Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Answering Ezzie

Ezzie says:

Beware of secular liberals. Many would like to see all expressions of religion abolished.

I strongly disagree.

No liberal wants to take God away from you. That's a conservative shibboleth. The secular liberal agenda is not atheisim, cynicm, and mandatory French education in the public schools. The secular liberal agenda is freedom, ie: the right to choose any religion and any lifestyle you like. The liberal doesn't favor a godless vacuum. He favors choice. Worship God as you see fit. Live your life as you like. So long as you aren't hurting anyone, it isn't the state's business.

The RW Christians are the ones with the opposite intent. They are the ones busy trying to shove something down our throats, ie: their religion. And though some of their agenda might be compatible with Judaism, overwhelmingly it isn't.

To begin with, Christianity is false. The idea that God took human form is a lie. Though occasionally the other teachings of Christianity overlap with Judaism, at bottom it is idol worship, and much of it is incongruous with Torah Judaism - including its teachings on abortion and homosexuality. The sages have, for 2000 years, warned against lowering our guard around Christians. We're forbidden to eat their bread, or drink their wine, or enter their churches. The Jew (Prager) who urges us to admire their decorations, or the Jew (Krauthammer) who suggests that Christmas "enlarges" us is only a small half-step behind the Jew (Prelutsky) who hungers for faster and easier assimilation:
Although it seems a long time ago, it really wasn't, that people who came here from other places made every attempt to fit in. Assimilation wasn't a threat to anyone – it was what the Statue of Liberty represented.
Folks like Ezzie in the media and the ministry often argue that "no religion" is the alternative to "robust Christianity. This is a false choice. We aren't being asked to choose between religiona nd atheism. We're being asked to choose between Christianity and Freedom.

And smart Jews choose freedom every time.