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Letter: Thorough Vetting of Proposed Mosque Appropriate

Letter to the Editor: BY CURRENT PUBLISHING ON FEBRUARY 11, 2018 Editor, As a statewide, grassroots Jewish advocacy group, we are committed to promoting the well-being and security of the Jewish people and society at-large. To that effect, last month we sent a letter to the Carmel Zoning Board recommending that it address whether the proposed Al Salam mosque is affiliated with or receiving funding from sources that advocate support for anti...

Sasso’s Misrepresentation of Facts Harms Civil Debate

Originally published on July 23, 2017, INDY STAR. As a political science professor for over three decades, my research, teaching and community engagement has sought to further understanding about religion and politics. As such I must respond to a recent op-ed in the IndyStar by Dennis Sasso. Sasso’s vitriol against that with which he disagrees, be it the Jewish tradition or Vice President Mike Pence’s constitutional conservatism, is...

Hugh Fitzgerald: Rabbis Stand Up For Their “Hoosier Sisters and Brothers Who Are Muslim” (Part One)

Originally posted at Jihad Watch, JUNE 19, 2017 5:48 AM BY HUGH FITZGERALD In Indianapolis, a billboard was recently put up that has caused quite a stir. It has been denounced as an “anti-Islam” billboard, because it lists six things about “the Perfect Man” (a clear reference to Muhammad, known in Islam as al-insan al-kamil, the Perfect Man), who (I quote verbatim the billboard): “1) married 6-year old 2) slave owner and dealer 3) rapist 4) 13...

Rabbis wrong about billboard

Originally posted at Indianapolis Star on June 13, 2017 As officers of the only statewide Jewish advocacy group in Indiana, we feel obligated to respond to the letter signed by 16 rabbis essentially demanding the silencing of any public reference to Islamic hatred of Jews. This message directly contradicts core Jewish traditions as well as fundamental American rights. The rabbis would be well within reason to recognize historical Christian anti...

Let’s Work Together to Stamp out Hatred

Published: Current in Carmel, April 4, 2017 Editor, As a vice president of the Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana, the only statewide Israel and Jewish advocacy group, I heartily embrace the Indianapolis Muslim community’s letter (in the March 21 edition of Current in Carmel) in support of the local Jewish community and against acts such as the recent bomb threat at our local Jewish Community Center. May I suggest that the Muslim...

Mike Pence, Guardian of Jewish freedom

Donald Trump’s VP pick has legislated against BDS and against government control of religious practice BY ELLIOT BARTKY AND ALLON FRIEDMAN August 18, 2016, 3:10 pm Originally posted at Times of Israel, August 18, 2016.< JTA — With the presidential race heating up, a number of progressive Jewish commentators have portrayed the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as a conservative extremist opposed to Jewish...

Don’t Believe the Hype: Indiana Jews Revere Mike Pence

Origianlly published at Haaretz August, 8, 2016. Time and time again, Donald Trump’s running mate proved himself to be an honorable statesman devoted to the U.S. Constitution and a true friend to Jews in Indiana and around the world. In a recent opinion published in Haaretz, Rabbi Dennis Sasso repeated previous partisan attacks on Republican vice-presidential candidate and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, painting him as a conservative extremist...

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s VP choice, roots support for Israel in Christian faith

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Sean Savage/JNS.org and filed under Israel, U.S., News. By Sean Savage/JNS.org After a selection process that more closely resembled a reality television show than the usual political appointments, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that his choice for vice president is Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who beat out flashier contenders such as former House of Representatives Speaker...

Governor Pence Signs Legislation Affirming Indiana’s Support of Israel

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1378, which requires the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) to divest from any business that engages in action to boycott, divest or sanction the state of Israel. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, and goes into effect July 1, 2016. “I have long believed Israel is our most cherished ally and as such I am proud to sign...

Indiana Overwhelmingly Approves Anti-BDS bill

Posted by Arutz Sheva, March 3, 2016 State Senate passes near-unanimous measures prohibiting state dealings with anti-Israel boycotts. The Indiana Senate near-unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday banning state funds from investing in entities that support the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement, which aims to demonize, delegitimize, isolate and ultimately destroy the Jewish State has...

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