William F. Buckley and the Jews


William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “In my own experience anti-Semitism is not a communicable disease.”

John B. Judis in his biography William F. Buckley Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives states that Buckley grew up with attitudes of Jewish hatred in his home. Later in life, Buckley learned that “anti-Semitism is not a communicable disease” through his own military experience and his revelation of the horrors of the Holocaust. 

What a gift the late William F. Buckley was to the American people! Samuel Freedman, writing for The Jerusalem Post, has an interesting article titled, In the Diaspora: William F. Buckley and the Jews.Among other things, Freedman credits Buckley for purging American conservatism of anti-Semitism.

If you are a fan of Buckley and/or American conservatism or just curious, perhaps you’ll find this interesting. Take a peek here.

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  1. Rena says:

    I had the privilege of meeting William F. Buckley, Jr. and being present at the taping of a few Firing Line shows. I worked for a conservative public policy think tank for 12 years that co-hosted his show on occasion. Absolutely brilliant and a formidable debater—skillful at the jabbing one-liners too. I have to admit, I had to consult the dictionary to keep up with his vocabulary. Thanks for the reference to the JPost article. Here’s another interesting one. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4656595

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