Organized Jewish groups get one right…

Since I have a history of not holding back when I disagree with Jewish institutions, it’s nice to see they get one right this morning:

As leaders of the Jewish community, none of whose organizations will endorse or oppose any candidate for President, we feel compelled to speak out against certain rhetoric and tactics in the current campaign that we find particularly abhorrent. Of particular concern, over the past several weeks, many in our community have received hateful emails that use falsehood and innuendo to mischaracterize Senator Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and who he is as a person.

Kudos to the folks at the Wiesenthal Center for starting this up, and to the folks who affixed their name to it, including reps from the JCPA, the Religious Action Center, the Orthodox Union, UJC, the AJC, the National Council of Jewish Women, and even the Anti Defamation League. Yasher Koach on this one.
(hat tip: the good folks at TPM)

12 thoughts on “Organized Jewish groups get one right…

  1. This is hilarious.
    Barak has admitted that he attended a Muslim school for two years and used to pray with them and go to mosque.
    He said he is now a Christian.
    Whats a more important story is that he was raised in extreme wealth and did NOT live the American Dream. (much like George W Bush). He is NOT an underdog who worked hard and succeeded.

  2. I actually really like Obama, but in all fairness, has the Wiesenthal Center made similar statements about some of the comments on Romney’s religion?

  3. Yasher koach to these organizations indeed!
    themicah writes:
    I actually really like Obama, but in all fairness, has the Wiesenthal Center made similar statements about some of the comments on Romney’s religion?
    The comments about Romney weren’t directed at Jewish voters the way the comments about Obama were. Their letter says “many in our community have received hateful emails”. If anything, evangelical Christian leaders would be the ones to write a parallel letter about Romney.

  4. The UCC passed a controversial resolution supporting divestment at its national convention (with significant opposition within the church itself). If a Jew belongs to a [insert denomination] synagogue, is there a presumption that s/he agrees with every resolution passed at that denomination’s national biennial, or that s/he should be held accountable for every such resolution? If not, then let’s not apply those standards to members of other religious communities.

  5. Hi Adam,
    I got to ask you, did you read that article you quoted from? Here, let’s see. While attempting to smear Sen. Obama and borrowing from the madrassa story that’s been debunked about a million times, this gem is supposed to show us how scary Obama is:
    “Obama went to Occidental college, whose motto is “West is nearest to the East”.”
    Oh? Oh really? Because Occidental’s motto is “West is nearest to the East”, we should fear Obama? when i wake up, i’m calling Occidental to see if that’s even their damn motto. But this article you posted is almost two years old and consists of already debunked garbage.

  6. The fact that the UCC supports divestment does not make it anti Israel per se. All it says is that it wants Israel to conform to the church’s vision of what Israel should be doing with itself, much like how supporting divestment from Iran does not make the supporter anti-Iran, but rather in opposition with the current policies of the Iranian government.
    The UCC was also one of the first large protestant denominations to accept gay and lesbian members into its laity and clergy, and is an open and leftist denomination. I’d rather have the president from there then from whatever funny church Bush is from.

  7. Seven Jewish senators have now sent out a similar letter condemning these smears.
    (TPM’s headline says “unaffiliated Jewish senators”, and I thought it was odd that they thought the senators’ Jewish affiliations were at all relevant, until I read the article and saw that this meant that these senators have not endorsed a presidential candidate.)

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