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Israeli Jews Questioning Their Faith in the Christian Right

A very interesting Op-Ed piece which follows on the recent remarks by Ann Coulter:

Ok. 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 U.S. Christian nationalism, may have to reassess their loyalties and direction.

Perhaps 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.

Coulter has 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 it pass.

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 weren't looking.

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 heat.

Things are 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 pre nuptial agreement drawn up before embarking on this precarious interfaith venture.

Coulter Shock, by Ellen W. Horowitz

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