of Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli: WHITBECK:
You know, I’m a Catholic, and one of the things … and one of the things we celebrated recently was [garbled], and when the pope was elected, the head of the Jewish faith goes to the Vatican and brings a ceremonial piece of paper. It’s very old. It dates back hundreds of years. And he comes in the pope’s office and he ceremonially hands the piece of paper to the pope, the new pope, and the new pope ceremonially rejects it. And then the head of the Jewish faith leaves. [Garbled.] This time around, the Pope says, “I gotta find out what’s on this piece of paper.” So he actually takes it from the head of the Jewish faith, he opens it, he looks at, he closes it, he grimaces. And his Jewish counterpart says, “What what is?” And he says, “Well, that was the bill from the Last Supper.” So, on that note, we’re waiting for Ken Cuccinelli and he’s on his way.
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The Jew-baiters, Jew-haters, anti-Semites of various persuasions, just won't go away!  But why is it that so many of them inhabit the Republican Party in 2013?  Whole bunches of these GOPers claim  to not only "believe" in Jesus, but to have accepted Jesus in their hearts, and to follow Jesus' teachings.  
Why, then, do they bait and hate Jews?  Why do they perpetuate old stereotypes that were never close to the truth?  
Jesus was a JEW!  He was never a Christian, did not start a church, wrote down no doctrines, wouldn't understand Christianity under any circumstances.  Nor did the Jews kill Jesus.  The Romans killed Jesus.
So, why the mockery by John Whitbeck?  Obviously, he felt he knew his audience and his candidate, the repugnant Ken Cuccinelli, and therefore he felt it was appropriate to tell this stupid joke which conjures up much old anti-Semitic nonsense in one swell foop!  
Are the anti-Semitic views of Whitbeck and Cuccinelli representative of the GOP in Virginia?  Or is that too broad a generalization?  Perhaps we should first ask whether or not Whitbeckand Cuccinelli are anti-Semites.
The answer to that, I think, is found in the old saw about how the creature that walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, is probably a duck!
Or maybe they just hate Jesus because he was one of the good guys!
[Thanks to the Pensito Review for the video and Whitbeck's statement.]

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