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Nixon’s Accusations of Jewish Insecurity
Shmuley Boteach

 

The Lone Soldier Week 7
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The Paradoxes of Oil as a Guide for Living
Yosef Y. Jacobson

 

The Rock Promoter and the Genesis of the Public Chanukah Menorah
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Why the Tea Party Resonates with Human Dignity
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The Lone Soldier Week 6
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The Lone Soldier Week 5
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Jewish Ingratitude to Christians
Shmuley Boteach

 

No Gelt, No Glory
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The Lone Soldier Week 4
Lone Soldier

 

A Time to Hate
Shmuley Boteach

 

The Lone Soldier Week 3
Lone Soldier

 

“My Heart Swells with Joy”
Yosef Y. Jacobson

 

The Lone Soldier Week 2
Lone Soldier

 

How Obama Lost his Magic
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Rise of the Religious Charlatans
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Rupert Murdoch: The 'Soft War' Against Israel
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Do We Still Possess the Power to Choose?
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The Lone Soldier Week 1
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A Spiritual Night in Hebron
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The Religious-Industrial Complex
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Ahmedenijad, Media Rock Star
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As the Economy Crumbles, Obama Makes Middle East Peace.
Shmuley Boteach

 

When Pastors who Burn Bibles Become Celebrities
Shmuley Boteach

 

If an American President Were Muslim, Would we Care?
Shmuley Boteach

 

My Purpose in Debating Christopher Hitchens on the Afterlife
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Suicide Bombers in Heaven? Imam Rauf Won’t Say No
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Extravagant Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs Humiliate the Jewish Community
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When Psycho Flight Attendants Become Heroes
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Iran’s Descent Into Barbarity
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Let the Families of 9/11 Decide the Fate of the Ground Zero Mosque
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Time Magazine’s Bizarre Assault on Large Families
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Tom Friedman’s Soft Spot for Terrorist Fadlallah
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Kaddafi’s Ship to Gaza, and His Ark in New Jersey.
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What We Lose When We Win
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Al Gore’s Moral Confusion
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Peace and Zealotry
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What McChrystal’s Firing Says about American Values
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The Rebbe and Viktor Frankl
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Michael Jackson’s Life Could have Been Saved
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The Psychiatrist and The Lubavitcher Rebbe
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BP, Kaddafi, and Britain’s Oil Comeuppance
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When Pastors who Burn Bibles Become Celebrities
By Shmuley Boteach
 
Florida pastor, Terry Jones.

So, is that what it takes to become a celebrity these days? Threaten to burn someone else’s Bible, and declare their religion to be satanic, and you are instantly the center of the news?

 

I wonder who is the bigger fool. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who is an embarrassment to loving Christians everywhere with his original plans to burn Korans at his Church on September 11th and who is the author of “Islam is of the Devil,” or we the public who gulp down his story as if it’s of interest.

 

There are times when I’m embarrassed to work in media. How did an attention-seeking nonentity with barely enough Church followers to fill a phone booth become an international personality and provoke a global furor? And who elevated this silly story to global news prominence?

 

Well, it has to do with just how inane the media has become. Jones is filler for a 24-hour news cycle which is all scandal all the time. And if you can’t find a scandal, invent one. There is nothing novel about the existence of religious bigots and it’s certainly not newsworthy. But allow me to teach Pastor Jones a lesson from Jesus’ famous pronouncement in Matthew 7:16, “By their fruits you shall know them.”

 

The holiness or devilishness of any religion comes down not to its articles of faith but to the deeds of its practitioners. The crusaders who slaughtered untold numbers of Jews in Europe as they marched to meet the Islamic infidel in the Holy Land were of the devil, even if Christianity, of course, is not. Likewise, the Spanish Inquisitioners who tortured non-believers and burned them at the stake were satanic, even as their faith, Catholicism, remains holy.

 

In that sense the whole debate as to whether President Obama is a Muslim is ridiculous. Yes, he isn’t, and has said time and again that he is a Christian. But what if he were a Muslim? I couldn’t care less. My problem with Obama is not his faith or lack thereof but his policies. If Obama were an Islamic president of the United States who berated instead of coddled Arab dictators, like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, he would have my vote. If he were a practicing Muslim who promoted democracy across the Middle East, rather than Kissingerian realpolitik, I would endorse him. If he were a devout Muslim first magistrate of the United States who regularly spoke out against the abuses of women in the Islamic world and gave a prime time address condemning Iran’s plans to stone a woman to death, I would deeply respect him. If he were a Muslim who prayed in the Oval Office five times a day and fasted all of Ramadan and then lectured Hamas and Hezbollah to stop putting all their money into rockets against Israel and instead into Universities for their people, he would inspire me.

 

The problem with President Obama is that he does none of these things, rarely holding the Islamic world accountable for its absence of freedoms, refusing to personally condemn Iran for its plan to stone a woman to death, and putting the pressure on Netanyahu once again to freeze settlements rather than place the blame for the failure of progress squarely on the real culprits: the terrorist organizations of Hamas and Hezbollah, both Iranian proxies.

 

I have devout Muslim friends who love Israel and wish Arab countries emulated its democratic institutions, just courts, and freedom of worship and press. Likewise, I have G-dfearing Islamic friends who love America, would fight and die to protect her, and believe America is the light in an increasingly dark world. I would support anyone like this for President over, say, Jimmy Carter, a devout and self-declared evangelical Christian, who goes against the stalwart evangelical Christian support for Israel and has the chutzpa to call Israel, a thriving democracy, an apartheid state. I would take a competent Muslim President who believes in lowering the burden of taxation, controlling runaway spending, and vastly reducing the appalling Federal deficit over a President like Carter who ran the country into the ground.

 

As a Jew I am trained to judge someone by their actions not their beliefs. I will choose an atheist president, who loves and respects all of humanity and would put an end to the genocide in Sudan any day over a religious president who believes that we Americans have no such responsibilities to people beyond our border.

 

If an American president believed in elves and the Easter bunny but fought Taliban misogynists who pour acid on women who attend University, I would follow him.

 

And if an American president spoke Klingon in his private moments and worshipped Capt. James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise as a divinity, but set up an alternative to the United Nations, to be known as the United Democratic Nations, open only to governments that were of the people and by the people, I would support him, too.

 

In short, I could not care less what a person believes but in what they do.

 

Therefore, I will reject any pastor who claims to be religious but is a narrow bigot. I love my Christian brothers and sisters, but not those who deny the essential Biblical truth that every human being – Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, agnostic, and atheist – is equally G-d’s child and that we have a responsibility to encourage people of faith rather than condemn their religion.

 

I trust that my evangelical Christian brothers and sisters, who love freedom and are disproportionately represented in the United States military, fighting and dying for democracy in Islamic counties, will identify Pastor Jones as the fruit Jesus was speaking of and reject him.

 

 

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is the international best-selling author of 23 books and was the London Times Preacher of the Year at the Millennium. As host of ‘Shalom in the Home’ on TLC he won the National Fatherhood Award and his syndicated column was awarded the American Jewish Press Association’s Highest Award for Excellence in Commentary. Newsweek calls him ‘the most famous Rabbi in America.’ He has just published ‘Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life.’ Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

 

 

Posted on September 14, 2010
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