Last night, Rabbi Hammerman decided to take down his article from both his personal blog, and The Jewish Week. On his personal site, he posted this "retraction:"
- The piece has been taken down and I apologize to all those whom it has offended. Some additional reflections will be forthcoming. Thank you.
Original story posted here:
A story at The Jewish Week by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman provides a disgusting attack against Christianity and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. As reported by All American Blogger, Rabbi Hammerman's article, "My Tim Tebow Problem," takes decided, pointed swings at Tebow's faith, and those who believe like he does:
People are always looking for signs of God’s beneficence, and a victory by the Orange Crush over the blue-clad Patriots, from the bluest of blue states, will give fodder to a Christian revivalism that has already turned the Republican presidential race into a pander-thon to social conservatives, rekindling memories of those cultural icons of the ‘80s, the Moral Majority and “Hee Haw."
There can be no mistake about Hammerman's position, which is to mock Christians, and engage in the type of stereotyping that, if done to Jews, would have Hammerman presumably up in arms. However, Hammerman goes even further in his assessment of Tebow and fellow Christians:
If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.
Like President Obama should have done with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, no person worth their salt should remain in Rabbi Hammerman's congregation in Stamford, CT. These aren't the words of a Rabbi (which means teacher,) these are the words of a bigoted, hateful person; the kind of person who should be shunned in civil society for being an outlandish fool.
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