Religious responses to the Iran deal: Will we be safer or sorry?

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Left to right, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) for a group picture at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday (July 14, 2015). Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14, 2015, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-REACTION-IRAN, originally transmitted on July 14, 2015, and with RNS-IRAN-JEWS on August 13, 2015.

Left to right, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) for a group picture at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday (July 14, 2015). Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14, 2015, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-REACTION-IRAN, originally transmitted on July 14, 2015, and with RNS-IRAN-JEWS on August 13, 2015.

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(RNS) Most of the immediate reaction to the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran came from Jewish groups, with its largest religious stream -- the Reform movement -- taking an open-minded approach.

  • Neon Genesis

    They also excluded progressive churches like the UCC, the Episcopalians, and atheist groups like the American Humanist Association.

  • MPK

    The statement from the Reform Jewish Community is perhaps the weakest and meaningless response I have ever read. As a reform Jewish American, it is beyond disheartening that Christians United for Israel said, without equivocation, what the Reform Jewish Community should have said. Thank you, Christians United for Israel!!

  • Dominic

    Muslim leaders have no history of honoring their word, especially Iran. They will pursue their intentions as if this deal was never made….it seems to be natural to them. Perhaps its only good for future reprisals from the West, showing that they have broken a signed agreement. I believe Hitler broke every deal he signed….he stalled for more time to start his war…..and the world stood by.

  • Jack

    Note the identical sentiments by the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Reform Jewish groups. It’s obvious that they exchanged notes.

    A century ago, it was said that the Episcopal Church was “the Republican Party at prayer,” as that church acted as if it were a wholly owned subsidiary of the GOP.

    Today, the same can be said about Reform Judaism’s major bodies — the far left wing of the Democratic Party owns these people.

    Their problem is they hate Republicans more than they love Israel.

  • Jack

    The National Jewish Democratic Council and Reform Judaism’s representative groups obviously are trying to run out the clock….hoping the deal becomes permanent before anyone asked them again what they think of it.

    And Reform wonders why Israel isn’t ready at the drop of a hat to butt heads with the Orthodox in the battle for Reform legitimacy.

    Maybe if they’d put love of Israel ahead of placating Barack Obama and the radical left, Israelis would be more sympathetic.

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