American Jews Reject the Phrase “Judeo-Christian Values”
Political leaders on the religious right often use the phrase “Judeo-Christian values” to claim Jewish support for their regressive social agenda. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
American Jews are overwhelmingly socially progressive. 83%* of us support reproductive rights, 81%* of us support LGBTQ equality, we resoundingly back science-based policy, and we wholly reject the notion that the United States was founded on “Judeo-Christian” principles.
Under the guise of “Judeo-Christian values,” Christian nationalists oppose LGBTQ equality, restrict access to contraception and abortion, promote creationism, and advance abstinence-only sex education. These positions do not speak for American Jews!
Here are just a few examples of harmful policies that Christian nationalists have pursued while falsely claiming to represent 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
Authorizing religious hospitals and healthcare providers to withhold medical care, including reproductive care, from patients based on the organization or provider’s religious views
Requiring that public schools teach the Bible, display religious materials, and more legislation that erodes religious freedom and secular democracy as part of a coordinated “Project Blitz” against religious freedom
A “Judeo-Christian” approach to governing is contrary to the constitutional separation of religion and government, an imperative which we staunchly defend.