Subject: Re: Re: Allah or Jesus?
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 16:37:24 -0500
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On Sat, 24 Apr 2004 19:49:57 -0400, "pedro martori"
>More likely the only one dreaming here is you yourself...
>Nah ! let*s say taht we in the Christian world...have some good allies in the Jewish sector....
>Now just go ahead and try something fooney...will you ?
from The Boston Globe
July 15th 2000
By Michael Paulsen, Globe Staff, 7/15/2000
Despite what appears to be a growing inclination among many religious
groups, politicians, and judges to chip away at the wall that
church and state, American Jews remain staunchly opposed to any mixing
religion and public life.
A new survey of the Jewish community finds that, although some factors
have historically contributed to Jewish support of strict separation
church and state have waned, Jews are far more reluctant than non-Jews
accept references to religion in the public schools or other public
''Jews are more secure when society is more overtly secular,'' said
Mittleman, director of the ''Jews and the Public Square'' project, one
seven surveys funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts examining the
role of religious groups in the United States.
The study also found that on a variety of issues involving sexual
that have roiled other religious groups, Jews are much more liberal
other Americans. ''Jews take a less critical view of homosexuality,
abortion, birth control and pornography than do Gentiles,'' the study
''In each case, Jewish leaders are even more tolerant than the Jewish
For example, 48 percent of non-Jews say homosexuality is wrong,
23 percent of Jews and 7 percent of Jewish leaders. And while 56
non-Jews support abortion rights, 88 percent of Jews and 96 percent of
Jewish leaders do.
The findings on church-state separation could have important bearing
Jewish role in the debate over school vouchers. As the number of
Jewish day schools has skyrocketed, some Jewish policy makers have
that the community supports the use of vouchers, but the survey
that Jewish reluctance to support such a step runs deep.
Orthodox Jews have been more sympathetic to the use of public funds to
assist children attending religious schools and to the display of
symbols on public property.
Jewish support for church-state separation traces back to the 1940s,
driven by concerns that a greater presence of religion in the public
means a greater presence of Christianity.
''Absent the protections afforded by church-state separation, many
feared that Christian church leaders, in the context of a large
majority in the American population, would promote an explicitly
character to the American state and its institutions,'' the study
''Jews, in particular, were concerned that the schools not be used to
indoctrinate their children in the culture and tenets of
Jewish attitudes were intensified by the community's fear of
associated with some Christian groups, and by the community's
secularity, the study said. In recent years, the study said, Jews have
become more accepted in the United States, Jews have become less
and a significant fraction of the community has become less secular,
attitudes have remained.
Only 38 percent of Jews support allowing the Ten Commandments to be
displayed in public schools, compared to 65 percent of non-Jews; 39
of Jews would allow the teaching of creationism, compared with 63
non-Jews; and 22 percent of Jews would support vouchers that could be
at religious schools, compared with 43 percent of non-Jews.
The data come from a survey of a 1,002 Jews around the United States.
Because of the relatively small number of Jews in the United States,
pollsters used a somewhat unorthodox method for assembling a sample -
queried a sample of 600,000 Americans who have agreed to be surveyed
on various matters.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is also funding studies of African-American,
Catholic, evangelical, Hispanic, mainline Protestant, and Muslim
populations in the United States. Each study will include a poll,
papers, and conferences over a three-year period.