“… [former CIA official Michael] Scheur [describes] Podhoretz and his minions as â€œIsrael-firsters,â€ but there is no doubt of the centrality of Israel in neoconservative thought. Indeed, the same day McCarthy was reduced to sputtering outrage over Scheuerâ€™s review, six other posts appeared at NRO lambasting Scheuer for saying on television that Israel was â€œnot worth an American life or an American dollar.â€ Scheuer thus managed to excite more outrage at NRO than has, say, Christopher Hitchensâ€™ ongoing war against Christianity. In fact, NRO regularly links to Hitchensâ€™ pieces, which continue to be praised by NRO regulars, one of whom, Michael Novak, has described Hitchens as a â€œTreasure.â€ McCarthy himself often praises Hitchensâ€™ columns. That criticism of American policy toward Israel should be seen as more damning at NRO than criticism of Christianity represents nothing less than a repudiation of the principles on which American conservatism has rested, including the principles enunciated by National Review before it became a neoconservative organ.” ~ Tom Piatak
It is a sad state of affairs when one can denounce Christianity with impunity, but then someone points out the obvious (that Podhoretz is an Israel-Firster) and he’s painted as “anti-semitic.” The accusation of “anti-semitism” has been so overly wrought I wonder how much longer it will have any effect, and I wonder whether the Religious Right will wake up to the fact that the neoconÂ is no friend to Christianity.