Democrat National Committee Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has penned an op-ed for The Global Jewish News Source, outlining why she believes the natural home for American Jews is in the Democrat Party.
Wasserman Schultz states that “more than twice as many American Jews identify as Democrats than as Republicans,” because the Democrat Party is the party of “inclusion,” as well was being closely aligned with the “values that define” the Jewish faith.
There is a reason that. The Democratic Party is the party of inclusion, empowerment, justice and opportunity. These are values that are closely aligned with the values that define our Jewish faith.-Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Growing up, my parents taught me that tikkun olam – repairing the world – is a central tenet and one of the most important outward expressions of our faith. As Jews and as active citizens, it was our responsibility to help and advocate for others. As I grew up, I also sought to exemplify other Jewish values like tzedakah and gemilut hasadim. Like many other American Jews compelled to stand up and speak out for the causes of justice, equality and righteousness in public policy debates, I found a natural home within the Democratic Party.
It is Democrats who seek to right injustice, promote tolerance and constantly strive to move our nation toward a more perfect union. Jews overwhelmingly support women’s rights, workers’ rights, gay rights and civil rights for all Americans. We know that when we help those around us, our community and our country are stronger as a whole. We understand the importance of America as a place of new opportunities, and believe in immigration reform that will pave the path toward a better future that welcomed our ancestors when they arrived on America’s shores. These are values for which Democrats have fought and Republicans have not.
But wait, does the Jewish faith really condone the practice of abortion-a medical practice that Wasserman Schultz has been a big proponent of- gay marriage, or the increase of taxes, which is considered theft within the faith?
According to the Old Testament, this is highly unlikely.
Wasserman Schultz and the Democrat Party are quick to say that their political party is in-line with Jewish values and teachings, and have long established themselves as being the party of tax increases, abortion, and gay marriage, even though the Old Testament, which is also known as the Torah, speaks out against these modern day Democrat Party practices.
So, what does the Old Testament say about Abortion”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
But hold the presses! Could ‘DWS’ have a point about Jews and abortion?
The reason for Israel’s liberal abortion laws is that most of the country is secular in nature and, since Jewish law is ambiguous when it comes to abortion, the more Observant Jews don’t consider abortion a top priority. Traditional Jewish law says that life doesn’t begin until the baby leaves the birth canal, and when a mother’s life is in danger, an abortion is required. But, that doesn’t mean abortion is approved of, either. The ancient rabbis taught that when the Israelites were were slaves in Egypt and Pharaoh declared that every male child must be killed, parents did not abort their babies and that act alone earned them the freedom from Slavery.-YidwithLid
What about homosexuality?
Lev. 18:22 9
- ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (NASB)
- “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (ESV, NKJV) (Source)
- “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” (NASB)
- “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” (ESV)
I almost forgot that the Jewish community also has a problem with intermarriage, as Wasserman Schultz stated earlier this year.
“We have the problem of assimilation. We have the problem of intermarriage. We have that problem that too many generations of Jews don’t realize the importance of our institutions strengthening our community — particularly with the rise of anti-semitism and global intolerance, which obviously we saw in horrific technicolor in just the last week in Paris.”-Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)
Watch the video.