home
RSS
With fake name revealed, top rabbi faces heat
Rabbi Michael Broyde, a high-profile Jewish and legal scholar based at Emory Unversity, has apologized for deception.
April 16th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

With fake name revealed, top rabbi faces heat

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - A top-tier rabbi and expert in Jewish law and ethics is now under the microscope for what many see as his own ethical transgressions.

Rabbi Michael Broyde was outed last week for having created a fake identity that he reportedly used for about two decades.

Broyde has long served on America’s highest Modern Orthodox rabbinical court and was said to be a finalist to become the next chief rabbi of the United Kingdom.

Just last month, he was named one of America's top 50 rabbis by Newsweek magazine. Broyde is a professor of law and religion at Atlanta’s Emory University.

Under the pseudonym Rabbi Hershel Goldwasser, Broyde cited and promoted his own work, wrote and weighed in on articles, gained membership to a rival, left-leaning rabbinic organization and engaged in otherwise privileged online conversations by way of its Listserv.

The story came to light Friday when The Jewish Channel, a cable network, released online an in-depth investigation. The lengthy piece revealed, among other things, how a search to find Goldwasser, who allegedly lived in Israel, led to IP addresses matching Broyde’s.

Broyde initially denied involvement when contacted by The Jewish Channel last week - a move he’d later call “silly and a mistake.” But he fessed up soon after the story’s publication.

In a blog post titled “My Nom De Plume Exposed,” he explained that he and a friend created and used the pen name up until a few years ago, after which he said it was used by others.

He later told a reporter with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he wouldn’t name the friend who was also involved because “he has more at stake to lose than I do.”

In his blog post, a written apology spoke for both of them.

“No malice was ever intended and our participation was always intended to foster vigorous conversation about ideas and approaches to halacha (Jewish law) that we thought needed to be addressed,” he wrote. But he also added that there’s an “old practice” of using pseudonyms when discussing these sorts of matters.

"There were many fine reasons for creating this pseudonym, and this one was suggested to us many years ago. Basically we were told that given the level of unpleasant discourse in our Orthodox Jewish community, some things just need to be said pseudonymously.

"But, yet, it does strike me as somewhat inappropriate for me, and I particularly regret joining any professional organization pseudonymously.

"I publicly express here my apologies to those who were deceived by my pseudonymous writing."

By Sunday night, it was clear that, at least in his corner of the Jewish world, Broyde’s standing was shaken.

The Beth Din of America, the top rabbinical court affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, issued a statement that Broyde had “requested an indefinite leave of absence from his role” as a member and judge, a request the court accepted.

By Monday, the council said he’d also asked for leave from its membership. In a written statement, the council called his behavior “deeply troubling” and said, “We will continue to investigate this matter in order to determine further appropriate action.”

Meantime, the International Rabbinic Fellowship, the more liberal group Broyde once joined as Goldwasser, also weighed in, dubbing his actions “shocking and saddening.” The fellowship suggested in an online statement that given Broyde’s infiltration into “a sacred and safe space in which our members can share ideas and thoughts,” he should issue apologies directly to those with whom he’d corresponded.

CNN reached out to Broyde on Monday, but he said he could make no comment.

The question remains as to whether any of these developments will affect Broyde in the secular academic world.

Officially, Emory University said in a written statement: “The allegations regarding the conduct of Professor Michael Broyde are concerning to the Law School. We are currently reviewing the matter and plan to issue a statement once our inquiry is complete.”

But unofficially, Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, said he suspects Broyde will feel less of a blow on campus.

Joining a rabbinical organization's Listserv under a false name is wrong, but it may not be "an academically sanctionable offense," he said.

In the academic community, what Broyde has done may be seen as "bad, but not fatal,” Wolpe said. “People should recognize this is clearly a breach of academic ethics. … But there are far worse things he could have done.”

Yes, he submitted work to a journal under a pseudonym - which on its own isn’t unheard of, but he did so without disclosing that fact to an editor. And, yes, in a world where citing someone else’s work is a form of “academic currency,” he cited his own, Wolpe said. But he didn’t plagiarize, nor did he steal someone else’s research. Those sorts of actions are tenure-breaking.

“The guy is still a genius when it comes to Jewish law. He’s got an expertise that is valuable. I think this is something he will recover from,” Wolpe said. “But his heart is in the Orthodox community, and to be sanctioned by them would be the real blow.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Ethics • Judaism

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu

    Professor sorry.do you really keep the 7th day holy i mean the sabbath day holy?God said remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.that is the fouth commandment,come and worship with me at christ foundation sabbath mission in Nigeria at no 10 omotayo banwo street ori oke ogudu lagos. YAHWEH BLESS AND KEEP YOU HALULUYAH. SHALOM.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:33 am |
    • Science

      http://www.ted.com/playlists................might help Chad and the gang if you view them ALL........you know ?

      May 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  2. TEST

    ..CC
    .C
    C
    .C
    ..CC

    H..H
    H..H
    HHH
    H..H
    H..H

    ....A
    ...A.A
    ..AAA
    ,AAAA
    AAAAA

    D
    D..D
    D...D
    D..D
    D

    May 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  3. I'm using a fake name

    I might be him..the guy from the article! Ha! You just don't know.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  4. Perry Tanko

    Oi vey! If he had used a VPN (virtual private network) these problems could have been avoided, altogether.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Science

      Update :

      That red devil with the funky horns...........and his partner the fairy in the sky.........did NOT create US !

      The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

      Human Evolution

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

      AND

      Easy to do !

      For all creationists and ID believers...............IT only takes minutes to figure IT out. No fairy in the sky needed !

      New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes

      May 6, 2013 — Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130506132100.htm

      Foot note............ethics + morals = really tough on religion !

      Facts work best for teaching children !

      Evolution wins hands down ..........time for god(s) to get the HELL out of the way................so humanity can evolve !

      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

      Peace

      Oops do not forget about the chondrites !

      May 13, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • Science

      Rachel

      Hope the pope also makes positive strides in ending hunger and poverty around the world!

      May 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      Science

      Is that you chad ?

      http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority#

      May 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |

      Pope's hopes soaps dopes.

      May 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |

      Chad

      You tell 'em Rachel

      May 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

      Front page there too billie and chadie............check it out !

      Have not seacrh for twiiter yet.............page 88

      May 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Chadie..................where are yiu ???

      May 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Old Rachel..................is racing around today..........doing the pokla twist with the snake on sholders ...................is that

      dance Rachel ?....................or to I have that backwards chad.............who is who CHAD ?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Oops ...............is that a new dance ?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Oops .............shoulders...................red devil .............looks better for visualo !

      May 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |

      In Santa we trust

      I hope so too. However history shows that the RCC and most churches put a higher premium on their own wealth and well-being than on anything else.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |

      In Santa we trust

      I get it now. For some reason I thought this was the Franklin Graham thread.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      In Santa we trust..................as chad slithers along .............with partner in tow !

      May 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Hey Chad ...................do you take your show on the road or are you stck down at the creation museum ?

      May 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      And look who show up above ................chadie............post.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |

      Science

      Oops forgot the ..............s.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |

      Science

      Chad is this.....................your true love....................... the RCC ?

      And from another thread lol??

      In Santa we trust

      With the RCC goes the oldest of old the damn bedVROOOOOOOM..............they need to stay the FVCK OUT OF IT !

      You know with is partner...............the red thing............the devil !!!

      May 16, 2013 at 6:38 am | Report abuse | Reply

      May 17, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |

      May 17, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/vatican-swaps-old-masters-for-modernity-with-venice-biennale-debut/#comments

      May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  5. Science

    Update :

    See for yourself below.................The fairy in the sky did NOT create us !!!

    Monkey Math: Baboons Show Brain's Ability to Understand Numbers ..........E = mc2..............(U-Pb) numbers do not lie !

    May 3, 2013 — Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait – the ability to understand numbers – also is shared by humans and their primate cousins.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503132719.htm

    OR.........take a ride on a DINO.

    Fossil records are better to read than the nasty bible..................no god(s) required !

    Oldest? New 'Bone-Head' Dinosaur Hints at Higher Diversity of Small Dinosaurs

    May 7, 2013 — Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kilograms in life, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest bone-headed dinosaur in North America, and possibly the world.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507124800.htm

    May 8, 2013 at 7:17 am |
    • Science

      And NO ANGELS then old pope KICKED them in OFF the TEAM last year !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Pope's book on Jesus challenges Christmas traditions

      By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

      updated 10:56 AM EST, Fri November 23, 2012

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/vatican-pope-jesus-book/index.html?iref=allsearch

      May 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  6. Anna

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxk9TvyJrs

    May 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
  7. Seewoo

    Political correctness is an orthodoxy used to control people, too, and it was brought to us by liberals. If they think that "prosyletizing" is immoral (read: wrong) and want to stop it, then they are imposing their morality (read: sense of right and wrong) on others.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Great, we'll send the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses around to convert you.

      May 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  8. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

    Science

    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

    May 3, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  9. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  10. Emory Grad

    He was a professor of mine. I really don't see how this is a big deal. I doubt he'll lose his job over this, at least his job at Emory.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  11. jim1

    A religious leader lied? I don't believe it.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The fact that his lips were moving should have been your first clue.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Science

      For too long !

      Gravity is not up for debate !

      BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

      Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

      Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

      May 2, 2013 at 9:22 am |
  12. Stephen

    There are religions created by man and then there is "True Religion" James 2. True religion comes of course from God. He sent Yeshua/Jesus to atone for our sins so that we could be reconciled again to Himself. Those without Yeshua will die in there sins. Those who are trusting in Him as Savior through His sacrifice for them will be forgiven of their sins and have eternal life. All world religions are work based (man reaching up to God), God established His "True Relgion" which is based on His grace (God reaching down to man). Receive Yeshua as Lord and Savior and you will know His peace and HIs forgiveness. Shalom

    April 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • jim

      please clarify I think you left out a few points but I would read more if you made more sense and I am sure anyone looking for truth wants facts, just a few, thanks, j

      April 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Science

      Stephen

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      April 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Science

      the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

      No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

      Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

      Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

      April 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Science

      Stephen follow link too, for cool science !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/29/new-film-examines-science-vs-religion/#comments

      May 1, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • johnsullivanmusic

      you are lost sir and for posting publicly you are now damned for eternity! But Wait! See your priest minister or rabbi

      May 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • george milton

      those without Yeshua will also fail to know the difference between there and their

      May 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • liss

      I honestly wonder if it is possible to preach to nonchristians without sounding like a total jerk.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  13. stevie68a

    Religion is a lie used to control people.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • Yeah well

      So is government, money, land ownership and the power of positive thinking but nobody ever seems to want to complain about those.

      April 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Tsathogua

      @yeah well: you do realize that youve agreed to his statement in your reply, yes? Also,, nobody complains about the government? Really?

      May 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      No Communism did that.
      As Lenin said – the only threat to Communism was the Catholic Church. That's why they imprisoned, tortured and killed so many.
      Even the Communist/Atheists KNEW the Catholic Church was "THE ONE"

      May 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  14. Smarter than U

    A pseudonym on the Internet. Oh my god. That has to be a first. I always use my reall name. so the lunatics who post here can find me.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Ian

      You're missing the point – it's not that he had a pseudonym, it's that the alter ego was a promoter of the guy, his own little online fan club, which smells of deceit, and that is not condoned by the ultra orthodox.

      May 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
  15. clarity

    God is real. Jesus is the answer. Atheism is a delusional form of stupidity and stubbornness

    April 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Miyamoto

      You must feel like a big man to be discussing Jesus on an article concerning Judaism. And where in the article does it talk about Judaism? You shame the Good Book.

      April 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • Science

      And laws of association makes it part of the devi'sl cults too ...........does it not clarity ?

      April 26, 2013 at 5:48 am |
    • DaBudaMasta

      If your gOd is real, Please present the proof of your gOd's existence. Please identify your gOd's name if your gOd have a name. Thank you. Peace be with you.

      May 2, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • johnsullivanmusic

      You blew it buddy, You are now damned to helfire for making a statement like that publicly! See your priest minister or rabbi for more info!!!!

      May 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      @DaBudaMasta – Look in the mirror - THERE is the proof of God. Everything you are was created by God and He loves you.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  16. maria

    Is always I said any religion is a big scam ,this guy should be fired pronto ...is like the priests who were molesting children they were moved to another church keep in secret the sin and the fault never make them leave , sae here this guy is not going notwhere ! that is the hypocrit religion !

    April 22, 2013 at 7:14 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Shut your imbecile ranting, you silly woman.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  17. R.M. Goodswell

    So he used a fake name to maneuver within his equally fake religion....its no worse than TV evangelists using the fake Christian religion to further their scams....

    April 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      thought the first post was moderated

      April 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • Science

      R.M. Goodswell...agree

      Facts work best for teaching children....... evolution wins hands down ..........time for god(s) to get the HELL out of

      the way................so humanity acn evolve !

      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

      April 21, 2013 at 6:32 am |
  18. R.M. Goodswell

    So he used a fake name to maneuver within his equally fake religion....its no worse than TV evangelists using the BS Christian religion to further their BS scams....

    April 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • Sean Patrick Kennedy Hill

      You said it.. I belong to the 1st Church of George Carlin!

      April 22, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  19. KMS

    I don't understand what his actions were that makes this so horrific? Debating Rabbinical law under two names? So? I write under a pseudonym.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • Definately

      Everybody uses fake names on line. I don't get what the big deal is either.

      April 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Educator

      The difference is no one cares what you write, whereas this man is a scholar. And "Definately" doesn't get what the big deal is because he or she can't even spell.

      April 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  20. Mike Broyde

    Now that I've been caught, let me just go on and confess that I was also the real voice of Milli Vanilli and ghost-wrote the scripts for LOST. Since everybody hates me anyway, I just wanted to get it off my chest.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • Smarter than U

      MIke, I have been looking all over for you. I never got the dividend checks you promised.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6
Advertisement
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.