A ROW of biblical proportions has erupted in America following an attack by a progressive rabbi on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, who accused it of “attacking the religious freedom of millions of American women and the religious freedom of American nuns” over contraception.
Philadelphia Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s words, in a Huffington Post op-ed piece, sent Catholic League President Bill Donohue apeshit. He immediately fired off an email to the rabbi, warning him that:
Jews had better not make enemies of their Catholic friends since they have so few of them.
When is it the business of any religious leader to condemn the strictures of another religion? You are not only clueless about the situation concerning nuns, you have stuck your nose in where you don’t belong.
Donohue must surely have realised that any reference to noses and Jews is blatantly racist, and would not go down well. And it didn’t: Waskow retorted:
Would you also suggest I keep my long Jewish nose out of some Catholic priests’ rape of Catholic children and some Catholic bishops’ protection of those priests from the law, because I’m not a Catholic? Perhaps you would.
Since you are interested in the subject of rape, I hope you are following the unbelievable explosion of child rape in the Orthodox Jewish community and the intimidation – by family members – of victims. The pressure put on the DA to deep six these rapes is sickening. You need to do something about this epidemic right now. Suggestion: follow the reforms of the Catholic Church and you won’t have these problems.
Donohue claimed that, in saying “Jews had better not make enemies of their Catholic friends since they have so few of them”, he was echoing the words of Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York.
This outraged Koch, who denies ever using such a phrase:
My comments have always been about fostering good feelings between Jews and Catholics toward mutual understanding of our shared interests. However, I certainly do not believe that Jews, or Catholics, should be threatened for making critical remarks, nor should my name be used when doing so. While I do have a high regard for Bill, his references to me and my remarks were inappropriate and different in substance and tone than what I said on an earlier occasion. My remarks did not and do not refer to the Rabbi’s comments.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Donohue described Waskow as:
A man full of hate.
And he labelled Waskow’s op-ed:
The kind of thing I’d expect from Bill Maher, not from a rabbi. Who the hell is he? I don’t tell Jews what to do when they have people who are miscreants in their community.
And on the Catholic League’s website, under the heading Rabbi Waskow’s Catholic Problem, Donohue wrote:
My comment about Ed Koch saying Jews should not make enemies with their Catholic friends was a summation of Mayor Koch’s statement made in January before a Jewish audience [click here]: ‘We’re 13 million Jews in the whole world – less than one-tenth of 1 percent. And we need allies. The best ally we can have is the Catholic Church.” On January 30, I publicly commended him for his remark [click here], adding, ‘The Catholic League is proud to stand with the Jewish community in this time of unrelenting attacks on both Catholics and Jews.’ I also said that Ed Koch was ‘one of the greatest friends that Catholics have ever had.’
In his attack on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Waskow wrote:
I vigorously object to this attempt to deny millions of women – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, atheist – their own religious freedom to make choices informed by their own consciences about the most central issues of their lives.
Indeed, the USCCB has failed to persuade even Catholic women – let alone any others — that contraception is a sin. Between 96 percent and 98 percent of Catholic women use ‘artificial’ contraception. Among other American women, the rate is 99 percent.
Having failed to convince their own ‘flock’ – who are clearly not mere sheep to be led to the slaughter of their consciences – the bishops now are trying to use governmental power to force women (not only Catholics) to obey their edicts.
Hat tip: Agent Cormac