The Jewish Funds for Justice ad that ran in last week’s Forward may have been a bit premature. The message, which was supported by more than 250 Jewish and Christian clergymen, Jewish American community leaders, and prominent figures within groups like the labor movement and the NAACP, condemned Fox News host Glenn Beck’s “attack on our shared values” and “demagoguery.” It referred to Beck’s earlier comment concerning JFJ head Simon Greer’s stated belief that “government is essential to quest for social justice”: Such, Beck suggested, is the sort of logic that “leads to death camps.” (“A Jew, of all people, should know that,” Beck added.)
But, guys, if you thought that was bad … well, here was Beck last week (and sorry I missed it then):
Jesus conquered death. He wasn’t victimized. He chose to give his life. … If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would’ve come back from the dead and made the Jews pay for what they did.
I’ll keep my checkbook handy, just in case.