Glenn Beck Apologizes for Reform Judaism Comments
Jewish Americans were shocked and angered Tuesday morning when Fox News host Glenn Beck compared Reform rabbis and Reform Judaism to "radicalized Islam" on his radio show. Reform rabbis, he said, "are generally political in nature. It's almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way." His was careful to state that his comparison was "not about terror," but "about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith." Needless to say, Jewish leaders from across the country spoke against Beck's comments, including URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie.
In his statement, Rabbi Yoffie explained that, "Beck's sweeping dismissal of the religious faith of a million and a half North American Jews was both tragic and outrageous. Reform Judaism, a proud and venerable religious tradition, does not accept Mr. Beck as the arbiter of what is spiritual and what is not, of who has faith and who does not, of what constitutes real religion and what does not."