Glenn Beck: Reform Judaism is Almost Like Radicalized Islam - Update 35% of U.S Jews are Reformed Jews
Anti-Semitic much? Didn’t the Birchers go off the rails attacking Jewish people too? Just saying
These are pretty outrageous claims — even for Beck.
First of all, the letter was signed by rabbis from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstruction, and Reform movements. So Beck is dead wrong about that.
But more importantly, the Reform movement isn’t some fringe, radical group that has abandoned Judaism; it’s the largest religious denomination American Jews.
According to the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01, 35 percent of American Jews consider themselves to be Reform, compared to 10 percent who consider themselves to be Orthodox and 26 percent who consider themselves to be Conservative.
Similarly, the survey found that a plurality of American Jewish households that belong to synagogues — 39 percent — are Reform.
According to its website, the Union for Reform Judaism includes “more than 900 congregations in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands” and “is the largest Jewish movement in North America and represents an estimated 1.5 million Jews.”
That’s a lot of Jews that Beck just smeared.
Even Commentary Magazine is taking Beck to task for this.