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Italian-American Civil Rights League – Wikipedia

Posted By on April 29, 2018

The Italian-American Civil Rights League was formed as a political group in and around New York City in the early 1970s. Its stated goal was to combat pejorative stereotypes about Italian-Americans.

The group began as the Italian American Anti-Defamation League[1] on April 30, 1970, when approximately 30 Italian-Americans, led by mobster Joseph Colombo, picketed the Manhattan headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They were there to protest the recent arrest of Colombo’s son, Joseph Colombo Jr., on a charge of conspiracy to melt down old U.S. silver coins (the mintage of which had ceased five years earlier) into ingots. (The charge was later dismissed when the chief witness against the junior Colombo admitted to having committed perjury). Prior to this, the senior Colombo had complained of unfair harassment of him and his family by various federal law-enforcement authorities, who alleged that Colombo was the boss of one of New York City’s five Mafia familiesa charge he repeatedly denied.

The 30 demonstrators who appeared at the FBI building were joined by others in successive days, and ultimately their number grew to more than 5,000. The group then adopted the name “Italian-American Civil Rights League” after Colombo’s attorney, Barry Slotnick, had suggested it. A logo, consisting of the numeral “1” superimposed upon a map of the United States, with the organization’s name encircling it, was then devised. The logo invoked Christopher Columbus, the famous Italian explorer who opened the Americas up to European colonization.

Within two months, the organization claimed 45,000 dues-paying members, and held a large rally in Columbus Circle on June 28, 1970. The league gained further momentum when Frank Sinatra held a benefit concert in its honor at Madison Square Garden in November of that year.

The group then turned its attention to what it perceived as cultural slights against Italian-Americans, using boycott threats to force Alka-Seltzer and The Ford Motor Company to withdraw television commercials the league objected to, and also got United States Attorney General John Mitchell to order the United States Justice Department to stop using the word “Mafia” in official documents and press releases. The league also secured an agreement from Al Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather, to omit the terms “Mafia” and “Cosa Nostra” from the film’s dialogue, and succeeded in having Macy’s stop selling a board game called The Godfather Game. The IACRL boycotted the Ford Motor Company because of its sponsorship of the television show The F.B.I. and its negative references to Italian-Americans as gangsters. Alka Seltzer was boycotted for its “Dat’s a Spicy Meatball” ad campaign.

In the spring of 1971, the IACRL announced that it had purchased land for use as a summer camp, known as Camp Unity, in upstate Rosendale, New York. The camp covered 250 acres (1.0km2) and was open to all underprivileged New York City youth, regardless of ethnic background.

On June 28, 1971, the league held another rally in Columbus Circle. At the rally, Colombo was shot three times in the head by a man who was then immediately shot and killed; the blast left Colombo in a coma from which he would never recover (he died on May 22, 1978). Theories abounded as to the motive for the shooting; the most commonly held belief was that other Mafia bosses in New York ordered the hit because they did not like the media attention Colombo and the group were receiving. The organization, at that time believed to number more than 100,000, had effectively disappeared within a year after the shooting.

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Cuisine of the Sephardic Jews – Wikipedia

Posted By on April 24, 2018

The cuisine of the Sephardi Jews is an assortment of cooking traditions that developed among the Sephardi Jews the Jews of Spain and Portugal, and those of this Iberian origin who were dispersed in the Sephardic Diaspora, and ultimately became the Eastern Sephardim and North African Sephardim as they settled throughout the Mediterranean in places such as Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, as well as the Arab countries of West Asia and North Africa.[1] Cuisine of the Sephardi Jews also includes the cuisine of those who became the Western Sephardim who settled in Holland, England, and from these places elsewhere.

Although Mizrahi Jews, being the pre-existing Jews of the Greater Middle East (who are of non-Spanish and non-Portuguese origins), are sometimes called Sephardim in a broader sense due to their style of liturgy, and although there is some overlap in populations due to the Sephardic Diaspora, the Sephardic Jews also settled in many other countries outside the Greater Middle East as well. As such, this article deals only with the cuisine of the Jewish populations with ancestral origins in the Iberian Peninsula, in whichever regions they settled, not just the Greater Middle East. For Cuisine of the Mizrahi Jews, please see that article.

As with other Jewish ethnic divisions composing the Jewish Diaspora, Sephardim cooked foods that were popular in their countries of residence, adapting them to Jewish religious dietary requirements. known as kashrut. Their choice of foods was also determined by economic factors, with many of the dishes based on inexpensive and readily available ingredients.

Animals deemed permissible as a source of meat had to be slaughtered in keeping with shechita, or Jewish ritual slaughter, which further involved its soaking and salting to remove blood. Hence, meat was often reserved for holidays and special occasions. Many Sephardi dishes use ground meat. Milk and meat products could not be mixed or served at the same meal. Cooked, stuffed and baked vegetables are central to the cuisine, as are various kinds of beans, chickpeas, lentils and bulgur/burghul (cracked wheat). Rice takes the place of potatoes.

Sephardi Jews are the Jews of Spain and Portugal. These were expelled or forced to convert in 1492. Many of the expellees settled in North African Arabic-speaking countries, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya becoming the North African Sephardim. Those settling in Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, Syria, the Lebanon and the Holy Land, became the Eastern Sephardim. The Western Sephardim, also known more ambiguously as the Spanish and Portuguese Jews left Spain and Portugal as New Christians in a steady stream over the course of the next few centuries, and converted back to Judaism once in Holland, England, etc.[citation needed]

While the pre-existing Jews of the countries in which they settled (in the Greater Middle East, for example, are called “Mizrahim”) are distinct, the term Sephardi as used in “Sephardi cuisine” would refer only to the culinary traditions of those Jews with ancestral origins to the Jews of Spain and Portugal.[citation needed]

Both the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula and the pre-existing Jews of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Italy, and Greece into whose communities they settled adapted local dishes to the constraints of the kosher kitchen. Since the establishment of a Jewish state and the convergence of Jews from all the globe in Israel, these local cuisines, with all their differences, have come to represent the collection of culinary traditions broadly known as “Sephardi cuisine.”[citation needed]

Sephardi cuisine emphasizes salads, stuffed vegetables and vine leaves, olive oil, lentils, fresh and dried fruits, herbs and nuts, and chickpeas. Meat dishes often make use of lamb or ground beef. Fresh lemon juice is added to many soups and sauces. Many meat and rice dishes incorporate dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and raisins. Pine nuts are used as a garnish.

In the early days, Sephardic cuisine was influenced by the local cuisines of Spain and Portugal, both under Catholic and Islamic regimes. A particular affinity to exotic foods from outside of Spain became apparent under Muslim rule, as evidenced even today with ingredients brought in by the Muslims.[2]

Cumin, cilantro, and turmeric are very common in Sephardi cooking. Caraway and capers were brought to Spain by the Muslims and are featured in the cuisine.[2] Cardamom (“hel”) is used to flavor coffee. Chopped fresh cilantro and parsley are popular garnishes. Chopped mint is added to salads and cooked dishes, and fresh mint leaves (“nana”) are served in tea. Cinnamon is sometimes used as a meat seasoning, especially in dishes made with ground meat. Saffron, which is grown in Spain is used in many varieties of Sephardic cooking, as well as spices found in the areas where they have settled.

Tiny cups of Turkish coffee, sometimes spiced with cardamom, are often served at the end of a festive meal, accompanied by small portions of baklava or other pastries dipped in syrup or honey. Hot sahlab, a liquidy cornstarch pudding originally flavored with orchid powder (today invariably replaced by artificial flavorings), is served in cups as a winter drink, garnished with cinnamon, nuts, coconut and raisins. Arak is the preferred alcoholic beverage. Rosewater is a common ingredient in cakes and desserts. Malabi, a cold cornstarch pudding, is sprinkled with rosewater and red syrup.(all these dishes and ingredients constitute the adopted dishes of the local population where the Jewish population settled)

Olives and pickled vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, are a standard accompaniment to meals. Amba is a pickled mango sauce. Small pickled lemons are a Tunisian and Moroccan delicacy.

On Shabbat, the Jews of North Africa in Tunisia and Morocco serve chreime, fish in a spicy tomato sauce.

As cooking on Shabbat is prohibited, Sephardi Jews, like their Ashkenazi counterparts, developed slow-cooked foods that would simmer on a low flame overnight and be ready for eating the next day. One slow cooked food was Ropa Vieja. The oldest name of the dish is “chamin” (from the Hebrew word “cham,” which means “hot”), but there are several other names. [3]When the Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, many fled to northwestern Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar. The hamin was changed, adjusting for local ingredients and then called dafina (covered) in Morocco. Every family seems to have its own version, and when you return from Sabbath service its the first thing you smell upon entering any Sephardic home. Any other favorite vegetables can be added, and the eggs can be removed and eaten at any time. Its Ashkenazi counterpart is called shalet or cholent. Shavfka is another Sephardi dish that has an Ashkenazi counterpart, namely kugle. Bourekas are often served on Shabbat morning. Pestelas, sesame-seed topped pastry filled with pine nuts, meat and onion, are also traditional.[4]

Sambusak is a semicircular pocket of dough filled with mashed chickpeas, fried onions and spices associated with Sephardic Jewish cuisine.[5] According to Gil Marks, an Israeli food historian, sambusak has been a traditional part of the Sephardic Sabbath meal since the thirteenth century.[6]

Sephardi and Ashkenazi cooking differs substantially on Passover due to rabbinic rulings that allow the consumption of kitniyot, a category which is forbidden to Ashkenazi Jews. Sephardi Jews prepare charoset, one of the symbolic foods eaten at the Passover seder, from different ingredients. Whereas charoset in Ashkenazi homes is a blend of chopped apples and nuts spiced with wine and cinnamon, Sephardi charoset is based on raisins or dates and is generally much thicker in consistency.

Mina (known as scacchi in Italy) is a Passover meat or vegetable pie made with a matzo crust.

At the beginning of the evening meals of Rosh Hashana, it is traditional to eat foods symbolic of a good year and to recite a short prayer beginning with the Hebrew words “Yehi Ratson” (“May it be Your will”) over each one, with the name of the food in Hebrew or Aramaic often presenting a play on words. The foods eaten at this time have thus become known as “yehi ratsones”. Typical foods, often served on a large platter called a Yehi Ratson platter, include: 1. Apples: dipped in honey, or baked or sometimes in the form of a compote called mansanada. 2. Dates 3. Pomegranates, or black-eyed peas 4. Pumpkin: in the form of savory pumpkin-filled pastries called rodanchas. 5. Leeks: in the form of fritters called keftedes de prasa. 6. Beets: usually baked and peeled 7. Head of a fish: usually a fish course with a whole fish, head intact.

It is also common to symbolize a year filled with blessings by eating foods with stuffing on Rosh Hashana such as a stuffed, roast bird or a variety of stuffed vegetables called legumbres yaprakes.[7]

Customs for the first food eaten after the Yom Kippur fast differ. Iranian Jews often eat a mixture of shredded apples mixed with rose water called “faloodeh seeb.” Syrian and Iraqi Jews eat round sesame crackers that look like mini-bagels. Turkish and Greek Jews sip a sweet drink made from melon seeds.[8]

Sephardic Hanukkah dishes include cassola (sweet cheese pancakes), buuelos (puffed fritters with an orange glaze), keftes de espinaca (spinach patties), keftes de prasa (leek patties) and shamlias (fried pastry frills).

Baba ghanoush, Baklava, Couscous, Falafel, Fazuelos, Ful, Haminados, Halva, Hummus, Kibbeh, Kubbana, Kubbeh, Lahoh, Malabi, Ma’amoul, Matbucha, Tunisian Mulukhiyah, Moroccan cigars, Moussaka, Mofletta, Pescado frito, Sabich, Sahlab, Shakshuka, Skhug, Sofrito, Stuffed cabbage, Tabbouleh, Tagine, Yaprah, Almadrote[9]

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"National Month" Observances in April

Posted By on April 23, 2018

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Many countries adopt causes or special interest groups to highlight and promote during given calendar months. The U.S. is particularly prolific at creating “national month” events to promote business and other interests. April is one of the few months that doesn’t have a long list of ridiculous observations, although there are a good many national month observances in the spring.Compare this to July, which actually honors Lasagna Awareness Month.

The following events, industries, causes and emotionsyes, emotionsare observed month-long in April unless otherwise indicated. Even cannabis, Florida tomatoes,celery and soft pretzels are honored…all month long.

Lest we forget the participation of other countries, here are a few international honorees, as well as some causes that are observed elsewhere:

Is there a way your business can benefit from promoting itself during “April is” National Month? April offers more than enough causes and interests to choose from. There’s something here for just about any business. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to best to use the observance or event.

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Kat Graham Ethnicity of Celebs | What Nationality …

Posted By on April 22, 2018

Birth Name: Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham

Place of Birth: Geneva, Switzerland

Date of Birth: September 5, 1989

Ethnicity:*Americo-Liberian (father)*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Kat Graham, also credited as Katerina Graham, is an American actress, singer, model, and dancer. She is famous for appearing on will.i.ams track I Got It From My Mama. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and grew in California, U.S. She is able to speak four languages.

Kats s father, Joseph Hartford Graham, is Americo-Liberian. Her mother, Natasha, is Jewish (from a family that emigrated from Poland and Russia). Kat was raised in her mothers faith, and attended Hebrew School.

Americo-Liberians have Liberian ethnicity and African-American ancestry. Americo-Liberians trace their ancestry to free-born and formerly enslaved African-Americans (who called themselves Americo-Liberians) who immigrated in the 1800s to become the founders of Liberia.

Kats paternal grandfather was Joseph Graham, a U.N. Ambassador, serving for 40 years in the Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, and Kenya.

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Posted By on April 21, 2018

17th century German depictions of an Ashkenazi man and woman from the city of Worms.

Ashkenazi Jews, also known as Ashkenazic Jews or Ashkenazim are Jews descended from medieval Jewish communities that lived along the river Rhine in Germany. Many later migrated to the east, forming communities in countries including Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and the Ukraine between the 11th and 19th centuries CE.

Most Jewish communities with long histories in Europe are Ashkenazi, except for those in Mediterranean countries which are usually Sephardi. In 1931, Ashkenazi Jews accounted for 92% of the Jewish population of the world and account for 80% of it today. The majority of the United States 5.3 million Jews are Ashkenazi.

The name is derived from Ashkenaz, a Hebrew word for Germany which was often used in medieval rabbinic literature. In theTanakh Ashkenaz appears in Genesis 10.1,[1] as the name of a grandson of Japheth, the son of Noah. Ashkenaz was taken to be an ancestor of the German people.

1901 image that depicts American Jews welcoming new Jewish immigrants from Russia.

Jewish communities were well established in what is now France and Germany by the year 1000 CE and came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066 CE. There were Jewish settlements in many cities along the river Rhine by the end of the 11th century CE.

Jews were expelled from England in 1290 CE, from France in 1394 CE and from parts of Germany in the 15th century CE, consequently the Jewish community was pushed steadily eastwards into Lithuania, Poland and Russia. In Eastern Europe, Jews lived largely in isolation from their gentile neighbors, maintained a strong education system for boys and placed great score in the leadership and wisdom of rabbis.

In response to anti-semitic pogroms and better economic prospects in other parts of the world, large numbers of Ashkenazim began to migrate westwards from the 18th century CE onwards. Ashkenazim have made up the majority of American Jews since 1750 CE.

More than two thirds of the Ashkenazi Jews in Europe were systematically murdered during the Holocaust. Many of the survivors would leave Europe and emigrate to Australia, Argentina, Canada, Israel or the United States after the end of the Second World war.

Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews traditionally pronounce Hebrew in different ways. The Ashkenazi also have various customs and traditions that differentiate them from the Sephardim and other Jewish communities. The following are some examples of how Halachah is interpreted differently by Sephardim and Ashkenazim.

Curca 1920 Rosh Hashana greeting card, printed in Germany for the American market, with text in Yiddish and English.

The language traditionally associated with the Ashkenazi community is Yiddish, which for most of its history was the mother tongue of the majority of Ashkenazi Jews and the language that they normally used for every day communication. It remains the first language of Hasidic Jews today.

Ashkenazi Jews in North America and, to a lesser extent in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, began to mix English and Yiddish in their speech. As a result English has borrowed a number of Yiddish words, some of which have become well known even in areas where the Jewish community is relatively small. This mixture of Yiddish and English is humorously documented in Leo Rosten’s 1968 book, The Joys of Yiddish.

The first language of the majority of Ashkenazi Jews today is the official language of the country in which they were born, consequently the most widely spoken languages amongst Ashkenazi Jews today are English, Modern Hebrew and Russian. Some Ashkenazim choose to use an occasional Yiddishism in order to assert their cultural identity.

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Ashkenazi Jewish Disorders | Sarnoff Center for Jewish …

Posted By on April 18, 2018

Providing support through education and genetic counseling is central to the mission of the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. From the knowledge gained through carrier screening, individuals are better prepared to make informed decisions for themselves and their future family.

The Sarnoff Center currently screens for 56 disorders found more frequently in the Jewish community.While these genetic conditions vary in severity and age ofonset, most of the Jewish genetic disorders are debilitating, and some arefatal. Many of the disorders lack effective treatment at this time. Geneticcounseling and carrier screening is therefore invaluable in planning for afamily.

In addition to screening for 56 Jewish genetic disorders, the Sarnoff Center’s carrier screening program includes more than 125 other recessive disorders. Ourpanel also includes an additional 12 X-linked conditions for women, includingFragile X syndrome.Our genetic counselor is available at every step of the screening process to make sure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

This screening process is called carrier screening. Carriers are healthy adults who have the genetic mutation that can potentially be passed on to a child if both parents are carriers for the same gene. This video explains how healthy carrier parents may have a child with the disorder.

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Catholic League (U.S.) – Wikipedia

Posted By on April 15, 2018

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The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, often shortened to the Catholic League, is an American Catholic anti-defamation and civil rights organization. The Catholic League states that it “defends the right of Catholics lay and clergy alike to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.”[3] The Catholic League states that it is “motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment…to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.”[3] According to the Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, the League “is regarded by many as the preeminent organization representing the views of American lay Catholics.”[4]

Founded in 1973 by Jesuit priest Virgil Blum, the Catholic League was formed to counter discrimination against Catholics in the U.S. government and in popular culture. The low-profile group initiated public education campaigns and some lawsuits. In 1993 the group became much more aggressive with a new president, former sociology professor Bill Donohue, who also increased its size to become the largest Catholic advocacy organization in America.[4] The Catholic League is known for press releases about what it views as anti-Catholic and anti-Christian themes in mass media.

The Catholic League has taken a stand against anything they perceive as anti-Catholic, including the entertainment industry, certain art exhibits, school programs for sex education, government-funded contraception and abortion, media bias, restrictions against pro-life activism, and restrictions on religious schools.[5] It publishes a journal, Catalyst, and operates a website.

The League under Donohue’s leadership is criticized for its conservatism and for its combative responses to high-profile media stories.[4][6] Besides education campaigns, the group issues condemnations, initiates boycotts and protests, defends priests against accusations of child sexual abuse, fights proposed legislation and threatens legal action against what it sees as bigotry against Catholics, irreverence against religious figures, and attacks on Catholic dogma.[4][7] However, the Catholic League stresses that “it does not speak authoritatively for the Church as a whole.”[4]

The League was founded in Milwaukee in 1973 by Virgil C. Blum S.J.[3][8] Blum served as president of the Catholic League until 1989.

Since 1993, the League has been led by its Board of Directors president, Bill Donohue, who works with a small number of organizational staffers including Kiera McCaffrey, the League’s director of communications, who has also made media appearances for the group.[9] In a 1999 New York Times article, a reporter said Donohue is pragmatic in regards to religion, “media savvy” and “steers clear of divisive debates on theological doctrines and secular politics”.[1] The article said Donohue “fans simmering anger with inflammatory news releases, a Web site and newsletter”[1] with “scathing attacks on the blasphemous and the irreverent”.[1] In a 2007 interview, Salon Life staff writer Rebecca Traister discussed Donohue with Frances Kissling, former head of the organization Catholics for Choice, which opposes Catholic teaching on abortion, who characterized Donohue as “abusive”, and stated she avoided doing media interviews with him for this reason.[10]

The League is organized under a Board of Directors chaired by Philip K. Eichner, a Marianist priest and educator in Long Island, New York. The League also has Board of Advisors, consisting of prominent lay Catholics like Brent Bozell, Linda Chavez, Mary Ann Glendon, Alan Keyes, Tom Monaghan, Michael Novak and George Weigel.[3] The League issues a journal, Catalyst, as well as reports, such as Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust, books, brochures and an annual Report on Anti-Catholicism.

The League is not part of the Archdiocese of New York, though it does rent an office on the same floor as the headquarters of the Archdiocese.[1] According to a New York Times interviewer, the organization “maintains close ties to the [archdiocesan] leadership. Several bishops make personal donations. Cardinal O’Connor spoke at the group’s 25th anniversary reception in 1998 and vacated part of his suite for its expanding operations, said Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York.”[1] The League includes on its website endorsements from such prominent clerics as Cardinal Edward Egan (former Archbishop of New York), Cardinal Roger Mahony (former Archbishop of Los Angeles), Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore, as well as Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., all of whom have endorsed the League’s activities and exhorted Catholics to become members.[3]

The New York Times reported that the group had 11,000 total members when Donohue took over the Catholic League in 1993. This grew to 233,333 paying members in 1999, a figure which the League allegedly multiplies by 1.5 to account for non-paying members in the households of paying members, resulting in a League estimate of 350,000 members.[1] This 1999 estimate is the last statement about overall membership numbers that the League has made. The League’s 2003 statement about membership claimed 15,000 members in Nassau and Suffolk counties of New York alone.[11] Annual donations entitle members to home delivery of the print version of Catalyst, the group’s monthly journal, which is also available for free on the Catholic League’s website.

The Catholic League claims political neutrality, which is mostly required of non-profits. The website states, “The League wishes to be neither left nor right, liberal or conservative, revolutionary or reactionary.”[3] Although often characterized as conservative[12][13][14][15] the League has at times been at odds with conservative figures and organizations. For example, they criticized the anti-illegal immigration group, the Minutemen, for opposing a San Diego priest’s facilitation of employment for Latino immigrants and for condemning the Church as a whole in public statements about the matter.[16] The Catholic League also condemned pastor and televangelist John Hagee for what they called “anti-Catholic hate speech” and called upon John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign to renounce this alleged bigotry.[17]

Christian Leftist John Swomley criticized the Catholic League as the “most dangerous of the far-right organizations.”[4] Donohue has been called “right-wing”[18] and “a conservative reactionary who wants to undo the work of Vatican II and suppress varying opinions within the Church.”[19]

In 1996, Donohue took issue with Joan Osborne over her song “One of Us”, which explores the question of what it would be like if God were a human being.[20] Donohue questioned the point of the song and brought up her activism calling for support of Rock for Choice and other pro-choice groups stating, “It is no wonder that Joan Osborne instructs her fans to donate their time and money to Planned Parenthood. It is of a piece with her politics and her prejudices. Her songs and videos offer a curious mix of both, the effect of which is to dance awfully close to the line of Catholic baiting.”[21] Religious educator Paul Moses stated that Donohue’s was a “tortured reading” and he saw Osborne as having “the Catholic imagination” with the song “awakening…spiritual hunger”.[22] Osborne said, in a letter to fans, that “the church’s attitudes toward women and gays make the pope look far more ridiculous than any pop song could” and that she did not write the song, which “speaks of the pope only with respect.”[22] Donohue also admitted that he was treating the issue in a “kind of a prophylactic approach” because “cultures are changed as a result of patterns.”[22]

In 1997, Donohue declared the ABC show Nothing Sacred as deeply offensive to Catholicism, although not anti-Catholic in the traditional sense.[23][24] Calling for a boycott, he stated that the show portrayed Catholics with a traditional view as cold or cruel while glorifying more the maverick, irreverent voices in the community. However, the show was defended by some Catholics and had been written with the consultation of Jesuits, from which it later won the Humanitas Prize. Many Catholics agreed with him that the show was hostile to the beliefs and values of the Catholic Church, and ABC canceled Nothing Sacred after less than a season, reportedly for poor ratings. Observers think Donohue may have played a significant role in the show’s rapid demise as advertisers often become leery of shows deemed “controversial”.[25][26] With regard to the controversy, Henry Herx, director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcast (successor to the National Legion of Decency) emphasized that the Catholic League is not an official agency of the church.[27]

The year 1999 saw the release of Kevin Smith’s controversial film Dogma. Despite the fact that Smith is a practicing Catholic, as Kevin Smith confirmed in an interview on the film’s DVD, several religious groups, especially the Catholic League, said the film was anti-Catholic and blasphemous, and organized protests, including one that took place at the November 12 premiere of the film at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Smith noted that several of the protests occurred before the film was even finished, suggesting that the protests were more about media attention for the groups than for whatever was controversial about the film.[28] The Catholic League’s main complaints were that the film’s main character is supposedly a descendant of Mary, who happens to work in an abortion clinic, which were seen as ironic conventions for a Catholic.[citation needed] The film’s distributor, Miramax, removed its name from the production, and hired attorney Dan Petrocelli to defend it publicly. Petrocelli accused Donohue of trying to stir a violent reaction to the film.

According to Smith, “[Donohue] actually invited me out to have a beer after making my life hell for six months.”[29]

Donohue is a staunch defender of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. On the December 8, 2004 broadcast of Scarborough Country, he stated:

Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It’s not a secret, OK? And I’m not afraid to say it. That’s why they hate this movie. It’s about Jesus Christ, and it’s about truth. It’s about the Messiah.[30]

After U.S. President George W. Bush used the term “Holidays” instead of “Christmas” on the White House 2005 Christmas cards, Donohue stated “The Bush administration has suffered a loss of will andthey have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture.”[31]

“I was scheduled to be on with Mike Savage the day he savaged the Catholic Church and made bigoted comments about Latinos”, Donohue said.

“But in the pre-interview which occurred just a half hour before Savage went ballistic I let a producer know that I did not share the host’s position; after he checked with Savage, I was told they would not have me on the show. That was fine, but what is not fine is Savage’s diatribe about the ‘greedy pigs’ in the Catholic Church and how ‘the institution is rotten from the top to the bottom.’ He owes all Catholics an apology.”[32]

Donohue demanded that former Sen. John Edwards fire two presidential campaign staffers in February 2007, charging that they were “anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots.” He cited a blog written by Amanda Marcotte regarding the Church’s opposition to birth control, saying it forces women “to bear more tithing Catholics”. He also cited another posting called “Pope and Fascists”. Donohue also objected to one of the staffers describing President Bush’s “wingnut Christofacist base”.

Donohue called the statements “incendiary” and “inflammatory”, saying, “It’s scurrilous and has no place being part of someone’s resume who’s going to work for a potential presidential contender.” On February 8, John Edwards addressed the writings of the staffers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan, saying ‘that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it’s intended as satire, humor or anything else.'[citation needed] Donohue insisted that Edwards fire the pair immediately.

After the complaints, Marcotte wrote, “The Christian version of the virgin birth is generally interpreted as super-patriarchal where God is viewed as so powerful he can impregnate without befouling himself by touching a woman, and women are nothing but vessels.” After Marcotte parted with the campaign, Donohue stated, “It is not enough that one foul-mouthed anti-Christian bigot, Amanda Marcotte, has quit. Melissa McEwan must go as well. Either Edwards shows her the door or she bolts on her own. There is no third choicethe Catholic League will see to it that this issue won’t go away.” He continued, “The Edwards campaign is in total disarray and the meltdown will continue unless McEwan is removed from his staff. The fact that Marcotte had to quit suggests that Edwards doesn’t have the guts to do what is morally right.” McEwan resigned on February 13, 2007,[33] citing the hostility of the Catholic League and emails threatening rape and murder.[34]

On September 8, 2007, Kathy Griffin won her first Emmy for season two of reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Griffin stirred up controversy with her acceptance speech, saying that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit.” She went on to hold up her Emmy and say, “Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!”[35]

Her remarks were quickly condemned by Donohue, who urged the TV academy to “denounce Griffin’s obscene and blasphemous comment.”[36] After the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to censor Griffin’s remark, Donohue said, “The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reacted responsibly to our criticism of Kathy Griffin’s verbal assault on 85 percent of the U.S. population. The ball is now in Griffin’s court. The self-described ‘complete militant atheist’ needs to make a swift and unequivocal apology to Christians. If she does, she will get this issue behind her. If she does not, she will be remembered as a foul-mouthed bigot for the rest of her life.”[37]

In a statement issued by her publicist, Griffin responded to the denouncement by the Catholic League with a question: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?”[38]

As part of a two-month protest campaign, Donohue called for a boycott of the film The Golden Compass, believing that while the religious elements of the film would be “watered down” from the source novels, the film would still encourage children to read the series, which Donohue says “denigrates Christianity” and promotes “atheism for kids”,[39] citing author Philip Pullman as saying that he is “trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.”[40] Donohue hopes that “the film [will fail] to meet box office expectations and that [Pullman’s] books attract few buyers.”[41] The call for a boycott resulted in action by some Catholic groups in the US and Canada, and a Catholic school board in Ontario has ordered the source novel removed from its library shelves. Pullman has since said that the books do not have a religious agenda, saying of Donohue’s call for a boycott, “Why don’t we trust readers? Why don’t we trust filmgoers? Oh, it causes me to shake my head with sorrow that such nitwits could be loose in the world.”[42] Pullman described the Catholic League as “a tiny, unrepresentative organisation,” suggesting that “the only person Bill Donohue represents is himself.”[43]

Other evangelical groups, such as The Christian Film and Television Commission, adopted a “wait-and-see” approach to the film before deciding upon any action,[44] as did the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.[42]

Some commentators indicated that they believed the criticism would prove ultimately impotent and that the negative publicity would prove a boon for the film’s box office.[45][46]

In July 2008, a controversy arose surrounding a Communion rite altercation involving Webster Cook, a student and member of the University of Central Florida (UCF) student senate. Cook attended a Catholic Mass on campus and was given the Eucharist but walked out without consuming it. This action was allegedly related to his protest of the use of public funds for organized worship in the student union hall. According to Donohue, Cook’s actions were a form of desecration of the sacrament. Cook was proposed for censure by the student senate and was criticized by local media. He also received numerous death threats.[47][48]

On Pharyngula, biologist and University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) professor PZ Myers publicly expressed support for Cook as well as outrage that Fox News appeared to be inciting readers to cause further problems for the student.[47][49][50] Myers invited readers to acquire some consecrated Eucharistic Hosts, which he described as “crackers”, for him to treat “with profound disrespect.”[51]

The Catholic League accused Myers of anti-Catholic bigotry and asked UMM and the Minnesota State Legislature to take action against Myers.[52][53] Myers then also received threats and hate mail.[54] The Catholic League also called for Cook to be expelled from the university, with Donohue describing his confiscation of the Eucharist as a hate crime as well as a form of kidnapping.[51] Donohue also accused those who supported Cook of anti-Catholic bigotry, and sent a letter to the UCF asking them to take legal action against Cook.[55] A week after the initial communion Cook apologized and returned the Host. The Catholic League, however, continued to lobby the university for his expulsion.[55]

In March 2007, a sculpture created by Italian-Canadian artist Cosimo Cavallaro was to be displayed at Manhattan’s Roger Smith Hotel. The sculpture, entitled “My Sweet Lord”, was of a crucified Christ, nude, in molded chocolate. Although the artist claims to be himself a practicing Catholic, Bill Donohue decried the work as “hate speech”, “garbage”, and “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,”[56] describing Mr. Cavallaro as a “loser artist” and telling him in a television interview on Anderson Cooper 360, “You’re lucky I’m not like the Taliban, because you would lose more than your head.”

Under the leadership of Donohue, the Catholic League organized a boycott of the hotel aimed at forcing it to remove the statue. The hotel’s management stating that the protests “brought to our attention the unintended reaction of you and other conscientious friends”, eventually agreed to the League’s calls, prompting the curator of the gallery, Matt Semler, to resign in protest.[56] Semler claimed the six-foot sculpture was the victim of “a strong-arming from people who haven’t seen the show, seen what we’re doing. They jumped to conclusions completely contrary to our intentions.”[56]

Donohue said, in October 2009, that the Catholic Church has a “homosexual”, not a “pedophilia”, problem, citing the John Jay Report.[57] The Catholic League has blamed the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), for having “hired, hidden, defended, enabled, ignored and concealed the crimes of child molesters.”[58] The Catholic League defended attacking SNAP on the grounds that they were “a menace to the Catholic Church.”[59]

In a November 18, 2009, Politics Daily column about Smith’s research, David Gibson reported that sexual identity should be “separated from the problem of sexual abuse,” according to criminologist Margaret Smith. Smith said, “we do not find a connection between homosexual identity and an increased likelihood of sexual abuse.”[60] Nevertheless, Donohue says that this is a homosexual problem in the Catholic Church and not a pedophile one.[60]

On May 20, 2009, Reuters reported the results of a nine-year investigation by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which looked into decades of endemic sexual abuse against children in Catholic-run reform schools in Ireland.[61] In reaction to this report, popularly known as the Ryan Report, Donohue issued a statement downplaying the seriousness of the cases, questioning the inclusion of voyeurism and “inappropriate sexual talk” as instances of sexual abuse along with the more serious charge of rape.[62] Donohue pointed out that rape constituted only 12% of the listed sexual abuse cases in the Ryan report, and that priests committed only 12% of the listed rapesthe other 88% were committed by lay persons and religious brothers.[62]

Since the Ryan Report was released, Donohue has been defending the Church and claiming that much of the outrage is ‘moral hysteria’. While stating that he agrees that rape and physical abuse are wrong and that he would not defend those actions, he says the report has conflated these abuses with ‘lesser’ forms of punishment and is therefore not as serious. He also says many of the purported forms of abuse found by the commission were present and acceptable in the time period.[63]

The Irish politician and child rape victim Colm O’Gorman was highly critical of such statements made by Donohue on the Irish radio show The Last Word.[63] O’Gorman later wrote that Donohue’s analysis was shockingly “simplistic”.[64]

When President Barack Obama named gay activist[65] Harry Knox to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009, Donohue termed Knox “an anti-Catholic bigot who has called the pope a liar.”[65]

In November 2010, a portion of a video by the late artist David Wojnarowicz, which was included in an exhibit focused on gay-themed art, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the National Portrait Gallery (United States), was removed after complaints from the Catholic League.[66] Columnist Frank Rich said of the intervention and removal that the Smithsonian had been “bullied by bigots” and quoted The Los Angeles Times”s art critic, Christopher Knight, to the same effect.[67] Tracing the evolution of the issue, Rich cited a piece by Kriston Capps which in turn said “the role of Penny Starr remains hazy. [However, a]…reporter and conservative advocate, [Starr] deserves much credit for both instigating” the negative attention to the piece of art amongst a number in the show.[68]

In 1997, David Carlin of Commonweal criticized Donohue and the Catholic League for being overly sensitive in the identification of anti-Catholicism.[69] In 1999, Jesuit priest James Martin, the associate editor of the Catholic magazine America wrote “Often their criticism is right on target, but frequently they speak without seeing or experiencing what they are critiquing, and that undercuts their credibility. Unfortunately, that type of response gives people the idea that the Catholic Church is unreflective.”[1]

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Holocaust denial – Israel, 2018 – Israel National News

Posted By on April 13, 2018

Tonight, Wednesday, at eight o’clock, Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day events will open, and for 24 hours the Jewish people will unite with the memory of the six million, and the tragedy of the greatest massacre in history will be seen from every screen and through every radio program and in every ceremony.

During these 24 hours, candles will be lit in memory of the murdered and their stories will be read in tears throughout the country. Faded black and white photographs, and fast-paced videos will show us evil in all its ugliness and cruelty. We will see the torture, the humiliation, the persecutions, the fires, the murders, the mass graves, the death marches, the ghettos and the death camps. We will see and cry.

In the face of these scenes, it is fitting that all those who in the past year have made ridiculous comparisons between the fate of the Jews of Europe in the 1940s and the fate of the infiltrators from Africa, between Anne Frank and migrant workers, all those who in the name of the Holocaust dressed the government of Israel in Nazi uniform and described the struggle for migrant workers almost like that of the Warsaw Ghetto rebels, all these should take these 24 hours, and internalize what really happened there in Auschwitz, Birkenau and Sobibor. After they begin to try and understand the significance of those events, they should once again reflect on the significance of the comparisons they made over a whole year (even if, towards that purpose, they recruited Holocaust survivors to say similar things).

We will tell them simply, friends, that what you did was the simple definition of Holocaust denial. If you seek to hide migrant workers in your homes and compare your actions to those who hid Anne Frank and her family, then you either did not understand anything, or do you really think that what the Nazis proposed to the Jews was a dignified transition (with a few hundred or thousands of dollars in their pockets) to another country and not to death and destruction in crematoria and killing valleys, and those who think so are infected with Holocaust denial or lack of thought. Choose.

We want to argue about the moral character of the state, about a state of all its citizens, the plight of the Eritreans, the distress of the south Tel Avivians. No problem. Talk, argue, but leave the memory of the Holocaust outside.

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Confronting Holocaust Denial – The Jewish Chronicle

Posted By on April 13, 2018

There are few flat earthers these days and the majority of people no longer believe that the moon is made of green cheese. By contrast, denying the Holocaust, that is, claiming that the genocide of the Jews by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II ever took place, seems to be flourishing.

It is an extreme example of an increasingly common phenomenon: rejecting facts when they happen to be inconvenient. At least when, in the middle ages, people thought that the sun orbited the earth, they had no proof to the contrary. Holocaust denial is a position consciously held not because there is no evidence but despite it. Like antisemitism, to which it is closely related, Holocaust denial is not based on evidence but is a position held because its adherents want it to be true. Unfortunately, it is not.

Just as antisemitism is a claim about Jews that rests ultimately on mythical thinking Jews as puppet-masters behind world events, for example so Holocaust denial rests on similar conspiracy theories that the Jews concocted the whole story to extract money from Germany and to promote Zionism, for example.

People with strongly-held antisemitic beliefs are rarely amenable to having their views changed by the presentation of evidence, and the same is true of Holocaust denial. What follows is not aimed at those who are unshakeable in their belief that the Holocaust never happened, although it would be nice to think that their minds could be changed (they probably do not read the JC, in any case). Rather, I want to show that, when people often youngsters are confused by the easily-accessible lies that proliferate on the internet, it is not hard to put them straight.

Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II were covered in camps. Everyone has heard of Auschwitz, and Holocaust denial often presents itself as the Auschwitz lie. But, according to recent research, there were thousands of camps all over Nazi Europe. By the end of 1944, there were a dozen main camps to which were attached about 1,100 sub-camps. This figure does not even include camps run by firms, by local councils and bodies other than the SS.

These did not only hold Jews: three million Soviet POWs were killed in Nazi camps, mostly by being starved to death, and tens of thousands of Gentile Poles, Soviets, Yugoslavs, French and others from across Europe were held as political prisoners in camps such as Buchenwald and Gross-Rosen. But Jews were targeted for murder, and the fact that there were Jewish survivors was only a result of the fact that the Third Reich, desperate for labour as the war turned against it, made use of Jewish camp inmates in larger numbers in autumn 1944.

At the start of the Holocaust, Jews were not killed in camps but were murdered about 1.5 million of them in pits on the edges of their villages and towns in eastern Europe. The work of Father Patrick Desbois and his Yahad-In Unum organisation in locating these gravesites is bringing ever greater certainty to where these people died.

I mention the Nazi camp system and the work of locating victims of the Einsatzgruppen to provide a sense of the continent-wide nature of the crime we now call the Holocaust. The point is simply that, from Amsterdam to Thessaloniki, from Klaipeda to Lyon, one can see basically the same thing happening. That is a lot of evidence to produce, in almost every European language. They are of course Holocaust institutions and, from a neo-Nazi perspective, invested in the very thing that is being denied, but a glance at the online photography and document collections of Yad Vashem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, or the Wiener Library in London indicates that a fabrication on this scale is simply not possible.

There is no greater proof of this abundant evidence than the International Tracing Service. Based in Bad Arolsen in northern Hesse, Germany, the ITS was created after the war by the Allies in order to trace missing people. Run by the International Committee of the Red Cross after 1955, since 2007 it has been open to researchers and the general public.

It holds over 30 million documents, spanning 26 kilometres of shelving, and is the worlds largest archive of material relating to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. There are better things to do with this material than confront Holocaust denial but, if one is not already satisfied with the abundant scholarly literature or the remaining material evidence across Europe, then there is no shortage of documentation here, far more than could have been consciously produced as a fraud.

In December 1942, for example, an SS man, Untersturmfhrer Kinna, wrote a report on the transport of 644 Poles to Auschwitz that had taken place a few days earlier. He began by noting: that only those capable of work should be delivered, so as to avoid burdening the camp as well as the transport traffic as much as possible. Then he went on, very openly:

“The simple, idiots, cripples and sick people must be removed from the camp in the shortest possible time by liquidation. This measure encounters an obstacle insofar as in contrast to the measures ordered for Jews by the RSHA, Poles have to die a natural death. The camp leadership would thus prefer to avoid an allocation of those unable to work.”

His complaint was about non-Jewish Poles but he also quite casually referred to the fact that Jews were not dying a natural death. The ITS is full of such information and it is only one, albeit the largest, of many archival sources. Almost every local and national archive across Europe contains material relating to the Holocaust. Choosing to believe that this was all created by a vast conspiracy and that the Holocaust never happened is the neo-Nazi equivalent of a green cheese moon.

Dan Stone isProfessor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

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