According to halakha, the collective body of Jewish law, a child is not Jewish if the child’s mother is not Jewish. This ruling is based in part from a passage in the Book of Ezra:
“And Shecaniah, the son of Jehiel of the sons of Elam said to Ezra:
We have broken faith and dealt treacherously against our God and married foreign women of the peoples of the land; yet there is still hope for Israel in spite of this thing.
Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the foreign wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the command of our God; and let it be done according to the Law.” Ezra 10:2-3
Reform Judaism and progressive or liberal Jews have refuted this law and claim that anyone can be declared Jewish as long as one of their parents is Jewish.
Gabby Giffords mother is Christian Scientist, which under orthodox law would disqualify her as being Jewish.
It has only been since 2001 that Giffords solely identified herself with being Jewish. She is a member of the Congregation Chaverim, a Reform synagogue, in Tucson.
While Congresswoman Giffords seems very sincere in her commitment to Judaism, as well as her support for Israel,with most Democrats today, claiming to be Jewish has more to do with politics than with the tenets of faith. And while Giffords might support the Second Amendment and gun rights, like many of her more progressive-minded Jewish female politicians, she is fully pro-abortion, with a 100% rating from NARAL, or the National Abortion Rights Action League. In fact, this was mentioned several times by various media outlets in describing Congresswoman Giffords career in the Congress. She has also been described as very moderate in many other of her political views, even jokingly accused of really being a Republican. I suppose by mentioning her 100% rating with NARAL was the mainstream media’s way of reassuring their liberal viewing audience that Giffords “is still one of us.”
And while I thank God that she is recovering from her injuries, it would be nice to see her colleagues openly giving thanks and glory to Gabby's Creator too. Doctors are hailing her recovery as nothing short of a miracle.
Liberals, especially those in the political arena, seem only to focus on God and the need for prayer when it is convenient for them. Sort of like being a convenient Jew. Furthermore, this sudden call for camaraderie in the Congress in the wake of this shooting of one of their fellow members will probably dissipate once the collective shock and survivor’s guilt wears off.
America is literally drowning in a cesspool of deep spiritual darkness, something best reflected in several passages from II Timothy 3:1-5:
“But understand this, that in the last days will come perilous times of great stress and trouble.
For people will be lovers of self and utterly self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate, greedy desire for wealth, proud, and arrogant, and contemptuous boasters.
They will be abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, and profane.
They will be slanders, false accusers, troublemakers, intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
They will be lovers of sensual pleasures instead of lovers of God.
For although they hold a form of piety (true religion) they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it.”