Congress Says Jewish Noahide Laws are Foundation of U.S.

Menorah at White House
Menorah at White House-Going a bit too far?

I originally set out to debunk the claim that congress passed a resolution declaring the primacy of Jewish Noahide laws. “Silly conspiracy theorists,” I thought. Only this time, they were pretty much right.

Did Congress Pass Such a Resolution? Yes. Repeatedly.

The first resolution was passed in 1978 and has been passed annually since then. The text of the law, H.J. RES.104.ENR is available online for your reading pleasure. The title of the Resolution is “Education Day.” Sounds innocent

  • “Whereas Congress recognizes the historical tradition of ethical values and principles which are the basis of civilized society and upon which our great Nation was founded;
  •  Whereas these ethical values and principles have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization, when they were known as the Seven Noahide Laws;”

Our great nation was founded on (what were known from the dawn of civilization as) the Seven Noahide Laws?  What the heck are they? According to the Jewish Virtual Library, they are the minimal laws gentiles must obey, specifically:

  1. Do Not Deny God
  2. Do Not Blaspheme God
  3. Do Not Murder
  4. Do Not Engage in Incestuous, Adulterous or Homosexual Relationships.
  5. Do Not Steal
  6. Do Not Eat of a Live Animal
  7. Establish Courts/Legal System to Ensure Law Obedience

These laws differ from the ten commandments because they come from the Talmud  (commentaries of religious authorities) not the Torah (what we call the Old Testament.)

So what if these Noahide Laws were actually enforced?

From the Jewish Virtual Library: “Even though the Talmud and Maimonides stipulate that a non-Jew who violated the Noachide laws was liable to capital punishment, contemporary authorities have expressed the view that this is only the maximal punishment.”

So, no worries-the death penalty is only the maximal punishment. Perhaps offenders will find mercy and just have body parts cut off?

But, this is just a resolution honoring somebody named “Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, leader of the worldwide Lubavitch movement.” It’s not really a law, is it?

According to the Legal Dictionary the answer is iffy: Resolutions do not normally have the force of law, but can have under crisis situations.

Who is this Rabbi and what is his movement all about? Schneerson, or “The Rebbe” died in 1994, according to this glowing biography and was a world leader, a man of vision and  significance. Indeed some of his followers think he is the Messiah. Lubavitch or Chabad is the “largest Jewish religious organization in the world,” according to Jewocity, a directory of Jewish businesses.

But The Rebbe had his critics. According to the Center for Jewish Demographics, Chabad, a 250 year-old movement, encourages Rebbe worship along the lines of personality cults and has an excessively visionary agenda, as in this video of a Rebbe claiming the right to rule the world.

So we have congress passing a resolution repeatedly establishing the ethical-religious basis for America as Jewish laws covering gentiles, as if America were a Jewish state ruled by Rebbes and gentiles were second-class citizens subject to capital punishment for disobeying the Seven Noahide Laws.

How did that one slip by? Schneerson pushed this agenda and was confident Americans could be persuaded. He said, “It is Chabad’s point of view that the American mind is simple, honest, direct—good, tillable soil for Hassidism…’

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