There are few phrases more annoying or ridiculous than “Judeo-Christian.” This is especially true when referring to anything prior to about 1980. I’ve actually heard people refer to the “Judeo-Christian” values of our founding fathers. Certainly those living in our founding period would find that phrase bizarre, as Christianity in that age was still profoundly anti-semitic (and many absolutely mainstream Christian preachers of the day railed against the ban on religious tests for office because it could actually lead to a – gasp! – Jew in office.
A perfect example of how idiotic and hypocritical this phrase is this application to be a coordinator for the “National Day of Prayer” put out by Shirley Dobson, wife of you know who. An excerpt from that application below the fold:
The National Day of Prayer Task Force was a creation of the National Prayer Committee for the expressed purpose of organizing and promoting prayer observances conforming to a Judeo-Christian system of values.
But now look at the statement of belief one has to sign to be a coordinator:
I believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of The Living God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only One by which I can obtain salvation and have an ongoing relationship with God. I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, the atoning work of his shed blood, his resurrection and ascension, his intercession and his coming return to power and glory. I believe that those who follow Jesus are family and there should be unity among all who claim his name.
We’re here to conform to a Judeo-Christian system of values. So naturally, no Jews are allowed. Very nice.