A longtime columnist and author has birthed a new organization made up of Jews who are committed to battling anti-Christian bias and discrimination in the culture.
Don Feder, a Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist for 19 years, is president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation, or JAACD.
Members of the group’s advisory board include rabbis, commentators, academics, authors, activists, Zionist leaders and an entertainer.
“Members span the spectrum from Orthodox to secular, but are united in their determination to support our beleaguered brothers and sisters in the Christian community,” a statement from the organization said.
Feder said for years he has written about incidents of anti-Christian discrimination in the public square – from the prohibition of cr?ches on public land to the silencing prayer in the nation’s schools.
“What I consider an epidemic of anti-Christian bigotry and persecution is something that has concerned me for a long time,” Feder told WND, noting that in 1996 he wrote a book entitled “Who’s Afraid of the Religious Right?” which covers what he sees as the left’s attack on traditional Christians.
“Particularly pernicious is the leftist idea that it’s legitimate to base your politics on anything except religion,” he said. “You can say that my politics are based on the views of Karl Marx or Ayn Rand or Jane Fonda … and that’s OK, but as soon as you say your worldview is based on the Bible, that’s considered an illegitimate basis for embracing certain political views.”
Feder says about a year ago he decided there should be a distinctly Jewish organization dealing with anti-Christian prejudice, which he considers a “political pogrom.”
“If a Jewish organization complains about these things,” he explained, “no one can accuse us of self-interest, because we’re not Christians; we’re Jews.”
Added Feder: “The fate of America hinges on whether or not Christians – I mean authentic Christians – succeed in the political arena.”
Feder credits Ted Baehr, founder of MovieGuide, with helping to get the organization off the ground.
Speaking at a press conference announcing the new group were syndicated columnist Mona Charen, Barry Farber, longtime New York City talk-show host, and two rabbis – Joshua Haberman and Rabbi Yehuda Levin.
Others involved with the group include: David Horowitz (Center for the Study of Popular Culture), Morton Klein (Zionist Organization of America), Herb London (Hudson Institute), Bruce Herschensohn (professor, Pepperdine University), Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Toward Tradition), syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved, Rabbi Jacob Neusner (professor, Bard College) and comedian Jackie Mason.
Drawing a connection between his faith and Christianity, Feder said, “Christian morality comes from the Jewish Bible, hence the expression ‘Judeo-Christian ethic.’”
The group, therefore, “is also standing up for the morality of the Torah.”
Said Feder: “By maintaining their loyalty to the eternal values revealed at Sinai, Christians have become pariahs in the eyes of the establishment, but heroes in our eyes.”
“Jews and Christians serve God differently. But our morality is the same,” states promotional material for the group.
Feder says his group is in the process of setting up a website and will work to educate Americans “on the toxic nature of what has been called the last acceptable form of prejudice.”
The organization’s founder ridiculed the notion that religious Americans want the nation ruled by a theocracy.
“It’s just absurd,” Feder said. “If what the left is talking about constitutes a theocracy, then America was a theocracy in 1961.
“American had school prayer, in many states there was Bible reading in the schools, public display of religious symbols, abortion was outlawed except in rare instances, if anyone talked about same-sex marriage they would have been met with derisive laughter,” he noted. “I was alive in 1961; if we were a theocracy then, somehow I missed it.”
Feder’s latest book, “The Tattered Flag: The Fight for America in the 21st Century,” will be released this year.