En kristenfløy i USA ønsker å minske skillet mellom stat og religion, og det gjør visse jøder urolige.
Nylig ble det holdt en konferanse hvor temaet ble tatt opp. De evangelisk kristne er ikke antisemittiske, tverimot. De er blant Israels mest svorne forsvarere.
Det er kristne som føler at troen er under angrep, og at de må forsvare den. Måten det skjer på, og oppfatningen av samfunnet, uroer jøder.
«There is a feeling on all sides that something is changing,» said Abraham Foxman, director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.
«The polls indicate a very serious thing — that over 60 percent of the American people feel that religion and Christianity are under attack,» he said on Thursday in an interview.
«Some are saying we are attacking (Christianity). This whole movement is not anti-Semitic or motivated by anti-Semitism. But sometimes unintended consequences are much more serious than intended» he added.
Foxman recently arranged a meeting in New York involving six Jewish organizations to discuss the problem. He said that while participants did not agree on the exact level of the problem, they felt a strategy was needed.
«It’s not a war room strategy,» he added. «It’s to understand what’s out there.»
He said Jews are a people of faith but are opposed to anyone who would say only they know the truth and want to impose it on everyone else.
Skråsikkerheten, overbevisningen om at ens egen tro er den rette, vekker bekymring. Ønsket om at det undervises i «intelligent design» i skolene på linje med evolusjonslæren f.eks., eller den sterke motstand mot homofile samliv, eller abort.
«Every room (from bedroom to classroom) in the American mansion is under assault to impose either de facto or de jure a Christian theocracy — I call them Christocrats,» said Rabbi James Rudin, former head of interreligious activities for the American Jewish Committee.
«They are people who believe there should be a legally mandated Christian nation, where the concept of separation of church and state is weakened or abandoned,» he added.
Rudin said he has met pastors «who say that Jesus Christ is the ultimate leader of America and that God’s law trumps the Constitution … I’m very concerned.»
While far from all evangelical Christians hold those views, he said, the influence of those who do is strong.(reuters)