Just because Mona Charen is Jewish does not give her license to attacks Jews for being overwhelmingly progressive.
Consider this from Rabbi Allen Secher of Whitefish, the only rabbi based in Montana.
As the only resident rabbi in Montana and a proud member of the Reform Movement, I am hurt, ashamed and deeply offended by Mona Charen’s recent column that was published in the Helena Independent Record this weekend.
Just when we think America is getting beyond slandering religious minorities, we are reminded right in your local paper that we must be ever vigilant. That was the feeling I and many others had reading the syndicated column.
In her piece, Charen labels Reform Jews as “arrogant,” “obtuse,” “pompous” and “leftists.” She says, “ these American Jews are being chumps” because many oppose the Iraq War. She adds that “Reform Jews would have us abandon this struggle for the sake of ‘world opinion.’ ” She hurls insults at the Reform Jewish Movement instead of substantiating her argument for continued involvement in the Iraq conflict. Her choice of invective sounds like the tantrum of a spoiled child stamping her feet because someone disagrees with her.
Worst of all, she leaps to the conclusion that because many Reform Jews oppose the war in Iraq, Reform Jews as a movement “make common cause” with those who are against “preventing suicide murderers (i.e., terrorists) from entering” Israel. How she reaches this conclusion is baffling.
Whatever your feelings on Charen’s particular political beliefs or about the War in Iraq, attacking people for their religious beliefs has no place in Montana, and no place in America. The fact is, there is a very strong case to be made for opposing wars—especially wars based on misinformation—on moral, spiritual and religious grounds. It is why many religious leaders throughout America— Christian, Jewish, Muslim and others—have long opposed not only the Iraq War, but other deadly conflicts that cost both American and foreign lives.
My friends and I have different opinions concerning the war, yet I have never felt anti-Semitism in response to my position.
Sadly, slandering and intimidating religious groups for opposing war is nothing new. People like Charen use religion as a vehicle to wield their extremist political axes instead of respecting each individual’s right to his or her spiritual beliefs.