Jews Rise Against Ashcroft War

'It Shouldn't Be Happening Here'

Since then, Jim and I have been in touch on a number of issues. Most recently, we discussed this self-revealing accusation from John Ashcroft: "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you."

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatchsaid in a February 15 editorial, "Mr. Ashcroft is overseeing the investigation of terrorist activity in the United States, which inevitably involves many Islamic men of Middle Eastern descent. If Mr. Ashcroft believes—on a deeply personal, and usually safely hidden level—that all Muslims practice the kind of radicalism that Al-Qaida and the September 11 hijackers embrace, he could not only unfairly target hosts of innocent people, he could also steer the hunt for terrorists in thousands of wrong directions."

But Jim Zogby and I disagree about the recent resolution. Jewish groups have now strongly criticized Ashcroft and Bush, but Jim Zogby told the Forward it was "just a whisper."

It was a lot more than a whisper. It was the sound of the shofar calling for justice!

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