Politics, Not Religion

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Politics, Not Religion


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

I checked the Union for Reform Judaism's (URJ) Web site after reading the article "Jewish leaders to devise strategy" (Page 1, Monday), and I found the following topping the list of topics at its biennial convention: URJ Opposes Alito Nomination as Threat to Fundamental Rights, and URJ Votes Against War In Iraq: Resolution Calls for Exit Strategy and Specific Goal for Troop Withdrawal.

The URJ is supposed to be a religious organization. What's on that site, though, sounds very much like politics to me. Of course, I am not surprised. When the religious content of a religion is eviscerated, which is pretty much what Reform Judaism has done to its Judaism, there isn't much left, and so one turns to other things - in this case, politics.

Curiously, the politics to which URJ has turned is the politics of the Democrats, a party whose politics can be viewed as inimical to religion as well as to Israel, an otherwise very important symbol for Jews.

What appalls me most about Rabbi Eric Yoffie, however, is his blithe comparison of the religious right to Nazis. …

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