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Obama and the Christian-Muslim-Jewish Nation

By Nathan Guttman

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One staple of any great speech is that everyone hears it in a different way. For some, President Obama’s inaugural address was all about hope and optimism; for others, it was about the nation’s resilience. For the Zionist Organization of America’s Morton Klein, it was all about one sentence: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers.”

Turns out that it’s all about the sequence, and Klein, the ZOA president, feels that Jews were unfairly downgraded to third place. In a press release, Klein reads into Obama’s decision to put Muslims before Jews (and Hindus and non-believers) in his speech.

“Throughout its history, the United States has always been known as a nation based on Judeo-Christian values and heritages,” he argues, quoting former president Bush’s 2001 inaugural address in which he put “synagogue” before “mosque.”

According to Klein, it is not a matter of prestige but of numbers, and since Jews outnumber Muslims in the United States, they should rightly hold on to their second place. “This is not a Muslim-Christian-Jewish nation, it is a Judeo-Christian nation,” he told the Forward.

But if numbers and sequence do matter, here is a point Jewish observers who are worried about Islam beating Judaism for second place in the president’s eyes, should look at: A day after the inauguration, Obama attended the national prayer service, and guess what: There were three rabbis and only one Muslim representative.


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John Bardakch Thu. Jan 22, 2009

Hello.This month two fantastic news are top of the media list.One of them was Israel's Gazze militaric operation .We know after 2.World War's tragedic time new state established by Jewish people at 1948.If we remeber ancient history namely 4000 years ago God promised to Abraham for his seed would came to promised land this Godly purpose realized by Moses and Jeshua's leadership(B.C.1470).After many wars by local nations they began to live this promise land.Philistines's or igin was Noah's son Ham's Mizraim's(egyptian's forefather)son Casluhim ;acording to Bible's first book(Moses's )Genesis chapter ten.After during judges and kings period between two nations many times were wars unfortunately.Only Solomon's reign was different(peace time and we hope same situation will be again future).On the other hand after Africa's dramatic slave historic period especialy second part of the 20.century some etnic fanatism began to chance.After Mr. powel ,Mrs.Rice and other precious black American's Mr. Obama is new 44. president of the USA.Maybe this was dream for 50 years ago but like Mr. matin L.King's :-"I have a dream" realized by human common love ;like Israel's modern state 60 years ago .By the way acording to new president USA will be more humanist and same privileges to all religiously groups.One of them is my membership Jehovah's Witnesses(our web site is :www.watchtower.org )and acording to Holy Bible all true prophets serviced to Elohim,Adonaia namely Jehovah.They didn't estabilish new different religins but same common one God's religion by God's holy sprit and like other prophets.At near future God realized His eternal purpose acording to especialy Issiah's prophecy international human brotherhood during in the paradise enviroment and deads will come back to life and all good people(acording to God's standarts like 3500 years ago Israel nation promised to god for to obidient all laws by blood testament) During the amzing future we wish beter conditions for international peace .Thank you for this oportunity to Forward and Mr.Nathan...With my best deeply regards...

Steven slak Fri. Jan 23, 2009

The fact is most Jews as well as Christians realize that this simply is a Judeo-Christian Nation.Even if moslems outnumberd Jews 10 to 1 it still would be a Judeo Christian Country.The Puritans and Pilgrams saw themselves as such.Christianity arose out of Judaism with a Jew as it's founder Saul and the person they followed as the Messiah also a Jew Jesus. We can all play games but the fact is this a Judeo Christian Nation

Czarkazem13 Fri. Jan 23, 2009

I'm sorry, but what exactly is "Judeo-Christian?" Now I would understand "Judeo-Christain-Muslim" as the three great Abrahamic religions that had huge impacts on the West. Sure, Christianity has Jewish roots, but so does Islam. Christianity's views on the sames books that Jews use differ - and sometimes majorly. In fact, culturally, religiously and historically, Islam is closer to Judaism then Christianity. Now some use "Judeo-Christian" to define the influences on the West, but this to is out of ignorance by belittle the influence that Islam to has had on the West. Plus, the term "Judeo-Christian" - to me - goes with "reverse-discrimination," "Islamo-fascists," "Marxist socialist" and other terms that have no meaning and make no sense. As far as population goes, aren't there more Muslims in this nation then Jews? I know the numbers of the Muslim population have been debated (usually by Jews feeling insecure about not being the largest non-Christian group), but one still can't discount the studies/polls that show more Muslims then Jews. And Morton Klein needs to chillax. To even make an issue of this is a shande. And if he is a true Zionist, why is he even over here? In fact, how is there even a Zionist organization over here? Zionism isn't just supporting Israel, it is the belief that Israel is the only place for Jews, not the U.S. (for one). Klein reads way into this. Maybe his time should be spent more on important things that actually affect the Jewish community. Just a thought.




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