E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars, joins the Truth Jihad for some spirited interfaith dialogue around his forthcoming article “Catholics and the Jew Taboo.” In that article, whose title references Charles Bausman’s “It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo,” Jones argues that Catholics and Jews have been fighting “culture wars” over such issues as gay marriage, but that Catholics have been handicapped by the taboo against naming their opponents.
It seems to me that E. Michael Jones has a point. Why is it OK to say “the Catholics have been fighting against gay marriage” but not “the Jews have been fighting for gay marriage” ? After all, as Jones points out, it’s apparently OK to credit Jews for gay marriage if you’re in favor, but taboo to blame Jews for gay marriage if you’re against. For example, Amy Dean writes in Tikkun:
“National Jewish social justice organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Bend the Arc (on whose board I currently serve as co-chair) helped to galvanize the American Jewish community to support pro-marriage equality bills in the states. In fact, Jews can claim a fair share of the credit for bringing Americans to a tipping point of accepting marriage equality.”
Is there a double standard here? E. Michael Jones thinks so. He writes: “In her Tikkun article, Amy Dean clearly defined the enemy as the Manhattan Declaration, Robbie George, and the Catholic Church in ascending order of importance. Catholics like (Archbishop) Chaput lost the gay marriage battle because they identified the enemy as ‘secularizing activists’ and not as Jews.”
Is E. Michael Jones articulating what should be a legitimate, mainstream Catholic position? I don’t know; that’s up to Catholics to decide. But since he argues his position in a clear, reasonable, erudite, well-sourced way, I am strongly opposed to those who are trying to silence him. Whatever the merits of his positions—and I forthrightly disagree with some of them in this interview—E. Michael Jones is an important Catholic voice. Anyone who wishes to refute his arguments is welcome to contact me by way of TruthJihad.com (or the comments section here) and I will offer you airtime to respond.