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Jews, Muslims, Christians Unite Against Common Enemy

In the genre of science fiction a common theme is the presence of a foreign entity which compels people of the world to unite because only by forgetting what separates them will they be able to halt the invasion from outer space. The city of Jerusalem is now the scene of Muslims, Jews, and Christians working together in order to stem the tide of a common enemy– gays and lesbians. The annual gay parade next week has aroused the fury of religious right wing fundamentalists who regard the very thought of gays and lesbians as an abomination and anathema to core Biblical beliefs. The High Court of Justice ruled gays and lesbians have a right to march and this event will be guarded by 2,000 police who hope to ensure there is no violence along the four city block march.

Gays and lesbians insist they have the right of free speech and the march is a symbol of tolerance and pluralism. Ariel Atla, a resident told the Jerusalem Post, “there is no reason to make problems–there are enough problems without them.” However, Olga Biyudin, who works in a bank, argued, “Jerusalem is for all the people in the world.”

The anti-gay parade organization proves that Jews and Muslims can cooperate and work together since all they need is a common enemy. The trick is creating a common good that would bring together these diverse groups. Anyone have one?

Israel Jews Seek Good Relations With Israel Arabs

Critics of Israel continually condemn its policies as evidence of a desire to oppress Arabs, but a recent poll reveals a deep seated undercurrent within Israel society for positive relations between Arab and Jewish citizens. A poll conducted by the Harvard School of Government shows that 77% os Israel Arabs would prefer living in Israel than any other country in the world. The poll indicates 73% of Jews and 94% of Arabs in Israel want a society “in which Arab and Jewish citizens have mutual respect and equal opportunities.” Those conducting the survey were surprised at the high level of cooperation even though it was done at the 60th anniversary of the birth of Israel which witnessed widespread Arab boycott of ceremonies. Several Arab Knesset members attributed the boycott attitude as stemming from discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

Professor Todd Pittinsky, who helped conduct the survey said there was strong feeling among most Israel Jews for the teaching of speaking Arabic in all schools in order to help create bonds of friendship. He also noted: ‘People on the ground are running community centrs that enable cultural exchanges, in bilingual schools like the Hand in Hand” where young Jewish and Arabic people are coming together and trying to create new relationships.

It is unfortunate that these positive signs are never discussed in the media.

Chickens Come Home To Roost To Muslim/Jewish Dismay

The decision by the European Union to allow pig remains to be used to fed poltry has sparked an uproar of anger among Jewish and Muslim citizens of the EU. Both religious and animal rights activists argue the change would place families at risk, offend religious sensibilities, and lead to a major consumer backlash. There are 25 million Muslims in Europe as well as a few milion Jews. Some agricultual experts believe consumers would be upset that animal remains are being used to feed the chickens they are eating. Dr. Abdel Majid-Katne, of the Islamic medication Association, termed the proposal, “a sinful idea.” On the other hand, Philip Comer of DNV Consulting, argued: “The by-products of salughter are a very valuable source of protein. We should not be wasting it.”

The principle that making money takes precedent over the values of consumers is a rather dubious feeling that must have some limits of good taste. In essence, the change makes it difficult for Muslims and Jews living in the European Union to eat a chicken. Is the price of anger worth the saving of money?

John McCain: I Want A Christian President, I Think, Maybe?

Controversy continues over Senator John McCain’s comment last week that since America was founded on “Christian principles…I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.” The American Jewish Congress blasted the senator by commenting, “to argue that America is a Christian nation, or that persons of a particular faith not seek high offices, puts the very character of our nation at stake.” Of course, McCain’s defenders like Senator Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, claimed McCain does not have a “bigoted bone in his body.” Although, McCain has not completely rejected what he previously stated, he now thinks qualified people should run for the presidency.

Joe Lieberman is probably right that McCain doesn’t have a bigoted bone in his body, but it’s his mind, not his body that is speaking. John McCain wants to be president and he will say or do anything in order to attain that goal. He has spent the past two years pandering to every nut case on the religious right in his quest for votes. He has groveled before people he denounced a few years back for their bigotry, but now discovers they are wonderful Americans. Americans accept that any politician says things for votes, but McCain’s remarks go beyond the pale of decency and honor.

John McCain: Only Christians Should Be Presidents!

John McCain’s efforts to pander for right-wing Christian votes reached a new level when he told the nation of his belief that only Christians were qualified to run for the presidency. He claimed the “Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.” McCain said, “I admire Islam. There is a lot of good principles in it. But, I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, I prefer someone I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.”

There is NO mention in the Constitution of the United States of America about God or Christian principles. The men who wrote the document were quite clear they were NOT establishing a nation based on Christian principles. Actually, the Puritans regarded the Old Testament as of equal importance to their religion as the New Testament. I guess McCain believes Senator Joseph Lieberman had no right to run for the vice presidency. McCain has insulted millions of Americans, the tragedy is he doesn’t realize he insulted them.