December 15, 2005


Jews feel threatened by religious right (Michael Conlon, 12/15/05, Reuters)

"There is a feeling on all sides that something is changing," said Abraham Foxman, director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.

"The polls indicate a very serious thing -- that over 60 percent of the American people feel that religion and Christianity are under attack," he said on Thursday in an interview.

"Some are saying we are attacking (Christianity). " [...]

"Every room (from bedroom to classroom) in the American mansion is under assault to impose either de facto or de jure a Christian theocracy -- I call them Christocrats," said Rabbi James Rudin, former head of interreligious activities for the American Jewish Committee.

Well, Christocrats is better than Rabby Yoffie calling us Nazis anyway.

Jewish useful idiots (Mona Charen, 12/16/05,

Apparently eager to disprove the Jewish reputation for intelligence, the Union for Reform Judaism recently adopted a resolution condemning the Iraq War and demanding that President Bush provide "a clear exit strategy," including a plan for troop withdrawals.

In a letter to President Bush alerting him to the URJ's action, Robert Heller and Rabbi Eric Yoffe lost no opportunity to flaunt their supposed moral sensitivity. Calling the war a "major tragedy" that has "discredited … America in the international community" and "contributed to the growth of terrorism," the two Reform leaders informed the president: "We also call on Congress to provide more effective oversight of the war and to ensure that the financial burden of the war falls not just on the poor and on future generations but is shared equitably. … We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, violations of the Geneva Conventions and other applicable laws, including torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody … " And so on.

The Reform movement is the largest Jewish denomination in America and the most liberal (politically and religiously). There is nothing new about Reform Jews adopting leftist positions. But this one is particularly galling. Consider the irony: Throughout the Muslim world, from Indonesia to Egypt to Pakistan, huge numbers are convinced that the United States is engaged in Iraq only because a powerful cabal of Jews lured the nation into it. Millions are certain that Jews did not show up for work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, because they were in on the sinister plan by the Israeli Mossad or the CIA to hijack planes, fly them into the buildings and then blame Al Qaeda. There is only one group that our Islamist enemy hates more than Americans, and that is — guess who?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2005 4:04 PM

The ADL does attack Christianity, so I'm not sure what Foxman's complaining about.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 16, 2005 12:20 AM

Wrong title for Rabbi Yoffie. Should read:

Comrade Yoffie

Reform Judaism has gutted the religion so much that its remaining adherents must succumb to socialism and leftism to replace the loss its members feel as a result of this excision.

They are not to be identified as Jews per se, but rather, Leftists who happened to be born Jewish.

Posted by: obc at December 16, 2005 12:34 AM

sounds like a movie title..."The Christocrats"

Posted by: walt's toe at December 16, 2005 5:51 AM

obc: Actually, the Reform movement is coming back to Judaism. I understand that they're not any more actually forbidden to keep kosher and the Temple newsletters have stopped running pork chop recipes.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 16, 2005 7:40 AM

Of course they think you are attacking them, rabbi. That's because you are attacking them. They may be dumb, ignorant, Christian rednecks, but they aren't that stupid.

I mean, Hello! You just accused a bunch of people of wanting to set up a dictatorship and overthrow the republic!

Man, I give up, I can't write fiction better than reality.

Posted by: Mikey at December 16, 2005 8:31 AM

I suspect most of the so-called Religious Right is very pro-Jewish; they are probably against secular Jews (an odd term) and left-wing interfaith groups that are anti-Christian and anti-religion.

Posted by: pchuck at December 16, 2005 11:21 AM


like the Democratic Party?

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2005 11:58 AM

First [i]christers[/i] and now [i]christocrats[/i]! What'll they think of next?

Posted by: Dave W at December 16, 2005 9:37 PM

Es ist schwer, ein Yid zu sein.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 17, 2005 1:09 AM