Many of the threats that 1,200 years ago caused the realization of Hanukah are with us today.
Back then, the Syrian Greeks, pagan Hellenizers, tried to impose a one-size-fits-all religious and cultural hegemony over all the nations and people under its control. It squelched nationalism, religious identity, and any form of distinctiveness.
In an uprising against this, the Macabees fought for the Jewish way of life, religious freedom, and national distinctiveness.
Today, the Obamaites and those on the Left seem eager to purge America of its distinct and historic identity. Mr. Obama rails that America is not exceptional and asserts our Judeo-Christian ethos is a thing of the past. His administration, through Obamacare, is steadily impugning the freedom of Catholic institutions -- coercing them surrender core religious beliefs.
As with paganism of old, Obamaites and Leftist/liberals speak in terms of a cultural sameness where, in the name of "shared values and getting along," many Christian beliefs, as well as our historic America distinctiveness, are being asked to get out of the way to be replaced by transnationalism, universalism, and radical muli-culturalism.
In other words, in the name of "inclusion," we are being told to exclude ourselves.
It is a neo-paganism outfitted with trendy language. It is dangerous and, in the long run, anti-liberty.
Editor's Note: Rabbi Aryeh Spero is the author of Push Back and president of Caucus for America.