Recently I put a comment on one of Andrew Bolt’s posts to which one reader commented:
Jews have never sought to shove their religious beliefs down society’s throat and make us change our culture to suit them; whereas, Muslims do precisely that, the goal of every devout Muslim being to further the spread of Islam and Sharia. Lumping both Judaism and Islam into the same totalitarian box isn’t right.
Perhaps, but as Gilad Atzmon noted, the Jews stopped proselytising their religion centuries ago (See the The Wandering Who?).
The point is that Judaism and Islam, (and other missionary faiths), are essentially totalitarian in that religion and the secular are combined, where in Christianity the secular and religious are separated.
But if the Muslims are continuing their proselytising, then have the Jews actually stopped? No, not really because their proselytising has morphed into the proxy of socialism because I suspect the religious jews realised that if they were successful in converting the rest of humanity to Judaism, then the distinction between the chosen people, they, and the unchosen, or goyim, as they label us, would disappear. This would seem far too egalitarian an outcome so I wonder if the Jews hit on a more subtle way of spreading the faith without losing their status as the “chosen”? (It should be pointed out that the Jews were not uniquely chosen, and that other cultures also have “chosen elites”, such as the Brahmin sect in India; survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs also consider themselves “chosen”; no doubt other examples could be listed).
Totalitarian systems are those in which the individual is subsumed by the collective in thrall of an authority, in the Jewish case Jehova, or G_d according to the policies defined in the Old Testament and interpreted by the Rabbis, or some abstraction like “the State”, guided by a self appointed social elite. The secular equivalent to Judaism and Islam is thus socialism, so apart from the rhetorical superstructure over the these two religions and their antecedents, is there really that much difference between the two systems?
No, both are in thrall of an abstract authority whose earthly representatives interpret the holy books, be they the Old testament, the Quran, or the Environmental gospel.
So, like it or not, Judaism and Islam are in the same totalitarian box.