'Bill, Jews Are Not the Enemy'
Donohue's anti-Semitic reference to 'secular Jews who control Hollywood' prevents Christians and Jews from working together.Jesus) "ignorant peasants."
But after a few days, the pit of press hell opened for Donohue. First there was the Daily News article on Wednesday that said, "Jewish viewers are still agog over Catholic League President William Donohue's comments on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" the other night." Then Frank Rich of the New York Times attacked Donohue for his anti-Semitic diatribe with the words, "For Shame," and Jon Stewart replayed the debate as a lead-in to his Daily Show and called Donohue an expletive.
For my part, I invited Donohue, with whom I normally share a warm and friendly relationship, onto my radio show twice, affording him the opportunity to retract the offensive slander. Sadly, he chose to defend and explain the accuracy of the comment instead.
Christians throughout the United States had better get used to the idea that much of what they say and do scares the hell out of Jews. And people like me, long defenders, apologists, and admirers of religious Christians, are losing our ability to convince the Jewish community that evangelical Christians are our brothers with whom we should work to create a more moral America.
Certainly, it does not help that evangelical Christians, who so love and support the State of Israel, also believe that Jews who lead exemplary lives but don't believe in Jesus are going to hell. It also doesn't help that all-too-many evangelicals are extremely vocal about this offensive belief, which utterly dismisses the Jewish faith as spiritually useless. Of course, every religion is entitled to its beliefs, and people should be judged by their actions rather than their dogma. But increasingly, since President Bush's election, religious Christians are showing an insensitivity to Jews and Judaism that is causing further distance between the two communities.When I wrote an article arguing that passive Christmas displays--like "Merry Christmas" signs and nativity scenes--ought to be allowed in public places, but not active displays that would have Jewish youth in public schools forced to sing "O Holy Night," I was surprised to receive many emails from my evangelical Christian readers telling me that we Jews have to respect the will of the majority, which is Christian. If the public schools are filled with mostly Christian kids, then why should they be denied singing Christmas carols to accommodate the Jews?