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Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.
May 30th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”

Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget - a high-profile former Wall Street analyst - to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

“Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews,” Blodget wrote in his original post. “And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

“What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?”

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The query drew plenty of tongue wagging from many corners of the Internet. “That’s right, there sure is nowhere better to suss out the reasoning behind one of the greatest attempted genocides of our modern times than in an Internet comments section,” Mediaite jested in a post that seethed disapproval.

“Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

Later Tuesday, Blodget updated his piece with a new headline, “What Are the Sources of Anti-Semitism?” explaining the initial headline “made a lot of people angry ...  (s)o I changed it.”

Blodget also subbed out the original photo, which he characterized as featuring a pair of “jovial Orthodox Jews,” with a picture of Jewish actress Natalie Portman. He wrote that some readers found the original photo “needlessly provocative.”

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By day’s end, Blodget offered his seventh update, saying that he wish he’d never published the piece. “Whatever interesting responses came from the post, I now regret writing it,” Blodget wrote. "I am very sorry to anyone I offended. I sincerely apologize.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. jp

    shame on this guy for apologizing for asking a very legit question, there still is lots of hatred against jews in particular and there is zero reason not to examine that

    May 30, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  2. JJ

    I have no issues with any faith as long as it is not thrown in my face or I am expected to follow along with other people's beliefs. In my opinion, "people of faith" are some of the most racist people I have ever met. live and let live, practice your faith in the solitude of your home and keep it out of politics.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Petercha

      "practice your faith in the solitude of your home and keep it out of politics." Ever hear of this little thing called the First Amendment, JJ? You know, the one about Freedom of Speech? The idea of keeping religion (any religion) out of politics is scary. I want the political system, the school system, and our country as a whole to be as moral as possible. Practicing faith, be it Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or whatever, only behind closed doors won't get us there.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Topher

      Which part of politics do you mean?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • ME II

      "I want the political system, the school system, and our country as a whole to be as moral as possible. "
      You're basing this on the false as.sumption that faith equates to morality. I don't think that has been shown to be true.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Topher

      ME II
      Maybe. But do you believe in moral absolutes?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • JJ

      Just as I expected, the "people of faith" want to inflict their views upon the world in any way they can and no matter who it offends. This sickens me. Please God save us from your followers!

      May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      What do you mean by moral absolutes?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Topher

      Are there certain rules that are always true? Such as ... is it always wrong to murder?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • JJ

      @Petercha "Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or whatever" is exactly what is holding back the advancement of the world, including Spiritual Enlightenment.
      Sheep follow sheep because they feel "safety" in numbers, "people of faith" are the same way.
      Religions start wars and cause so much hatred they should be banned.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      I guess it's a matter of semantics. In a legal sense, by definition, it is always wrong to murder, yes. What is defined as murder is whole other issue, right?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Topher

      ME II

      I'm not talking about laws. I'm talking about morals. If you hated someone and knew without a shadow of a doubt you could get away with murdering them ... would it be wrong?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      You say morals, but yet use the word murder, which is a legal term, correct? I understand that you can't say "killing," because that wouldn't mesh with the 10 Commandments.

      Definition of MURDER
      1: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
      ...
      (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murder)

      May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Petercha

    I'd be willing to be that most of those who hate Jews, hate them because Jewish people tend to be very hard workers and as a result are very successful in life. Look at how they made the desert bloom in Israel! So I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of anti-Semites are just jealous and greedy enough to want what the Jews have but without working hard for it like the Jews did.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Daniel

      I don't think a Palestinian is "jealous." Rather, I think he or she wants back what was took from them.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • sbp

      So, Daniel, you giving your home back to the Native Americans? What is now Israel had been under Turk control for centuries, then the British. There never was a Palestine to begin with. There could have been – in 1948. The Arabs living in that region had every chance to live side-by-side in peace in 1948. Who started that war?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Petercha

      Good point, sbp.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Daniel

      sbp, the difference is that we have made Native Americans full citizens in our nation. Israel has never made the Palestinians in the diaspora, nor those in the occupied territories, full and equal citizens of Israel. Nice try.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • sbp

      BS, Daniel. There is a significant number of Arab CITIZENS in Israel, and elected Arab members of the government. Any Jews in Saudi Arabia? You have a double standard because you hate Jews. Simple as that.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Ruby

      Better check your facts Daniel; they were citizens but chose to leave the country.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • ME II

      Another significant difference, not play sides here, is that there are no Native Americans currently living that were around when American atrocities were occurring. There are still "Palestinians" alive who were directly affected by the war in '48. However, I don't think there is a valid blanket claim on lands by the "Palestinian people," since a lot of the "occupied territories" were "occupied" as a direct result of Israel being attacked.

      There is no easy solution, but both sides are being childish and belligerent. Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't be better to have a UN force go in and evict everyone from Israel, Jews, Arabs, Palestinians, everyone.
      If you can't play nice, then no one can use the field.

      ps It's all Britain's fault. Them and their stupid Mandate.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • George MASON

      Daniel your not a big fan of history. There has bee a continual jewish presence in what is now israel for thousands of years. Part of the deal that formed Jordon which is many times larger than israel was for Jews who had occupied large portions of it for thousands of years had to give up their lands to "palastinains" who now identify themselves as jordanians. much more land was given up by jews who had been in possesion of it for thousands of years than the land being disputed now in Israel. Iraq had a very large population of jews who had been there for thousands of years but at the end of WW2 there lands were taken and many were killed they were not allowed to come back to their lands that were taken by iraqi's This happend time and time again all throuout the middle east. I bet you know this but you deny it to push your anti semitic agenda. Palastinain is not even a real people group it is a mixture of different arab and midleeastern groups. Yaser arafat was born and raise in egypt I bet you know that but like to ignore it.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • George MASON

      Daniel here is a quote from Palestinian liberation organisation executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, in a 1977.

      "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a
      Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle
      against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality
      today there is no difference between Jordanians,
      Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and
      tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of
      a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand
      that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian
      people' to oppose Zionism."

      May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • magnus

      At least George Mason has facts to back up his statements, unlike most of us who just go on rants.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. RoboCarrot

    Check out Henry Ford's writings on the "Jewish Conspiracy." It's hilarious. But seriously, the Jews are smarter than Joe Sixpack who descended from twelve generations of farmers. That why so many Jews occupy powerful positions. Honestly folks, do you think it's a conspiracy that so many people of Jewish ethnicity win Nobel Prizes for their achievements in Quantum Physics?

    May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      I think you are confusing culture and genetics. There is nothing genetic about why many Nobel winners and such are Jewish. However, for much of their history....Jewish people were urban and self taught. It stands to reason that they would probably be more educated than those coming from generations of rural people.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Huebert

      Ecclesiastes 7:17 is right. Jewish culture prizes scholarship and study, that's the basic recipe for how to succeed in the modern world.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. NOYB

    I HATE Jews. Every time I try to go fishing, he pops out of the water, and tries to eat my and my ship mates.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Jon

      That's pretty much how bigots experience reality...

      May 30, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • magnus

      but that's not even funny. FAIL!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  6. Carol

    Because they act differently? With their noses in the air? Jews can be obnoxious – and usually are. They know it too, but get their long noses all bent out of shape when someone calls them out on it. Then it's "racist". Quit acting like you think you're better than anyone else, and maybe then we can talk.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • sbp

      Who would WANT to talk to YOU? You're one of those fools who comes right out and says "I'm no racist, I just hate Jews, blacks, Hispanics, anyone not me.....but I have good reasons. What a tool.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      @Carol, I bet you live in either Arizona or Texas. Which one?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • jp

      what a stupid thing to say

      May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      Wow....how can you ever tell what people are doing when you are knocking people down to make yourself seem superior? Jerk.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Jon

      Its amazing how many neo-Nazis are out there...

      May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Petercha

      @Smarterest – Sounds like you are stereotyping.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      @Petercha "Sounds like you are stereotyping."

      Around here, it is common knowledge that people from those two states represent the dumbest of our nation. Almost 100% rethuglicans.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Petercha

      @Smarterest – "rethuglicans"? Now it sounds like you are hating others based on political differences. Lighten up.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • doug

      Thats very racist of you !

      May 30, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Cutter

      Carol,
      There is always a certain amount of the population that is better than other portions of the population. Don’t be bitter because you’re always in the latter group.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Smarterest Human

      Petercha –" 'rethuglicans'? Now it sounds like you are hating others based on political differences. Lighten up.

      You must not be from America, because you seem to have no idea what rethuglicans have done to our once great country. They have pillaged bank account, destroyed the environment, set back women's rights 50 years and generally wreaked havoc.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • magnus

      Carol, if you wrote "it is my perception that jews think they are better than gentiles and it upsets me", then that would be grounds for a discussion. But instead, you go 8th grade on the comments board and start talking about physical features that the nazi's used to identify jews, well then, dont you think you degraded yourself and no one will take you seriously?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Louis

      It's funny because most people don't even know that some of the people around them are jewish. I have known some people for years, and they always act very surprised when i say I'm jewish. Living in the midwest, there aren't a lot of jewish people, so people's opinions about us are mostly based on complete stereotypes.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  7. waheid

    What a blatantly stupid, ignorant remark.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  8. Daniel

    Though no group of people should be judged for the actions of individual members, some may hate Jews because of the behavior of SOME Jews. Just as some hate Muslims in general for the actions of SOME Muslims. Others might resent the seeming monopoly Jews seem to have on victimization. The media does NOT treat all groups equally. One is not allowed to criticize Israel for example, even though Israel does not equal Judaism. Bigotry is stupid, but hatred does not grow in a vacuum.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • sbp

      Seems to me Israel gets criticized plenty for behavior which is far less outrageous than what the other Middle Eastern countries are doing.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • JM

      Most of the people I know who 'hate' Jewish people and Muslims don't actually know any. Crazy.

      I think this applies:

      “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

      3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Daniel

      sbp, why do Israel's defenders always use that excuse? the difference is we do not give those countries the same LEVEL of support as we do Israel. Israel is an apartheid state, as was South Africa, even though most of the Blacks in apartheid South Africa had a much higher standard of living than those in other African nations. Did you know Israel forbids marriage between Jews and non Jews? Did you know that Palestinians who used to live in what is now Israel can't even return to their former homes?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Fred Mrozek

      Most of the world was deeply offended by the 2nd Iraq war – a war which killed hundreds of thousands of people, and a war which was based entirely on deliberate lies. Some of our leaders in the US and Britain cannot freely travel abroad for fear of arrest in countries that respect International Law and the ICC. And some human rights tribunals have recently found members of the Bush admin guilty of war crimes related to the Iraq war. But there are two important points that needs to be made. Americans thought they were punishing Iraq for 9/11 when their support for the war rose to about 70% in the mid 2000's. The support for those wars among America non-orthodox Jews was about 50% – which is less than among Americans generally. Meanwhile, a few Jews, those infamous, psychopathic Neoconservatives, boasted of having steered us into that war. Sy Hersh called it an eight-man cult, while Friedman thought it was more like 25 folks. But this does highlight the way a few historically wicked and Machiavellian characters can have their opinions broadcast by a pro-zionist media to the shame of the USA and to the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. This is a lesson we need to consider as the same bunch of shameless war criminals pushes for another "Hitlerian" war of aggression against Iran. In conclusion, remember the Lavon Affair and remember the USS Liberty.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Degrin

      Jewish people are known to work as close a group. There are so many examples of this. Jews tend to stick together, reccomend other jews for positions of power or professional positions. Their culture is much less fractured than most others in America, or even around the world. The jewish community is way too organized to treat jews as individuals and not as a group. Either jews need to individualize themselves like everyone else, or they run the risk of being faced with the negative effects of being a group that, in a way, creates a barrier between itself and society by rejecting individuality.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • magnus

      good answer. logically written. thank you

      May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  9. Ecclesiastes 7:17

    Lol..exactly...why? Because why should anyone have to apologize or renounce stupid stuff they had nothing to do with?
    That's the type of idiotic political thinking plaguing our nation....be sorry for everyone and everything..and make sure it's public or we will say you support it. Pure foolishness.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  10. nonayerbiznez

    OMG. So people hate Jews. People hate Black and Hispanic people too. There will always be haters. The point is to call out the haters and recognize hate for what it is. Don't let haters slide by with hateful comments or deeds. If we do that we may actually make some progress regarding race relations.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Petercha

      Well, in America, we have the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. So if someone wants to say something stupid, like a racist comment, then we have to allow them to say it, even though we totally disagree with it. But as far as DOING something racist, like when people of any race beat someone up just because they are of another race – that MUST be stopped, I agree, nonayer.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  11. The Christian Messenger

    hatred of jews is a natual phenom. Their own text in the Torah calls for it...They are scattereed most of any in all the nation sof the earth.....hatre of them is the same as it was in their captivity when Ester had to save them from Haman..who was the first Reichmullar .. 🙂

    I use the hatred of jews as a way of determining whether a person si a Christian or not... To hate a Jew is to hate Jesus Christ...

    May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      I don't think the Torah calls for it in a sense that it's required.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Fred Mrozek

      It was either Herzl or Jabotinsky who sought advantage from hatred. But here is an eloquent statement on the issue: "...The charge that criticism of Israel is implicitly anti-Semitic - is regarded in Israel and the United States as Israel's trump card. If it has been played more insistently and aggressively in recent years, that is because it is now the only card left. The habit of tarring any foreign criticism with the brush of anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in Israeli political instincts: Ariel Sharon used it with characteristic excess but he was only the latest in a long line of Israeli leaders to exploit the claim. David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir did no different. But Jews outside of Israel pay a high price for this tactic. Not only does it inhibit their own criticisms of Israel for fear of appearing to associate with bad company, but it encourages others to look upon Jews everywhere as de facto collaborators in Israel's misbehavior. When Israel breaks international law in the occupied territories, when Israel publicly humiliates the subject populations whose land it has seized - but then responds to its critics with loud cries of "anti-Semitism" - it is in effect saying that these acts are not Israeli acts, they are Jewish acts: The occupation is not an Israeli occupation, it is a Jewish occupation, and if you don't like these things it is because you don't like Jews. In many parts of the world this is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling assertion: Israel's reckless behavior and insistent identification of all criticism with anti-Semitism is now the leading source of anti-Jewish sentiment in Western Europe and much of Asia..."
      excerpted from the article

      "The Country that Wouldn't Grow Up"
      by Tony Judt
      Ha'aretz, http://www.haaretz.com, 5/5/06

      May 30, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Petercha

      Messenger, I'm not sure that it is up to us to determine who is a Christian or not. But I have to agree, hating Jews is very wrong, and if a Christian hates Jews, they need to repent of that sin and seek God's forgiveness.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • The Christina messenger

      This is why. Micah 5:8 and the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of the gentiles among many people as a lion among the beastsof the forest as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces and none can deliver 🙂

      I must say that all of the Nazi hatred towards the Jews in WW11 was from the seeds of hatred planted from a thousands years back...the holocaust was just the harvest... YOU be the judge of all those who planted those seeds...

      May 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  12. alfonso thorpinsky

    one word–jealousy

    May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Daniel

      I agree, but only in part. When we see who has real power in this nation, it is clear that being Jewish is a distinct advantage. Of course some will insist this means I hate Jews. Whatever. It is just the truth. Not every Jew is a good person, just as with individuals of other groups. The difference is that there are many more powerful Jews in the establishment who are there primarily because they are Jews, than other groups. So it makes them a target.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • sbp

      Uh, sure thing, Daniel. Couldn't be they are disproportionately successful because they emphasize education and achievement, now could it? And what you racists never seem to realize, the biggest companies in the US are owned by White Anglo Saxon Protestants, just as they always have been. Is Bill Gates Jewish? Are the Oil Companies owned by Jews? You see what you want to see.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • The Christina messenger

      I'd say Micah 5:7 & 8... 🙂

      May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  13. Smarterest Human

    It is totally true. Go to any comment section on Yahoo Finance and there is always a neo-nazi lurking in there blaming all financial problems on "hebes" or "jews" or whatever anti-semitic phrase they choose to use. It is weird. Same hold true for any comment section now about Obama, all the racists come out in droves. 10 years ago, people saying such horrible things about blacks would be called out. Now, there are so many anti-black racists online, they have come together to spred ignorance and hate, just like the nazi party did. The only saving grace is that they are collectively dumb as a rock and it shows in their comments.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • GoSniffAnus

      There are also a bunch of folks like you who call everyone idiots and wish that they die. lighten-up.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Nah

      smart: "Same hold true for any comment section now about Obama, all the racists come out in droves. 10 years ago, people saying such horrible things about blacks would be called out."

      Isn't cognitive bias fun?

      Sorry, but people criticizing Obama for his politics is not "racism" or "veiled racism" or any type of racism. That you interpret it as such shows how partisan you are.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Petercha

      VERY good point, Nah.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      @Nah, They are on the forums calling him and his wife watermelon-eating monkeys. Is that cognitive bias?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • magnus

      "GoSniffAnus". what a great username. LOL

      May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  14. Seyedibar

    I find people of any religion to be annoying. If you believe in talking shrubs and you mutilate the genitals of children, you're likely holding up progress.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • jp

      its not mutilation, it makes it look bigger

      May 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • jp

      plus, you don't have to peel back and scrub everyday

      May 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Smarterest Human

      @jp, TMI on your filthy 'nads...

      May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  15. Ryan

    I think its horribly depressing that we can't even talk about racism as people are far too quick to take offence, without proper discussion these types of discrimination will never be fully dealt with.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Heime

      It's a Catch-22. You can't raise the issue of why there is racism without being labled a racist. So I choose to ignore it.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  16. Paul

    IIt's interesting how "outrageous" it is to suggest anything about a specific faith, but it's open season on insulting and attacking Atheists.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • bestvaluecoupons

      No kidding! thanks

      May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      While I don't agree with the idea that anyone should be attacked at all really on such things like belief...or even non-belief, there are a few atheists on the comment board that really deserve to be called idiots, haters..etc.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Me

      Because Atheists are too busy attacking and ridiculing people of faith. You guys are more obsessed with religion than anyone I know. I don't believe in Santa Claus, so I don't obsess over him and constantly try to debate people about him.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Topher

      Are you kidding me?! Have you been reading these boards just over the last few days? It has been the atheists on the attack. I think I've been called more names over the last week than in my entire life. I haven't said anything negative about atheist ... it's all been on the defensive for Christianity. What do you have? A Foxe's Book of Atheist Martyrs?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Leif

      I'm probably more of an agnostic than an atheist myself, but I'm going to say that it's because so many "open" atheists display their beliefs by being as spiteful as they can about people who believe in a higher power. Even the most intelligent books on the subject seem to be yelling, "You're stupid! You're stupid!"-which, as the faith people know, isn't a good way to convert someone.

      Granted, it's the "in your face" people who are the problem, not the people who keep their beliefs to themselves–but that's true of "faith" believers, too.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • TomHank

      I don't think it has much to do with religion. There are always people looking for someone to hate, period. The Jews, the blacks, the Hispanics, nowadays I think it appears to be cool to hate Chinese. So it ges on-

      May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Huebert

      @Me

      No one over the age of 8 believes in Santa. No one tries to pass laws because of something Santa proclaimed. No one tells you that you will be tortured forever if you don't believe in Santa. No one kills in the name of Santa.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • jp

      the consequences of living in a nation thats trying to become a theocracy

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • please

      Obviously a troll or totally clueless.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Topher

      Huebert

      Why must you atheists continue besmurching the good name of Santa? 🙂

      Seriously, though. "Santa" is a confirmed lie that your mom tells you. Just ask her. So of course there aren't any laws based on it. You can come up with something better than this, right?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      Santa is a "confirmed lie"? How is this different than other beliefs?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      In other words, can you show that Santa does not exist? (as many theists would argue.)

      May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Topher

      ME II

      I don't think you need to show it. No one believes in it. There are millions who believe in the Christian God.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • ME II

      @Leif,
      "Even the most intelligent books on the subject seem to be yelling, 'You're stupid! You're stupid!'"
      I would suggest that you aren't reading them. Many will say that belief in the supernatural is irrational and present their case for that, but I haven't seen a mainstream Atheist book saying "You're stupid!". "You're ignorant", yes. Especially, when speaking about science, because many of Apologetic's arguments for God are based on ignorance of science, which is ignorant by definition.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      So it's true by nature of being popular?
      Just like a flat Earth once was?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Topher

      ME II

      One more thing the secular sciences had wrong.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • ME II

      @Topher,
      I'm guessing that you're being facetious, because science (Is there any other science than secular?) never claims absolute certainty. New data may require new hypotheses, theories, and explanations. That is a reasonable and rational approach. Unlike the dogma of the Bible, which is wrong and will remain wrong forever.

      "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,..." (Isaiah 40:22)
      "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,..." (Job 38:13)
      foundations, edges, etc.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  17. tacostand

    Weird, I've always wondered the same thing. I admire many Jewish people and the Jewish culture for their fostering of an excellent work ethic and dedication to education. These are certainly attributes that I want to pass on to my kids and try to follow in my own life. As a distinctly non-religious person, maybe this issue reverberates along the religious boundaries, which I have very little feel for.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • GoSniffAnus

      very true. the jewish culture, not necessarily religion, has some great aspects. they want to succeed and will do anything to educate their kids. unlike many other cultures that have pervaded the U.S. as of late.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  18. JM

    It seems like a legitimate question to me...because people do still express hatred towards Jews (and Muslims). Our culture has become so plastic that we don't discuss real topics and try to expose/examine beliefs/behaviors. I mean look at Trump and the birthers. That is crazy but we have let these people go on with their blather for 4+ years now. We often let people express their inexplicable prejudices but w/o denouncing it.

    Truth matters. What is behind the hatred/prejudice? That is a legitimate question.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Choconet

      I agree it is a legitimate question. It’s like having a big pink elephant in the room and everyone wants to pretend like it’s not there and refuse to address it. This is a valid question that needs some serious thought provoking answers. Oh and what makes me even more unsympathetic to a cause is when people compare their equality struggle with the Black experience. My question is why do people compare the black equality experience with anything related to bigotry? Is being black synonymous with bigotry? If you look up the word "bigot" in a thesaurus will its synonym be Black people?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  19. Livelystone

    Some people do hate other people, and some people have a persecution complex.

    Sounds like a dog chasing its tail

    May 30, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      When you go through your very own Holocaust, then you can talk about a persecution complex. I am sure the Roma and Jewish people will love to hear your insight.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Livelystone

      There have been far more Christians killed and persecuted than any other religion.

      What happened in World War II was an atrocity as well as it is any time genocide is practiced.

      Bottom line is every religion has its fanatics that have persecuted and killed members of other religions.

      But by your analysis they all have a right to feel like they are persecuted

      May 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  20. ME II

    “Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

    @CNN Belief Blog,
    Don't get any ideas!

    May 30, 2012 at 10:44 am |
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