After the Obama administration decided to drop its defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism praised the move.
In reaction, Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck compared Reform Judaism, the largest branch of Judaism in North America, to radical Islam.
The RAC, a social action organization affiliated with Reform Judaism, wrote, “The announcement by the Obama Administration, through the Justice Department, that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage act is as welcome as it is overdue. Now is the time for Congress to repeal the discriminatory law once and for all.”
Beck’s anti-Semitic response was: “Reform rabbis are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way… radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at Reform Judaism, it is more about politics.”
But most mainstream Jewish groups supported the Obama administration’s decision.
The Anti-Defamation League said: “We write to commend you for your statement yesterday announcing that the U.S. Department of Justice believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend it in court.
Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL said, “Despite his feeble attempt to suggest that he was not equating Reform Judaism with Islamic extremist terrorism, the simple fact that he would mention them in the same breath is highly offensive and outrageous.”
That’s an interesting put-down from Abraham Foxman, a good friend of Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News.
The Religious Action Center said on their Facebook page, “We are deeply distressed by Glenn Beck’s profoundly offensive remarks about Reform Judaism and Reform rabbis. Beck’s sweeping dismissal of the religious faith of a million and a half North American Jews was both tragic and outrageous.”
This isn’t the first time Beck has made anti-Semitic statements. He made headlines last year saying that advocacy for social justice “leads to death camps.”
But we understand how Beck confuses radical Islam with Reform Judaism. Reform rabbis have been performing same-sex marriages since 1997. That’s when they voted (at a meeting in Dallas, by the way) to upgrade from so-called commitment ceremonies. And same-sex marriages are not performed in Israel, but the country recognizes all marriages that are performed in other countries.
Actually the position of Osama bin Laden on homosexuality has been the same as Maggie Gallagher’s and Glenn Beck’s and would be the opposite of most Jews.