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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 18, 2009

Posted on October 18 2009 12:49 am
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Sarah explained her involvement in social causes this way: “When I was growing up my father was a devout Marxist. My mother volunteered in the schools and noticed that many of the children were coming to school hungry, so my father helped the Black Panther Party with its free school breakfast programs. Later, my father was embittered by the many murders justified by Marxist ideology. This left me with a two-fold legacy. I have always felt driven to pursue justice, but am wary of ideology and partisan politics.”

Sarah then described the spiritual dimension of her commitments to social causes: “While I became very good at arguing against the death penalty from a practical point of view, I realized that there was a deeper, spiritual foundation for my opposition. I realized that what I really wanted to say is that it’s bad for the soul of the nation. And there’s no real traditional political language for that — the collective soul. At some point, I read an amazing sermon by Martin Luther King, which he wrote right after the Montgomery bus boycott. Basically he said don’t get on the bus full of braggadocio, because you still have to live with these people. And I kind of realized that that was the sort of political action that I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to recognize the dignity of living. I started exploring synagogues, and then I was very lucky to connect with Rabbi Alan Lew who articulated a Jewish vision of social justice that resonated deeply with me.”

Sarah was aware of the problems inherent in attempts to apply religious ambitions to social changes, and was cautious about that too. “A lot of what is going on now in our country around combining religion and politics is actually very dangerous,” she wrote. “Religion is not about ‘God wants you to vote for the Green Party.’ In my mind, it’s more about the way in which you fight the battle.”

A Cracking of the Heart

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