We apologize for posting an Opinion column on Dec. 14 by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman entitled “My Problem With Tim Tebow,” the Denver Broncos quarterback who is an Evangelical Christian. The column, in fact, violated our own standards calling for civility in posting comments on our website. The policy statement notes that “name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.”here just in case)
The column was removed from our website later that day.
Rabbi Hammerman is a respected spiritual leader and longtime Jewish Week columnist whose writing over the years has been exemplary. This column, however, was more inciting than insightful, and we erred in posting it, which we deeply regret.
Repentance and forgiveness are cornerstones of all major faiths, as is the recognition that we all make mistakes. We trust that the sincerity of our remorse, as expressed by the rabbi as well, will be taken into account by those whom we offended.
The rabbi’s comment follows:
“I have spent my entire career engaged in dialogue with people of all faiths while speaking out passionately against intolerance and extremism. I have the deepest respect for those who are committed to their faith, including Mr. Tebow. I realize the way in which I attempted to make my points was clumsy and inappropriate, calling to mind the kind of intolerance and extremism my article was intended to disparage. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Tebow, his family, the Broncos and Patriots and all those whom I may have offended.”
Hammerman is not the only "culprit" in this case study in progressive bigotry. The newspaper who published the piece, The Jewish Week, is also culpable. Hammerman could not have picked a more compatible location the Tebow hit piece, the Jewish Week run by Editor/Publisher Gary Rosenblatt has a history of pushing progressive themes and candidates, hit-jobs on political conservatives, and editorializing against people of faith (including Jews).
Here a just a few examples:
- An organization called the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem was for all intents and purposes described as a bunch of right wing Orthodox and politically conservative crazies whose only purpose was to destroy any chance of a negotiated peace. This was part of the Jewish Week's efforts to disparage Orthodox Jews non progressives. As part of the organization's leadership I can attest to the fact that participating organizations ran the gamut of Jewish observance and political leanings (I myself am not Orthodox). Also the group had to be very careful not to stray from its Jerusalem mission because some of the groups felt very strongly about Israel making concessions elsewhere to achieve a two state solution.
- A few weeks later Jewish Week readers were treated to the real reason for the disparaging article as Editor-in-Chief Gary Rosenblatt proclaimed that the division of Jerusalem is inevitable and we should all just deal with it.
- To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Israel and the birth of J-street, the Jewish Week ran an Op-ed by Hannah Rosenthal, who now works in the Obama administration, Ms Rosenthals article accused the American Jewish Community and Israel of not wanting peace, and non progressives as anti-Israel:
- During the Glenn Beck/George Soros kerfuffle last year, the Jewish Week published the opinions of various radical progressive groups such as Jewish Funds For Justice and of course the ADL, but never bothered to seek out the opinion of people who weren't pushing the progressive agenda.
- As the Tea Party movement began to increase in popularity the Jewish Week wrote about how frightened rank and file Jewish Republicans were of the "extremist" Tea Party. Funny thing is they never even bothered to talk to any Jewish Republicans who were part of the Tea Party (and there are many including me).
- Most recently Editor-in-Chief Gary Rosenblatt presented one more reason for Jews to support Obama..If we don't, the President will get pissed off. You can't make this up!
The fact is that the Jewish Week could be much more profitable they fired all of their reporters and ran nothing but press releases from Media Matters, J Street and other progressive organizations. And the best part of it all the readers wouldn't be able to detect anything different.
During the past few days people have been legitimately criticizing Mr. Hammerman for his bigoted column, allow me to suggest that some of your "venom" be saved for the newspaper that regularly gives a platform for Hammerman-type columns--the Jewish Week.