June 12, 2008

by Reb Yudel
How Would God REALLY Vote - A call for collaborators

David Klinghoffer, resident Jew at the Discovery Institute, has just come out with a new book: How Would God Vote: Why the Bible Commands You to Be a Conservative.

Longtime readers of Klinghoffer's Forward column won't be surprised to find the book maddening in its refusal to engage in serious thinking. He ignores whole swathes of Torah and Talmud; doesn't bother thinking of the actual consequences of his policies; and lines up enough straw men to constitute a fire hazard.

Klinghoffer does surprise on occasion. He praises the idea of reparations to African-Americans for slavery. He downplays the need for global conflict. (Better, he says, to fight "cultural decadence" at home.) And if you're looking for a Republican propagandist for whom opposition to abortion is only a first step toward banning contraception and no-fault divorce, Klinghoffer is your man.

However, as someone who does think the Torah has something to say about economic and political arrangements, I'm looking at this book as an opportunity. Get ready for: How Would God REALLY Vote: A Jewish Response to David Klinghoffer.

I'm looking for volunteers to write a chapter or two of the book. Chapters can come in a variety of genres:

  • You can rip tearing holes into Klinghoffer's logic
  • You can show where Klinghoffer misunderstands Torah
  • You can show how Torah addresses a policy area that Klinghoffer doesn't deal with
Contributions can be repurposed from already-published articles, op-eds, and blog posts.

Deadline is July 7. Publication date is planned for August 15, in time for political conventions and the high campaign season.

If you're interested, raise a virtual hand below, or drop me an email at larry at yudel dot com.

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