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No Offense? Sojourners Rejects Gay Ad, Jewish Paper Rejects Hillary Clinton’s Image

Here’s a case of two faith-related news stories that both illustrate two of my favorite sayings: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and “The medium is the message.”

  • Sojourners, the progressive Christian organization helmed by Jim Wallis, is getting lots of left-wing criticism for declining an ad that urged churches to welcome gay members. Check out the coverage from Christianity Today, Episcopal Cafe, Religion Dispatches and Spiritual Politics.
  • Di Tzeitung, a Hasidic Jewish newspaper, looks completely absurd for having edited the women — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (previously a senator from New York and quite popular with the Jewish community) and Audrey Tomason, counterterrorism chief — out of that now-infamous Situation Room photo of the Obama administration’s inner circle watching the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideaway. (Something to remember, next time we’re discussing a story about traditionalist Muslims who want to keep women hidden away.) Check out the coverage from CNN’s Belief Blog, JTA and USA Today’s Faith & Reason blog.


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Nicole Neroulias

posted May 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’m not sure that it’s kosher to post this photo, given the White House’s admonition against altering the image, but I did get a chuckle out of the “superhero” version. Check it out here:

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posted May 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

Other articles about the Hasidic newspaper stated that their community only reads their own media. So the Hasidic won’t know their paper looks ridiculous to everyone else. In a sense their tactic would have worked.

This also feeds my belief that ultra orthodox religious communities require willful ignorance of the rest of the world.

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posted May 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Indeed, MH. Ultra orthodoxness of any stripe demands massive amounts of ignorance.

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