Why is the Canadian Jewish Congress so defensive?
I've been a conscientious objector to the Canadian Jewish Congress ever since they rented themselves out to the government in the 1992 Charlottetown Accord referendum.
To be more accurate, the CJC rented me out, for they claimed to speak for me and all other Canadian Jews when they endorsed that document on behalf of all Jews.
Seriously: since when did an ethnic advocacy organization become a partisan shill for a constitutional amendment that had nothing to do with Jews or Israel? It was a grotesque revelation for me: the CJC didn't represent Jews. It represented the political amibitions of its own staff and their echo-chamber clique.
Nothing's changed since then. As recently as last fall, the CJC's political enforcer, Bernie "Burny" Farber, unilaterally decided that all Jews must share his radical environmental agenda, so he endorsed some crackpot global warming campaign -- a not so subtle dig at the Conservatives, just days before the campaign was called. Some Jews might agree with Burny; some might not. But what was a Jewish group doing taking a partisan position, on behalf of the whole community, on an issue that had absolutely no relation to Judaism? Here's Jonathan Kay's scathing critique of some of the CJC's other bizarre antics in the last election.
The "J" in CJC is a fraud; they're a left-wing advocacy group with very little democratic support amongst real Jews. Here's an Op-Ed I wrote almost ten years ago about the subject, when Burny was showcasing his anti-Christian bigotry. It's gotten worse since then.
Over the years I've pointed out the left-wing, anti-Christian agenda of the CJC. And they usually ignore me, which is probably the smartest thing for them to do.