September 9, 2008
Republican Jew takes issue with his party’s politics and a ‘no Jews’ policy
David Benkof, a Ph.D. student in American Jewish history at New York University, belongs to the not-as-tiny-as-you-would-think family of Republican Jews.
“I believe in free enterprise, traditional family values and people’s basic liberties as guaranteed by the text of the Constitution,” Benkof writes in The Black Hills Pioneer. “But sometimes my fellow conservatives and Republicans say and do things that I find so objectionable that I wonder if I’m on the wrong side.”
That list includes positions on guns, marijuana, ethanol, the treatment of transgender and marriage and discrimination, which he says Proposition 8, the California ballot measure to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, well, has married on the campaign trail. He explains:
I agree with Benkof that ProtectMarriage.com made a misstep by hiring the Alliance Defense Fund. That move made it clear that Prop 8 was about religion. But it doesn’t surprise, or bother, me that the ADF, which has bills itself as an ACLU for conservative Christians, would only want to hire fellow travelers. Of course many faith-based organization employ followers of other religions—I work for one—but there is no constitutional expectation that they do so.
(Thanks for the link, Web Guy)