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Saturday, February 04, 2006

What Every Jew Should Know About New House Majority Leader John Boehner


In the House Leadership wars, Tom DeLay's gone, his protege Roy Blunt's been defeated, and the GOP's anointed Rep. John Boehner (OH) as the new face of the party. It's all about reform, right? Guess again. The new guy's no prize either.
According to the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), Boehner's record documents his support for measures that have run counter to the best interests of the vast majority of American Jews. As reported by the NJDC:

1. For School Prayer and Amending the Constitution: Boehner supported a school prayer amendment to the United States Constitution in 1997 (H.J.Res. 78), 1999 (H.J.Res 66), and 2001 (H.J.Res. 52); voted to permit school prayer "during this time of struggle against the forces of international terrorism" (House Roll Call Vote 445, Nov. 15, 2001); and voted to only allow federal aid to schools that allow prayer (House Roll Call Vote 85, March 23, 1994).

2. For Forced Religion in Anti-Poverty Programs: Boehner voted to permit taxpayer-funded anti-poverty programs to require aid recipients to join in religious activities. (House Roll Call Votes 16 and 17, Feb. 4, 2004)

3. 100% Against a Woman's Right to Choose: Boehner received a "0%" pro-choice score from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2005.

4. For Religious Employment Discrimination: Boehner voted to permit taxpayer-funded anti-poverty programs to engage in federally-funded employment discrimination. (House Roll Call Votes 15 and 17, Feb. 4, 2004)

5. Against the Rule of Law in Ten Commandments Case: Boehner voted to prevent the Justice Department from enforcing a court order to remove a 5,000 pound Ten Commandments monument from Alabama's state supreme court. (House Roll Call Vote 419, July 23, 2003)

6. Against Common-Sense Environmental Safeguards: Boehner voted for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (House Roll Call Vote 122, April 20, 2005); voted to gut the Endangered Species Act (House Roll Call Vote 506, September 29, 2005); and voted to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (House Roll Call Vote 242, June 15, 2004).

7. For More Religious Employment Discrimination: Boehner voted to permit taxpayer-funded job training programs to engage in religious discrimination when hiring and firing employees with federal funds. (House Roll Call Vote 46, March 2, 2005)

8. Against Confronting Proselytizing at the Air Force Academy: Boehner voted against an amendment to squarely address religious coercion and proselytizing at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. The amendment criticized "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing" of cadets at the Academy while observing that "expression of personal religious faith is welcome" throughout the military. (House Roll Call Vote 283, June 20, 2005)

9. Led the Effort to Inject Religious Employment Discrimination into Head Start: Boehner added a controversial amendment in September to a previously bipartisan School Readiness Act which would "allow federally funded early-child-care providers to discriminate on religious grounds," according to The Forward. The Forward notes, "The federal government transfers about $6.7 billion annually to 19,000 Head Start providers in 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia." Jewish groups opposed to the measure, according to The Forward, include the "Anti-Defamation League, the Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee and the National Council of Jewish Women."

10. Pushed Ohio Schools to Embrace "Intelligent Design:" People For the American Way reports that Rep. Boehner and fellow Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Chabot wrote to the Ohio school board claiming that legislative language required that references to "Intelligent Design" be included in Ohio's science standards. In fact, such language was removed from the relevant education bill before it became final.

While he may not be corrupt like DeLay, or a member of DeLay's posse like Blunt, Boehner comes with lots of baggage; baggage that should not only make American Jews nervous, but Democrats everywhere who cherish freedom of choice.

15 Comments:

  • At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Intrepid Liberal Journal said…

    At the end of the day Boehner is just another Brezhnev Republican: corrupt, indecent, wasteful, tyrannical, untruthful, and feculent.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He and they are getting away with it. There is not enough outrage and protest at these Republican's frigthening beliefs and actions. Even today there is a march on Washington led by Al Sharpton protesting Bush and his policies and in four hours of watching TV news I heard it mentioned briefly on one news report. There is not enough information being circulated and not enough protest.

     
  • At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lets see here, he's pro religion and pro-life, in other words a libs worst nightmare!

     
  • At 8:29 AM, Blogger Joe Smoe: American Citizen said…

    Lets see here, he's pro religion and pro-life, in other words a libs worst nightmare!

    No, just another lying and corrupt Republican as the GOP attempts to put Lipstick on another PIG

     
  • At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Fuck Bush & everything about him

     
  • At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Conservatives are not "pro religion" and they are about "pro life" as Dracula is "pro blood conservation.

    Conservatives are Taliban freaks who want to impose THEIR religion and THEIR sect on others. That is why they support religious discrimination against others.

    Big Dave

    As for "pro life," conservative foreign policy, health care policy, educational policy, environmental policy, consumer protection policy, economic policy, etc... KILLS people EVERY day. To be conservative means you are anti-life. It's time the phrase "anti life conservative" becomes as common as apple pie.

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I guess I don't understand why just Jews have to watch out for this guy. I didn't see anything specific for people of Jewish faith.

     
  • At 2:07 PM, Blogger The Ostroy Report said…

    It always amazes me how some people read/see what they want. Where is it written that I am suggesting that "just Jews" need worry about Boehner?! In fact, I specifically closed the piece with: ..."baggage that should not only make American Jews nervous, but Democrats everywhere who cherish freedom of choice. As for not seeing "anything specific for people of the Jewish faith," it's simple: jews are an extreme minority in this country. Boehner being the not-so-closeted theocrat that he is most certainly poses a threat to Jews and all religious minorities in this country.

     
  • At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Andy - I agree with what you're saying, but I just wondered why Jews were specifically pointed out - instead of say "Americans" or whatever.

    I love your stuff and often agree with you, just didn't like the choice of terminology.

     
  • At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To the one above who calls him pro-religion and pro-life: that is not true, in fact. He, as are the others like him, is anti-religion except extreme Christian fundamentalism and anti-life except for the fetus until the time of birth. After that all life is on its own with no help nor compasstion from the Replublican Right. And of course his belief is that all religions are demonic and wrong except for his.

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger The Ostroy Report said…

    Andy - I agree with what you're saying, but I just wondered why Jews were specifically pointed out - instead of say "Americans" or whatever.

    Ok, one final thought on this. The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) was concerned enough about Boehner that it assembled a great deal of info on him. Agreeing with them, I posted it to my blog. What's not news, or not of grave concern to you, does not mean it's of little concern to others or other specific groups.

    Keep readin' and writin', brother. We have much bigger fish to fry than this.

     
  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok, one final thought on this. The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) was concerned enough about Boehner that it assembled a great deal of info on him. Agreeing with them, I posted it to my blog. What's not news, or not of grave concern to you, does not mean it's of little concern to others or other specific groups.

    Point taken.

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger tedbohne said…

    Well, there actually is a case to be made for "intelligent" design of the cosmos. Unfortunately, it too, won't work the moment you plug god into it.

    There's order in the universe. Order implies control, and control implies intelligence. Problem for the religious types is, that's were the argument for Intelligent design ends.

    tedbohne

     
  • At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The following website has summaries of approximately 150 lawsuits, formal complaints, etc filed by Jehovah's Witness EMPLOYEES, who claimed religious discrimination:

    EMPLOYMENT ISSUES UNIQUE TO JEHOVAH'S WITNESS EMPLOYEES

    http://jwemployees.bravehost.com/

     
  • At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The following website summarizes approximately 150 lawsuits, formal complaints, etc filed by Jehovah's Witness EMPLOYEES, who claimed religious discrimination:

    EMPLOYMENT ISSUES UNIQUE TO JEHOVAH'S WITNESS EMPLOYEES

    http://jwemployees.bravehost.com/

     

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