Commentator Glenn Beck has apologized for yesterday’s slur against Reform rabbis, in which he claimed they focus more on social justice than on religion, and used an analogy to radical Islam.
Read the whole statement on his radio program – and listen to it – on the Media Matters Website and decide for yourself if he went far enough.
The Jewish Funds for Justice, which is conducting a campaign to get Beck fired, says no; in a statement today the group said the apology is “welcome but incomplete,” arguing that he should have “acknowledged that the letter signed by 400 rabbis and organized by Jewish Funds for Justice represented a cross-section of denominations, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Renewal rabbis.”
No word yet from the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who yesterday said Beck’s comments reflected “bigoted ignorance.”
Beck agrees on the ignorance part; in his apology today he said “I’m not going to rehash it, but it was, it was ignorant.”
I understand JFSJ’s broader concern about Beck’s campaign against social justice as a focus by religious groups. But it also seems to me the apology was pretty forthright for someone in Beck’s business – which, after all, depends on controversy as its lifesblood.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the days ahead, and what the Reform leadership has to say.