February 2, 2005

by Reb Yudel
The American Alliance of Jews and Christians

Ever hear of American Alliance of Jews and Christians? Me neither. But looking into James Dobson (enemy of non-homophobic cartoon characters and defender of the Passion movie on that grounds that noone can "believe that the Gospels — written by Jews about a Jewish Messiah and His Jewish disciples — are anti-Semitic?") I stumbled across:

The American Alliance of Jews and Christians (AAJC) is led by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. The Alliance unites American Jews with Christians on behalf of traditional values.

The AAJC’s Board of Advisers includes Dr. James Dobson, Gary Bauer, Charles Colson, Rev. Jerry Falwell, Rev. Pat Robertson, Pastor Rick Scarborough, as well as Rabbi Barry Freundel, Rabbi David Novak, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Michael Medved, John Uhlmann.

Rabbi Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, comments: “Let us remember that friendship is a two-way street. American Christians consistently stand by Israel, and while they ask nothing in return, they deserve friendship and support from American Jews. Christians seek an America that is strong both morally and materially, as do Jews, and such an America is the best friend Israel can have.”

Lapin, you may recall, has recently crossed the line toward self-hatred in his criticism of "the role that people with Jewish names play in the coarsening of our culture" which he punctuated with a quote from Adolph Hitler. (See the bottom of this post for details).

As Jonathan Tobin of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent recently put it, "who but an anti-Semite or a Jew who hates liberals more than he despises Jew-haters would place the blame for this solely on the Jews?" Tobin added, "Blaming liberals for anti-Semitism is as vile as blaming it on Jewish actors."

It's worth keeping an eye on the other members of this group. Who else, in Tobin's phrase, "hates liberals more than he despises Jew-haters"? And who else will go native, spending so much time with the anti-American Christian groups that they see everything through rosary-colored glasses?

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