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It's time for American Jews to open their eyes
townhall.com ^ | 6/16/04 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 06/15/2004 11:45:45 PM PDT by kattracks

It's been long enough. For the last two decades, American Jews have shirked common sense and logic in the interest of an ideology that deserted them long ago. American Jewish leftism cannot be overlooked or excused. And in a world teetering on the brink of disaster, blind loyalty to a false cause can no longer be afforded.
 
Jews have a long history of liberalism in America, dating from a day when conservatives were "country-club Republicans" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was deified. Those days are long past. Elderly Jews should realize that FDR is dead and that his party no longer stands for tolerance.

 It was Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who claimed that a Jewish cabal stood behind the Iraq war. It was former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from Georgia, who took money from anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorist supporters during her candidacy for Congress. It was Vermont's Howard Dean, a Democrat, who labeled Hamas members "soldiers." It was Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, who was once Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. It was Sen. Ernest Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, who blamed the Iraq war on pro-Israeli interests. Beyond all the rhetoric about Jewish relatives, the Democratic Party stands for a thinly veiled hostility toward Judaism and Jews.

 Jewish resistance to the Republican Party also has roots in an inordinate fear of American Christianity. Many American Jews fear motivation more than action. Though it was Jerry Falwell who powerfully defended America's pro-Israel policy the night of Sept. 11 on national television, American Jews largely fear the idea that, according to some Christians, Jews will go to hell for their rejection of Jesus. So they fight American Christianity tooth and nail. They champion the idea of complete separation between Judeo-Christian ethics and American politics. They join the American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Down deep, American Jews fear another Holocaust -- and they've been told that all Holocausts come from the right.

 For all the Jews who fear American Christianity, the most tolerant and philosemitic ideology the world has ever seen, I challenge you: Look at history.

 It was the Nazis who were the secularists -- their sophisticated secularism led millions of Jews to gas chambers. The waves upon waves of white crosses marking the resting places of American dead pay silent tribute to the fact that American Christians, not secularists, died to liberate the death camps.

 It was the communists who were secularists -- their hatred for God led thousands of Jews to the gulag. The fields of white crosses that dot the globe mark the burial sites of American Christians who died to keep the world free from that vicious system of government.

 Today, just as then, it is the American Christians who defend the globe from the threat of fundamentalist tyranny. Leftists like to say that all religious people are on the same side, but no bigger lie has ever been told. The open, life-affirming quality of the American Judeo-Christian ideology is directly opposed to the murderous ideology of radical Islam.

 And today, just as then, it is secularists who pose the most extreme threat to the Jewish people. It is the secularists of France who ally with Muslim fanatics bent on a second Holocaust. It is the American secularists who defend the rights of terrorists bent on murder and destruction. It is the moral relativists of the American left who excuse terrorism based on the notion of diverse worldviews and hold up the United Nations as a moral paragon.

 President Bush and the American right have been the best friends to the Jewish community in the annals of modern history. It is President Bush and his administration that have staunchly maintained their support for Israel, even in the face of withering attacks from the world community. It is President Bush and his administration that have stood up against the neo-Nazi ideology of Islamism. It is President Bush and the Republican Party that have fought for American morality; it is they who zealously guard the Judeo-Christian ethic that has made America the greatest power in world history. It is they who uphold the concept of a culturally, economically, morally strong Jewish people.

 It's about time the Jewish community recognized that fact and realized that allegiance must be to principles, not to parties.

©2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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1 posted on 06/15/2004 11:45:46 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: everyone

Ideology is very, very powerful.

Some people would give up their lives in order to avoid giving up their beliefs -- be they religious or political
or cultural. Just look at Iraq.


2 posted on 06/15/2004 11:47:25 PM PDT by California Patriot (California Patriot)
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To: everyone

Rather than watch paint dry, I would rather go out and maximize GOP support among evangelicals and the white working class. It is these two groups that are the real growth sectors for the Republican party -- along with
those Hispanics who wish to assimilate, or have.


3 posted on 06/15/2004 11:49:09 PM PDT by California Patriot (California Patriot)
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To: kattracks

I stopped being a Democrat a long time ago. I wish more American Jews realized loyalty to principle is more important than loyalty to a party.


4 posted on 06/15/2004 11:55:09 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: All
well i don't know about anybody else but i was born Jewish and my eyes have been open since the day came in to this world just as my father before me. It makes me sad to here the Larry kings of America who tarnish the name of the intellectuals such as my self
5 posted on 06/16/2004 12:03:45 AM PDT by mastercylinder (mastercylinder)
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To: goldstategop
Well, you know the old political adage.

There are some who earn like Episcopalians but who vote like Puerto Ricans.

6 posted on 06/16/2004 12:08:52 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Dean Smith has coached more champions than Phil Jackson ever will!)
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To: everyone

What's equally sad is that Episcopalians are now voting more like Puerto Ricans than like their own forbears.

And unlike Puerto Ricans, they have money and clout.


7 posted on 06/16/2004 12:11:11 AM PDT by California Patriot (California Patriot)
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To: kattracks

Mu Jewish relatives are a lost cause, it's amazing to hear them talk about Bush.


8 posted on 06/16/2004 12:11:43 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: California Patriot
Well, there are a lot of Puerto Ricans with wealth, just ask some of the people who sponsor the Puerto Rican Day Parade down 5th Ave. in Manhattan every year.

As for clout, that's certainly waning. Just look to Herman Badillo.

Episcopalians, on the other hand, I can do without.

9 posted on 06/16/2004 12:13:59 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Dean Smith has coached more champions than Phil Jackson ever will!)
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To: John Lenin

Unfortunatly many American Jews DESPISE Christians, and Republicans, and cannot get past it. I recently had a bizarre encounter with a Jewish woman who said she "would rather live under Al Queida that Republicans." I said, "don't you know what they do to Jews? They BEHEAD you" but she wouldn't listen. Go figure.


10 posted on 06/16/2004 4:00:52 AM PDT by rodeodrive1
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To: rodeodrive1

The only thing I can figure is that many American Jews have an inner death wish. The handwriting for them is clearly on the wall. It's simple, vote Democrat and you have signed your own death warrant, both here in America and in Israel. As for their loyalty to the Democrat "traitor" Party, nothing is as dead as an idea whose time has passed! The current Democrat Party has no life for anyone! It needs to be laid to rest by American voters!!!


11 posted on 06/16/2004 6:25:42 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...

If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.


12 posted on 06/16/2004 7:07:18 AM PDT by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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To: John Lenin
Mu Jewish relatives are a lost cause, it's amazing to hear them talk about Bush.

Most of mine are like that, too! My dad and I are pretty much the only smart, sane ones of the bunch.

13 posted on 06/16/2004 7:20:45 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: rodeodrive1
Unfortunatly many American Jews DESPISE Christians

That's not one of the brightest things ever said on FR, nor is it true. However, it *does* tend to encourage animosity toward Jews.

14 posted on 06/16/2004 7:22:01 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

i am going to send this to my Jewish coworker. he just recently switched his Dem party registration to Independent, in Maryland. He is voting for Bush, albeit reluctantly, bc of the war on terror.


15 posted on 06/16/2004 7:23:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Oh, please, you KNOW it's true.


16 posted on 06/16/2004 7:25:27 AM PDT by rodeodrive1
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To: xsmommy
That's certainly a good start!

At the orientation session for GOP convention volunteers last evening, I met a woman from the Upper West Side (Moscow on the Hudson) who is a lifelong registered 'rat who regrets that she voted for the Goreon, and is now such a Bush supporter that she's volunteering for the GOP convention!

17 posted on 06/16/2004 7:26:10 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: rodeodrive1

A phobia cannot be reasoned with.


18 posted on 06/16/2004 7:26:19 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: rodeodrive1
Oh, please, you KNOW it's true.

No, I don't. But I do know that it's *incredibly* offensive.

19 posted on 06/16/2004 7:27:11 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

i am making progress with him, he started subscribing to the Washington Times because of me a few years back, i gave him Bias to read, but he found Bernard Goldberg a bit shrill. He is discomfited that his role models as Dems for Bush are Zell Miller, with whom he cannot relate, and Ed Koch, whom he has always considered a buffoon. Keep me in mind and if you come across good stuff for me to send him, just let me know. i am trying to make him feel more comfortable about this morphing he is doing.


20 posted on 06/16/2004 7:29:17 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I will do! Maybe you can convince him to read some Jewish conservatives -- especially those, like Charles Krauthammer, who migrated from the left? Or Jewish conservatives who never were on the left, like Bill Kristol?


21 posted on 06/16/2004 7:31:55 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

i will have to ask him to see what he thinks, if anything, about Krauthammer, he's brilliant. He is more likely to have run across him than Kristol, but i am broadening his horizons. He is a huge israel fan, so if i can find anything posted from the Jerusalem Post that tends to support me, i always send to him.


22 posted on 06/16/2004 7:33:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: kattracks
American Jews largely fear the idea that, according to some Christians, Jews will go to hell for their rejection of Jesus.

And my christian brethren aren't helping matters by saying things like this to those of the jewish faith. Same with catholics.

It's not our job to decide who gets into heaven or not.

23 posted on 06/16/2004 7:36:36 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: kattracks

Jews today are their own worst enemy.


24 posted on 06/16/2004 7:37:23 AM PDT by expatguy (Fallujah Delenda Est!!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I hear ya. My whole extended family are lib-donkeys, but my immediate family - dad, mom, sis (well, maybe not sis) - are conservative Pubbies. My dad was the first to break the mold. .....sometime during Ike's admin.
25 posted on 06/16/2004 7:38:30 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: xsmommy
Take a look at the Jewish World Review - lots of conservative articles. Also, a better source than the Jerusalem Post, in terms of getting your friend comfortable with conservatism, is Arutz Sheva.

Also, try to find some articles about the conservatives' major support for Israel -- especially from the likes of Tom DeLay, etc.

Also, SJackson has a rather active Israel/Middle East ping list, which has lots of stuff that you can probably use.

26 posted on 06/16/2004 7:39:51 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: Mr. Mojo
My dad was also the first to break the mold -- around the same time as your dad did. :)

Even though his family was FDR 'rats, their values and outlook were conservative in nature. My mom was a kneejerk DINO until she came to her senses and accepted the fact that she was a conservative, no matter what she called herself. She went from being a JFK fan in the early 60s to a Reagan fan in the mid-80s, and once went off on the harshest anti-Carter rant I've ever heard! :)

Me? I've been conservative since I can remember. :)

27 posted on 06/16/2004 7:42:09 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -- RIP, President Reagan)
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To: kattracks

I've never understood the Jewish community's support of the Democratic Party. Between such "stalwarts" as Bobby "Sheets" Byrd, to Hillary "FJB" Clinton, and everything in between, it makes no sense.

It does however, give an indication as to why it was so easy for the Nazi's to get them willingly loaded into cattle cars for the trip to the concentration camps....


28 posted on 06/16/2004 7:43:04 AM PDT by Badeye
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I think the hijacking of the word "liberal" (which used to mean the opposite of what it does today) by the Left has made it easier for Jews (and others) to remain leftists.

It's very easy and agreeable for one to proclaim pride at being something so compassionate sounding as a "liberal," but quite another to proclaim pride at being a socialist.

I honestly think the use of that word has made possible much of this idiocy.


29 posted on 06/16/2004 7:49:19 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

yes i have sent him to JWR for stuff before and the other source you cited. he has the deepseated fear/distrust of falwell, robertson et al, he has admitted it, even after reading this article. he is a work in progress : )


30 posted on 06/16/2004 7:52:38 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Badeye; rodeodrive1; NYC GOP Chick
"It does however, give an indication as to why it was so easy for the Nazi's to get them willingly loaded into cattle cars for the trip to the concentration camps...."

Remarks like the above offer a good justification for such fear of Christians as may exist among Jews.

31 posted on 06/16/2004 7:55:48 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: xsmommy

Michael Medved and Dennis Prager are talk show hosts for your friend to listen. They are heard in Maryland on 1230AM-WITH together with Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, and Mike Gallagher http://www.1230amwith.com/pgguide.html


32 posted on 06/16/2004 7:58:48 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Badeye
This article may shed some light on the situation. Although its main focus is (most) Jews' views on gun control, it explains the whole liberal/victimhood mindset as well.
33 posted on 06/16/2004 7:59:05 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Tolik

thanks, i can't overwhelm him, i have to do this slowly and nonchalantly. else he will think i am trying to convert him to Catholicism as well as republicanism! i will bring up those talkshows as well. he reads the Wash Times, but i don't think he either gets or watches Foxnews.


34 posted on 06/16/2004 8:02:13 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: kattracks

I would also point out that some blue blood republicans are anti israel. I can understand there is the same sentiment on both sides not just democrats. But I see the republicans as more favorable, but the orthodox like me are most certain to vote for bush. Its social issues like gay marriage and abortion is why the liberal jews will never vote republican. Israel is secondary. Most liberal jews dont belive in the torah, and since the torah promises Israel to the jews why is it important. I mean you have to belive in the torah that g-d gave us Israel, and if you don't believe in g-d then forget israel. Abortion and welfare trump Israel anyday with them and telling them bush supports israel is just wasting your time.


35 posted on 06/16/2004 8:02:23 AM PDT by hoosierboy
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To: kattracks
...It was the Nazis who were the secularists...

translation: '...it was the National Socialists who were the secularists'

36 posted on 06/16/2004 8:11:54 AM PDT by martin gibson
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To: kattracks

No ... it's all about being disobedient and not being strong in their faith. Read the Old Testament to learn more about this ... .


37 posted on 06/16/2004 8:15:04 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: kattracks

No ... it's all about being disobedient and not being strong in their faith. Read the Old Testament to learn more about this ... .

For example, abortion is a no-no, same sex attraction or "marriage" is an "abomination" and it goes on and on. If you notice those that support this are typically Jewish. Look at the names on the A.C.L.U. roster of defenders. Look closely at the lawyers and their names.


38 posted on 06/16/2004 8:17:59 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I come to the conclusion that they do not take terrorism seriously plus the fact that my family has a lot of medical problems and are voting on that issue alone.


39 posted on 06/16/2004 8:24:36 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: kattracks
Of any people on this earth, they had first contact and favored by God. Yet, this still continue to do their own thing. Even the Ten Commandments mean nothing. At large they routinely violate them.

The ideology of the Demoncrats is in direct opposition to the Judeo Christian God. The Demoncrats can almost count on the Jewish vote. Recall Hillary in NY and how she secured the Orthodox Jewish vote.

I don't think God is a Republican or a Demoncrat but Republicans are closer to Biblical ideology - Old and New Testament.

What I find especially ironic is the holocaust of babies through abortion is also something they willing tolerate and advocate.
40 posted on 06/16/2004 8:26:31 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Sam Cree

"It does however, give an indication as to why it was so easy for the Nazi's to get them willingly loaded into cattle cars for the trip to the concentration camps...."

"Remarks like the above offer a good justification for such fear of Christians as may exist among Jews."

You make my point....instead of fearing the very people that wanted them in the cattle cars, we get hit with "how dare you point out the obvious". That mindset is what allowed the Holocaust to occur, in my opinion.


41 posted on 06/16/2004 8:46:16 AM PDT by Badeye
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To: Mr. Mojo

After the events of the last century, I just shake my head in disbelief whenever I read of someone of the Jewish faith against firearm ownership.

Have they forgotten the lesson's of Warsaw?


42 posted on 06/16/2004 8:47:32 AM PDT by Badeye
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Have they forgotten the lessons of Warsaw?

Many have. .....And others never learned the lesson in the first place.

43 posted on 06/16/2004 8:53:22 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: California Patriot

btt


44 posted on 06/16/2004 8:58:40 AM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Most of mine are like that, too! My dad and I are pretty much the only smart, sane ones of the bunch.

Paradigm shifts don't come by changing the minds of old, but by winning the minds of the young.

45 posted on 06/16/2004 9:01:42 AM PDT by malakhi
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To: Badeye

What mindset, Badeye?
I don't find much parallel between the US and Nazi Germany.


46 posted on 06/16/2004 9:12:45 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

It is true that a good number of Jews do hate Christians,my brother-in-law is an anti Christian born again Zionist zealot. My husband's brother was and is so anti Christian that he starts complaining about anything Christian,especially born again Christians,and Christian music. He turns the radio off if it is playing Christmas music. You have to watch very carefully for the Christian haters because they are not covered by the media. They file lawsuits and work for the ACLU systemically trying to destroy Christian values in America. They are out there,and the numbers continue to grow albeit not in huge numbers.


47 posted on 06/16/2004 10:00:14 AM PDT by samantha (Don't panic, the adults are in charge)
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To: samantha
He turns the radio off if it is playing Christmas music.

I don't choose to listen to Christmas music either. Doesn't make me a "Christian hater".

48 posted on 06/16/2004 10:15:05 AM PDT by malakhi
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To: samantha

Then he should move to Israel.


49 posted on 06/16/2004 10:34:03 AM PDT by rmlew (Peaceniks and isolationists are objectively pro-Terrorist)
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To: samantha
"They file lawsuits and work for the ACLU systemically trying to destroy Christian values in America. They are out there, and the numbers continue to grow albeit not in huge numbers."

Sounds like the historically popular Jewish conspiracy.

I have many Jewish friends and acquaintances, not once have I run across a "Christian hater," although fear of Christians is not unheard of. OTOH, Jew haters seem fairly numerous.

Incidentally, Jewish values and Christian values are pretty much the same, with the exception of the method of salvation. Not surprising, considering the closely related origins of both religions.

50 posted on 06/16/2004 10:43:35 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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