Posted on | July 16, 2012 | 16 Comments
The headline is not a direct quote, but this is:
“[T]he president has an incredible record of support and advocacy on the issues, domestically, that Jews care about — fighting, for example, to make sure that women have the right to make their own reproductive choices . . .”
OK, so why does the Democratic National Committee chairwoman insist that “reproductive choice” is such an important issue that “Jews care about,” in a way that gentiles do not?
Are there no pro-life Jews? Is there some specific ethnic, religious, or cultural reason why Jews are devoted to keeping abortion legal?
Perhaps someone could ask her a few questions like this, because otherwise people would be compelled to guess that what Debbie Wasserman-Schultz actually meant to say is (a) most Jews vote Democrat, and (b) Democrats are the Party of Abortion.
Any other interpretation could be anti-Semitic, causing people to think that this bloody horror was inflicted upon our nation specifically by Jews.
Not me, of course. I blame the Episcopalians.
UPDATE: I was concerned this post might push the “deliberately provocative headline” thing a bit too far, but I’m reassured by Yuval Levin’s horror at DWS’s claim that abortion is a Jewish value:
Politicians used to insult Jewish voters by implying that all they cared about was Israel. Surely this is much worse.
Meanwhile, in the comments below, an observant Jewish reader points out that, quite logically, the pro-abortion enthusiasm of liberal Jews has had the effect of making conservative Jews the fastest-growing segment of the Jewish population. The same is true among Protestants, I would add. The future belongs to the fertile.