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Beck Is Sorry for Reform Comment

But apology is not for some; plus, the case of the missing blogpost!

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Glenn Beck.(Mediaite)

Behold, the power of Foxman! Not long after the Anti-Defamation League head condemned Glenn Beck’s comment that Reform Judaism is similar to “radicalized Islam” in that both are primarily about politics rather than faith, Beck, at the top of his radio show today, apologized. “I didn’t do enough homework,” he admitted, which is better than saying your dog ate it. The apology was not enough for Jewish Funds for Justice, which continues to call for Fox News to fire Beck, and said, in an emailed statement, “Glenn Beck’s characterization of Reform Judaism is in keeping with his longstanding hostility toward people who see their faith linked to pursuing the common good.”

Meanwhile, the New York Jewish Week at some point apparently took down a post about the affair by blogger Jonathan Mark that was headlined, “When Glenn Beck Compares Reform Judaism To Radical Islam, He’s Unfair To Islam.” The RSS summary of the post begins:

When Glenn Beck says that Reform Judaism is like radical Islam, insofar as both are more about politics than faith, he’s being unfair to radical Islam. Yes, both are deeply involved with politics and confuse their own politics with God’s. But radical Islamists seems [sic] to be much more serious about their religion. Reform rabbis often lead congregations whose overall culture is indifferent to Shabbat and kashrut, indifferent to daily prayer and intermarriage, and indifferent to religious literacy.

Then it cuts off and links to the post, which has clearly been removed. Um, did anyone by any chance make a copy? If you look at the Google search, you can tell that it was a looooong post, and I sure would like to see the rest of it. UPDATE: That didn’t take long.

Glenn Beck Apologizes for Reform Judaism Comments [Mediaite]
Earlier: Foxman on Beck: ‘Bigoted Ignorance’
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for a movement supposedly on the ropes, there is apparently still plenty of juice

steve ben israel says:

anti semitism has nothing to do with the jews
it is about the small mind..jean paul sartre

I guess if you keep kosher and don’t drive on Shabbat you can call yourself Orthodox. But “Jewish”? Is this what the God who created the universe hangs around worrying about? Is this what the God who inspired Lev. 19 thinks makes one a good Jew? Jonathan Mark, in his New York Post blog, falls into the trap of comparing what he considers the best Orthodox Jewish behavior with the worst Reform Jewish behavior. As if there were no serious Reform Jews and no shallow Orthodox Jews. If one compares serious Jews in each movement a complex and comprehensive Jewish culture will emerge. An educated Jew ought to be able to articulate the strengths and contributions of all the movements in contemporary Judaism.

Not New York Post–sorry, New York Jewish Week.

Well said, Mr. Gerard.

Jason Jackson says:

Anti-Semitism has everything to do with the Jews – have you not read the Bible? From the time Jesus was born and an edict was put out to kill all males from the age of 2 and under (hoping to kill him), it has been an ongoing war against the Jews, which is fully orchestrated by Satan. If you don’t know basic biblical truth, you will be caught short in your theology.

Paul Leber says:

Frankly, it’s the Reform Rabbis who should be fired, not Beck. Glen is a strong,consistent and unalloyed supporter of Israel. You certainly can’t say that about Soros. As to the rabbis who started this contretemps by complaining about Beck’s views about Soros, one can only wonder about their priorities. It seems likely they have more interest in being politically correct than protecting Israel in its time of peril.

Len Forster says:

Jason, you say that it has been an ongoing war against the Jews orchestrated by Satan. Who is it that has been at war against the Jews, if not the Christians, even more than Muslims, at least until the last 60 or so years? Almost all of the pogroms and the Holocaust can be laid at the feet of Christianity, not Islam. In fact, Jews and Arabs, including Islamic Arabs, lived and worked together in peace for many hundreds of years, especially in Spain, until the Catholic kings kicked both Jews and Muslims out of the country.

Paul, George Soros is not a spokesperson for Judaism, nor is he the poster boy of Reform Judaism. He is, however, a Jew, and Beck’s characterization of him helping the Nazis was mean-spirited and wrong, not to mention being untrue. Jews everywhere were incensed by Beck’s remarks about Soros, as we would have been had they been made against Salma Hayek, another famous Jew. All Jews, and especially Reform Jews, are very interested in issues of social justice, including fair play. The rabbis remarks had nothing to do with being politically correct, though they did charge Beck, not only with being politicallly incorrect, but with being anti-Semitic. He may support Israel, as many Christians do, but he is still an anti-Semite (though I am sure that he knows a couple of Jews who he counts as friends, in spite of their Jewishness.

Beck is a pure, unaldulterated putz, and he should not only be fired, he should be sent to the same institution that Jack Nicholson attended when he starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Paul Leber says:

Len-You accuse Beck of being anti-Semitic. Where’s the evidence? All I see are unsubstantiated and tendentious allegations from someone who writes that Beck is a “putz” who belongs in an insane asylum. Frankly, I don’t care whether you hate Beck or not, let alone why you do. What I don’t like is the name-calling and the way you attempt to pass off your offensive conjectures as established fact. You assert that the vast majority of Jews were incensed by Beck’s words. Did you take a survey? You assert that all Jews, and in particular, Reform Jews, care about social justice and believe in fair play. Great, I hope everyone does, but what’s the basis for your assertion that a reform Jew is more likely to care about fair play than other Jews? Would a reform Jew be more likely to call Beck a ‘putz’ than an orthodox Jew?


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