Thursday, February 21, 2013

More on the obsequious, approval-seeking behavior of the Lincoln Square Synagogue

Spotted on Facebook:
That an Orthodox Jewish institution would allow a prince of the church into their domain is appaling. The church is, and always has been, anti-semitic, racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, and the enemy of free thought and intellect. This is disgraceful. 
Dov Bear rightly points out that no Reform or Conservative Rabbi would ever be allowed to address this Orthodox congregation, but this emissary of Rome is welcomed with open arms. For shame.
I've been debating some of LSS's defenders, and they just don't seem to get it. For them this is all about being tolerant and neighborly, but how can anyone with an ounce of Jewish pride demonstrate tolerance and friendship to the official representative of an organization that has such an unrepudiated track record of Antisemitism?

I can accept and understand friendship and tolerance toward lay Catholics. I can even understand and accept friendship and tolerance toward churchmen who are acting as civilians, and not in the capacity as churchmen. But that isn't the case here. Dolan is visiting the shul as the Pope's agent.

And you don't even have to review the terrible 2000 year history of hate crimes to understand why this  is wrong. Go back just three years. In 2009,  Dolan's immediate superior revoked the excommunication of Richard Williamson, a staunch Holocaust denier who has not only refused to back away from his ideas but continues to state them. A little later, Dolan's immediate superior rewrote the Mass liturgy to include a prayer for our conversion.

Now, consider an analogous situation. Say the Prime Minister of Mitzelhip granted citizenship and honor to a holocaust denier while calling on citizens of his country to pray for our conversion  Would you welcome that Prime Minister's official emissary into your shul? Would you allow him to preach at you about friendship and tolerance? Would you take his calls for "dialogue" seriously? Of course not.

So that alone ought to disqualify Dolan from being welcomed into a shul in his capacity as a Prince of the Catholic Church.

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