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A Blessing unto the Nations

Joel Schwartz

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A review of "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History" by David Klinghoffer

Many conservatives remember a 1993 Washington Post gaffe in its religion coverage that identified conservative Christians as "poor, uneducated, and easily led." A more recent--and in its own way equally illuminating--error is not so well known. A Post article published after the election, examining evangelical support for President Bush, labeled the Jewish columnist and radio talk-show host Dennis Prager a "Christian commentator."

It is easy to see how this error--which, in fairness, the Post corrected two days later--could have been made by a reporter (Dana Milbank) who presumably knows more about American politics than American religion. Prager's political views certainly agree with those of, say, Gary Bauer, far more than they don't. If Prager's views are akin to a conservative Christian's, why not assume that Prager is a conservative Christian? After all, "Dennis" isn't exactly a Jewish name, and though "Prager" is, it is less obviously so than others like Goldberg (or Schwartz).

In any event, Milbank's blooper confirms a point made by the sociologist James Davison Hunter. American religious tolerance is now so extensive that "the practical effects of the birth of Christianity...at least in the U.S. context, [have] become both politically and culturally defunct." The differences between Jews and Christians simply don't matter very much to Americans anymore.

Read the entire article on the Clairemont Institute website (new window will open).

Posted: 04-Jan-06



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