Jews and Christians have come far enough to now engage in a mature relationship of mutual affection where we both respect the G-dly calling that each faith possesses without engaging in games of one-upmanship.
Thursday I had what was probably the most unpleasant TV interview of my life on Canada's Sun News Network. Interviewed by host Michael Coren about my book Kosher Jesus, I expected to be asked about the book's content. Coren quickly got to a question that seemed to be bursting from within.
To bring anyone's children into a public dispute about ideas is a gross violation. But for religious leaders to suggest that children will pay for a father's actions by not being able to marry is loathsome and grotesque.
The only times Jewish people mention Jesus are when they stub their toe, miss the bus or tell you about their theater tickets to a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Two new books will change that.
Friends have asked me whether I expected this level of attack in publishing Kosher Jesus. My response has been that while I expected the book to be criticized, I never expected my critics to compromise their own values in going after the book.
Shmuley Boteach is an old friend, but even old friends can go awry sometimes. When they do, it behooves someone who cares enough for them to try and set them straight. Not to do so is to betray that friendship.