"I'll never get the majority of Jewish votes. It's only because I have a moral center." Rev. Al Sharpton 2001.
Maybe it's me, but I think that the only center Rev. Al worries about is the Carmelo goodness of a Dove nugget, or the core of his "Non-Profit" Empire. (Aside) " Everything cool with IRS, since Bush left out, Rev.?"
Here's the tempest in the borscht bowl
Weprin became embroiled in New York-centric disputes over Israel and gay marriage, which cost him some support among Jewish voters.
Orthodox Jews, who tend to be conservative on social issues, expressed anger over Weprin’s vote in the Assembly to legalize gay marriage. In July, New York became one of six states to recognize same-sex nuptials.
The same folks who defend the Unborn, defend Marriage and defend Israel. Must be something to that Trinity.
Non-practicing secular Jews, like secular Catholic lefties, and the Progressive Protestant main-line Churches ( Reformed Methodist, United Church of Christ & etc.) are the cultural base of the Democratic Party at the National Level ( the DNC). They love in this order
2. Racial Ethnic and Sex Segmentation (Arabic, African, Pacific Islander, Inuit, Caledonian, Alsatian, Homosexual, Heterosexual, Pan-Sexual and Sexual Neutral)
3. ACLU vision of Justice
4. Black Anger
5. Government Economics
6. Anti-military everything
7. Hegelian Secular Education
8. Eradication of History, Literature and Culture
Everything else is an adjunct.
Yesterday, DNC memes pre-empted the victory of Bob Turner over Democrat Welprin in the special election for pecker-obsessed Anthony Weiner's (MSNBC NY) Congressional seat with a stamp of the foot that this was not harbinger of One and Out for President Obama it was just religious Jew acting out.
This from David Weigel of The Slate:
Earlier today I talked to Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, about that group's effort in the district. They sent out 70,000 pieces of mail in a race that may only have 30,000 voters.
"I don't think anyone familiar with this district believes that Orthodox Jewish voters are turning on Weprin because of Israel," said Brown. "The real reason is Weprin's support for same sex marriage, especially the use of his Orthodox faith to justify it."
Here is the point of view of DNC icon Henry 'The Wingman' Waxman ( General Electric, CA)
“I think Jewish voters will be Democratic and be for Obama in 2012, especially if you get a Republican candidate like [Texas] Gov. [Rick] Perry,” he said. “But there’s no question the Jewish community is much more bipartisan than it has been in previous years. There are Jews who are trending toward the Republican Party, some of it because of their misunderstanding of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, and some of it, quite frankly, for economic reasons. They feel they want to protect their wealth, which is why a lot of well-off voters vote for Republicans.”The Hill
Henry Waxman according to his biography is Jewish. Waxman is Jewish in the same way that Dick Durbin, the Young Kennedys (post RFK variety), Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, Richie Daley, and Kathy Sebelius are Catholic - when it is time to court the Knights of Columbus. Durbin, Daley, The Young Kennedys,Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, Richie Daley and Kathy Sebelius owe much more to Planned Parenhood, SEIU, ACLU, and the Gay Liberation Network than they do to Holy Mother Church.
Religious Jews, most Black Congregations, Evangelicals and Catholics remain fiercely opposed to Abortion and Homosexual Marriage. Rev. Al Sharpton & the very eclipsed Rev. Jesse Jackson, notwithstanding, represent GE, the ACLU,SEIU, Planned Parenthood, and DNC more than they do African American Americans. GE pushed Rev. Al onto MSNBC after tossing out a fat Young Turk.
Jews, Catholics and Christians understand Atonement. Atonement is the root of Judaisim and therefore the foundation of Christianity. Atonement means much more than saying "I'm sorry for calling Jews money grubbing diamond merchants and Catholics Homophobic Pedophile Loving Drunks and Evangelical Christians Snake-handling Hillbillies. Really. If it means losing power, I am truly sorry."
Atonement means return in Hebrew. Some Catholics like to think of atonement as akin to returning old pop bottles for the deposit. Genuine Catholic spin on atonement goes much deeper than mere reconciliation. Sorry don't cut it. Like the Jews we must 'return' to Christ -not as we'd like HIM to be - an affable moral relativist -'Hey, who's to say, Hickey? You meant to be a good man - charitable, devout, honest, faithful, sincere - here's your participation medal - come on in!'
Nope, Atonement goes far beyond taking a pew. The voters in the New York District offered Democrats a lesson in atonement.
If you want "It's All Good!" turn on Rev. Al and Keep it Rea'!"