"No such civility would have prevailed if Carter had shared the stage with Alan Dershowitz, whose low opinion of Carter is matched only by his high opinion of himself. The Harvard Law professor wrote an op-ed piece in this newspaper last month calling the former president a hypocrite and a coward and a bully. Carter's sin was not so much writing a book that Dershowitz didn't like. It was Carter's refusal to debate him about the merits of that book that rankled the smartest man in Cambridge. Dershowitz delivered a rebuttal after Carter left the building last night.
" 'You can always tell when a public figure has written an indefensible book: when he refuses to debate it in the court of public opinion,' Dershowitz wrote. 'And you can always tell when he's a hypocrite to boot: when he says he wrote a book in order to stimulate a debate and then he refuses to participate in any such debate.""
A second but discursive view, and, like the first, from a Brandeis faculty member:
"In late December, Reinharz published a somewhat disjointed attack on Carter in the Jewish Advocate, mocking his 1976 Playboy interview about "lust in his heart," in which Carter invokes the Christian doctrine of forgiveness. Reinharz describes Carter as "good, weak, forgiven, governed by his notions of Christ, a confessor and predictable sinner. And Christ is partly to blame for this mess, because Christ's standards are impossibly high." Reinharz further taunts Carter about his remarks: "Jimmy, when Playboy published your 'lust' article, what did Rosalynn say to you? . . . Did she automatically forgive you, too? Like Christ did?"
"I find it hard to believe that anyone who flippantly dismissed a core tenet of the Jewish religion wouldn't be branded an anti-Semite. Reinharz says I've misread her column. "I have no objection to the tenet of that religion," she says. "I was not mocking the tenet, but how he used that tenet."
"Just prior to the Carter column, Reinharz attacked "anti-Semitic Jews," including poet Adrienne Rich, Noam Chomsky, Tony Kushner (recipient of an honorary degree from Brandeis, by the way), and