Is Silence Golden?
by Joseph Carr
I am often reminded of the TV commercial in which a Jewish
diamond cutter is shown sitting at his workbench about to split a
magnificent 100-carat, blue-white stone. With the knife edge firmly
placed against the $1,000,000 rock, he swings his hammer and -
wham! - a rough diamond worth a fortune shatters into a pile of
industrial diamond dust worth about ten bucks.
The Jewish man slowly takes off his yarmulke and, looking very
forlorn, laments: "Oy Vey! Am I gonna get hollered at."
I don't smash prized diamonds, but sometimes my writing does
hammer equally prized prejudices, errors, and bigotries. There have
been times recently that I have said - as I stripped copy off the word
processor - "Oy Vey! Am I gonna get hollered at when this is
Since 1968 1 have published 57 books, more than 300 magazine
articles, and several monographs, tracts, and booklets. My first two
Christian books were published within a few
months of each other early in 1985. 1 received more mail during that
time than I had from all my other writings combined.
The Twisted Cross is about the occultic New Age religion of Adolf
Hitler, while Christian Heroes of the Holocaust: The Righteous
Gentiles is about the pathetically few Gentile Christians who helped
Jews during the Holocaust. What a storm these books have
Meeting Hatred Face to Face
The first personal assaults over these books occurred only a few
weeks after The Twisted Cross was published.
During the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention, my
publisher gave away hundreds of books in hopes of gaining author
interviews and book reviews from the broadcasters attending the
convention. On the second day, a cold, steely-eyed gent bellied up to
our table and asked me for ". . . that Hitler book." After telling him I
was the author, I read his name tag and realized he was one of
America's leading anti-Semites - a vile man who is widely known
Looking into the bigot's face was chilling for he reminded me of SS-
Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler - Hitler's SS chief. If I believed in
reincarnation, then I would have thought this fellow was ol' "Reichs
Heini" himself. In fact, his hairstyle, mustache, and pince-nez glasses
were close enough to Himmler's to suggest that it was an
intentionally affected image.
"Reichs Heini II" listened to my nervous description of the book, read
the blurb on the back cover, and then venomously hissed, "The
Fuehrer was a Christian!"
Another fellow came by the booth and contested my identification of
Hitler's victims as "Jews." This man is a radio evangelist with a
following in the East and South. He argued that the Holocaust never
happened and pressed some of his tracts "proving" his assertions into
my unwilling hands. With his lips tightly pursed, jaw set tight, and eyes
narrowed into hostile slits, he nonetheless almost shouted at me, "The
Holocaust is a hoax! And the people who call themselves 'Jews'
today are counterfeits!"
My protests that he was wrong caused him to shake his fist at me!
His face became contorted, his eyes blazed with hatred,
and he practically snarled, "The Jews are the 'Seed of the Serpent,'
and you're doing the Devil's work by supporting them."
At one time, such statements about the Jewish people, especially
coming from a professing Christian, would have shocked and
outraged me. "Don't you know your Bible?" I would have shouted.
"Where did you get such stupid ideas?"
But I didn't question the shaking fist because, after years of research,
I knew the source of his hatred and the deception that fosters it.
About eight years ago I heard about Stan Rittenhouse's book, For
Fear of the Jews, through a critical review in an issue of Israel, My
Glory magazine. The article indicated that the book was distributed
through The Exhorters Foundation in Vienna, Virginia.
I ordered a copy of For Fear of the Jews and read it. There was
little in Rittenhouse's book that appeared new to me, it was the same
old Nazi world Jewish conspiracy, anti-Israel rubbish that has been
disseminated for generations. Unfortunately, Rittenhouse claimed to
be a "fundamentalist" Christian.
During the summer of 1984, a plain, brown mailing envelope arrived
by U.S. Postal Service at my home. It contained an anti-Semitic
newspaper named The CDL Report from the so-called "Christian
Defense League" and a booklist from some related group called the
"Sons of Liberty." The letter accompanying the material indicated that
Stan Rittenhouse told them I might be interested in their material;
apparently, Rittenhouse shared his mailing list with them.
In order to investigate this obviously anti-Semitic group, I ordered a
number of their books and back issues of the newspaper. Again, it
was the same old anti-Semitic rubbish; they weren't even clever
enough to invent new material.
I also received (apparently from the same group) a newspaper named
77te Christian Vanguard. The masthead of that newspaper
indicated that it is the "Official Publication of the New Christian
Crusade Church" of Metairie, Louisiana. Again, the same old anti-
Finally, Christian Defense League sent me a copy of a form
letter to their supporters indicating they are planning to set up a
Washington, DC lobbying group to be called the America First Lobby.
Can you imagine the implications of a band of anti-Semites lobbying
Congress in the name of "Christian patriotism?"
A common ploy used by these groups is to deny the Holocaust ever
happened; claim that the 6,000,000 dead Jews did not really exist, and
preach that the State of Israel is some kind of satanic creation (despite
biblical prophecy!) that furthers the interests of some mysterious
international World Zionist Conspiracy. Of course, The Protocols of the
Learned Elders of Zion are high on their list of proofs.
There are also many people out there offering spurious theories about
the Jewish people. Some claim that one race or another - who were
the ancestors of the people we call Jews today - invaded ancient
Israel and usurped the place of the biblical Jews. Others claim that the
present day Jews are the bastard sons of Eve and Satan through Cain
and that the real Jews (usually "Aryan" white men) were descendants
of Abel. Again, the "real" Jews were somehow displaced by the evil
Still another myth claims that modem Jewry are not Semitic
descendents of the biblical Jews but rather are descended from the
Khazars who ruled southern Russia from the fifth to twelfth centuries
A.D. The Khazars converted to Judaism in 740 A.D., and that
supposedly permitted them to usurp the place of the Jews.
Will there never be an end to such foolishness? The history of the
Jewish people is well known and traceable - so why the great
mystery? Make no mistake about it, the Jewish people we know today
are the direct descendents of the Jewish people of the Bible - God's
Getting Shot At!
I expected the anti-Semites to crawl out of the woodwork in response
to my books. But what surprised me most was the number of Catholic
haters who attacked me. People almost routinely come to me bearing
supposed "proof" that Pope Pius XII "owned" or controlled Adolf
Hitler. They usually give me the same old printed rubbish, the same
poorly reproduced photographs, and the same vile anti-Catholic comic books.
(I have quite a pile now, so no more please.)
When I counter their arguments with a dose of confirmable historical
facts, these " Christian" Pharisees explode, shake their fist at me, and
shout that I am some sort of Jesuit sympathizer or Fellow Traveler.
Somehow I doubt that the haters of either the Jews or the Catholics
are driven by the Holy Spirit.
During that same National Religious Broadcasters Convention, I
stopped by a booth manned by several nuns who publish Catholic
Sunday school curricula. One of the sisters showed me a box behind
her counter that must have contained 300 anti-Catholic comic books.
"How did you get all those?" I asked.
Before she could explain, a pastor came up to the booth, handed the
nun a comic book, and said: "'Sister, I'm a Protestant, and I have a lot
of problems with Catholic teachings, but I'm ashamed and
embarrassed that a 'Protestant' puts out this rubbish!"
The nun took the comic book that we recognized as the one being
passed out to convention-goers by a certain group.
"That's how I get most of my comic books," the nun told
me with a smile. "I intend to use them to start the woodburning
stove back at the convent." I
It made me feel better to know that most Protestants are decent folks
who do not promote hate and the literature that fuels it.
Still, I pondered the power of the written word and how as
Christians we can use it to spread evil or oppose it. When a writer
opposes evil, he can expect heat. But, I must admit, I was shocked by
the searing intensity of the blasts that were coming my way.
These issues were much on my mind when I later traveled to Chicago
for the Christian Writer's International conference. There I met
journalist Dan Wooding.
Dan, who now works for Brother Andrews Open Doors News
Service was once a Fleet Street (England) reporter writing show
business pieces (much to the dismay of his missionary parents). A
fellow Christian journalist had challenged Dan to stop writing "show
business junk" and "go to Uganda to get shot at." Dan accepted the
challenge and wound up in Entebbe writing about the persecution of the Church under Idi Amin. He now specializes in covering the Church in those areas of the world where believers suffer and die.
During the writer's conference, Dan related to me how he once
confronted another talented writer, a man well known for his work but
whose writing is shallow.
"Although he is commercially successful," Dan said, "he has little
impact on the world. After all, who really needs to know all Twelve
Ways to Reuse Air Sickness Bags?"
I knew Dan was telling me, in a round-about way, to write about
significant subjects. "If you've got to slave over a word processor," he
said, "then at least write about something worthwhile!"
He was right - time and talent are simply too precious to waste on
After I appeared on a television talk show, one man wrote and made a
thinly veiled threat regarding my "kosher throat" (and I'm not even
Jewish!). Another man wrote to call me a "Jew-loving ... (expletive
deleted)." Taking a cue from Rev. Frank Eiklor of Shalom Radio, I
wrote the man back: "Sir, you are only half correct - my parents were
My appearance on Marlin Maddoux's live radio broadcast, "Point of
View," resulted in nearly 200 letters. About 20 percent either made
anti-Semitic claims or asked questions that indicated they have been
listening to such claims. The bulk of those letters came from the
American heartland where thousands of farmers and others have been
suckered into a vile antiSemitic hatred by the so-called "Christian
Identity" movement (Neo-Nazis).
While I was in Portland, Oregon to appear on the "Gary Randall
Program," the show host held a party for me at the home where I was
lodged. Gary told me "Don't worry...."
I quickly thought, There's something to worry about?
"Security at the studio is pretty good," he said in passing.
At that, I nervously asked him, "Why does it have to be so good?"
"A few weeks ago, the station showed the Raoul
Wallenberg docudrama. After the show went off the air, a rifle bullet
crashed through the station's plate glass window," Gary told me.
"That's when we hired a bodyguard to sit in the audience during the
For several weeks thereafter, it perplexed me why they felt an armed
guard was needed. Then, on August 15,1985 the ABC-TV "20/20"
show ran Geraldo Riverds investigative piece titled "Seeds of Hatred."
Rivera exposed the venomous Jew-hatred currently running amuck in
the Midwest and throughout the USA. He also pointed out the religious
nature of this "Christian" Neo-Nazism. called "Christian Identity."
When I heard people saying they were going to kill "evil, Zionist Jews"
in the name of Christ, I recalled how my books had been received and
felt a little like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.
Frank Eiklor of Shalom Radio has fought anti-Semitism for almost a
decade and comes under attack regularly. An associate of Frank, who
is now himself on the frontline in Ethiopia with World Vision, told me,
"Frank doesn't think his ministry is effective unless he gets at least one
death threat a week."
The morning after the "20/20" broadcast, I stopped in the office of a
Jewish colleague at my secular job and asked him if he'd seen the
show. He replied that he had and politely listened to my shocked
statements on the content of the program. He looked at me with a
polite, sad, knowing but slightly condescending expression and said,
"Those Neo-Nazis may surprise you, Joe, but we Jews have known
what Christians are really like for centuries."
That is why I won't waste my time on "Air Sickness Bag" stories.
Low-Grade Fevers in the Church
Not everyone should go to Uganda or Kansas to get shot
at, but I am challenging you to break out of your warm "fortress
church" and make a significant contribution. There are, after
all, important issues in your own neighborhood. All aspects of our
culture involve critical issues, some of which affect the very
basis of our religious freedoms and moral fiber.
A hand-lettered sign in my seventh grade home room
proclaimed, "Silence Is Golden!" That slogan made sense to a harried
teacher, but is it valid for the Church?
Isaiah 21 admonishes us to place a watchman on the wall. Interpreted
in modem terms this advice could mean informing ourselves about the
dangerous trends and critical issues in our culture and then speaking
out on them where appropriate. After all, of what use is a silent
watchman on the wall?
As Christians, we are faced with many tremendous challenges today:
Secular Humanism, Liberal Theology, the New Age movement, and
the Neo-Nazi "Christian Identity" movement. Anti-Semitism is also
once again raising its ugly head. All of these movements are threats to
the Church of the 1990s.
We must not think that Christian anti-Semitic groups are merely a
lunatic fringe that can be safely tolerated until they go away. That was
the position taken by the minority of German Christians who were not
Nazis during the 1920s and 1930s, and you see what good it did them.
It is necessary that the Christian churches be aware of the evil they
are permitting if they allow Christian anti-Semitism to exist in their
congregations without checking it.
Unfortunately, even Christians who are not overt anti-Semites
frequently harbor a mild anti-Semitism that acts like a low-grade fever
in the Church body. That form of anti-Semitism is even more hideous
because it sets an attitude that will easily succumb to more virulent
forms of the disease.
We need to stop using the word "'Jew" as a prerogative; we should
not talk about "Jewing down" someone's price; we should not make
assumptions regarding Jews or Jewishness; we must guard against
telling "Jewish jokes."
I recall one young Christian who tried for a period of many months to
get a Jewish friend to come to church with him. On the Sunday when
the Jewish friend finally relented and came to church with the
Christian, a speaker from a missions board was guest preacher. He
told a simple-minded Jewish joke from the pulpit.
That Jewish man knew what he would find in Christian churches, and
that missionary proved to him that his beliefs were correct! Never
before or since had a Jewish joke been told in that pulpit, at least in the
three years I attended that church. Only on the day when a Jewish
guest was in the Sunday service
did such a thing happen.
Satan has a perfect sense of timing, and uses the most righteous
among us in his work. I hope that the Jewish friend of the young
Christian will forgive us.
Surely telling Jewish jokes and using the word "Jew" as a prerogative
fall under the category of "doubtful things." Anti-Semitism is a
recurrent cancer in the Church body that must be eradicated.
Jews - Rich and Power Hungry?
Anti-Semites routinely charge that Jews control the wealth of the
country and, thereby, control the economy and politics as well. Even
non-anti-Semites and some Christians accept this generally held belief,
making it easy for them to think there might be something to the
"world Jewish conspiracy" myths.
The magazine of the American Board of Missions to the Jews
(ABMJ), The Chosen People, for March 1985 discussed the question of
anti-Semitism. In an article titled, "Even Your Best Jewish Friends
Won't Tell You," they gave us a few facts regarding the Jews and
First, believe it or not, only a few Jews are wealthy. A study done in
New York City, with one of the largest and most varied Jewish
populations in the United States, found that 20 percent of the Jewish
people lived below what the U.S. Government considers "lower
income level," and 15 percent were at or below the official poverty
level. I suspect from this statistic that a disinterested, objective study
will show approximately the same distribution of wealth throughout the
Jewish population as among the Gentile.
Second, Jews do not run American business! In fact, the proportion of
Jewish top corporate officers is so low compared with their
percentage of the population that I suspect Jews have a legitimate
complaint under discrimination laws! In fact, the Episcopalians and
Presbyterians are most abundantly represented. The Chosen People
magazine used the word "overrepresented," while Jews (and Baptists
and Catholics) are under-represented.
The article cited a study that showed, of the fifty-six major American
companies that could be controlled by only 5 to 10 percent of their
stockholders, only three have any substantial
number of Jewish stockholders.
Third, the claim that a cabal of Jewish interests controls the media to
benefit a supposed Jewish conspiracy is pure rubbish. Although it is
true there are a lot of Jewish people in the media, and in responsible
positions, one need only look at how "favorably" the media treats the
nation of Israel. The distortions and half-truths that stream forth from
the "boob tube" daily is proof that the supposedly Jewish media doesnt
favor Israel in any conceivable way. If "the Jews" control the media,
then how come they cannot keep their employees from slandering the
world's only Jewish state?
It's clear the anti-Semitic assertions that the Jews either control, or
seek to control, the world are pure rubbish. These claims simply stand
on the edge of a logical chasm that is too broad for the healthy mind to
Could It Happen Here?
During the Holocaust many millions lost their lives because of
Christian silence. Could Christian silence bring on a Holocaust in this
country? I know a lot of Jewish people who fear that it could happen
here - in the United States of America.
A Jewish woman told me that her grandmother advocates keeping
$2,000 in cash and some gold coins in the house all the time in order to
finance a flight to Canada or Mexico when Americans start killing
Jews. Extreme? I would hope so, but maybe not.
With the Christian Identity movement preaching a message that
amounts to racial holy war and elimination of the Jews, it is more than
possible that Jews are in danger in "Christian America."
Could it happen here? You better believe it can! After all, Germany
was one of the leading civilized nations of the twentieth century; it
"couldn't happen" there, either - but it did!
What can you do? First, become informed about Naziism, Nazi
religion, Christians Identity, the New Age movement, and anti-
Semitism in general. Shalom Radio and its founder Rev. Frank Eiklor
have been fighting anti-Semitism for almost a decade. Frank
broadcasts daily on ten or twelve stations nationwide and offers a
newsletter and tapes on anti-Semitism.
You can also work to get the Jew-haters off the air. Some of these
preachers of hatred broadcast their vile message over the radio - even
on Christian stations. Let the advertisers who buy time on those
stations know you are boycotting them because evil hatred is being
broadcast on their dollar.
You might also contact the Christian programmers who buy time on
that station and tell them your complaints. Let them know that your
support for their ministry will be discontinued unless they either
change stations or convince the station manager to stop airing
programs that promote hate and violence.
Finally, if you hear a Neo-Nazi (or anyone else) threaten violence
against the Jews, Catholics, blacks, or any other group, then complain
to the FCC (1919 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037) - surely it's
illegal to threaten physical violence on the airwaves!
You should challenge anti-Semites in your own church or circle of
friends. God is not amused over either "Christian" anti-Semites or
those who tolerate them (see Genesis 12:3). That is why challenging
the Jew-haters is absolutely essential - it is not optional.
While Scripture encourages us to fellowship with nonbelievers in
hopes of winning them to Christ, it also requires us to break fellowship
with believers who fall into sin and refuse to repent. If there are
Neo-Nazis in your church, then the only course open is the Matthew 18
process. Those people must be required to either repent or leave.
Again, no other option exists.
To paraphrase a famous quotation: "The only thing needed for evil to
triumph is for decent people to say nothing."
Tearing a Hole in the Night
Confronting Christian anti-Semites, New Age Jew-haters, and Neo-
Nazi pseudo-Christians can be uncomfortable; it can even be
dangerous. Sure, these people are tough, but fear must not stop us
from speaking out against their hatred and violence.
To quote Rev. Frank Eiklor of Shalom Radio: "Silence isn't always
golden, sometimes it's just plain yellow."
Christian silence in this matter will send the wrong message to non-
believers, especially Jews. It will also set the stage
for eventual success of the Christian Identity movement, as it did for
Nazi success in Germany 50 years ago.
The righteous Gentiles, like Corrie ten Boom and her family, who
aided Jews during the Holocaust were not previously heroes - almost
all of them were very ordinary people like you and me. But they tore
a hole in the Nazi night by their simple actions.
The Israeli government operates the Yad Vashern memorial on a
hillside in Jerusalem to honor the murdered six million of the
Holocaust. On the same site is the Avenue of the Righteous. There
Carob trees are planted in honor of individual righteous Gentiles who
helped the Jews escape Nazi terror and paid for it with their own
lives. One account regarding the selection of the Carob tree says that
"its fruit is sweet and nutritious, but its tough, leathery leaves do not
wilt in a hot, dry hostile desert environment."
What is needed in the Church today are people who will not wilt in a
hostile environment! With an anti-Semitic darkness settling over our
country, I am calling you to tear a hole in the Neo-Nazi night.
If the watchman on the wall is silent, if he fails to cry out when
danger approaches, then no one will hear his laments when barbarous
hordes pour through the city gates.
To paraphrase anti-Nazi pastor Martin Neimoller: "First the Nazis
came for the Jews, but I wasn't Jewish so I remained silent. Then
they came for the Communists, but I wasn't a Communist so I didn't
speak up. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I wasn't a trade
unionist so I remained silent. Then they came for the Roman
Catholics, but I was a Protestant so I said nothing ... then they came
for the Protestant clergy, and there was no one left to speak out."
Is silence golden? No, sometimes it's blood red.