Look, I don’t like progressive views either, but can we please stop with the personal attacks? The lady can’t help what kind of hair she has, and frankly, I think it’s very nice hair.
April 16, 2012 at 12:07am
If Farrakhan hates it so much in America, maybe he could find his paradise in Saudi Arabia. They’d love to have such an intelligent black man as their servant boy.
February 26, 2012 at 11:45am
“…the school, police and child welfare officials all stand by their actions….”
And the alleged authorities response was ” ‘From a public safety point of view, any child drawing a picture of guns and saying there’s guns in a home would warrant some further conversation with the parents and child…’ ”
Is arresting, strip searching and jailing a man for four hours because of his daughter’s drawing the definition of “further conversation” in our Brave New World?
February 23, 2012 at 9:08am
I’ve said for over 30 years, that if America doesn’t stop murdering her innocent unborn babies, then Americans will lose their freedom. It’s a litmus test which will determine what we deserve.
February 19, 2012 at 8:48am
That’s a great idea for any unauthorized drones. Great practice for duck hunting season. If there aren’t any laws on the books which would prohibit unauthorized drones over private property, there needs to be.
February 16, 2012 at 8:46am
JMCCLENA…no anti-Beck bias there, eh? Calling your ideological opponents derisive names. Really? Now is that necessary? I have a rule — those indulging in name calling and other ad homs automatically lose the debate.
Having said that, your post makes the “Beckbot” point. The outrage of conservatives, Christian or no, is precisely because freedom of expression and worship has been so resoundingly prohibited in so many other “voluntary, after-school ” activities for so very long — you know, activities in which “Students are not required to participate, and receive no academic credit for doing so” when that religious expression is Christian — for well over 30 years!! The hypocrisy of those with an anti-Christian bias is obvious to everyone except those possessing said bias.
I watched the video. Watching the Jinjaweed galloping through the desert, probably on their way to their next appointment to annihilate another hapless Sudanese village gave me the shivers. The whole video seemed a message of “Islamic Supremacy” came through loud and clear when the world was depicted as being engulfed in torrential flames.
In the interest of “multi-cultural” curiosity and exploration, perhaps school choirs might also sing some cute songs that were popular with the Hitler youth, no?
January 1, 2012 at 2:28am
Penn, you need to study the Bible under the guidance of a rabbi, preferably an Orthodox rabbi. They can help you make sense of those more difficult passages. For example, I was recently disabused of the notion of G-d asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Thank you R’ Lapin…his book “Thou Shall Prosper” which is a great read.
This idea that Abraham heard G-d ask him to sacrifice his only son is a misunderstanding of the Hebrew word used in that passage, which can mean either “elevate” or “make an offering”. In fact, Abraham also misunderstood, which is why G-d sent an angel in the nick of time to clear things up…and save Isaac. Human sacrifice is utter anathema to Judaism.
Thus, if someone murders their child and says G-d told him to do it, we must conclude he misunderstand, and then throw him in the hoosgow.
December 27, 2011 at 4:07pm
Learn some Second Temple history.
When Jesus says “scribes & pharisees” he is not referring to “pharisee party” who were much beloved by the people. In fact Hayim Maccoby, a scholar of the period, believes Jesus himself was a pharisee. The pharisee party was patriotic and looking forward to the liberation of their people from the yoke of Rome…who was actively involved in preventing the people from observing the Torah, much like what the Greeks had done under Antiochus Ephiphanes of Chanukah fame.
The pharisees can be likened in some ways to the Tea Party in America. The “scribes & pharisees”, when mentioned together by Jesus were a group consisting of sadduccees and a small number of co-opted pharisees who had abandoned their fellow pharisees in favor of the good life. It was tough to be a true pharisee back then. They were often hunted, tortured and then murdered by their Roman overlords. In contrast, the “scribes & pharisees” were co-opted elitist leaders who had turned their back their people in favor of influence, profit and position. This group, sadduccees and the small number of corrupted pharisees who had joined the sadducean cause were on the take…very wealthy and not committed to either their duties to G-d or the Jewish people.
And that is why Jesus had few good words to say to them. According to gospel accounts though, he did manage to dine with pharisees, most of whom were true. One needs to read with political nuances in mind.
December 27, 2011 at 3:41pm
People who claim the so-called “ultra-Orthodox” are the “Jewish Taliban” reveal their gaping ignorance of both. Those who would spit on a little girl and call her a “whore” do not represent Hareidi community a They are an aberration and do not receive approval from the community at large.
December 27, 2011 at 2:39pm
I don’t think non-Jews in America realize just how pejorative a term this is in Israel. It was used no less than 11 times in this article. It has the same effect on me as nails across a chalkboard….I have to go fill my ears with something pleasant to drown out the effect now.
We seem to always be painted with such a broad brush…I don’t think we will ever escape it.
December 27, 2011 at 2:34pm
The few who spit on a little girl and harass people who don’t live according to their way of life are of course, behaving very badly. They should be arrested, prosecuted and if found guilty, pay the appropriate price. Having said that, by peppering the article repeatedly with the very broad, and pejorative label of “ultra-Orthodox”, the usual, abusive responses have been expressed. As a Jew, I find this disturbing. Judging by the many hateful, bigoted comments here towards all religious Jews, even bringing up problems from one allegedly problematic Hasidic community as if this is what Americans can come to expect from her religious Jews — all because of these few thug — well I’d say the law of unintended consequences has come into play.
December 27, 2011 at 2:18pm
This is exactly what was trying to point out, though not as clearly as you have MZK1. There are elements actively trying to foment hatred between and against all religious Jews in Israel, of any camp, whether they are “Religious Zionist” or “Ultra-Orthodox” or “Modern Orthodox” whatever. In fact, the types who would spit on a little girl are very few in number, are probably in open rebellion against their own religious mentors (or even possibly are moles who have infiltrated the community).
The purpose behind these behind the scenes activities is to drive a wedge between Israelis and Jews, and especially to encourage hatred against religious Jews. Why? Because most religious Jews are opposed to the so-called “Two State Solution”. I’ve even read that Soros has noted the subtle differences between the Hareidim and the rest of the Orthodox community in Israel, and is making efforts to exploit said differences for his purposes. The International Crisis Group has sent people into Religious Zionist communities, pretending to be interested in moving into their communities in order to gather information on them. They were discovered as the fakes they are when they tried to pray with the rest of the men…they were holding their prayer books upside-down. Couldn’t read a lick of Hebrew. I listened to a piece about this at Israel National Radio awhile back, and it was reported on their news site as well. ICG has written it up, from their perspective as well…less the gaffe
December 27, 2011 at 1:49pm
Oh really. And no doubt, your knowledge of “Orthodox Jews” runs about as deep as your ignorant comment.
December 27, 2011 at 1:46pm
Amazing to me. One report about a fringe, extremist element within the hareidi community, and an even teenier slice of the Jewish people as a whole and the antisemitic (Judeophobic) elements come crawling out from under their slimey rocks to express their vitriol, not against those specific peopple who perpetrate these acts, but against the Jewish people in general…or the “Orthodox” in general. Likening us to Jihadi extremists?!? Really? (I won’t paint with a broad brush re Muslims…)
Did the non-Jewish world think all Jews are perfect? And when we prove otherwise, that we have problematic people within our ranks just like any other people…the nasty comments I read below this piece is what we can expect, even from some who claim to be our friends?.
Be careful people. The Middle East is a complex place. There are elements within Israeli society that are trying to paint the entire hareidi community (what this article refers to as “ultra-Orthodox”, which in itself is an insulting term) with a broad brush and they are doing so for political reasons, often because the hareidi community takes a strong stand against giving land to the enemies of the Jewish people — for any reason.
I myself am not hareidi but I have hareidi friends, some to whom I am very close. By and large, this is a lovely community, made up of the most kind, respectful people I’ve ever met, really the salt of the earth. They are embarrassed by the behavior of these few.
November 8, 2011 at 8:50am
A “Timothy O’Leary” moment a-la “Matchmaker” ending. hehehe. Very entertaining indeed.
November 6, 2011 at 8:13am
HIs wife is “more supportive” flying over Iraq rather than Idaho? Don’t drink that Kool-Aid Kent.
I bet she increased his life Insurance to the MAX !!!!!! By Honey, have a great flight!
October 7, 2011 at 1:50am
Everybody buy another Hank Williams Jr. song in order to send a message to those who are trying to turn us all into a bunch of PC ninnies. Everyone with 1/2 a brain knows Hank was making an analogy, and by that analogy he meant that the Democrats and Republicans are all on the same side…which is not the side of the American people.
I just bought yet another Hank Williams song….and it was great to have ESPN as an excuse. How about “America Will Survive”?