Which of these two ideas reflects your thinking?
- Judeo-Christian Bible-based values are vital for our nation’s survival.
- Judeo-Christian Bible-based values are primitive obstructions to progress.
If you know us at all, you know that Susan and I are confident that the first proposition is the true one.
In 1999, our book, America’s Real War: An Orthodox Rabbi Insists that Judeo-Christian Values Are Vital for Our Nation’s Survival, explained why, as committed Jews, we fight to preserve America’s Christian heritage.
The response to this book was overwhelming. It had huge sales, was first runner-up in the Christian book awards, and was responsible for launching a long-needed but unprecedented alliance between Jews and Christians.
America’s Real War argued that the real chasm in American culture did not separate blacks from white, rich from poor, men from women, or Jews from Christians.
The real divide is between those Americans who believe that Judeo-Christian Bible-based values are vital for our nation’s survival and those Americans who believe that these timeless truths only obstruct progress. There are blacks and whites on both sides just as there are rich and poor, men and women, and, yes, Jews and Christians on both sides.
The book also proved that no gap exists between social conservatism and economic conservatism, and why economic success usually accompanies countries and societies following a more culturally conservative direction.
Most importantly, the book persuasively answered perhaps the most frequently asked question posed by millions of Americans curious about their Jewish fellow-citizens: Why is such a disproportionately large percentage of American Jews more committed to the secular liberal values of the Democrat Party than to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
America’s Real War has been out-of-print for six years. As we head into a presidential election year, the enemies of traditional values, and indeed of religious Jews and Christians, will be out in full force. Many readers of America’s Real War thanked us for giving practical, rational and easy-to-follow arguments to support their positions. The book helped them analyze politicians’ words and see the underlying reality. It allowed them to see and share ideas with their children, extended family and friends that laid bare anti-Godly agendas that are often masked by seemingly innocent language.
Since we wrote this book, a great deal has happened. The book predated 9/11, the increasing anti-Biblical bias of the country’s elite, and the mainstreaming of the radical Leftist agenda that is laid bare today. Issues such as Islamic terrorism, gender-fluidity, violence against conservatives on university campuses and so much more need to be added and analyzed.
We would like to invite you to join us for an online class working our way through the original book. We look forward to your questions and feedback on topics for additional material. We want to know which issues need more explanation and what questions you have. Your input will allow us to rewrite America’s Real War so that it can help to make a stand in today’s culture wars and provide much needed intellectual ammunition to all the happy warriors in the trenches.
We will meet for one and a half hours, 7- 8:30 pm ET, on the following Tuesday and Thursday nights. All sessions will be recorded, allowing you to listen at your convenience to any sessions you miss and to give input even if you can’t join us live.
We are excited and eager to start this journey!
Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin