May 15, 2008
Small Mac attack, Wright flap, too much tolerance
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The Wright Flap and the Black Candidate," calling attention to Pastor John Hagee, a close ally of the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (May 9). Hagee believes that gays brought on the Katrina disaster in New Orleans by angering God with a proposed gay pride parade and also called the Catholic Church "the great whore."
In my view, Sonenshein's larger point would have had even greater impact on readers of The Jewish Journal, however, had he cited Hagee's views on Jews in his book, "Jerusalem Countdown," Pages 92-93, as cited in the Huffington Post on May 10:
"It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God's chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day.... How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for His chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings He had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come ... it rises from the judgment of God upon his rebellious chosen people."
The acceptance of such "prophets" as Hagee by many in the Jewish community shows how far we have strayed from Rabbi A.J. Heschel's views of prophetic Judaism, a long bygone era when rabbis once actually marched in the streets to oppose racism and war.
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