by Asaf Shalev
50 prominent American Jewish figures, including Stephen Pinker and Bret Stephens, denounce 'social justice' ideology as 'pernicious'.
An open letter signed by about 50 prominent Jewish Americans is warning of the rise of “social justice ideology,” which is described as a “pernicious” force that is “antithetical to Judaism” and threatens to stifle free debate and democratic values in the United States.
The group that organized the letter and many of its signatories say they were inspired by last year’s Harper’s letter, which made a similar argument about censorship of unpopular opinions in the public sphere.
Signatories of the so-called “Jewish Harper’s letter” include prominent center-right writers Bret Stephens, Bari Weiss and Seth Mandel, major academics and authors such as Stephen Pinker and Daniel Gordis, as well as rabbis like David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.
They were brought together by a new initiative called the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values.
The letter calls on Jews to take action against the “suppression of dissent” that is said to be dominating the United States.
“Jewish tradition cherishes debate, respects disagreement, and values
questions as well as answers,” the letter says. “We members of the
Jewish community add our voices to the growing chorus supporting our
liberal principles, opposing the imposition of ideology, encouraging
open discussions of challenging topics, and committing to achieving a
more just America.”