Earlier this month, Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a group of fellow Republicans asserted in a letter that the family of longtime Hillary Clinton aide and Deputy Chief of Staff for the State Department Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an “Islamist political movement founded in Egypt in 1928 with branches in several other Arab states.”Abedin defenders such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) decry the claims, with McCain noting that the accusations represent “an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman.” Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles penned the following poem about the controversy.
“There’s betrayal in each minaret
Some we simply have not spotted yet
And more, this ‘Huma Abedin?’
It’s no mistake she rhymes with ‘sin.’
The Koran has lousy verses too—
Unlike our testaments, old and new.”
Yes, far too many act on rank commands
Far too few take contrary stands.
But would it not make sense that we
Should concentrate our obloquy
Less on those who serve our state
Than those whose aim’s to obliterate?
“Ah naïve apologist
You will regret what you have missed
Cousins who are potentially subversive
Foreign friends whose friends are furtive
Knowns and unknowns who might’ve, sort’ve.”
In this nation should we launch attacks
In advance of any facts?
If the crime is distant family
I hope no one checks too hard on me
Cause apples rot on every tree.
Fighting actual enemies transcends
the thrill of anathematizing friends.
Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of seven books including “Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times” and his latest, “Why Faith Matters.” Follow him on Facebook.