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Claire Snyder-Hall
Claire Snyder-Hall
Claire Snyder-Hall is a political philosopher, writer, activist, and practitioner of Conservative Judaism.

Top Ten Positive Political Outcomes of 2011


by: on December 30th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

It has been a year since I started blogging for Tikkun Daily, covering the Christian Right beat and other issues related to ideology. I remember my first post, which called for an end to toxic discourse, in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and Sarah Palin’s shameless commentary before and after.

I am often very pessimistic about politics and the future of our society, but in reflecting on the past year, I realized that there are a lot of positive signs. Below is a list of the top ten that arise from my Tikkun Daily beat.


Evangelical Leader Criticizes the Tea Party’s Radical Individualism


by: on November 11th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

Members of the Tikkun Community might be interested the Rev. Richard Cizik’s piece in this morning’s Washington Post.


New Survey on Income Gap Shows Interesting Results


by: on November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

According to an article in the Washington Post, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals some interesting data on what people think about changes in wealth distribution. As most readers probably know, “income disparities between the highest earners and other Americans have reached levels not seen since the Great Depression.” The good news is that 61% of all adults know that the income gap is larger than in the past, and 60% want the federal government to enact policies that will lessen that disparity – and consequently, help rebuild the middle class.


Is Chuck Norris Right? The Fight Against Genetically Engineered Corn


by: on November 1st, 2011 | 6 Comments »

I am not someone who usually agrees with Chuck Norris, who is a staunch Christian conservative activist, in addition to being a martial arts star. Consequently, I was shocked when I came across his recent column on the American Family Association website and found that I agree with it 100%!


Pat Robertson Condemns “Occupy Wall Street”


by: on October 27th, 2011 | 6 Comments »

What does the Christian Right have to say about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement? I have been asking that question for weeks and have not found much about it on the websites I regularly visit.

Now, Pat Robertson has finally spoken out. He says Christians should not be involved in the OWS movement.

I think this is a rebellion. I think it is atavistic. Nobody knows exactly what it is, they don’t know what they’re doing, why are they there? Well they’re just mad. Well, is it right for a Christian to get involved in a protest of anger?

Hmm. Did he think the question was about the Tea Party?

(Actually, he has also recently condemned Republican extremism, but only because it might cause the party to lose the election.)

Robertson goes on to say that he does not condemn all protests.

If you’re going to demonstrate demonstrate for righteousness, demonstrate to lift the yoke of oppression, demonstrate to help those that are poverty stricken. But don’t just go out and mess up a park and just scream and tear up things. Why would you get involved in something like that? It’s formless, it has no purpose, but it could be used for radicals who want to destroy this nation, and that’s the bad part of it.

Hmm. Either Robertson is woefully ignorant about the OWS movement and just doesn’t get it OR he is purposely disseminating misinformation. You decide.

The Self-Righteous, the Ideologically Confused… “the 53%”


by: on October 12th, 2011 | 10 Comments »

Although I shouldn’t be surprised, I have to say that I do find myself angered and appalled by a reaction that has recently emerged in opposition to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, a reaction by working people who claim to speak for “the 53%.”


Speakers for the “Values Voter Summit” 2011


by: on October 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »

The Values Voter Summit will be held this week in Washington (October 7-9, 2011). For only $99, plus housing, food, and transportation costs, summit attendees will have the opportunity to hear a wide array of right-wing speakers, including not only the usual suspects but also the leaders of some up and coming organizations. Since I believe it is important to know what is being said on the Right, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of Summit speakers with links to some of the interesting websites.


Manufacturing Controversy: Chaz Bono and the “Christian” Right


by: on September 21st, 2011 | 8 Comments »

I think it is fabulous that Chaz Bono is a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” this season. He is the first transgendered competitor on the show, and one of the first on television, and I think his presence is going to push our culture in a positive, more inclusive direction.

And I am appalled by the opposition that his participation has wrought, particularly all the mean-spirited and ignorant comments from people who don’t have any understanding of the experience of being transgendered yet think they can stand in judgment of another person’s choices – especially when the ignorance comes from professionals who ought to know better.


Criticism of Obama from the Left


by: on September 7th, 2011 | 6 Comments »

I haven’t been able to write anything lately. Honestly, I don’t know what I have to say that is positive at this point. It’s demoralizing to watch what should have been a Democratic presidency disintegrate.


Corporations Are Not People! Let’s Work Together to Amend the Constitution after Citizens United


by: on August 24th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

Why is the left so weak in this country and the right so strong? There are many reasons for our sad situation, but one of the most important is the monetary advantage held by the right. This is a difficult problem to solve, but one vitally important piece of the solution has to be passing a constitutional amendment to undo the Citizens United decision. Corporations should not be able to pour unlimited money into elections and call it free speech. Corporations are not people, they should not have free speech rights, and money is not speech! That is just common sense.