No Place for Religion in Discussion About Greed?

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post quotes a spokesman for the ADL regarding Gregg Easterbrook:

Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League called Easterbrook’s apology ‘insufficient,’ saying: ‘There is no excuse for bringing religion into a discussion about greed and the film industry.’

Unless Easterbrook was making the charge that all Jews are greedy, which he was not, Foxman’s statement is pure nonsense. How does one define greed if not by the moral principles one professes to hold? If one is Jewish, then should not one’s decisions of right and wrong be guided by his or her Jewish faith? And if not, then in what way is one Jewish?

Likewise, I, as a professing Christian, should be judged according to how well I live out the teachings of Jesus Christ. This should apply to all of my activities, whether public, private, personal, or business.

Easterbrook made a valid point: For a professing Jew (or Christian, for that matter) to set aside morality in favor of profit is repugnant. The idea that religion can’t be factored into the judgment of another’s behavior is ridiculous.

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