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Saturday, October 28, 2006

He Shouldn't Have Gone to an Extremely-Reform Synagogue, Part II

In the first part, I discussed a candidate's forum at an Extremely-Reform synagogue in which anti-abortion remarks from Jonathan Tratt produced a mass walkout. This, in turn, provoked his Israeli-born wife, Irit, to say, “No wonder there are antisemites.” I have some idea of what she might have meant by that.

It's common in the Holocaust-denier and Holocaust-excuser community to claim that Jews should not complain about the Holocaust because we supposedly back the far bloodier phenomenon of abortion. (At other times, they claim we're in cahoots with Catholics to raise the birth rate of the mud people.) In response, I sometimes point out that support for abortion is not unanimous among Jews and there are reasons within Jewish tradition to hold to a strict anti-abortion standard. If Irit Tratt had participated in similar flame wars, the sentence “No wonder there are antisemites.” might mean that fervently pro-abortion Jews are making it harder to come up with anti-antisemitic arguments.


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