Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Please, Rep. Kern, leave us out of it.

Sally Kern has said that she is a "warrior for Judeo-Christian values."

Please, Rep. Kern, leave us out of your hate crusade.

First of all, there is no such thing as "Judeo-Christian values." That's a phrase made up by certain Christians who want to feel better about thrusting their supposed moral superiority on the world. They throw "Judeo" into their "values" so as not to seem exclusivist. The truth is that the phrase "Judeo-Christian Values" is code for homophobia and religious discrimination.

Unlike Rep. Kern and her theofascist ilk, most Jews believe that God created all people equal, and that no one religion or ideology has a monopoly on the truth. Most Jews believe that our most important task is to repair the world, to make it a better, fairer, more beautiful place for our children and our grandchildren.

More specifically, the Reform Jewish movement was ordaining gay and lesbian clergy and supporting the repeal of sodomy laws as early as the 1970s, and came out in favor of civil marriage equality in 1996. The Conservative Jewish movement is moving in the same direction, voting to ordain gay clergy in the early 2000s. It's only certain sects of Orthodox Judaism that still cling to an anachronistic and insular view of morality and reject GLBT equality.

Thus, if Rep. Kern wants to talk about "Judeo-Christian" values, and then preach hate and religious superiority, she's going to have to contend with those of us in the "Judeo" side of that who find her views abhorrent and dangerous.