Using both classic and contemporary tools of persuasion, AAJC promotes these positive traditional values while opposing the negative forces of “secular fundamentalism” and anti-religion bigotry. In his best-selling book of the same name, Rabbi Lapin labeled this mission “America’s Real War”
Concerned Jews share this objective with many evangelical and conservative Christians. Working together, they focus on our common cultural, moral, and political goals. The corollary benefit of this alliance is that the majority gentile culture sees that American Jews are not monolithically liberal, and that many of the “progressive” forces in this country are advocating positions that are in fact abhorrent to traditional Judaism.
Where do these ancient solutions come from? Just as automobile manufacturers provide an owner’s manual with every car produced, AAJC’s founders believe God gave human beings an “owner’s manual” upon our creation. Rabbi Daniel Lapin calls this “God’s biblical blueprint”, revealed in the Torah (the five Books of Moses) that serves as the foundation for both Judaism and Christianity. It is further revealed in the oral law given by God to Moses and faithfully transmitted by the Sages over thousands of years.
I am certainly not a Churchill. I am not even a Revel. I am finding it hard enough just trying to be a Lapin. But like Churchill and Revel, I am issuing a deadly serious warning about dark and irreversible consequences. I am warning about the early stages of what could become a cataract of disasters if not resisted now. During the 1930s, Winston Churchill desperately tried to persuade the English people and their government to see that Hitler meant to end their way of life. The British ignored Churchill, which gave Hitler nearly 10 years to build up his military forces. It wasn't until Hitler actually drew blood by invading Poland in September 1939, that the British realized they had a war on their hands. It turned out to be a far longer, costlier and more destructive war than it needed to be had Churchill's early warning been heeded. In 1983, a brave French writer, Jean-Francois Revel, wrote a book called How Democracies Perish. In this remarkable volume, he described how communism's aim is world conquest. For decades he had been trying to warn of communism's very real threat. A good portion of the planet fell to communism, which brought misery and death to millions because we failed to recognize in time that others meant to harm us. Yet in January 1982, a high State Department official said: "We Americans are not solving problems, we are the problem." (Some things never change.) Heaven knows there was enough warning during the 1980s and 1990s of the intention of part of the Islamic world to take yet another serious crack at the west. During those two decades about 1,000 Americans were murdered in some five to ten separate attacks around the world. Yet instead of seeing each deadly assault on our interests as a test of our resolve, we ignored them all. We failed the test and then lost 3,000 Americans in two unforgettable hours. The subsequent Middle East wars have cost us blood and money beyond measure.
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