The Jewish fast for the destruction of the Temples has a lesson to teach in the aftermath.
Much has been made–including by me–of the broad array of religious voices raised on behalf of the immigrant children from Central America who have flooded our Southern border in flight from murderous gangs at home. But Catholic bishops and the evangelical leaders have somehow managed to avoid criticizing the Republicans who have blocked their recommendations.
What happens when the irresistible force of gun rights meets the immovable object of religious liberty? Well, in the laboratory of democracy known as the State of Alabama, we may soon find out.
After last week’s discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel in the West bank, voices on the American Jewish right like Jonathan Tobin and Thane Rosenbaum attacked those who seemed to equate their murder with the killing of rock-throwing Palestinians by Israeli soldiers searching for the kidnapped Jewish teenagers. After the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Mohammed Khdair, such talk ceased.
Last week, 90 organizations on the separationist side of church-state politics asked Attorney General Eric Holder to renounce the Bush Administration’s position that faith-based organizations (FBOs) can discriminate religiously in hiring for government-funded programs. What provoked the request was discovery of a Department of Justice (DOJ) memo in which the Obama Administration for the first time declares the Bush position to be federal policy.
In the commotion over the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo prisoners, right-wingers were gobsmacked by Obamaphobe Charles Krauthammer’s support of the president’s decision.
As the proportion Americans who identify themselves as having no religion has expanded, the religiously minded have consoled themselves with the observation that most of these so-called Nones say they’re spiritual and claim to believe in God. But fewer and fewer are.