Jewish Journal

Obama more like Lincoln or God?

By Brad A. Greenberg

July 11, 2012 | 9:38 pm

Speaking of gay marriage and same-sex unions, this was the cover of The Advocate last week. It poses an odd question: For his unequivocal support of gay marriage, is President Obama more like Lincoln or God?

The LGBT-interest magazine left that question open. In fact, though God and Lincoln are evoked by the cover, neither are referenced in the accompanying article. But, for the first time in decades, Obama provided the magazine with “a candidate it can endorse for president.”

  • Peres: Settlements bad for the Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the West Bank settlements are bad for the Jews. JTA reports:

    “It is doubtful that a Jewish state without a Jewish majority can remain Jewish,” Peres said, inferring that settlements would lead to the inextricable inclusion of the Palestinians living on the West Bank.

    Peres’ remarks were an apparent response to the Levy Committee report, released Sunday, which stated that the West Bank settlements were legal because Israel does not meet the definition, under international law, of a military occupation.

  • Episcopal Church approves liturgy for same-sex unions

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 9:14 am

    The Episcopal Church—the U.S. branch of the old Church of England—yesterday approved a liturgy for its clergy to use during same-sex unions. Episcopalians are the largest U.S. denomination to do so.

    Reuters reports:

    Delegates to its triennial convention voted 171-50 to approve the... read on

  • Woman uses Bible to ‘knock the demon’ out of pastor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Not your grandmother’s Bible thumpin’.

    Ina Garrett, a 64-year-old Southern Baptist woman, has been charged with assault for, admittedly, smacking her pastor in the head with a Bible. Even more shocking is that the Rev. Leon Taylor, of the 30-member Mt. Zion Baptist Church in... read on

  • Judge orders drunk driver to read Bible’s tale of Job

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2012 | 6:50 pm

    Really interesting constitutional questions raised by a woman who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated being sentenced to eight years in jail, five years probation and substance abuse counseling. It’s none of those conditions that raise the constitutional concern. It’s this:

    ... read on
  • Whites-only ‘Christian’ conference

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Sure, these guys are entitled to their religious and speech freedoms. But that doesn’t mean any of us have to like it. Nor does it mean that other Christians can’t criticize such a backwards and racist interpretation of the Bible.

    More at HuffPo.

  • Divestment and redefining marriage measures fail at Presbyterian convention

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Two closely watched resolutions were narrowly defeated at the Presbyterian Church (USA)‘s biennial General Assembly.

    First, JTA reports on the failed divestment resolution:

    Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this... read on

  • Romney, Clinton to visit Israel—separately

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 6, 2012 | 10:38 am

    It’s presidential campaign season, and for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama that means assuring American Jews that they’ll be good for the Israel. President Obama has frequently been criticized by hawkish American Jews for his policies in the Mideast, and Secretary of State Hillary... read on

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