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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Is the honeymoon over?



A very interesting article here from Salon.com, regarding the rocky relationship between the Jewish faith and evangelical Christianity.

Throughout the last five years, as the Christian right has assumed ever greater power and prominence in America, the organized Jewish community has been remarkably quiescent. Traditionally, Jewish leaders have been among the most vigilant guardians of American secularism, seeing the separation of church and state as key to Jewish equality. But faced with an evangelical president who seemed inviolable and an alliance of convenience with the religious right over Israel, Jewish leaders didn't raise much of an outcry when billions of taxpayer dollars were diverted toward religious charities through Bush's faith-based initiative. They didn't make a fuss when the administration filled the bureaucracy with veterans of groups like the Family Research Council and the Christian Coalition. As leaders of the religious right and their allies in the Republican Party trumpeted plans to "take America back," observers detected growing anxiety among ordinary American Jews, but there was little response from organized Jewry.

This month, that started to change. Two major Jewish figures -- Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism -- have taken on the religious right and, by extension, the Republican Party. By doing so, they have enraged some evangelicals and opened a fissure in the larger Jewish community. Some leaders are worried about provoking a conservative backlash and ushering in a new era of anti-Semitism. Others rejoice that someone has finally articulated what so many ordinary American Jews have been thinking. Either way, the culture wars have suddenly taken on an overtly sectarian cast.
Read it all.

Comments on "Is the honeymoon over?"

 

Blogger Winston Smith said ... (11:11 AM) : 

And now we're in the midst of the annual "War on Christmas" paranoia-fest. Not to mention the right wing's ongoing jihad against the ACLU, whose President and Legal Director are both Jewish.

 

Blogger Dave said ... (1:13 AM) : 

I've been hearing a lot lately from people who are far further to the right of me of their growing unease with the way things are going with regards the religious right in America (a very small but vocal part of the Christian faith). These are people who would never, ever dream of thinking a progressive thought....but are Jews who honestly believe that they are being taken for a ride.

 

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