Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Glenn Beck Compares Reform Judaism to Radical Islam

A few weeks back, we ran a story on a letter signed by 400 rabbis and published in the Wall Street Journal which called on Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch to sanction Glenn Beck and demand an apology from Roger Ailes for their unacceptable comments about Judaism and the Holocaust. Well Beck fired back on his radio show Tuesday, dismissing the letter as signed predominantly by Reform rabbis, about whom Beck had this to say:
"[Reform rabbis] are generally political in nature. It's almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way."
Beck quickly added that his comments were "not about terror," but Beck again added that, in both radical Islam and Reform Judaism, apparently "it becomes more about politics than it does about faith."

Beck's comments drew immediate condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League. Abe Foxman, the head of the ADL, responded to Beck's claims, and demanded that he apologize to the Reform movement:
"Glenn Beck's comparison of Reform Judaism to radical Islam demonstrates his bigoted ignorance. 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."
According to Media Matters, the letter published in the WSJ was signed by rabbis from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstruction, and Reform movements. MM goes on to cite a statistic from the National Jewish Population Survey of 2000-01, which indicates 35 percent of American Jews consider themselves to be Reform, with 39 percent of Jewish households belonging to a synagogue also identifying as Reform, for an overall population of approximately 1.5 million Reform Jews in the US.

How much longer can the higher-ups at Fox let the clown prince of conservatism peddle his particularly odious brand of bigotry unchecked?

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