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Monday, June 15, 2009

Liberal Jews

Ron Coleman nails what's wrong with liberal Jews (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
I’m generally disappointed with the politics of American Jewish liberals. With their votes and their money, they are arguably as important a conceptual blog within the Democratic Party as unions or blacks.

But this is largely a myth. These Jews are all too often Jews in heritage, not practice or commitment, and like Glenn’s anonymous correspondent, their children are more likely than not Jews in name only.

The thing about liberal Jews isn’t that their religion interferes with their politics. It’s because politics is, for most of them, their only source of religion. Issue for issue, their votes are not defined in any identifiable way by the the sensibility of Judaism, but rather the sensibility of Jews, mostly idealized old lefties who abandoned Faith and embraced Progress.

But whether they’re liberal, like most Jews, or conservative, like the reader Instapundit quotes, they should do the Jews a favor and stop “crediting,” blaming, their politics on their heritage. It will be a big favor for both.
Read the whole thing.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

American Jews have ceased Jews and become liberals. Their Jewish identification if it exists, is cultural and does not interfere with their philosophical allegiance. Within a generation, American Jewry will probably cease to matter.


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