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Joe Lieberman’s Jewish reasons for opposing “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

The Daily Beast reports that Joe Lieberman “worked tirelessly in rounding up enough votes for the Senate to repeal the don’t ask don’t tell policy.” What’s interesting is his motivation: ““I’m a Jewish-American, a member of a minority group raised from the earliest part of my life to be deeply grateful for all the rights and opportunities and freedom afforded Americans.”

That reminds of a quote from Charles Silberman’s A Certain People in the chapter on immigration in The Culture of Critique:

American Jews are committed to cultural tolerance because of their belief—one firmly rooted in history—that Jews are safe only in a society acceptant of a wide range of attitudes and behaviors, as well as a diversity of religious and ethnic groups. It is this belief, for example, not approval of homosexuality, that leads an overwhelming majority of U.S. Jews to endorse “gay rights” and to take a liberal stance on most other so-called “social” issues. Read more