by Don Feder
A group of reputed Jewish leaders met in New York last week to devise a strategy to deal with what
kosher Chicken Littles like the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman see as
the emerging threat of the Religious Right.
If Christian conservatives are the menace
Foxman and Friends believe, the problem is much worse than they imagine.
According to a late November FOX News poll, most Americans are what Foxman and Reform Jewish leader Eric
Yoffie would call a clear and present danger to democracy and pluralism. To
59 percent of Americans think Christianity
is under attack here;
81 percent disagree with the statement that
religion should be “excluded from public life”;
93 percent want “in God we trust” to remain
on our currency and coinage;
90 percent are for keeping “one nation under
God” in the Pledge of Alliance;
76 percent say public display of the Ten
Commandments should be legal;
82 percent favor voluntary school prayer;
77 percent believe “the courts have gone too
far in taking religion out of public life.”
As for opposition to same-sex marriage,
which Rabbi Yoffie considers the hallmark of irrationality and bigotry, more
than two dozen states have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage a
la Genesis, and always by lopsided margins. These amendments have passed
everywhere they’ve appeared on the ballot—including in such un-Bible Belt
states as Oregon and Ohio.
Prior to his December 5th meeting, Foxman
said the ADL needed “to come together with other Jewish organizations…and to
find allies beyond our community.” And find them they will—in the Democratic
National Committee, the ACLU, People for the American Way, and MoveOn.org, but hardly anywhere else.
If the FOX polling is accurate, there are few Americans who share Foxman’s
perspective. He has met the dreaded Christianizers, and they are…Middle America.
Foxman launched his latest crusade in a
November 3rd speech to the ADL leadership, wherein he warned: “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 Christianize America. To save us.”
Holy Torquemada! Is the auto-da-fe about to
make a comeback? Apparently, Foxman does expect the Spanish Inquisition—but one
run by evangelicals, who will make us all sit in the comfy chair and view the
Ten Commandment monument while listening to the Regent University choir sing
In a November 25th Wall Street Journal
article (“Biting the Hand: Why is the ADL going after evangelical
Christians?”), David Brog, former chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter,
comments: “Just because Christian activists are motivated by their Christian
faith does not mean that they are seeking to “Christianize” America….Christian
churches have been the driving force behind some of the most important social
movements in America, from the abolition of slavery to the civil-rights
Still, the “Christianizing” drumbeat
continues. Rabbi Yoffie has the distinction of making Foxman look rational by
In a November 19th speech in Houston, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism declared: “We understand those who believe that the
Bible opposes gay marriage, even though we read that text in a very different
way.” However, “We can not forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one
of the first things he did was ban gay organizations.” And one of the second things
he did was ban Communist organizations. So what?
How the Left loves to play the
you’re-just-like-the-Nazis game. Yoffie may be unaware of the fact that Ernst
Rohm and the leadership of the storm troopers were homosexuals, as was Nazi
Party Secretary Rudolf Hess. In his book The Hidden Hitler, German historian
Lothar Machtan offers convincing evidence that the fuhrer himself was a closet
Most of the Jews murdered by the Nazis were
Orthodox from Eastern Europe. Being Torah-observant, they were more likely to
share Dr. Dobson’s perspective on homosexuality than Yoffie’s. There aren’t
different ways to read the Bible’s prohibition on homosexual acts. The problem
is that while conservative Christians take Jewish scriptures seriously,
modernist Jews like Yoffie interpret it metaphorically. “Rabbi” Yoffie reads
the Torah the way Justice David Souter reads the Constitution.
And that’s the bottom line: Christians like
Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Jerry Falwell embrace Jewish values. Jews like
Foxman and Yoffie spurn them.
What Foxman calls a campaign to Christianize
America is actually an effort to return Judeo-Christian
morality—the Biblical code on which this nation was founded and through which
it grew to greatness—to the councils of government. The ethical code
conservative Christians are fighting for comes from a Jewish book that’s topped
the best-sellers’ list since Sinai.
According to The Jewish Week, at the
Foxman-Yoffie summit, the way Christians mobilized to save Terri Schiavo was
seen as another ominous portent.
But when exactly did starving to death a
brain-damaged woman become a Jewish value? Eric Yoffie, that student of
history, may recall that one of the other first-things the Nazis did on
assuming power was to murder the severely disabled and mentally ill through
A deep reverence for human life is
authentically Jewish—particularly in light of the wanton destruction of Jewish
life, from the Pharaoh in the Exodus, to the Holocaust, to jihadist
The Talmud tells us that whoever saves a
human life saves the entire world. But Foxman and Yoffie view the efforts of
religious conservatives to place limits on abortion and stop medical murder as
fateful steps on the road to “Christian America.”
Was America a theocracy prior to 1962, when
we had prayer (and in some cases Bible reading) in the schools, abortion was
illegal, Nativity scenes were displayed in parks, and the idea of the state
sanctioning homosexual “marriage” was too funny for words?
What Christian conservatives seek is a
return to the moral status quo of 40 years ago. I was alive in America then, and don’t recall forced-baptisms,
inquisitions, or a state church.
I do recall that this blessed land—which
took in my immigrant, Jewish grandparents—was founded by Christians on a
As I recall, it was young Christians (some
only teenagers) who went to Europe in 1944-45, liberated the death camps, and plunged a
bayonet into the evil heart of Hitlerism, thus saving world Jewry from the
I also recollect that it was a Christian,
from the Bible-belt no less—Harry S. Truman—whose diplomatic support at a
crucial time helped create the state of Israel.
And today, those evangelicals Foxman calls
Christianizers are the backbone of American support for the Jewish state. Rabbi
Yechiel Eckstein is the founder of the International Fellowship of Christians
and Jews. Last year, his group raised almost $45 million to help Israel, almost all of it from evangelical Christians. In a
2002 IFCJ poll, “conservative, church-going Christians” had the highest level
of support for the Jewish state (62 percent) among non-Jewish religious groups.
My grandparents pondered the question often
asked during 2,000 years of exile: Is it good for the Jews? Apparently, Foxman
and Yoffie believe that a secular America, severed from 3,300 years of Judeo-Christian
tradition, is just ducky for the Jewish people.
Charges of “Christianizing” are red
herrings. Foxman’s real issue with Christian conservatives is his opposition to
their moral/political agenda. The ADL is a leftist group masquerading as a
Jewish group. (The same could be said of much of Yoffie’s Reform movement.)
If they have a problem with Christian
America, they should try a Muslim America.
Nature abhors a vacuum. Europe is decades ahead of us in the business of secularization. The proposed
constitution for the European Union can’t even acknowledge the religious roots
of what used to be called Christendom.
Europeans stopped going to church. Then they
stopped having children, having lost the spiritual impetus for procreation.
Demographic winter set in. Then the Muslims
moved in. They’re the ones having large families, supported by Europe’s very generous welfare benefits. It’s said there are now more mosques
than churches in southern France.
A glimpse of Europe’s future may be seen in the recent Muslim riots around Paris. Besides burning cars, the rioters firebombed
churches and synagogues.
For the past five years, Europe has experienced a wave of anti-Semitism not seen since the Second World
War. It’s not evangelicals beating Jews in the streets of Paris, attacking Jewish day schools and kosher
restaurants, and vandalizing Jewish cemeteries. (Christian conservatives like
Gary Bauer are among the loudest voices speaking out against Kristallnacht,
Twenty years ago, Joshua O. Haberman, a
reform rabbi, wrote an article entitled, “The Bible Belt Is America’s Safety
Belt.” It’s what keeps us from careening into a moral abyss of death-on-demand,
sex divorced from values, a Roman orgy and demolition derby passing as
entertainment, drugs used to fill lives devoid of meaning, and a generation of
strutting savages in Calvin Kleins.
While Foxman is busy looking for allies
outside of what he calls our “community” (by which, I assume, he means those
who read The New York Times religiously and support Public Television), America
is caught in a pincer move—the moral decadence of the Left on one hand, and
militant Islam on the other.
But, not to worry, Foxman and Yoffie know
where the threat to America (and American Jews) lies, and are here to fight the
—FrontPageMagazine.com, December 13,
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from The Schwarz Report, Volume 46, Number 2, February 2006, the Christian
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