September 2, 2007

Jewish Extremism

Believers love to insist that they are given a bad name by extremist fringe groups and that it is not fair to generalize from such groups to the larger community of believers. Okay, then what are we to do when a particularly influential and widely admired religious leader puts his foot in his mouth?

Ovadia Yosef, described as "a highly respected religious scholar among Jews of Middle Eastern descent," has made controversial statements to the effect that Israeli soldiers were killed in battle because they were not sufficiently religious. It is nice to know that the Jewish community has their own Pat Robertson!
"Is it any wonder if, heaven forbid, soldiers are killed in a war?" he said, "when they don't observe the Sabbath, they don't observe the Torah, they don't pray every day, they don't put on phylacteries every day. Is it any wonder that they're killed? It's no wonder."
With the focus of America squarely on Islamic extremism and the focus of this blog on Christian extremism, one must not forget Jewish extremism.

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