R&B singer Erykah Badu was trending Wednesday and not in a good way: She suggested in an interview that maybe Hitler wasn’t all bad, in part because he was a “wonderful painter”.
She said this in a long interview with Vulture published Wednesday, in which she talked about many subjects, including her 2008 visit to Israel where she said she supported the Palestinian cause and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, despite his alleged antisemitism.
“I’m OK with anything I had to say about Louis Farrakhan,” she told her interlocutor, David Marchese.
“But I’m not an anti-Semitic person. I don’t even know what anti-Semitic was before I was called it. I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.”
Apparently stupified, Marchese responded: “Come again?”
“Yeah, I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter,” Badu said.
“No, he wasn’t!” Marchese snapped back. Even if he were, he said, what does that have to do with whether there’s any “good” in him?
Then Badu, 46, went off on a convoluted explanation of her views, which suggested that since Hitler supposedly had a terrible childhood, she could empathize with an abused child. “I guess it’s just the Pisces in me,” she said. [Born 26-2-1971: Sun in Pisces, Moon in Pisces]
Marchese said “going down the route of ‘Hitler was a child once, too’ is maybe turning the idea of empathy into an empty abstraction.”
“Maybe so,” Badu said. “It doesn’t test my limits — I can see this clearly. I don’t care if the whole group says something, I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes.”
Badu also had some sympathetic words for Bill Cosby, and never mind the dozens of allegations that he drugged and/or raped women going back to the mid-1960s.
“I love Bill Cosby,” she said. “I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people…“
In Judaism Satan is an agent of God
In Christianity, Satan is an enemy of God, an opposing force, and something very bad. In Christianity, Satan has a level of power that is considered almost equal to that of God.
However, in Judaism Satan is an agent of God, created by God for a specific purpose, and something very good. Satan is simply an agent of God, just as all the other angels are simply agents of God.
If we take a look at Isaiah 45:7, we see that Hashem [God] is the creator of everything, as the text says, “bringing forth light and create darkness, I make peace and create evil, I am God who does all these things.”
In the Jewish bible, everything is under the jurisdiction of God and under His power – all forces, even evil forces. Everything comes from God, He created everything, good and evil.
That being the case, Satan is not a rival of God, he is a messenger of God and unable to do anything outside of God’s will.
In contrast to Christian literature, where Satan is understood to be an evil force, the enemy of God, in Jewish literature, he is seen as a blessing to the Jewish people. Why?
Let’s consider for a moment what Satan means. As mentioned before, the word Satan not only means an adversary, but a stumbling block or an obstacle.
What exactly is an obstacle? It is something which is put in our path requiring us to overcome it. Obstacles in this life give us opportunities to stretch our muscles and to grow…
This evil inclination, or Satan, provides friction. Can you imagine a world with no friction, no resistance? Think about a car, how does it go? It is the friction between the tires and the road that allow the car to make progress, to go forward. Now, to the tires the friction is not necessarily a positive thing, the friction slowly destroys the tire, and yet without the friction, the tire is worthless.
If there is no resistance to overcome, we have no environment for growth. When we come up against an obstacle, either we crash into it and fall (definitely a negative experience – the evil inclination) or you have to climb over it, and by climbing over these obstacles in life, we develop our spiritual muscles, so to speak. If we never exercise our muscles, we atrophy.
So these forces in the world, these experiences, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable, are positive and important.
To reiterate, in the Jewish bible, everything was created by God, both good and evil and everything is under G-d’s control.
In Judaism Satan is an agent of God, who provides opportunities for us to grow, to respond to our passions and desires by producing things of value in this world and to become stronger spiritual people.
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