As Martin Luther King, Jr., noted, a person should be judged by his or her character, not by skin color.There is no place in the life of the Christian for favoritism based on race (James 2:1–10).
(One thing Judaism clearly isn't is a race.) Some Jews oppose intermarriage more out of a sense of tribal loyalty than out of love for their religion.However, the reason for this command was not skin color or ethnicity. The reason God commanded against interracial marriage for the Jews was that people of other races were worshippers of false gods.The Israelites would be led astray from God if they intermarried with idol worshippers, pagans, or heathens. Weiss (who is married to a non-Jew) thinks that the cold shoulder some Jews give Jews who marry non-Jews is just as bad as the ban against interracial dating recently rescinded by Bob Jones University. Joseph Lieberman (who would presumably oppose intermarriage for his own children) to be his running mate, says Weiss, then Gore would be vulnerable to the same sort of attack that was made on George W. The Jewish objection to intermarriage is (in part) identical to the Catholic, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, etc., objection to intermarriage.If you recognize the right of these religions to exist, then you have to acknowledge the validity of their distress at intermarriage and their attempts to limit it: Intermarriage disrupts the continuity of their customs and beliefs.Yet even that chauvinistic position, though possibly less valid than the objection to intermarriage on religious grounds, is more valid than Bob Jones University's ban on interracial dating. Its efforts are directed at preventing possible infection by the other.Racists frown on what they view as miscegenation because they hate blacks, Indians, Jews, the Irish, and so on.Is it right for a Christian to date or marry a non-Christian?What should a Christian do if he or she is married to an unbeliever? Should Christians of different denominations date or marry?Tribalism, by contrast, looks inward with worried concern.The primary concern of Jews, as with other ethnic minorities, is maintaining the survival of their own group, not keeping out others.