What do Christians and Jews have in common politically? For the sake of America’s future, the alliance is crucial, says Don Feder, who founded an organization called Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation (JAACD) earlier this year.
Feder, a longtime journalist and attorney, whose work has often appeared in Human Events, started the group in April. With the JAACD, Feder has brought together an impressive group of people who will act as an advisory board dedicated to “exposing and countering discrimination against Christians, as well as anti-Christian bias.”
“The treatment that Christians receive from the culture is grossly unfair,” Feder told Human Events. “Christians are generally treated to abuse that no other group receives. But I think there is an understanding of why the left is attacking Christians. They’re doing so because they believe that Christians are the chief obstacle to the triumph of their ethos. And we don’t want that to happen, so we’re doing everything we can to prevent that.”
More specifically, Feder said, “It’s less a matter of theology than morality. … It’s because devout Catholics—and evangelicals—are opposed to abortion on-demand, euthanasia, gay marriage and the panoply of social positions embraced by the national Democratic Party, academia, the judiciary and much of the media.”
Feder, author of A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America and Who’s Afraid of the Religious Right? (Regnery—a Human Events sister company), has pulled together a board that is comprised of 22 notable Jewish personalities, including syndicated columnist Mona Charen, activist David Horowitz, syndicated talk-show host and film critic Michael Medved, political commentator Bruce Herschensohn and comedian Jackie Mason—a conservative and ordained rabbi who comes from a family of five generations of rabbis.
Steadfast in his support for the kinship he sees between certain Christian and Jewish communities, Feder said, “Christians—especially evangelicals—are Israel’s best friends outside the Jewish community.”
According to PalestineFacts.org: “Tens of millions of Protestant Christians in the United States and around the world support Israel with an ‘uncritical fervor.’”
For example, during the al-Aqsa Intifada, and the numerous terrorist attacks on Israel in 2001 and 2002, Christian groups sent thousands of people to Israel on “solidarity missions,” to meet Israelis, lend their support for Israel’s right to exist and denounce the injustices inflicted by her enemies.
Additionally, in 2004, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews conducted a poll of 2,799 Americans in which 61% of the respondents said that, when choosing a President, his support for Israel is an important factor. It was also the top consideration for 30%. (Of those polled, 89% defined themselves as Christians.)
Rabbi David Lapin, president of educational organization Toward Tradition, and a JAACP board member, concurs with Feder: “American Christians consistently stand by Israel, and while they ask nothing in return, they deserve friendship and support from American Jews. Christians seek an America that is strong both morally and materially, as do Jews, and such an America is the best friend Israel can have.”
Christianity—comprised of many denominations—is estimated to be practiced by more than 2 billion people worldwide. Organizations such as JAACP understand that alliances with Christians are critical to stability in America and around the globe, Feder said.
Because Jews and Christians share many of the same ethical principles taught in the Torah (or Old Testament), there is a natural moral synergy between them, he said.
“Obviously, Judaism and Christianity are very different—the difference between Christianity and Judaism goes beyond Jesus, although that is a substantial difference,” Feder explains. “But in terms of morality, it’s fairly close. The morality of Christianity is also the morality of Judaism—hence the expression Judeo-Christian ethic.”
Though JAACD is new, the group is dedicated to developing and implementing an agenda of projects that will raise awareness and educate Americans about anti-Christian prejudice. “We have a website. We’re putting out press releases on a regular basis. And we are going to be networking with like-minded organizations, most of them Christian, some Jewish, to see what we can accomplish together.”