November 16, 2005


Why does Foxman tout ‘menace’ of evangelicals? To raise more money (David Klinghoffer, Nov. 15, 2005, JTA)

Devoted to fighting anti-Jewish bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League is America’s most influential Jewish group. So what are we to make of the weird air of unreality in the ADL’s public statements about Christians?

Consider the recent address by Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director, to the group’s annual meeting, in which he called for a community-wide response to a growing threat.

Foxman spoke Nov. 3 in New York during a week when disturbing news stories were unfolding around the world. The riots across France by immigrant Muslim youths were building to a climax. These are the same youths who have been terrorizing French Jews for the past five years — assaulting individuals, firebombing synagogues and desecrating Jewish cemeteries.

The same week, Iran’s president was refusing to back down from his call to fellow Muslims to “wipe Israel off the map.” Meanwhile, TV viewers in Egypt had just spent Ramadan enjoying a new drama series based on “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the notorious anti-Semitic hoax.

If there is one religion that poses a danger to Jewish interests, it’s worldwide Islam. How strange, then, that Foxman held up the terrifying specter of, um — American Christianity.

“Today,” said Foxman, “we face a better financed, more sophisticated, coordinated, unified, energized and organized coalition of groups in opposition to our policy positions on church-state separation than ever before. Their goal is to implement their Christian worldview. To save us!” [...]

[W]hy vilify them? Historical Christian anti-Semitic persecution cannot fully explain modern Jewish attitudes. Surely Jews are rational enough to appreciate that we don’t live in medieval Europe, but rather in a time of unprecedented Christian philo-Semitism, especially among conservative Christians.

Why should Jewish hatred of Evangelicals be any more rational than anti-Semitism?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2005 4:12 PM

This self-appointed ignoramous does not speak for all Jews. It is no different that Jesse Jackson speaking for all blacks.

Posted by: obc at November 16, 2005 7:40 PM

It's the whole slate of political goals of conservative Christians that has him in an uproar; therefore that these same Christians are among Israel's staunchest defenders is driving him to distraction. Perhaps if he could just come out and articulate this he wouldn't appear so foolish, but it would require nuance--sadly, not exactly held at a premium in today's political environment.

Posted by: Dennis at November 16, 2005 8:20 PM

Both are common enough types.

Posted by: oj at November 16, 2005 8:21 PM

It's like BDS. They're a safe group to hate because you can do something about them, and nothing will happen to you. Unlike the really dangerous groups that actually want to do you harm. They're just too scary. And dangerous. Transfer that hate to a safer group.

That and tradition.

Posted by: Mikey at November 16, 2005 9:01 PM

Jews do not hate Christians. Mostly this is a fund raising appeal from Foxman to an established and older audience. Most of them grew up in big cities in the east and the only non-Jews they knew were catholic immigrants. The Democrat party bosses, many of whom were Irish catholics who hated the British, used the middle American WASP as their whipping boy.

Philip Roth exemplified their mentality in "the Plot Against America." They are old and set in their ways.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2005 3:56 AM


Sure they do.

Posted by: oj at November 17, 2005 7:36 AM

OJ: this is between your wife and you.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 18, 2005 1:23 AM
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