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Friday, January 06, 2006

Jewish and mainline protestant religious leaders are campaigning for gay rights legislation in Washington state. Philocrites covers the efforts of an interfaith group that is engaged in organizing communities. The goal is to pressure the Massachusetts legislature to expand health care coverage.

Pat Robertson has made some headlines saying that Ariel Sharon's stroke was caused by the wrath of God because of the Israeli prime minister's peace plans. The head of the Union for Reform Judaism said Robertson's comments violated simple human decency.

Even though some might be embarrased by these comments they do raise questions about what is the nature of evangelical support for Israel. Is it contingent on whether Israel is following or not, "end times prophecy" as these comments suggest?

Or is it contingent on Jewish voices being silent on social issues, so as to not confront the religious right? It's from this context from which Jewish leaders from the ADL to the Union of Reform Judaism have been raising questions about the nature of their relationship with evangelicalism.


At 7:52 PM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

Have you seen any evangelicals involved with the divestiture campaign?

At 8:48 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

Good point, though some mainline Protestant bodies either rejected that approach (the Episcopalians) or embraced an investment campaign that invests in those companies, groups which are seeking to bring reconciliation (the ELCA). But I still think both the mainline and evangelicals have a ways to go in terms of inter-Jewish dialogue.


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