Okay. So some
Jews who were enamored with Ann have just found out that those
spindly legs that graced the cover of Time are made of clay.
Others, like David Horowitz, are doing their best to make repairs
on a very flawed "Ms. Right" by propping her up and declaring her
an honest Christian woman.
How about an
honest assessment from the right-wing Jewish pundits who, in light
of over-the-top US Christian nationalism, may have to reassess
their loyalties and direction?
America's fractured Christian Right would have more luck in the
upcoming elections if they bestowed icon status on a plucky and
articulate nun who can speak thoughtfully and respectfully, while
keeping her darkest secrets and deepest theological aspirations
hidden safely behind convent walls. At the very least, put Ann
behind the veil.
always worn her cross on her sleeve (when she wears sleeves), but
Jews never seem to notice these things until the crucifix is
dangling within an inch of our eyes. In response to 9/11, she
wrote, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and
convert them to Christianity." But "them" wasn't us, and so we let
At a lecture at
Northwestern University a few years back she declared, "This is a
religious war, not against Islam but for Christianity, for a
Christian nation.... The concept of equality, especially when it
comes to gender equality, was not invented by Gloria Steinem. It
was invented by Jesus Christ. As long as people look long enough,
they will always come to Christianity."
Good thing we
But Jews in the
Diaspora are always shocked when they are finally reminded of who
they are, and recent declarations of Christian nationalism by John
McCain and Ann Coulter have stirred Lady Liberty's simmering
melting pot and sensitivities - and American Jews are feeling the
getting sticky for us Jews in Israel, too. What was supposed to be
a practical marriage of convenience to improve and strengthen our
economic, political and security standing in Israel has been
converted into a full blown love affair of Biblical proportions.
And our Evangelical partners are pushing for a Judeo-Christian
consummation - a spiritual bonding - of our relationship. We should
have had a prenuptial agreement drawn up before embarking on this
precarious interfaith venture.
Too bad, because
we Israelis had always enjoyed tremendous benefits from our
connection with Gentile friends and supporters. We didn't have to
cross questionable political, legislative, halachic,
monetary and spiritual territory in order to nurture and build on
that potential. But in our enthusiasm, we created a missionizing
Knowing what we
now know about Coulter and company, do we really want to pursue
theologically based bonds with Christians who are so passionate
about their beliefs? And if we do opt to continue our relationship,
how far do we take it?
Jewish people attempt to form a union with another faith whose
members can't keep their mouths shut about what they perceive to be
the sacred truth, but which to us is utter and explosive blasphemy?
With headlines from major Christian Zionist and Jewish Messianic
publications boasting that "Jews Beg Christians to Save the Temple
Mount," it appears that we have been handed the short end of the
grafted Judeo-Christian stick.
I can't help but
feel that the borders of Jerusalem are now on the line, because we
couldn't hold our halachic and ethical
A good part of
American Jewry has reason to raise the alarm over the rise of the
Christian Right, but with Israeli Zionists leaning on America's
Evangelicals and empowering them, it looks like we have the makings
of an even more serious split between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.
And we need unity for victory.
The good news is
that we hold the key - a common denominator - for Jewish unity.
Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and atheist Jews - across
the entire political spectrum in both Israel and the Diaspora - all
agree that Jesus is not our Lord and savior. Bingo. Maybe saving
Judaism, Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael is as simple as saying
Perhaps we Jews
would be more successful if we would focus on strengthening
ourselves and our faith, rather than empowering Christendom in
Jerusalem and Washington.
After all, if
Ann Coulter gets her way and Christian nationalism rules the day in
America, then we will have to ensure that our Diaspora brethren
have a Jewish State - even an imperfect one - to come home