The Post that Wasn’t

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5 Responses

  1. L Oberstein says:

    “personally, I don’t believe the myth that Senator Obama is Muslim has any “traction” and warranted Mayor Bloomberg’s comment, but here again, I could be wrong”
    The problem as I see it is that by perpetuating such inuendoes members of our community debase themselves. There are very good reasons not to support the candidacy of Obama and it is not worthy of people of calibre to participate in low brow rumor mongering.
    This is true no matter who wins the election. It is an issue of integrity. However, no one has control over what people say and what they write on blogs. In our frum population there are those who like to spread this junk and they harm us. There is a better than 50% chance that Obama and his team will be in charge for at least 4 years. Shouldn’t we not burn our bridges?

  2. Shlomo Dovid Freedman says:

    I know people who believe that Obama is a Moslem. No facts will convince them otherwise. I don’t believe that they are unique. There must be a benefit to some people to hold fast to the belief that Obama is a Muslim.

  3. Baruch Pelta says:

    This was a good post.

    R’ Menken, awhile back you made a comment about how The Rav was never on the Moetzes. This is a burgeoning revisionism and I think it’s important to correct it as prominently as possible. The Agudah’s own house history, The Struggle and the Splendor makes the error of claiming that the Agudah’s Moetzes was started in 1948, but in actuality, it was started in 1941. The Rav was not only a member of America’s original Moetzes (see p. 16 of Hapardes, 1941); he was the American Agudah’s National Executive Director (see R’ Rakeffet’s The Silver Era, the chapter entitled “Agudath Israel”)!

  4. mnuez says:

    An impressive post.

    Human beings enjoy the feeling that they belong to some “team” and it’s impressive when someone who DOES generally appear to belong to a particular team is able to withhold judgement on some opinion until he has engaged in honest research and is then able to overcome his natural bias and to announce his anti-team conclusions in public.

    Congratulations.

    mnuez

  5. Shlomo says:

    Obama’s father was a Muslim, which makes him Muslim by Muslim law in the same way that a Jewish mother makes you Jewish.

    Obviously his personal beliefs are Christian rather than Islamic. But to hundreds of millions of Muslims, that makes him an apostate rather than a legitimate Christian. That’s not Obama’s fault, but it is something to be kept in mind when choosing a president who will have to deal with Muslim countries.

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