Beyond Belief

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Beyond Belief

Via Kevin Drum we get confirmation that Charles Krauthammer is batshit insane.
About three years ago, I saw Krauthammer flip out in synagogue on Yom Kippur. The rabbi had offered some timid endorsement of peace — peace essentially on Israel's terms — but peace anyway. Krauthammer went nuts. He actually started bellowing at the rabbi, from his wheel chair in the aisle. People tried to "shush" him. It was, after all, the holiest day of the year. But Krauthammer kept howling until the rabbi apologized. The man is as arrogant as he is thuggish. Who screams at the rabbi at services? For advocating peace?
I can't even imagine this. Screamming at a rabbi on the bima on the Day of Atonement? A day that is supposed to be so dedicated to deep, quiet introspection that eating and bathing aren't even permitted?

For those folks who don't know much about the High Holy Days, or more specifically Yom Kippur, this would be like standing up and cursing at a priest during Easter services or standing up in the middle of a wedding and ridiculing the the couple. It's just so wildly inappropriate and disprespectful on a social mores level alone that it wouldn't even occur to most people to do it.

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