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Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worries
January 12th, 2012
09:25 PM ET

Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worries

By Ronni Berke, CNN

New York (CNN) - Synagogues firebombed and defaced by graffiti. Windows smashed at shops owned by Jewish merchants. Is anti-Semitism on the rise?

The FBI is investigating a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in northern New Jersey, including the attempted murder of a rabbi after incendiary devices were thrown at his home above a synagogue.

Rabbi Nosson Schuman suffered minor burns in the incident Wednesday at Beth El Synagogue in Rutherford.

It was the fourth anti-Semitic incident in the past month in Bergen County. On January 4, a Paramus synagogue was hit by an arson attack, and in December, two temples were vandalized.

No arrests have been made. "We don't know if we're looking at one person or a group of people," said Bryan Travers of the FBI's Newark division.

In November, vandals smashed windows at five stores owned by Jewish merchants in Middlesex County.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie condemned the recent synagogue attacks. "I will not stand for it, and we will summon all necessary law enforcement resources to identify and prosecute those responsible," Christie said in a statement.

The Anti-Defamation League, which catalogs anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, is urging law enforcement authorities to step up security around synagogues. It's offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the Bergen County attacks.

But Jewish leaders and scholars contacted by CNN could only speculate on why there is a surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the Northeast.

"This year, it did go up, but I'm not ready to draw any conclusions," said Ken Jacobson, the ADL's deputy national director.

But Jacobson said he was concerned about the spike in attacks in New Jersey. "The surge of these incidents in a short period of time in New Jersey is not a conventional kind of thing," Jacobson said.

The type of incident is also alarming, he said. A rabbi attacked in his home is far more worrying than a swastika scrawled on a door. "We are watching very closely," he said.

Economic insecurity and polarization "create the kind of atmosphere where people act out," he said.

According to a November survey by the ADL, 15% of Americans hold deeply anti-Semitic views; that figure stood at 12% in the 2009 survey.

In the poll, 19% of respondents answered "probably true" to the statement: "Jews have too much control/influence on Wall Street." The theme of the "miserly Jew," as personified by Shakespeare's Shylock, is common in anti-Semitism.

"There's a persistent economic theme of the Jew not just as miserly but as economically parasitical," says Derek Penslar, Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto, and author of "Shylock's Children."

In the 1930s, anti-Semitism was "visible, public and people did not try to hide it," Penslar said. "Jewish bankers were often accused of fomenting wars." Things are much better now, he added. "There seems to be a change in the United States in how Jews are accepted."

Penslar is not convinced that the economic downturn is the main cause of anti-Semitic attacks.

"Things were much worse in 2008 and 2009. I was expecting something then.

"My sense is more often than not what's happening now is related to Middle Eastern politics." Namely, the stalemate about Israel, Penslar says.

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center cited FBI statistics showing an actual decrease in hate crime incidents against Jews during the most recent recession.

"I don't think there are any obvious explanations," Potok says. "It may be there is a small number of people who are attacking repeatedly, and that just says you have a few very active anti-Semites out there."

Nationwide, the FBI reported 887 such incidents in 2010, compared with 1013 in 2008.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Judaism • Violence

soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    Well, the first thing to do in my opinion is up the reward money from $2.5K to say maybe $100K. This amount would probably get some serious attention and allow law enforcement to better understand who is behind these stupid acts! You might not turn your mother in for $2k, but for 100K....?

    January 13, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  2. Reality

    Only for the "newbies":

    Talk about money!! Ok, lets have at it:

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?:

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    -One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    -Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    -Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    -The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    -Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    -All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    January 13, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • rzzzll

      Oh the hypocrisy that is atheism: the belief that there is no G_d at all. You think dogmatic systems of belief besides religion have led to wars? Like Communism under Stalin (20 million or more dead), Pol Pot (1.5+ million), Mao (millions+), the Kims of Korea (1-2 million), Nazism (which was pagan or a bizarre twisted version of Christianity) 50 Million+ Fascism under the guise of nationalism, ethnic conflict that has nothing to do with religion. Get your facts straight. Humans are hard wired to engage in conflict whether it stems from political, economic, religious, etc. issues. Atheism killed millions under the unbelievers of communism, so how is that political, utopian dogma any different from religious dogma?

      January 15, 2012 at 1:02 am |
  3. Dallas

    I can't believe these memes are still propagated in the 21st Century. Come on people, get it together and stop teaching your children intolerance and hate. Why are you SO unhappy with yourselves that you have to demean, ridicule, chastise, hurt, and belittle other human being? Is your life so unhappy and poor that the only way you feel better is to pick on others. It's disgraceful. Go read a book, get a hobby, go outside and play with your children...at least then you wouldn't have so much time on your hands as to try and destroy another person for absolutely no reason at all. My goodness...sometimes I think this planet would be better populated with tree frogs.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:05 am |
    • Mirosal

      but then we'd all have little glue pads on our webbed feet, and sticking our long tongues out at each other .. come to think of it .. not a bad idea if we were lol

      January 13, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I doubt the vandalism has anything to do with hate. It looks like bored (unemployed) teenagers with pent up energy.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • rzzzll

      BS that it's just some kids "pranks". There's been a wave of increased anti-Semitic harassment verbally and physically, vandalism, desecration of graves and synagogues here in NJ my home state. These punks who perpetrate these abhorrent crimes get their hate from somewhere, usually their parents, other family or friends. It's not some joke that comes from nowhere. Don't insult our intelligence.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • HeavenSent

      rzzzll, you posted "BS that it's just some kids "pranks". There's been a wave of increased anti-Semitic harassment verbally and physically, vandalism, desecration of graves and synagogues here in NJ my home state. These punks who perpetrate these abhorrent crimes get their hate from somewhere, usually their parents, other family or friends. It's not some joke that comes from nowhere. Don't insult our intelligence."

      Answer: Intelligence? How about WAG THE DOG and you bark. Next, you'll be telling me that health outbreaks aren't major issues for collecting money during election time?

      Amen.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  4. Doobie Wah

    Hey God.......Knock Knock.....
    You there ?
    You made this mess, fix it or start over.
    This experiment is a complete failure.

    Some God, you cant stop by for five minutes
    and tell your believers that you didnt write that silly book ?

    There you have it folks, no god.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Doobie, hate to break the news to you. Non-believers are the bad guys in this debate.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • MartinT

      @HeavenSent, you do know that nearly ALL if not ALL Hate Crimes against religions are done by "religious" groups. Christians, or so-called Christians, are so often the ones committing hate crimes against Jews, Gays, people of color, etc. Atheists, particularly in America, seldom waste their precious energy and time on such nonsensical endeavors. You fail

      January 13, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • imaginenoreligion

      It's this sort of childish nonsense, that has held humanity back from being a truly enlightened creature. Oh, by the way, the Earth is not flat nor is it the center of the solar system. And, I have seen the Easter bunny and it's not a real bunny. It's a pedophile catholic priest, a radical homicidal muslim and a arrogant conceited jew all rolled into one repulsive icon.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @MartinT: HS always blames the atrocities of everything in this world on non-believers while forgetting that christard priests are out there harming innocent children and forgetting that christards are the reason for a great many wars and many cases of discrimination in this world.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • rzzzll

      Oh the hypocrisy that is atheism: the belief that there is no G_d at all. You think dogmatic systems of belief besides religion have led to wars? Like Communism under Stalin (20 million or more dead), Pol Pot (1.5+ million), Mao (millions+), the Kims of Korea (1-2 million), Nazism (which was pagan or a bizarre twisted version of Christianity) 50 Million+ Fascism under the guise of nationalism, ethnic conflict that has nothing to do with religion. Get your facts straight. Humans are hard wired to engage in conflict whether it stems from political, economic, religious, etc. issues. Atheism killed millions under the unbelievers of communism, so how is that political, utopian dogma any different from religious dogma?

      January 15, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Answer to all you non-believers. It's election time again. Time to wag the dog.

      Amen.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  5. jlo

    Christianity and Judaism are completely different. Christianity is based on the bible, the oldest book known to man at this time. Many have tried to disprove its accuracy, ( dead sea scrolls come to mind ). It says in the bible the Jews will always suffer this type of persecution. History NEVER repeats itself... Human behavior does.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • Mirosal

      hate to burst your bubble (no I don't, I actuallly enjoy doing it), but you DO know that the first X-tians were Jews, right? And as far as the bible being the oldest, not even close ... half your bible is only 2000 years old, the other half goes back another 1000. Writings have been found, both religious and secular, dating from almost 5000 years ago, from several different societies. Read a little more history while you're at it.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • El Flaco

      The Bible is hardly the oldest book known to man. The Bible is about 1700 years old. Arisotle was writing much more sophisticated manuscripts 600 years earlier.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:13 am |
    • imaginenoreligion

      As other, much more learned people than you, have stated, your bible is not the oldest book, and christians are just jews who accept that jesus of nazareth was the messiah. The fact that your bible promotes hatred, persecution and violence, is proof enough for me that all religions are bad. Have a sparkling day, once you get your head out of your butt.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • HeavenSent

      imaginenoreligion, I suppose you're one of those lovers of folks such as John Wayne Gacey, Ted Bundy, Green River Killer, BTK to name a few?

      Jesus describes all of life and those walking around us who refuse to follow His righteous teachings.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Socrates – 469 BC – 399 BC people reference his writings to this day

      January 13, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Heavensent
      John Wayne Gacy – raised catholic
      Ted Bundy – When asked his religious preference after his arrest, answered "Methodist"
      Green River Killer – Dr. Ed Schau, a clinical psychologist in Bellevue, believes the Green River killer is a religious psychotic, who has twisted his knowledge of scripture to suit his deadly needs.
      BTK Killer (dennis Rader) – known at his Lutheran church as a devout man who served as president of the congregation.

      Christians one and all!

      John WayneGacey, Ted Bundy, Green River Killer, BTK

      January 13, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Texts from Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha) date from 5th century BCE

      January 13, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Doc: Careful, HS will say they aren't true christards. We're forgetting Jared Loughner who is Jewish (His mother Amy Loughner is Jewish, attending the Chavadim Reform synagogue in Tucson at which Mrs. Giffords is also a attendee.)

      January 13, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • rzzzll

      What in your insane Jewish heresy called "christianity". The only true lord of the universe the creator is HaShem, and you should worship him alone, not your zombie "Jesus", not your three gods you call the trinity. WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK, not that nonsense and bigoted "gospels" you base your hypocritical creed that preaches hate and conversion of the very orthodox religion of Judaism. All those lies you call books condemned Jews consciously in order for these Christian heretics to "separate themselves" from mainstream Judaism. If you followed the TRUTH of the L_rd it be the one indivisible all present Name, not your lying "prophets' or those writers who probably made up things Yehoshua and Mohammed said which they didn't. Face it heretic you have explaining to do about your so-called monotheism, which is really tri-theism. Your gospels are a lie and if you investigated further much of the so called "Christian" values were already present in Judaism.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc and prevails, mortal men like the two of you that hate Jesus' truth never to learn, comprehend or abide in His wisdom to guide your lives. Both of you were brought up as Christians and refuse His truth. Says alot about where you two are headed

      Amen.

      January 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal, you posted "hate to burst your bubble (no I don't, I actuallly enjoy doing it), but you DO know that the first X-tians were Jews, right? And as far as the bible being the oldest, not even close ... half your bible is only 2000 years old, the other half goes back another 1000. Writings have been found, both religious and secular, dating from almost 5000 years ago, from several different societies. Read a little more history while you're at it."

      Answer: There are Twelve Tribes split into two kingdoms. The Southern kingdom called 'Judah' consists of two tribes (Judah and Benjamin).

      Someone needs to catch up with their studies Mirosal.

      Amen.

      January 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bizarre

      Heaven Sent:

      "Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth.

      According to recently excavated clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, thousands of Sumerians—the first humans to establish systems of writing, agriculture, and government—were working on their sophisticated irrigation systems when the Father of All Creation reached down from the ether and blew the divine spirit of life into their thriving civilization.

      "I do not understand," reads an ancient line of pictographs depicting the sun, the moon, water, and a Sumerian who appears to be scratching his head. "A booming voice is saying, 'Let there be light,' but there is already light. It is saying, 'Let the earth bring forth grass,' but I am already standing on grass."

      "Everything is here already," the pictograph continues. "We do not need more stars."

      Historians believe that, immediately following the biblical event, Sumerian witnesses returned to the city of Eridu, a bustling metropolis built 1,500 years before God called for the appearance of dry land, to discuss the new development. According to records, Sumerian farmers, priests, and civic administrators were not only befuddled, but also took issue with the face of God moving across the water, saying that He scared away those who were traveling to Mesopotamia to participate in their vast and intricate trade system.

      Moreover, the Sumerians were taken aback by the creation of the same animals and herb-yielding seeds that they had been domesticating and cultivating for hundreds of generations.

      "The Sumerian people must have found God's making of heaven and earth in the middle of their well-established society to be more of an annoyance than anything else," said Paul Helund, ancient history professor at Cornell University. "If what the pictographs indicate are true, His loud voice interrupted their ancient prayer rituals for an entire week."

      According to the cuneiform tablets, Sumerians found God's most puzzling act to be the creation from dust of the first two human beings.

      "These two people made in his image do not know how to communicate, lack skills in both mathematics and farming, and have the intellectual capacity of an infant," one Sumerian philosopher wrote. "They must be the creation of a complete idiot." – The Onion

      January 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  6. Katie

    Hate, of all kind, is on the raise!! Black violence against whites is rarely talked about as racism but ANY time there's white against black crime you see racism smacked all over it. Hmmmm. I think the media likes to make whites look bad. It seems that being white these days is a bad thing.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • MartinT

      Most Black crime against others is against other Blacks. There isn't a lot of "hate crimes" being committed by African Americans. Do a bit of research, will you?

      January 13, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  7. BOOHOO777

    Who cares about 1 rabi being attacked?
    Theres far worse stuff happening, and all cnn writes about is 3 jews in NJ?
    Wow, jews always like to play the poor scape goat. LOOK i'm sorry about what hitler did, but isn't it time to move on by now??

    January 13, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      One more piece of evidence of the damage religion can do? These articles only make the non-believers stand point that much stronger thankfully.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Boohoo777, if it happens to you will ensure it doesn't make the news.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • rzzzll

      It's time for BOOHOO to be re-educated, you are so ignorant. WE ARE NOT GOING TO EVER "MOVE ON" FROM WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SHOAH/HOLOCAUST!. Remember never forget. You have forgotten you anti-semitic dilettante who knows absolutely nothing about the persecution of Jews in the past 2000 years. You haven't suffered for being a Jew in a world filled with heretics from Judaism like Christianity and Islam, which both are extremely distorted versions.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  8. BOOHOO777

    Modern Family Season 3 Episode 2

    January 13, 2012 at 6:11 am |
  9. Andy

    Blame the mainly Jewish banksters who have screwed America without and thought of the consequences for ordinary decent Jews..........

    January 13, 2012 at 6:06 am |
    • rzzzll

      Hey Andy blame yourself for your utter ignorance, arrogance and stupidity. What I found hilarious is that so many people believe "Jews control the banks/media/government", to a Jew like me that is insane. You think Judaism is monolithic like Catholicism? It's totally not that way, many Jews seriously disagree and argue with each other whatever their field, politics, etc.. The idea that all the Jews in Hollywood, NYC, or Washington DC meet secretly and formulate one huge conspiracy is just comical at best. Get a reality check, no religion/ethnicity has a grip on power, let alone a single mass agenda. Well except for the white people, which your time is running out you guys will be a minority in less than 40 years.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  10. Sarai

    Even in Israel you find antisemeitc people who try to redefine who is Jewish....the latest victim of such ideology are the Ethiopian Jews....not Jewish enough based on the color of their skin. This is what happens when the world is deliberately confused then absorbs the idea of Jewish being a race and not what it truly is....a religion.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:03 am |
    • Andy

      True. I had a Greek Jewish friend years ago who never set foot in a Synagogue but still called himself Jewish, not Greek. I was born into a Catholic family in Ireland and since 20 years I don't go to church and I don't call myself a Christian......

      January 13, 2012 at 6:10 am |
    • MartinT

      Sarai gets a few style points for hanging in and attempting to debate, even if he/she failed and resorted back to the "fall back" defense of religon. Burden of proof ALWAYS falls on the one making the claim, and Christians make the claim that Jesus was real and is the son of god. I could spend a great deal of time talking about how the story of Jesus mirrors the story of at least a dozen other deities; I could show how Jesus is a metaphore for the worship of the sun; I could debunk and show how the early gospels didn't speak of a MYSTICAL Jesus, that was added much later. The list goes on.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • rzzzll

      Well to elaborate on Sarai's comments, many Jews (more than half) in Israel come from the Middle East, India, Ethiopia, Central Asia, all over. Yes there is definitely discrimination between different Jewish cultures. However there is some big gaps theologically and practice wise between those Jewish communities that were cut off from the rest, many did not receive the Talmud. In any case no country is perfect, but the Ethiopian Jews have the same exact rights and responsibilities as other Israelis, serve in the army, work together with everyone else. Israel is the one nation that took them in during the horrible famine in the 1980'. Israel is more inclusive and on the most part tolerant of not only Jews of different backgrounds but to the Druze, Circassians, Arabs, etc.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  11. Mirosal

    @ Saria ... he would need a court order .. in THIS country, civil law trumps religious laws, edicts, and decrees. And the courts do not consider religious law to be evidentiary by any means. Your dead guy jesus DID go public and say he was the son of 'god' .. you wouldn't listen to anyone who said that today, why would you think a 2000 year old story about someone doing exactly that would be true as well? he isn't 'sitting' anywhere, he's lying in the ground a few feet under, until the end of the Earth, which will happen when the sun cools, becomes a red giant, and expands itself out to about Earth's orbit.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • Andy

      The "story" of Jesus being the Don of God is as believable as the "story" of the Jews being God's chosen people........

      January 13, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • olcranky

      the Don of God? that's a pretty funny typo

      January 13, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • Sarai

      Mirosal ....It's unfortunate your faith is placed on a 2000 year old conspiracy created by the Sanhedrin who realizing they did actually crucify the Son of God...Jesus....of which the prophets spoke of ..mobilized to crush the truth by proclaiming someone had stolen and hid the body of Jesus. What is also unfortunate is that your faith is placed in the edification of science that is limited and based on theories for lack of true understanding.
      Mirosal....as with others of like mind...I pray you will not have to face the reality that your theory that Jesus was just a man...a crazy one at that..based on your post....your theory will come to a frightening end....too late when you see the Son of God come in all His glory...for it is written..all eyes shall see Him....even you.
      He loves you ..even if you do not believe.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:21 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Saria .. if you think I am just some poor schlub sitting around wondering, you couldn't be further from the truth. I have an education, courtesy of the Jesuits. I know exactly what your little book says, and your 'god' is really NO different than any other 'god' invented by man over the course of thousands of years. Instead of the ancient belief that everything has a god, now the commonly held practice is that one god has everything. All you've done is taken the god of peanut butter, combined it with the god of chocolate, and NOW you call it Reese's. Same myths, rolled into new packaging. Just because your little moldy book says it's true, does not make it so. Society today has far more evils in the world than the societies of 2000 years ago, yet this 'god' of yours saw fit to give a 'son' to the world back then. If one os needed, it's today. Where IS this 'god' of yours now, huh? Oh, that's right, he's helping Tebow win football games and telling people to run for office. Tell me, is your 'god' omnisicient? yes or no .. is 'he'?

      January 13, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Saria: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. You can't provide that evidence, so why spew the fallacies? Is it not possible for you to open the small mind and see that the stories you hold so dear to be true have never changed in accordance with the evidence we have now, in the 2000 years since they were written? You have been brainwashed...what a sad pathetic life you live!!

      January 13, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • Sarai

      Mirosal....God is Omnipotent.
      You seem to be very angry at Him for some reason....its all over your posts.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Sarai

      TruthPrevails..Aaaah....yet the very same can be said about your theory.....Disprove to me and the world that Jesus is not the Son of God...disprove to me that God is not the creator of all things and the most High.
      No theories are valid only solid undisputed evidence.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • Mirosal

      @Sarai ... Truth is not making the claim. You bible-thu'mpers have been telling people for 2000 years to believe .. or else .... well, what is this "or else"? It's your claim. The onus is upon YOU, not her. Tell us what the "or else" is, then please provide your reasoning using the accepted, proscribed rules of evidence. Oh, and your bible is NOT evidence. If it cannot be admittied into court, it doesn't count. And to date, not one case has ever, EVER, used the bible as evidence in ANY hearing, crinimal or civil. Now, why is that, hmmm??? Tell me, is this 'god' of yours omniscient? yes or no

      January 13, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • Mirosal

      Sarai, god is NOT imnopotent. it is all to easy to kill off a god, just ask the thousands of others created throughout human history how easily they died. Simply stop believeing and they die off. All it takes it a pinch of reason, a dash of logic, and a dose of common sense. Simple recipe for the perfect poison to kill ANY so-called 'god'. By the way, how can I be mad about something that doesn't exist in the first place?

      January 13, 2012 at 7:10 am |
    • Sarai

      Mirosal..Nice try on the spin......it is your claim along with you counter part that God does not exist......prove it.
      I and others do not have to prove His existence to you....we have faith because we believe....now prove to me and others why we should not believe through faith their is a living God and that Jesus is not the Christ.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • Mirosal

      By definitiion, faith is belief without evidence. Are you really that gullible? What about Santa and the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny... do they have your faith as well? To date, no 'god' has ever been shown to be real. Not one of them. Why is yours different? Because there is a 'book' written about it? Is that your only reason?

      January 13, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Sarai

      Yet Mirosal you evoke your faith on the theory of man without the evidence do you not? You've placed your faith on the collective agreement that a theory could possibly be true even if there is no concrete evidence supporting such theories except for the collective herd mentality of those who accept it as probable....not fact...just probable..why because they do not know...and it hasn't been proven.....hense theory.
      Who then believes in the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy..I think it is you.
      Jesus is the Son of God, God is omnipotent....

      January 13, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Mirosal

      There is concrete evidence for evolution, There is NONE for any type of divine being. Science does not have all the answers. It is limited by technology. As technology grows, so does our understanding of the world around us. Science begs you to prove it wrong, to question it. Religion forbids you from questioning their so-called "answers". Why is that? Why are we not allowed to question your little book? Tell me, is there life outside our world? Yes or no... is there?

      January 13, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Saria: How wrong you are!! My theory is based on reality and evidence that is backed by science. Your theory is based on a book written by man, inspired by man. This jesus character was dead for approximately 30 years before anyone wrote about him (not one person can/could say they actually met him). Your god has never been evidenced to exist outside of the buybull.

      btw: Mirosal isn't putting any spin on anything...like the typical christard you are, you are spinning the buybull stories to fit your own silly delusions.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal, the law is from the Torah, or the Old Testament of the Bible. Who is changing the laws or laughing that they are throwing reasonable doubt into case? Non-believers who can't see past their noses.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Mirosal

      The Torah has never been proven to be written by any deity either. Just another set of laws written by men to control a larger group of people, with the fear of an angry 'god' to punish them if they don't comply.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @HS: As usual, you are not to be taken seriously. You and this delusional Saria have yet to provide evidence for your god. You think we are wrong when we base our lives surrounded by concrete evidence and not stories taken from a book. You two are the ones missing out...in the end it will be the same for you as it will be for us...nothingness and until science provides evidence for your god or your satan or any of that religious mumble, it is safe to say none of it exists and therefore is not pertinent.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • rzzzll

      Sarai you are a heretic to begin with to even believe this Yehoshua was the messiah, this zombie death cult called Christianity is nothing more than a perverted, heretical and blasphemous version of Judaism tainted with Greco-Roman thought and culture. The Jewish heresy called "christianity" tells only lies. No Moshiach (Messiah) comes down as some divine supernatural god to earth. It's ridiculous, and that is certainly NOT in the Tanakh and Mishna (the Torah and the Oral Law). That version of "Jesus" comes from paganism and polytheistic Greco-Roman and eastern mystery religions. The true Moshiach is a mere man, but anointed as the king at the end of days, who will lead Israel, the righteous to a glorious era before the resurrection of the dead. The only true lord of the universe the creator is HaShem, and you should worship him alone, not your zombie "Jesus", a total failure on fitting any requirements of the Moshiach, not your three gods you call the trinity. WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK, not that nonsense and bigoted "gospels" or "Quran" you base your hypocritical creed that preaches hate and conversion of the very orthodox religion of Judaism. All those lies you call books condemned Jews consciously in order for these Christian heretics to "separate themselves" from mainstream Judaism. If you followed the TRUTH of the L_rd it be the one indivisible all present Name, not your lying "prophets' or those writers who probably made up things Yehoshua and Mohammed said which they didn't. Face it heretic you have explaining to do about your so-called monotheism, which is really tri-theism. Your gospels are a lie and if you investigated further much of the so called "Christian" values were already present in Judaism. So no, your "salvation" through some zombie god is just false as any pagan faith, the only salvation is directly through the Name himself, not through some intermediary.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  12. Dave

    I married a jew 30 years ago, and have many many jewish friends. If you knew them you would probably be surprised that they are ordinary people living ordinary lives doing ordinary jobs to help their community. They are ordinary people just like the rest of us. Those that hate do so our of ignorance.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      As an Atheist, I see no point to what was done to these people. I'd like to think that you get your good and bad regardless of what belief system you follow. It is only when that belief system is shoved down my throat that I have a major issue. Of my many Jewish friends, not one of them has tried to shove it down my throat...only some of my christian friends do that. I feel bad that these religious wars are still occurring, especially in a world where we should be beyond such childish actions.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Give it a rest TPrevails with all your excuses why you know longer attend service to hear God's truth or further your studies on Him except for knocking Him. We understand that none of you non-believers know what you do ... with the exception of whining that you can't get your own way in life. Thank God for small favors.

      Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Mirosal

      Too many Atheists know EXACTLY what we're doing. You have no idea how many of us have a religious education. We know what your book says, and if it was made into a movie, from Genesis to Revelations, the script taken word for word, there wouldn't be enough X's to properly rate it for an American audience. Murder, genocide, in'cest, war, plague, the list goes on. All that can really be said is that in your little book, EVERYONE suffers. Gee, what a comforting thought.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @HS: No life is exactly my way...happy and fulfilled without the need for fairy tales! Nice try though!! I'm not the one living in accordance with a bronze age book that doesn't hold water in a court of law or anywhere outside of the church. You might want to give it a rest yourself. You are the one attempting to brainwash people just as you have been brainwashed. Science trumps religion through and through. It's too bad you find it necessary to accept that you don't know and instead fill it with a god to suit your own need for the feel good measure. I have no hate or dislike for your god, it does not exist and until science provides the evidence that it does I will continue to dismiss it just as I dismiss all other gods and fairy tales.

      January 13, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • rzzzll

      Right as if science and politics are not dogmatic at all. Wars and struggles and murders of millions have occurred in their name. Don't be ridiculous, any dogma are school of thought can end up conflicting with another, re-read your history.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  13. G Jones

    I I seem to remember something the late General Patton said at the end of WW II when they were celebrating Hitler's death: He said: "Don't celebrate there is another one being born right now." History does repeat itself, but let's hope not.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:48 am |
  14. hans

    So much fear in the USA. So much hate. Not a very nice place.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:22 am |
    • Thor

      Courageous are those who stand against the eaters of life.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      It's no different in any other place that is as diverse as the USA.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Joxer: We're your neighbor's to the North and we are as diverse but yet we don't see the same violence against religious people here. We do see some but not to the same degree (ie; about a year ago an inter-racially mixed couple were forced to move due to having crosses burned on their front lawn). You can blame the republitards for spewing so many mixed messages to the public and in turn blame the churches for allowing this crap to go on instead of moving in to the 21st century. I don't think violence of any form is necessary ever especially when it comes to stuff like this...it's one group fighting the next over who has the proper sky daddy and unfortunately, not one will ever agree with the other.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I live in what is arguably the most multi-cultural city in the world and we have no serious problems.
      I work with a Nigerian, an Afghani, a Haitian and a Ukranian.
      My neighbours are sikh, hindi, black and white.
      Before I met my current partner, I lived with a Jewish girl whose parents were orthodox immigrants from Russia.
      My in-laws are Portuguese catholics.
      I've visited mosques, synagogues, temples and churches with nary an eyebrow raised.
      I lived in my city's Gaybourhood and participated in the pride parade for years.
      We all celebrated when the laws changed to allow gay marriage (THAT was a party!)
      Heck – I used to live next to a Chinese presbyterian church on one side and an Anglican church on the other.
      When the Anglican church was robbed, the entire community banded together to help them out.

      Different cultures living side by side need not be fraught with strife.
      Everyone maintains their cultural identi/ty and, by and large, everyone gets along.
      Perhaps that's the difference between the American Melting Pot (which implies a need for assimilation/americanization) and the Canadian Cultural Mosaic...

      January 13, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 13, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • Thor

      Better to have them believe in a god and a religion that can "forgive" them for all of the hurt that they cause rather than hold them personally accountable and responsible. We wouldn't want them to believe that any pain they cause others is like ringing a bell: it cannot be unrung.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Mirosal

      Atheism .. is your god omniscient? Why won't you answer a simple question?

      January 13, 2012 at 5:27 am |
    • awasis

      Religion is brain rot. How many prayers go unanswered? I'd bet more than get answered.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:38 am |
    • Mike S

      I swear cnn has trolls on here

      January 13, 2012 at 5:49 am |
    • George

      If you prayer for a tornado does not take you out and it kills an infant next door, does that make you an accomplice?

      January 13, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ George .. I live in Tornado Alley .. you do NOT need prayer to have one .. it will arrive sooner or later. And no amount of prayer will stop one either.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mirosal: Dipsh!t can't answer that question because it has no answer. Gotta love the trolls who should be locked in padded rooms under their bridges.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:10 am |
  16. BOOHOO777

    Who cares about 1 rabi being attacked?
    Theres far worse stuff happening, and all cnn writes about is 3 jews in NJ?
    Wow, jews always like to play the poor scape goat. LOOK i'm sorry about what hitler did, but isn't it time to move on by now?

    January 13, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • Thor

      Wow! Reminiscent of a fat guy with a baseball hat!

      January 13, 2012 at 5:27 am |
    • rbnjorlfl

      I'm guessing you're part of the 15% that they were referring to in the article.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:10 am |
  17. gager

    Why is this article in the belief blog. These are acts of crime.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:49 am |
    • Thor

      So?

      January 13, 2012 at 5:32 am |
  18. WOT

    Jesus was the son of
    God therefore he was not Jew or any other race.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • gager

      Religious crapolla. There is no god.

      January 13, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • jusakid

      "jew" is not a race.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Mirosal

      Jusakid ... you're one of the few people I've seen on here that realize that!!! It's like calling Christians or Muslims a race.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ WOT .. if someone today went public on tv or radio or internet and said they were the son of a deity, would you take them seriously? Or would you have them hauled in for a psych exam?

      January 13, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • Thor

      I have seen Jewish girls naked.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • Sarai

      Mirosal...If someone came onto your property and declared that by devine decree your house was their birthright...would you give it over to them or would you resist, call the police in hopes he is arrested? I'm sure the guy would go through psychological testing as well.
      Jesus lives and is the Son of God...sitting on the right side of the most high.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:42 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Saria .. posted in the wrong spot .. see top of page.

      January 13, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @ Saria: Where is your evidence for the fact that jesus lives and is the son of god or are you just basing that off the buybull and the crap your parents/church/family brainwashed you with?

      January 13, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • rzzzll

      You are not making sense at all, but then again Christianity doesn't make any more sense at all. There is no "Son of God", that's where you "Christian" heretics got it all wrong. There is a Son of Man, the Moshiach that will carry HaShem's word to the Jews and the world. The Moshiach doesn't wind up getting paraded on a donkey, blasphemes the Temple and the L_rd, and winds up getting executed by Romans on sticks. Then somehow zombie "Jesus" this bizarro supernatural being flies up into the sky to join with G_d, who is his father, yet is G_d. Crazy, it makes no sense at all certainly from the Jewish point of view. Only the Christians gave this bizarre supernatural divinity that came from paganism and which that religion has absorbed and therefore corrupted by.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  19. shyboy69

    Seems there is a lot of black on White violence the SPLC doesn't care about.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  20. Jon

    Nobody from the media is going to blame Occupy Wall Street so the rest of us will have to do it. Anybody remember all the "Jewish Banker" signs from a couple months ago in Zucati park? Think these things happen in a vacuum?

    January 13, 2012 at 4:11 am |
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