Jews for a Secular Democracy

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.

*Source: Pew Research Center 2014 Religious Landscape Survey

 


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.

 


As Christian supremacists increase their barrage of faith-based legislation, American Jews unequivocally renounce their harmful policies and condemn the disingenuous use of the phrase “Judeo-Christian values.”

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The Jews Against “Judeo-Christian Values” campaign is a project of Jews for a Secular Democracy,
the social justice initiative of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

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