Glenn Beck's Apology Welcomed by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
The following letter was sent to Glenn Beck on Feb. 25, 2011.
Dear Mr. Beck:
The Reform Movement welcomes and accepts your apology regarding your comparison of our Movement to radical Islam. As I'm sure you'll agree, in a vibrant democracy such as ours, Americans must be able to have robust and healthy differences of opinion while respecting the humanity and patriotism of those with whom they disagree. All of us are fallible, and we say and do things we regret. We welcome your forthright recognition of your errors.
We are taught in Leviticus 19:18 that "We shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against members of your people. Love your fellow man as yourself." The Reform Movement sincerely hopes this apology opens a new door of understanding and cooperation between us and helps to elevate the state of our political discourse. In that spirit, I would welcome the opportunity to meet personally to introduce you more fully to the Reform Jewish Movement, to discuss the concerns about this incident and about the concerns that many of my colleagues (half of them Reform, half Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist) expressed in the open letter to you regarding the repeated references to the Holocaust and Nazis, so that you may better understand the pain and confusion that language evokes.
I look forward to the opportunity to discuss these matters.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie President, Union for Reform Judaism