Two recent articles highlight the tension created when a politician uses their support for the State of Israel as a defense against accusations of anti-Semitism.
In the Forward, Rebecca Spence discussed the issue in relation to J.D. Hayworth, a Republican Representative from
“The controversy surrounding Hayworth, who describes himself as a Christian conservative, comes at a time when many in the Jewish community are debating the uneasy alliance that has developed in recent years between evangelicals, who paint themselves as unflagging supporters of
Two weeks later, Senatorial candidate Katherine Harris (R, Florida) stuck her Jimmy Choos in her mouth when she espoused some controversial views about governance and sin. From CNN.com:
"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris said. Her comments drew criticism, including some from fellow Republicans, who called them offensive and not representative of the party. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, who is Jewish, told the Orlando Sentinel that she was "disgusted" by the comments. Harris' campaign released a statement Saturday saying she had been "speaking to a Christian audience, addressing a common misperception that people of faith should not be actively involved in government." The comments reflected "her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values," the statement said, adding that Harris had previously supported pro-Israel legislation and legislation recognizing the Holocaust.