Monday, 19 April 2010

The Atheist, the Jewish Paper, and the Book Review

Recently a Jewish News Journal ran a book review about an avowed atheist who happened to be a born Jew, and who wrote a book advocating Atheism. Let's call this paper the Jewish Shanda or JS The Athiest we will call "BS" after his role model - Benedict Spinoza.

It seems that the JS has taken a nazi-style definition of "who is a Jew" IOW so long as one has a single Jewish Grandparent [even if this single grandparent happens to be intermarried! ;-) ] So the atheist, BS, got his name in this paper the JS

Being acquainted with an associate editor, I asked him:
"Would you:

  • Publish favourable review s of the Xtian Gospels - just because they were authored by Jews and had a Jewish flavour?
  • Promote Jews for J books?

  • OR Would EG a Catholic paper print a nice review of a Catholic who went Atheist?
I think not"

"And so have we know Jewish self-respect!? How is this Jew more Jewish than EG Marx or Trotsky?! Who wants to have nice review of a book promoting a belief system that crashes into the top of the 10 Commandments? If we condemn Tiger Woods for violating #7 [which might not be the case technically speaking] why praise a book slamming Commandment #1? What a Shanda!"

I'm still waiting for a reply.



Anonymous said...

Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!


Garnel Ironheart said...

Jewish community newspapers tend to promote anything that has the remotest connection to Judaism just to fill pages.
The Canadian Jewish News carries multiple ads for non-kosher restaurants and other services. Wy not? It pays the bills.
So this story is no surprise. Of course the editor carried the story and he's probably offended at your attempt to narrow his liberal, inclusive and feel-good definition of who-is-a-Jew.