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New York, NY - Jewish Organization Dismayed by Senator McCain's Claim U.S. is "Christian Nation"

Published on: October 1, 2007 02:51 PM
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New York, NY - The American Jewish Committee is deeply troubled by Senator John McCain's declaration, in an interview, that "the United States is a Christian nation."

"We urge Senator McCain to withdraw his troubling remarks," said Jeffrey Sinensky, AJC's general counsel. "Our individual rights cannot be secured if the government promotes one religion over others."


In the interview McCain expressed reservations about a Moslem candidate running for U.S. president. When voting for a candidate, McCain said, "I prefer someone who I know has a solid grounding in my faith" since "the Constitution established the United States as a Christian nation."

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 Oct 02, 2007 at 06:36 PM biGwheeel Says:

Anon. 5:58PM
...And Jews. As they always have.


 Oct 02, 2007 at 01:01 PM Anonymous Says:

what was so terrible about bill clinton that was worse than the mess Bush and co. has made of the us and the middle east?


 Oct 02, 2007 at 01:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Looking at track records and accomplishments, Hillary Clinton is a better choice than ANY of the republicans currently in the pot.


 Oct 02, 2007 at 11:42 AM Anonymous Says:

To Anon @ 9:46 am

It is people such as yourself that re-enforce the cliche: You would rather bite off your nose to spite your face.

Are you for real?

Would you rather Hillary for President Ch"V because as you say: "all republicans have something wrong with them."

Just remember the woman who has more makeovers than any other politician (including her husband)
also has "something wrong with" her.

If you want I can elaborate but I think there must be a word cut off.

IMHO you better vote for the better of the two or you will have them two in the white house again.

G-d Forbid.


 Oct 02, 2007 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

becvause he wants to be president and he said he prefers a christian president for a christian nation.

anyways, all the republicans running have something wrong with them, im not voting for any of them


 Oct 02, 2007 at 02:32 AM Mark Levin is The Great One Says:

who cares what this never was said???


 Oct 01, 2007 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

The point he was obviously trying to make was that religious beliefs were a foundation for the start of the US. Go visit Phil and see all the documentation mentioning G-d and higher authority, etc. This only serves to irk the anti religious like the ACLU as mentioned above, and I personally am all for it!


 Oct 01, 2007 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

The gop was fools for going with the king of fools, George W. Bush
and abadoned the great man - war hero and senator that is John McCain. The republicans lost out on their own best guy. Now here, they are abandoning him once again, so of course he needs to say desperate things to appeal to the christian base, who surely don't want a lib like giuliani


 Oct 01, 2007 at 08:22 PM John McCain Says:

now days it seems more like a g-dless nation than Christian unfortunately


 Oct 01, 2007 at 05:58 PM Anonymous Says:

The fact that we are guests in this country make the behavior of certain groups in Rockland County even more terrible. For instance, you have groups, such as Tartikov, that march into a quiet neighborhood and announce they are going to build a city there with 10,000 people but they call it a "yeshiva to train dayanim." This is a chillul hashem because it causes people to resent Orthodox Jews and Torah.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 05:51 PM Anonymous Says:

I agree. The US is Christian nation. And very good to the Jews!


 Oct 01, 2007 at 05:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Even before McCain made these foolish remarks, (and even he will admit they were foolish) I never had a good feeling about his chances.

Rudy is my guy from the GOP


 Oct 01, 2007 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

the point is that mccain said he would prefer a christian president. it shows his bias and was a stupid thing to say.
furthermore, america was built on the basic prinicipal of freedom for all people, especially freedom of religion (were there not jews escapring the spanish inquisition coming to america in its earliest days?) therefore america is the great place of all religion (or none)
not exclusively christian


 Oct 01, 2007 at 05:07 PM Anonymous Says:

America IS a Christian nation.

Those who IDENTIFY themselves as Jews are 1.78% of the population (2006).

Those who are halachically Jewish are even fewer.

We need to realize that we are guests in this country and remember that we are Jews first and Americans second and tread lightly.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 04:52 PM Anonymous Says:

These "Jewish" organizations have agendas of their own, and are not looking to "pick the right battle".

America, despite its full freedom to worship other faiths, is, essentially, a Christian country.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 04:42 PM Anonymous Says:

The fact is it is a Christian nation. That not withstanding, the constitution established seperation of church and state. I would rather live in a Chritstian nation than a moslem nation because the Christians have become a little more civil since the crusades. The Moslems are slow learners. They are now holding where the christians were a thousands years ago in the middle of the crusades.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 04:31 PM Joseph Says:

America is a Christian nation. The ACLU'nics should get used to it and stop making a chillul hashem in golus.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

It's ridiculous. It IS a predominantely Christian nation founded by Christian founders. He did not mean to slight other religions. A Jewish nation we're not. These Jewish organizations need to choose their battles carefully.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 03:34 PM Anonymous Says:

When they use that phrase, "Christian nation", they do not mean anything offensive about it. Jewish organizations ought to find something more important to worry about.


 Oct 01, 2007 at 03:08 PM Gevalt Says:

McCain's faith? Just a few weeks ago he said "i'm no churchgoer"

This is the second election cycle that the republican party has abandoned this great man. He should have had the nomination in 200 instead of the fool bush. Now, once again, the party has totally abadoned him in favor of fluff. It is no wonder he just fumbled an effort to get the base on his side and remind them of the chirsitan disadvantages that is rudy


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