Judeo-Christian Resources

The phrase “Judeo-Christian values” is widely misused,  most often by political leaders on the religious right to falsely claim Jewish support for a regressive social agenda. We’ve compiled a list of resources on the history of the phrase “Judeo-Christian values,” to help the Jewish community understand why it’s so problematic.

***Download our two-page PDF explainer, with background information and sources, “What’s Wrong with ‘Judeo-Christian’?“***
Further Reading:
JFASD Community Organizer Lincoln Dow’s article on Medium.com, “The Problem with Judeo-Christian Values.”
Imagining Judeo-Christian America, a comprehensive book exploring the history of the phrase by Harvard Divinity School lecturer K. Healon Gaston. You can also read Professor Gene Zubovich’s review of the book for Religion & Politics.
What are ‘Judeo-Christian values’? Analyzing a divisive term,” by George Altshuler for the Washington Jewish Week, quoting Rabbi Jack Moline of Interfaith Alliance.
Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ united Americans. Now it divides them.” by Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse in The Washington Post.
Professor James Loeffler’s article in The Atlantic explaining, “The Problem with the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition.’
Examples of Misuse:
Here are just a few examples of harmful policies that Christian nationalists have recently pursued while falsely claiming they are inclusive of Jewish values:
  • Allowing publicly-funded child welfare organizations to prohibit certain families from adopting based on differing religious beliefs or for being a part of the LGBTQ community; in 2019, a Jewish couple was prohibited from adopting a child in South Carolina because of their religion.
  • Authorizing religious hospitals and healthcare providers to withhold medical care, including reproductive care, from patients based on the organization’s or provider’s religious views.
  • Requiring that public schools teach the Bible and display “In God We Trust” as first steps toward further Christian hegemony, part of a coordinated state-level legislative effort to erode religious freedoms known as “Project Blitz.”
  • Laying the groundwork for future state-level attacks on the separation of religion and government by establishing a National Association of Christian Lawmakers to “formulate [laws] based upon a Biblical worldview,” and “rebuilding the foundation of our Judeo-Christian heritage.”
If your community would like to learn more about the phrase “Judeo-Christian values,” please email Lincoln Dow to request a prerecorded video lecture or to schedule a presentation from a JFASD staff member or volunteer.