This just in: Huck Finn pro-Palestinian Terrorist!
Religion Trumps Real Estate Laws"...[You can't] try to reason out a thing that's pure theology by the laws that protect real estate!". ---Tom SawyerTom:
"A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land from the paynim
"Which Holy Land?"Tom:
Holy Land -- there ain't but one."Huck:
"What do we
want of it?"Tom:
"Why, can't you understand? It's in the hands of the paynim
, and it's our duty to take it away from them."Huck:
"How did we come to let them git hold of it?"Tom:
"Why we didn't let them git hold of it. They always had it."Huck:
"Why, Tom, then it must belong to them, don't it?"Tom:
"Why of course it does. Who said it didn't?"Huck (narrating):
I studied it over, but couldn't seem to git at the right of it, no way. I says:Huck:
"It's too many for me, Tom Sawyer. If I had a farm and it was mine, and another person wanted it, would it be right for him to--"Tom (interrupting):
"Oh, shucks! You don't know enough to come in when it rains, Huck Finn. It ain't a farm, it's entirely different. You see, it's like this. They own the land, just the mere land, and that's all they do
own; but it was our folks, our Jews and Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven't any business to be there defiling it. It's a shame and we ought not to stand it a minute. We ought to march against them and take it away from them".Huck:
Why, it does seem to me it's the most mixed-up thing I ever see! Now if I had a farm and another person--"Tom (interrupting again):
"Don't I tell you it hasn't got anything to do with farming? Farming is business, just common low-down business: that's all it is, it's all you can say for it, but this is highter, this is religious, and totally different".Huck:
"Religious to go and take the land away from people that owns it?"Tom:
"Certainly: it's always been considered so."Huck (narrating):
"I am peaceable, and don't get up rows with people that ain't doing nothing to me. I allowed if the paynim
was satisfied I was, and we would let it stand at that.
"Now Tom he got all that notion out of Walter Scott's book, which he was always reading. And it was
a wild notion, because in my opinion he never could've raised the men, and if he did, as like as not he would've got licked. I took the book and read all about it, and as near as I could make it out, most of the folks that shook farming to go crusading had a mighty rocky time of it."
--Dialogue from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer Abroad, NY, 1894. Published a full three years before Herzl's First Zionist Congress in Basle.