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October 13th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Shining light on Emory school's past anti-Semitism prompts healing – and, for one man, questions

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) – Sixteen years after Susan Shulman Tessel lost her father, she sat on a Southern college campus Wednesday night and couldn't stop thinking about him. Surrounded by hundreds in a packed ballroom, she cried because he was missing. He should have been there with her and her mother. He deserved to be.

The late Irving Shulman was the only Jewish man to enter Emory University’s School of Dentistry in 1948. That was the same year someone else came to the school: the newly appointed dean, John E. Buhler.

After one academic year, Shulman flunked out. Buhler stayed on for 13 years, leading what some Jewish students would refer to as a “reign of terror.” Between 1948 and 1961, when Buhler left, 65% of Jewish students either failed out or were forced to repeat up to two years of coursework in the four-year program.

Those who lasted often paid. There were insults from professors such as “dirty Jew,” accusations by faculty of cheating and questions from the dean like, “Why do you Jews want to be dentists? You don't have it in your hands.”

Tessel's dad earned the distinction of being the first who failed.

Irving Shulman's widow, Irma Shulman-Weiner, and daughter Susan Shulman Tessel came to Emory last week because he couldn't.

His daughter, who lives in New York, heard him tell stories about the constant reminders of how awful he was. His molds of teeth  which he was so proud of  would either get crushed by hands or grades. Convinced he wasn't being treated fairly, a non-Jewish classmate agreed to turn in one of Shulman's molds under his name. Shulman's handiwork earned that student an A-minus.

“At least he knew he didn't make it up,” Tessel said.

Her late father gave up his dentistry dream and moved on to pharmacy school. But, she said, being at Emory last week would have helped him make sense of what had transpired. That's when 19 former Jewish dental students who had experienced that era came together and finally received the apology and recognition they had never thought possible.

“He didn't have the benefit of knowing he wasn't alone."

'A fraternity of silence'

Three years after Shulman was dubbed a failure at the end of his first academic year, Perry Brickman got his surprise letter from the dean telling him the same. Unlike Shulman, though, he had never been told he wasn't doing well.

Stunned. Embarrassed. Brickman was both. But he wasn't beaten down enough to give up on dentistry and was accepted to the dental school at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated fourth in his class. He would go on to have a 43-year career as a respected oral surgeon in Atlanta. He knew he was no failure. He also knew he wasn't alone. He was one of four Jewish men who entered the school in 1951; two years later they were all gone.

Brickman, 79, wasn't one to bring up the past. In 2000, he went to a reunion of his Jewish fraternity brothers from their Emory undergrad days. It turned out eight of the men in the room had been scarred by the same dental program, but it's not something they talked about. Brickman's wife, Shirley, would later start calling the former dental students “a fraternity of silence.”

It would be years before that would change.

In 2006, Emory University celebrated its 30th anniversary of Jewish studies. Eric Goldstein, a Jewish history professor, set up the exhibit to coincide with the event. He called it, “Jews of Emory: Faces of a Changing University.”

Most of the exhibit was a celebration of the campus’ Jewish life, Goldstein said, but a small section jumped out at Brickman.

He stared at statistics, a bar graph that illustrated what happened at the dental school between 1948 and 1961. The image had been featured in a chapter of “Some of My Best Friends...,” a book published by the Anti-Defamation League in the early 1960s. Like a skyscraper among short buildings, he said, the bar showing the numbers of Jews who failed out of the school or repeated coursework towered above all others. He couldn't believe what he was seeing.

The visual highlighted what Brickman always suspected about the dental school leadership and how that period was handled at Emory: “I wasn't a failure. They were a failure.”

He knew there were stories behind those numbers  not just of those who hadn't made it but also of those who did. Between the statistics and a conversation with a still-burdened classmate, Brickman set out on a path to find them all.

Making waves

A month before one man got his degree, he was forced to stand before the dean and assembled faculty for an hourlong dressing down. Later, one of the professors pulled the student aside and apologized, saying he had a wife and children to think about and had no choice but to play along.

Another said the day he got his diploma he felt like he'd been released from prison. A third repeated what a professor used to call him, "my little black sheep,” and then, bothered by the memory, muttered under his breath, “son of a bitch.”

These men said they were the "lucky" ones; the ones who actually made it through to earn degrees from the school. The 39 Jews who Brickman said enrolled during the Buhler era were all men; few women attended the school back then. Of that bunch, a dozen flunked out. Only three of those 12 became dentists. At least 15 of the Jewish dental students who lasted were forced to repeat coursework – and in some cases a year or two of study.

Art Burns, 80, of Jacksonville, Florida, flunked out in 1953 but went on to be first in his class at Temple University's dental school. The retired orthodontist recalled later bumping into the Emory dean in an Army base dental lab. Buhler looked at him and said, “Burns, I'd recognize that nose anywhere.”

Another who didn't fail – but who Buhler insisted didn't have the hands for dentistry – found himself being asked to treat dental school faculty throughout his senior year. Crowns, restorations, fillings. You name it, Ronald Goldstein did it.

“I must have had good enough hands for them,” said Goldstein, 78, of Atlanta, who lectures around the world, is considered a pioneer in his field and wrote the first comprehensive textbook on cosmetic dentistry.

The men were accepted to the school because admissions were handled by the broader university and not the dental school alone, said history professor Goldstein (no relation to Ronald). While quotas worked against Jews in many institutions at the time, the Emory dental school story was unique in that these students faced discrimination after they arrived.

Art Burns, with his wife, Olly, and daughter Marlēn, failed out of Emory's dental school but was first in his class of 131 students at Temple University.

The issues were talked about in small circles, but they weren’t discussed loudly.

What student would announce he'd flunked? What parents would talk about such news, especially in a community that put such emphasis on academic achievement? And this was Emory, a hometown liberal arts jewel many local Jews attended; who would criticize – or believe criticism about – such a place?

Beyond these hangups was the worry about backlash that permeated Atlanta's Jewish community. It was rooted in fears born of history and reality – Atlanta's infamous lynching of Leo Frank in 1913, the ongoing activity of the Ku Klux Klan, the 1958 bombing of the city's most prominent synagogue. Israel was still a fledgling nation. This was also the immediate post-Holocaust era, a time when Jewish people in America were just starting to understand the magnitude of what had happened abroad, said Deborah Lauter, the Anti-Defamation League's civil rights director.

“It was a real period of insecurity for the Jewish community, and that didn’t really shift 'til 1967,” after the Six-Day War between Israel and its neighbors, she said. “With a war victory came a newfound confidence of Jewish people.”

But a small handful of Atlanta Jews refused to let go of what was happening at the dental school. Art Levin, 95, paid attention to every snippet. Then the Southeast regional director of the ADL, Levin was determined to make Emory own up to and deal with the dental school's anti-Jewish bias. He collected graduation programs, which included lists of students in all four years, and studied how the Jewish surnames disappeared or were held back while their classmates moved ahead. He nurtured contacts who helped get him inside information from the registrar's office to back up his calculations. He wanted to make the case not by outing any victims but by presenting irrefutable facts.

When the local Jewish Community Relations Council wanted to tone down pressure on the university, Levin's response, as he stated in an Emory-commissioned documentary that premiered Wednesday evening: “Screw that. This guy has been torturing students for 10 years.”

Photos: Faces of discrimination

Levin, at the time, was “villified” by segments of the Jewish community for making waves, said ADL’s Lauter, a former Atlanta resident who, like Levin, did a stint as the organization's Southeast regional director. “But that's why we're here for people who face discrimination. Sometimes ADL has to be the tough guy. We take no prisoners in the fight against anti-Semitism.”

While Levin takes great satisfaction in knowing the story is finally getting public acknowledgement, Lauter said it's “bittersweet” for him. “He did feel stung by the whole experience." In 1962, after nine years in his position, he left the world of Jewish community work.

Levin, who now lives in Florida and is hard of hearing, was not able to be interviewed for this story.

A form devised by Buhler, which at the top asked students to check a box – Caucasian, Jewish or other (Emory was not racially integrated at the time) – ended up being his downfall, many say. The university president, S. Walter Martin, had been dismissive of the concerns Levin and some others raised. So when Martin was out of town, Levin brought a copy of the form to Judson “Jake” Ward, the dean of faculty, and Ward grew incensed. He marched down to see Buhler, who resigned soon after.

Emory's president still refused to acknowledge what had been going on and wrote off Buhler’s resignation as coincidental. Martin even insisted to local press, Goldstein said, that Buhler could have stayed at the dental school as long as he wanted.

With the dean gone, Atlanta's Jewish community essentially closed the book and put it away.

Not the man he knew

That book only recently opened for the former dean's son.

A sister-in-law sent John E. Buhler Jr., 65, a copy of a recent story in the The New York Times about the episode. What he read “caught me completely off guard,” he said. “I was completely unaware of that situation.”

He was a kid when his father landed at Emory and always believed politics in academia prompted his departure, nothing more. Everything he ever knew about his father, who died on Easter Sunday in 1976, belied what is being discussed now.

The former dean of Emory's dental school, John E. Buhler, was a different man to Jewish students than he was to his son.

The younger Buhler, a retired oral surgeon living in Huntington, Indiana, said he grew up with a man who cared about “helping kids stay in school and not throwing them out of school.” When he got into the field himself, he proudly watched how former students sought out his father at conferences, showering him with gratitude. One even boasted that he had named his child after Buhler.

“It just sort of blows me away. … He did so many positive things for dentistry and students,” the younger Buhler said. “It's hard to believe.”

Trying to make sense of it all, Buhler Jr.'s daughter sent her father an article that appeared in The Spartanburg Herald in South Carolina in 1964. It was written soon after the older Buhler assumed the dean’s post at the new dental school of what was then known as the Medical College of South Carolina – and after the Jewish community there weighed in with concerns about past anti-Semitism, demanding his appointment be rescinded.

The 1964 article quoted the chairman of the Medical College's board of trustees defending Buhler, saying he was recommended for the new position after a committee concluded the Emory charges were “not as serious as painted at one time."

The former dean's namesake doesn't remember his father ever saying a derogatory word about Jewish people. In fact, he's quick to point out that when the family lived in Atlanta, some of his parents' closest friends were Jewish.

These sorts of claims get former students like Brickman, who led the charge to humanize the dental school’s history, riled up. He has collected too many stories and seen too many documents, including incriminating notes written by Buhler himself, to call the former dean anything but an anti-Semite.

But for Buhler Jr., none of this adds up. Really, how can it?

“If this situation did exist, it was certainly out of character of the man I knew,” he wrote CNN the morning after the Emory event. “If indeed these events did occur, I feel badly for the individuals involved. Last night’s event might have made them feel better but didn't compensate for their injury.”

I am sorry. We are sorry.’

Facing its history is something Emory isn’t afraid to do.

In 2011, it issued a statement of regret for the school's involvement with slavery. The Southern institution once had slave laborers on campus and faculty members who owned slaves.

Earlier this year, Emory fessed up to fudging data to boost its ranking.

Meantime, the university boasts a Center for Ethics, campus dialogues on matters like race, sexuality and gender, and has long-proven its support for Jewish studies and community. It has 20 full-time faculty members dedicated to the field, including world-renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt.

The school seemed ripe for the resurfacing of the dental school's history, which is why Goldstein, the Jewish history professor, placed a call last spring to Gary Hauk, Emory's vice president and deputy to the president. He said he had a friend Hauk needed to meet.

With testimonies he had recorded with his Flip camera, Brickman showed Hauk videos of men in their 70s and 80s, their negative Emory dental school experience still etched in their faces and emotions. Hauk didn't need convincing that something needed to be done.

A documentary incorporating Brickman's footage was commissioned, resulting in “From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History.” A plan was developed to invite the former students, their families and their widows to come together on campus for an apology that was half a century overdue.

What had happened to them at the dental school, which closed in the early 1990s for unrelated reasons, had never been formally acknowledged. It was time.

Blue ribbons were strung along aisles to reserve seats for the special guests, who first met privately with Emory President James W. Wagner. The men, some of whom hadn't returned to Emory since the day they left, arrived with family members from all over the country. Many went on to become great successes in dentistry. Those who gave up that dream excelled as physicians, lawyers, CPAs and computer experts. One man who flunked out tried his hand at painting, wanting to prove he had the manual skills the dean said he lacked; he won art show awards.

The experience had been a guarded secret for some – a chapter in life they hid from parents, friends, future spouses and their children. One woman in attendance said she had only learned the day before that her father failed out of Emory. For other former students, their time at Emory haunted them. One of their daughters – who refused even years later to apply to Emory when she went to dental school – dubbed herself and others like her “children of survivors,” a term often linked to the Holocaust. An 18-year-old man, who is gay and faced plenty of bullying, realized he could relate to the grandfather sitting next to him in new ways.

Widows and children of deceased former students showed up for those who didn't live long enough to see this day. One man, who was young when his father died, came to hear stories no one else in his life could tell.

All around them, as they took their seats, the ballroom filled. A standing-room-only crowd of hundreds came out to recognize them. Here, any shame from the past was lifted. Instead, these men were the picture of courage and worthy of respect – and that long-awaited apology.

“Institutions – universities – are as fallible as the human beings who populate them, and like individuals, universities need to remind themselves frequently of the principles they want to live by,” President Wagner said. “The discrimination against Jewish dental students undermined the academic integrity of the dental school and ultimately of Emory. … I am sorry. We are sorry.”

The night, which would end with a special dinner for this no-longer-silent fraternity, included a tribute to Brickman, who was called to the stage.

Norman Trieger traveled last week from New York to hear Emory's apology for and acknowledgement of past anti-Semitism. On Saturday, he passed away.

His wife, surrounded by family, clung to a tissue and dabbed her eyes. A daughter clutched her mother’s hand. A son looked up at his dad and beamed.

Brickman never did this for the Emory History Maker medal Wagner strung around his neck. Nor did he do this for the citation read to honor his work.

For him, this was a journey of discovery - one he took with the faces behind the numbers. With him that night were these men and their families, as well as the university he still loved.

Throughout the evening, and long after dinner ended, he saw tears, camaraderie, even laughter from some of the very men he feared were no longer capable of smiling.

All of this, he hoped, signaled what mattered most: Healing.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Discrimination • Education • Judaism • Prejudice

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  1. Kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    Truth is..exclusive

    October 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • mama k

      OK, so I see we have the dodo scented tissue paper version of "truth be told" spam. What you need to do dear is break the matrix of deception and get all that religious nonsense out of what's left of your mind.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  2. crappygovernment

    They hate Tebow more than Mel Gibson or the PM of Iran these days....

    October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  3. Viv

    In all fairness, we all know that Jews always promote their own. It is not a coincidence that they are so overrepresented at CNN for instance (Cooper, Blitzer,Bash, King, Fleisher, Borger, etc.). How many Jewish candidates have been promoted by the Jewish boss or CEO ? Those stories are never told, but they kind of 'make up' for the past discrimination. Enough victim stories please!

    October 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Peter

      Well said, and absolutely true. They do and have always looked after their own.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Harry

      my own experience on CNN says, my CNN handler was unfairly permanently blocked by CNN for making a comment against Netanyahu for his red line UN speech. I thought it was unfair for, be it Israel or any country, foreign presidents to exploit our presidential elections, in their national interest. I exercised my spree speech, and bang, I was taken away from CNN.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  4. Voice of reason

    Google "Rabbi Marc Lee Raphael on Jews in the Slave Trade" funny no CNN or FOX article's on this little fact of
    history???

    October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  5. cybercmdr

    Hmmm. Maybe Mel Gibson could make a movie about this....

    Not! He would agree with Dean Buhler, Sr. Anti-semitism is far from dead in the US.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Voice of reason

      Yeah so is ant-White Christianity and we don't control the banks and the media!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  6. ORChuck

    The middle N in CNN is for NEWS. This happened fifty years ago. That's not news.

    It's human interest, sure. But it doesn't belong in the center of the front page.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  7. Voice of reason

    barbarianofgor

    For most of a full lifetime Anti-Semitism has been mostly unacceptable to the level of destroying careers esp in politics/media. Jews have been able to have full lives and protected status through "Hate Crime laws" and have so much representation in the media...well remember that "Canard" about them "Controlling" it...? Well thanks to PC/Modern garbage they don't even have to try to pull favors when a celebrity bashes them to get him fired, it's automatic.

    So, yeah they were treated bad in the past, esp. WW2...

    But the lifetime after they've had it better than ever.

    But, to point to another "Canard" well let's look at society after WW2 in the USA/Europe...

    For much of the 10 years after they were still treated bad. A prominent preacher shouted against them all over the radio weekly and it only helped them. But then they started the media push and it was shown how "Horrible" they were treated and how bad it was...

    Look at how society has fallen since then.
    Look at our society and how the ability of the man to earn a living to have a family to be master of his life and his house has collapsed... Look at how the media hates and mocks the white man, puts us down, portrays us as a brute who'll beat and assault women if not controlled...

    One of the "Canards" is that in any society that's accepted them has fallen, due to fallout of the "Blood Curse"...
    Well, look with your own eyes to decide if that's true.

    True, God bless you what about their crimes against White Christianity like the Holodomor (Ukraine Holocaust ) under their communism . They murdered millions along with their Russian mob whom steal White Christan girls today, never
    a fair and balanced media, always painted White Christianity as the villain!

    Now some 20 years in the Internet people can go find the truth, all your lies are getting EXPOSED!

    October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • steve-o

      If you can't earn a wage you are a loser

      October 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  8. adamthefirst

    obama hates jews.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  9. Loretta

    Isnt it funny how CNN promotes anti semitism but wont allow anti black language. Oh yes – CNN is in Atlanta – land of the inbred brainless. Smart people seeking independent careers are a real threat!

    October 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Richard

      I notice we always see these sympathetic Jewish-centric stories appear (on the front page yet) at times when Israel is going to do something unpopular, is being attacked for doing something unpopular or when the U.S. makes any peaceful overtures to Arab countries. I guess they are just reminding us who the real centre of the universe is.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  10. Bill

    The apology was the right thing to do. But then, where is the apology for the problems at Emory that are detailed in "Waking Up Blind" by Thomas Harbin, MD?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  11. Daph18

    Do until others..........

    October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Eriberto Aguilar

      Until others do what?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  12. Abdullo

    Don't get me wrong, but it was not the just Jewish, black, or Irish in America, but many minorities all over the places in those days got discriminated. Since then we've come a long way, no reason for anyone to fear discrimination, unless your stuck in Arab/Islamic countries.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  13. PVS1

    uh oh, articles like this must mean that some muslims are going to be killed indiscriminately.

    antisemitism (n) any and all criticism or the simple pointing out of isreal's treatment of palestinians.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  14. irock

    Hating jesw for something that happened 2500 years ago or so is like a black hating me for slavery. I had nothing to do with it. Nore would I have had I been alive then.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • jbcal

      It's easy to say what you would have done IF you had been there during that time, but the fact is you don't really know.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  15. abqTim

    Who cares if they are Jewish?!? Why care?!?!? Just so long as they are good humans it doesn't matter. If you can't be nice to other people then go jump off a ledge

    October 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • jim

      People on the Left care if they are Jewish.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but everything you have ever asserted regarding atheism and prayer is unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  17. Bernard Lazare

    I'll feel bad for Jews when they stop calling blacks in Israel the N-word and send them to immigrant camps. Jews are total hypocrites.

    "Oh feel bad for us jews,goyim! But we can victimize the Palestinians and evict blacks out of our nation because its okay when WE do it!"

    Jews are professional victims.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • grist

      Are you talking about all the Jews? Or just some of them?
      Do you think every Jew is like every Jew. Do they all have the same opinions? Really?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Molly Lazare

      Which blacks do you mean? The black Jews that Israel airlifted out of Ethiopia and other lands and integrated into their society. Or the blacks from Sudan that have been crossing into Israel to escape genocide at the hands of Israel's Arab neighbors. Dad, I am so tired of your anti-Semetic agenda.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Chris D.

      agreed 100% Not only are many Professional victims but Professional Jews also.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Bernard Lazare

      M. Lazare do you not know of the the Mass beatings,shootings and even lynchings of African refugees by Israelis? But thats okay because of the holocuast they get free licence to abuse other people.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • pa sayitstraight

      bernie, honey pie, oh woe is me, it's not you I feel sorry for, but if you are married, or gay and have a partner, i pity them. To have to live with such a small minded, bigoted, hate filled, narrow seeing, excuse for humanity – oy, vey is mere – that is such a shame. there is a phrase straight out of the new testament made especially for you, you should excuse my quoting from the other book. here it is, Bernie, you're a schm*ck. May you apply to human school and have to take the courses over and over (you will have, to you know, Bernie, because of the schmu*k factor) only to flunk out in the end because you don't have (not the hands, bernie bubeleh) the heart or mind to pass the simplest of tests in the subject. oh, well – there's always room at the pig trough for guys like you, bernie. say hello to your wife. i haven't seen her since last night and boy did she scream

      October 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • JAY

      This is a response to grist and molly. I do think Jews are hypocrites. The whole concept of Israel is our land because it was ours 2000 years ago and F*** the Palestinians because of that is the biggest bunch of crap i have ever heard. And all i hear from all the various Jewish organizations in the US is how the Jewish were victimized which therefore necessitates apologies and some sort of special treatment for Jews and Israel. The Holocaust was a terrible black period in the history of the world – and i would not wish what happened to the Jewish people on my worst enemy. Nor do i condone other actions of hate such as what happened at Emory 60+ years ago. But this is a thing of the past, something that is nearly two generations old. The Jewish today are among the richest people in this country today – and i say good for you, you worked hard and got to where you are today. For God's sake give up this media campaign of being the perpetual victims. It has gotten so old, all it does is get people to become anti-Semetic all over again. And be the mature ones and solve the Palestinian issue – the world will give you what you keep trying to use the media for – respect and admiration.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • alex_shin

      you should listen to your daughter more ofter, she sounds reasonable ... :)

      October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  18. BeyondHate

    Emory was not the only school of dentistry that has a hate past. The Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in Philadelphia Pennsylvania was alleged to discriminate against students of Jewish descent in the early 1900s.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  19. Richard

    This anti-semitism should have been dealt with immediately not 60 years later.Emory University unfortunately I am sure was not the only university that was involved with discrimination against people of the Jewish faith.Glad the gentleman finally got their apology.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  20. barbarianofgor

    For most of a full lifetime Anti-Semitism has been mostly unacceptable to the level of destroying careers esp in politics/media. Jews have been able to have full lives and protected status through "Hate Crime laws" and have so much representation in the media...well remember that "Canard" about them "Controlling" it...? Well thanks to PC/Modern garbage they don't even have to try to pull favors when a celebrity bashes them to get him fired, it's automatic.

    So, yeah they were treated bad in the past, esp. WW2...

    But the lifetime after they've had it better than ever.

    But, to point to another "Canard" well let's look at society after WW2 in the USA/Europe...

    For much of the 10 years after they were still treated bad. A prominent preacher shouted against them all over the radio weekly and it only helped them. But then they started the media push and it was shown how "Horrible" they were treated and how bad it was...

    Look at how society has fallen since then.
    Look at our society and how the ability of the man to earn a living to have a family to be master of his life and his house has collapsed... Look at how the media hates and mocks the white man, puts us down, portrays us as a brute who'll beat and assault women if not controlled...

    One of the "Canards" is that in any society that's accepted them has fallen, due to fallout of the "Blood Curse"...
    Well, look with your own eyes to decide if that's true.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
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