I am Jewish. No surprise there. I have mentioned it enough times on the blog.
I’m not a particularly observant Jew. As with many other Jews, I look at my “Jewishness” as much an ethnicity as a religion.
I don’t think Jews have found a shortcut to heaven. In fact, Jews don’t believe in heaven. We are not the only nor necessarily the best religion.
I respect my friends who have religious beliefs different than mine.
God knows (he really does), I’ve been in enough churches during my 23 years in Connecticut! I’ve spoken to church groups and church schools. I was honored to eulogize my friend Kevin at a Mormon ceremony.
With all this having been established, I am troubled by things I read which suggests some people running for the White House feel it’s a job for a Christian.
Oh, it has to be the right kind of Christian too… maybe not the Mitt Romney kind. Maybe not the Rudy Guiliani kind either. Is Mike Huckabee OK? Depends who you ask.
We are a secular nation. Unlike England, for instance, there is no state church here. We are a nation of laws, not doctrine. Our leaders are elected by the people, not anointed by God.
In essence, I’m hoping the first amendment covers me when it says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
It is right for Christians, or any other group, to act in concert to advance their agenda. It is wrong to do that to the exclusion of others.
My Jewishness should never cause me to be uncomfortable in our society. At the moment, it does.