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Beck Compares Reform Judaism to Islamism

Both are ‘more about politics’ than faith and religion, host says

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Beck: Reform Judaism Is “Almost Like Radicalized Islam” In That It Is “More About Politics” Than Faith And Religion [Media Matters]

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There is nothing radicalized about Reform Judaism. It does not preach dying for any cause. Does not glorify death. Is not militant. No way is it like radicalized Islam.

Beck has got it all wrong again.

Reform Judaism is by its very nature politically liberal – just as it must be liberal about Torah and Halacha.

If it was not liberal about Torah and Halacha – rather took them at face value as they are – it could not be Reform but would have to be Orthodox.

And that is the way Beck explains it – “it is more about politics (being liberal regarding text,Torah, tradition, G-d) than faith or religion” – which is the truth.

Beck is accurate.

Yaacov says:

What!!! You have a hateful anti-semite comparing Reform Judaism to radicalized Islam and you are defending him??? Perhaps you have forgotten that during WWII, it made no difference to the Nazis whether a Jew was Orthodox or Reform. They were all sent to the same camps and were all exterminated in the same death chambers. The fact that you are agreeing with Beck shows me that you are just as prejudiced as he is. Beck hates Jews, Blacks, Homosexuals and everyone who is not a Christian, straight, conservative white American. You hate Jews who don’t worship G-D the same way you do. The common denominator is hatred, You are a disgrace to our people.

Yaakov, I do not hate Jews and do not care whether they are Orthodox, Reform or any other variety. (And I am not Orthodox).

I do not believe that Beck hates Jews. His speeches and actions do not show that. His speeches and actions show he is conservative and very critical of the left. But left does not equal Jew!

His comparison, if you listened to this speech, was about the politically liberal nature of Reform Rabbis. And his analogy with Radical Islam had to do with the POLITICAL nature of Radicalized Islam – not the content.

littlebadwolf says:


Allen R. Schreiber says:

Beck’s comment applies equally, if not more, to the far-right Evangelical Christian movement in the US.

I am a Conservative Jew, whatever that means! Judaism, by its very nature is political as well as religious. We concern ourselves with the homelessness, joblessness, ecology, justice, hunger…need I go on? I was taught as a child by my parents, and I will be 60 in a few months, that I am better than no one and no one is better than I. I also taught that to my religious school students. I taught them that it is there duty to leave the world a better place when they leave than when they came in. Yes, tikkun olam. Today’s Judaism, whatever flavor, does not, or should not, spew hatred, but should teach acceptance. This is exactly the opposite of what Mr. Beck and his friends teach. Streamlined Judaism is not like radicalized Islam, just goes to show you Mr. Beck does not know anything about Judaism. That’s really a shock.

Clearly Beck has no idea what he’s talking about. If you walk into the Reform synagogue I attend, it’s all about spirituality and community, and hardly ever about politics. And – this may be a shock – there are both conservative and liberal Reform Jews.

Marilyn Cohen says:

Suzi and Debi are correct. Glen Beck knows nothing about Judaism and only spews hatred. Have you ever listened to his venom on the radio or TV? Judaism IS about leaving the world a better place, regardless of whether we are Orthodox, Conservastive, or Reform.

Beck does what most demagogues do: Creates an “Us vs Them” mentality by providing a simplified understanding of complex issues. In this case, Beck uses to “Thems” – Reform Judaism and Islamism – and says (simply) that they’re both “more about politics than religion.”

What is Glen Beck’s point here? Religion is its own political system complete with hierarchies of authority, laws, and rules and regulations to create and maintain social order.

Sorry Glen. Too complex.

You Tarzan. Me Al.

pinchas says:

Beck is right-on. Sorry, all you goody two-shoe pussycats from “Temple Tikkun Olam”, Reform shtips its nuz in everyone else’s business– in Israel too, where, e.g., it opposes a simple loyalty oath/pledge of allegiance such as we used to have in the US before Reform and its ACLU allies stamped it into the ground.

Also, I note from the jerusalem post that the american jewish committee, another Reform outpost, opposes a land swap. If enacted, Israel’s hostile Arab triangle would be part of a future Pal. state, and Jewish communities like Maalei Adumim, Ariel, Effrat would be part of Israel proper. But no, says the AJC, and Reform generally, the dreadful occupation must end, Judea and Samaria must be judenrein– BUT Israel’s hostile Arab minority (Reform loves “minorities”) must stay in Israel.

Here’s another example of Reform’s politically correct b.s., indeed perfidy. In Brookline, Mass., Reform Temple Sinai recently invited one Alice Rothchild, M.D., a witch of witches and an anti-Zionist par excellence to speak about, you guessed it, the Palestinians as the new holocaust survivors and the Jews as the new….. She was strident, mean, a real grand inquisitor. And the temple audience ate it up. These uber-liberal jews (?) are so eager to “hear the other side”– without really knowing or caring about the Jewish side.

Conclusion: Reform sucks and yes, in America and Israel, it is, regrettably, part of the destructive, way too liberal enemy within.

Go,Glen Beck,go!

Beck is backward at best! His negativity is well known and quite reprehensible.

Conan M. Kaufman says:

Reform Judaism is definitely NOT Islamism. But while Reform does not at all resemble traditional Judaism — it has but the vaguest relationship to historical Judaism — the Reform religion is Liberalism. And yes of course it is radicalized politically, and in that sense there is indeed a relationship to Islamism.

allenby says:

1…becK has a dirty mouth
2…beCk is modern day Promoter of 21st century ANTISEMITISM
3…bEck has an AGENDA: to be a president, which he will never be.
4…bECk probably adores the father of Islamic Revolution 1978-Jimmycarter. He sounds and stinks like jc.

Sid Rabin says:

As for Beck… “Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what he’s most assur d, glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, as make the angels weep.”

William Shakespeare

Michael says:

For you hateful little pea brains out there. Beck is an entertainer and for dramatic purposes picked a poor analogy. But he is not an antisemitic.He is a strong supporter of Israel. The real enemy of Jews and Israel are Soros and the J street folks.

It must be difficult being a Jewish conservative or Tea Partier with heroes like Beck, Paul and Limbaugh. This continues the constant stream of anti-Sematism eminating from Beck and Fox News. Michael, when you say that Reformed Judaism is like radial Islam, you are not a supporter of Israel or the Jewish people. When Rand Paul and Rush Limbaugh say that the US must stop aid to Israel, they are also not friends of the Jewish people. Nor is this an attempt at entertainment, unless you mean he is entertaining the Tea Party and the far right. The US conservative movement loves only one type of person – a white Christian.

Neveragain says:

Beck is a buffooon, but the American public likes him.
He seems to be on Israel’s side, so I choose to ignore his dumb attack on Reform.

Craig pinsker says:

Agree with Neveragain.
Of course you can hardly call him dumb. Dumb people do not generate $35,000,000 /yr income starting from zero less than 10 yr ago. He obviously is ignorant about the different branches of Judaism. Many Christians would not consider Beck a Christian since he is Mormon

Beck is usually misquoted by the liberals who hate him. Sometimes even by the conservatives who do. He is definitely pro-Israel. Likewise Rush. Paul is considered a nutter even by many conservatives in Texas.

In defense of Beck, he specifically condemned ReformED Judaism, a stream distinct from Reform Judaism. And, let’s be honest, we all know that Reformed Jews ARE like Islamists; it ain’t news.

In case that’s unclear; JK.

Pinchas’ obnoxious sniping about “Temple Tikkun Olam” is offensive and makes me ashamed that a fellow Jew could speak so derisively about other Jews trying to make the world a better place. It’s a perfect example of why people hate Jews–especially ignorant, close-minded, xenophobic, right wing Orthodox ones.

M. Burgh says:

First Soros, the Reform Movement, and then All Jews will be denounced by this person for the same old nonsense. We must fight back. Boycott Fox and all advertisers.

pinchas says:

au contraire, debra dear. Orthodox Jews who are morally and sexually straight, who are not afraid of the outside world, who wear their kipa and tzisis publicly,who eat only kosher but who act like menschen are as a rule highly respected by Gentiles. Not so for Reform Jews, especially if it’s apparent to the Gentile that kevin goldstein or shawn cohen is a Jew aping Gentiles, lacks pride and (to use Stalin’s jibe) is but a rootless cosmopolitan.

“When Rand Paul and Rush Limbaugh say that the US must stop aid to Israel, they are also not friends of the Jewish people”

On the contrary, the US military aid to Israel is bad to Israel and more and more Israelis say it, in particular the Finance Ministry itself. It costs more to Israel’s economy than it gives ; it gives a false image of Israel economic situation as dependent of the US when it does not need US aid ; and it is used as a weapon by Obama and its goons against Israel. So yes this is just a bad thing and stopping it would be the best idea for Israel, particularly if it was an Israeli initiative.

Regarding Reforms, they happily almost do not exist in Israel, and this is more an American religion than something that have anything to do with the Jewish people.

Klal Yisrael? Anyone? Oh, nevermind.

“Regarding Reforms, they happily almost do not exist in Israel, and this is more an American religion than something that have anything to do with the Jewish people.”

Only because you don’t any American history. America saw two great waves of Jewish immigration that together lasted nearly a century – from 1820 to 1920. The population that came later is smaller, by far, than the descendants of the earlier groups. It’s not shocking, then, that there would be greater religious variation in the U.S. Jewish population than Israel’s. But secular people don’t have to be alienated from their religions, as they were in 1970’s Israel.

But, whatever. I agree this much – liberal U.S. Jews need to stop pretending that they understand Israel or Israelis.

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