I wrote previously about the demonization of Bill Donahue at BuzzFeed and mis-characterization of him as anti-Semitic.Today at JTA there is an article about Rabbi David Saperstein’s take on all of this.
Saperstein said that “the importance of both the health care rights of women and the social justice passion of the Catholic nuns who serve on the front lines of our neediest citizens’ struggles for economic justice deserve a more respectful response.”
In other words, we Catholics should not expect Jews to defend the freedom of the Catholic Church. At least, that is this particular rabbi’s opinion. Even worse, the rabbi puts on a pedestal the small percentage of nuns whose main purpose in life seems to be attacking the authority of the bishops. In other words, the rabbi is fomenting division in the Catholic Church to argue for a political agenda that crushes the freedom of the Church.
I know that not all Jews agree with rabbis who poke sticks into the Church and argue for our freedom to be crushed with Obamacare. I hope they will call him out. The whole point that Bill Donahue has been making is that Catholics and Jews must stick together where religious freedom is concerned. That’s his point. If he made the point badly, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good point.
Let’s stand together as people of faith who respect each other’s freedom of belief. What is more important to you? People getting free contraception or people of faith being able to object to government policy as a matter of religious conscience? Which matters more to you, as a Jewish person? Contraception or the First Amendment? That’s the bottom line.