Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dennis Prager doesn't get it about the Left

In his most recent column, Dennis Prager shows again that he does not understand the religious motivations regarding much of political discourse:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1206/prager122706.php3

Excerpt:

'And they [the religious Bible believers of many faiths] line up together on virtually every major social/moral issue.

Name the issue: same-sex marriage; the morality of medically unnecessary abortions; capital punishment for murder....strong support for Israel'

Actually, no. A large fraction of religious Christians -- most non-evangelical Protestants -- don't have a problem withe abortion. Most Christian Churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, oppose capital punishment -- and I've been told by two different rabbis independently not to serve on a jury in a capital case because the protections our legal system provides defendents in such cases fall so far beneath the Torah standard.

'the hatred that much of the Left has for Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and Mormon Bible-believers'

Actually, much of the Left consists of such Bible believers. Talk to a devout Mennonite about the morality of war, for example. Or an Orthodox Jewish scientist about the importance of not having politics interfere with medical research. (I am such a scientist.) Or a Catholic priest who is ready to go to prison for helping undocumented immigrants. Or any reasonable Christian or Jew who has read the prophets about the importance of society taking care of those who are not as fortunate.

We believe. We are of the Left. And we aren't going anywhere. Mr. Prager may not understand this, but we don't fit into his simple system.

4 Comments:

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Anonymous mycroft said...

Although I wouldn't describe myself as left-there is great truth in what you wrote.Judaism is not synonomous with the GOP. Probably the Neviim in general would be more comfortable with the left than the modern right. Why it appears differently today is an interesting postwar (WW11) question.

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