Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hate Mail

The Tennessean today prints a letter to the editor demanding that Joe Lieberman choose between "being a Jew and a supporter of Israel or a secular American politician...."

Genetics being permanent, it would not seem that Mr. Lieberman has a choice as to whether to continue being a Jew. Should The Tennessean be expected to print other letters suggesting that votes considered supportive of the viewpoint of an ethnic identity imply disloyalty to the United States and require that a choice be made?

It goes without saying that there is considerable room for disagreement regarding American policy toward Israel particularly and the Middle East in general, but the notion that Jewish loyalty toward Israel somehow implies disloyalty to America is an ugly smear outside the pail of legitimate political debate. The letter should not have been printed.

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