January 23rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jewish newspaper’s editor resigns over Obama assassination column

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A Jewish newspaper owner who attracted U.S. Secret Service attention for a column suggesting that Israel consider assassinating an American president has resigned as the paper’s editor, employees there said Monday.

The resignation comes after a firestorm over the column and after a tearful apology from the editor-in-chief of Georgia’s Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler.

The JTA reported Monday that Adler is selling the newspaper, but the office manager, Jerry Farkas, said that was incorrect and that Adler hadn’t announced plans to sell.

The paper’s newly named interim editor-in-chief, John McCurdy, said in an e-mail that he had not talked with Adler about whether he planned to sell the paper.

Adler wrote a January 13 column about the threat of Iran to Israel, posing three options for the Jewish state. One was a "hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence."

The column attracted interest from the U.S. Secret Service, with spokesman George Ogilvie saying Saturday, "We are aware of it. We are taking the appropriate investigative steps."

In an interview with an Atlanta TV station on Saturday, Adler broke down as he apologized for the column.

“All I could do now is let President Obama, the State of Israel, everybody affected in Atlanta’s Jewish community … (know) that I’m sincerely sorry for what has transpired,” Adler told Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc., straining to choke back tears.

“It’s storming outside as we speak, and I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said.

Farkas said the paper is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to find a permanent managing editor.

The federation had said that it was suspending its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until Adler apologized, agreed to stop writing and gave up editorial control.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Georgia • Judaism

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Binky42

    He should be arrested for inciting terrorism. Israel, Iran – just the same folks with different beliefs. Terrorism is a Middle-Eastern cultural phenomena, not just a Muslim phenomena.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Byrd

      Really? Terrorism is a "Middle-Eastern cultural phenomena"???? Terrorism is terrorism.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • karen

      so the basque in spain are middle eastern, IRA members too? i think they would be surprised to hear that. The ignorance and hate on full display here is disheartening. My father and brother were in the US military and when I read the hate oozing out of people, I wonder why my family should sacrifice anything to defend the disgusting people on this board.

      January 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  2. Kwesoe

    This is Mr. Adler's gut-feeling about the president of a country that has enabled him to prosper and own a newspaper business. This is how Jews thank people, so that whenever you shake hands with a Jew, you need to count your fingers.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Alan Dean Foster

      By this logic you must believe that all Norwegians are mass murders of children, right?

      January 24, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  3. kenny

    this guy has got to be old and senile... his logic is nonesense.... probably predicated on stereotypes that blacks and jews hate each other... or that obama is a secret muslim... lol... i would have hoped his friends and relatives would have said something but his comments were so out there i don't think anyone wanted their name in the same sentence. of course this will bring out more nuts which is kinda good, lets the SS, isn't that a funny coinkydink... lol.. get a scent of the troublemakers early on...

    January 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • kenny

      i forgot to asky, anyone wanna bet that's the ONLY federal agency that doesn't go by its acronym... lol

      January 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  4. BlackDynamiteNYC


    January 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  5. BlackDynamiteNYC

    Why don't you cry about it?

    January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  6. lance corporal

    killing people to further your vision of what society SHOULD be.........hmmmmmm ring any bells my jewish brothers and sisters??? anyone??? no I'm not comparing as equals just saying that's the logic that starts ya down the path to holocaust

    January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • ResponsibleMe

      Actually these Jews follow Stalin's example more than Hitler's. Remember Leon Trotsky's fate.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  7. greg

    oh noes god is angry with him

    what a tard

    January 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  8. Puzzled

    Count on it: Israel will own whoever winds up with the American Presidency. Adler was just fantasising about what Israel might do if the President went off on his own.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • NorthropP61

      You've chosen a perfect name for yourself.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  9. evensteven

    He's sorry for the trouble he's in, not for what he wrote.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  10. NorthropP61

    Re: "'I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said." Wow. A storm hits the whole region because God's peeved with Adler? That reminds me of the rush on therapists after the last earthquake to hit LA. Hundreds of thought God was after them. Lotta nutty people in this world.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  11. LouAz

    Seems that all other non-jewish Persons, Civilizations, Societies, Countries are some kind of temporary hinderance for god's chosen people. Will their god ever get off his butt and either deliver them or abandon them completely ? This "special" relationship they think they have has really not worked out for them. Maybe they need some new god(s).

    January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • NorthropP61

      Apparently Christian conservatives have the same "special-me" relationship with their diety. Remember that wack job Falwell praying for a hurricane to hit a FL town that had a gay pride parade? If storms are really evidence of God's displeasure, maybe folks living in the bible belt should take note of all the storm damage they attract.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  12. Robert (Atlanta)

    The only thing saving Adler from certain jail and detention is the fact that he is Jewish. Had this come from a Muslim editor, you can bet that he would have been immediately detained and placed on a permanent "watch" list. How much more Israeli "appeasement" do we need?

    January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • NorthropP61

      Selective Memory Alert! You seem to have forgotten the "Christian" minister in Arizona who had his flock of idiots praying for President Obama to die. He didn't get locked up either. Maybe people just expect Baptists to be ignorant and fanatical.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  13. r

    leave it to a jew to always stick their noses where they shouldn't.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  14. Ted Ryder

    Jews think they are above the law. The run this country anyway so maybe they are. I'm sure if you trace the roots of the Federal Reserve and the money it creates out of thin air, you'll find it lands in Jewish hands. Why do you think Hitler and the rest of Germany reviled them so much? Why do you think it was so easy for the citizens of Germany to ALL turn against them? When a group of people control you for generations, you start to dislike them.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Morris

      Did you really think that by posting this you will convince people to support Hitler?

      January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Ted Ryder

      You misunderstand. I don't support Hitler at all. At least not the Hitler that went crazy and started killing people. You do realize though that before Hitler went psycho bananas he was one of the greatest leaders any country had ever seen. He took the German people from an impoverished nation to one of the wealthiest in 10 years. If you thought Obama had problems when he took office, they pale in comparison. When Hitler took office, the German people were in worse shape than Americans in the great depression. He transformed the country economically and that's why he got such loyalty–not because he was a maniacal monster–that didn't happen until later. They don't teach you this in history books. It's left out for political correctness.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Ben Alcobra

      Bigots think they are above the law. The run this country anyway so maybe they are. I'm sure if you trace the roots of the Federal Reserve and the money it creates out of thin air, you'll find it lands in Bigot hands. Why do you think Hitler was able to convince the rest of Germany to revile the Jews so much? Because he was a Bigot and he controlled the Germans. Why do you think it was so easy for the citizens of Germany to ALL turn against the Jews? Because they let themselves be controlled by a Bigot. When a group of people like the Bigots control you for generations, you start to dislike whomever the bigots tell you to dislike.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • NorthropP61

      Posts like yours are where the saying, "Dumber than a Klansman" comes from.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • lulubelle

      Ted Ryder, you're quite the anti-semite. Your comments do very little but reveal that you believe that Jews were asking for genocide, kind of like a woman abuser saying "well, she just made me so mad, what does she expect?." You've bought into centuries old MYTHS and LIES about Jews and your racism stinks of an unsophisticated Nazi ideology. What's your deal? Jews aren't controlling you, dude.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Ted Ryder

      I'm sorry that some of you have knee jerk reactions to my commentary. It's easier than thinking or examining the facts isn't it. Do you even know what the Federal Reserve is? I'm just suggesting that there is a disproportionate number of Jews in positions of power. If you don't think the decisions made by the federal reserve has the biggest impact over your life then you are just putting your head in the sand.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • NorthropP61

      Maybe you're just upset because you're sort of a failure? It must be someone else's fault huh? Couldn't be because you're not in touch with reality and hard to get along with...?

      January 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Morris

      You don't like to be labeled a Nazi, even though you expouse the same ideology. But at least that's one positive thing. You still have some sense of shame.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Ted Ryder

      Jews are the chosen people of God. They're allowed to say stuff like this and even go through with the plans folks. No big deal. Just take it.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Byrd

      Errmmmm....Under this logic, wouldn't the ENTIRE world hate white men? Just saying...

      January 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  15. Get a Grip

    unfortunately, he speaks for certain people in that population that sees the US as an Israeli satellite bound to defend her to the death for any and all reason... and death be to any American who won't go along with it... crocodile tears... he meant exactly what he said!

    January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • fred

      I assume you mean he is talking for Mitt and Newt-or did you miss their act at AIPAC?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  16. Larry

    Some people believe that already happened 48 years ago.I am pretty sure he is not alone in his psychopathic logic.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  17. kessass

    That's it. How about the guy in New York last year from Iran. I don't think he even have any intentions, you probably remember the taxi guy from arizona or somewhere around that area. I think he was sent to guantanamo or he got over 20 years. This guy, don't be surprise he will get some medal or what ever just to allow him to raise in some federal position at White House.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  18. UVikingsLost

    I think they should pick up Andrew Adler for threatening the life of the President of the United States and do a mental evaluation on him and commit him if he is found mentally insane or lock him up at Guatanamo with the rest of the haters of America.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • kude

      Aren't you hating on haters right now? Does that mean you get locked up too?

      January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Robert (Atlanta)

      Stupid reply, kude – not even the same argument.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Amy

      I agree 100% with your comment!

      January 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • rameshm2

      I don't think he is crazy. I am not saying all jews are like that, but the israelies and the neocon jews mentality is to assasin whoever it may be in their way both by killing or caracter assasination. so what was this new law that obama signed this new year that now they can arrest anyone for indefinite time if they are suspecious of terrorist activity. well I guess that doesn't include jews.

      February 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  19. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    "I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me"

    I believe this is what they call Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  20. astutemind

    Wow...those tear were drier than an Arizona desert during Summer.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.