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Explaining Why Anti-Semitism has Been an Endemic Sickness in our Civilization,...

This piece is occasioned by the recent anti-Semitic attack of vandalism in Fairfax, Virginia, which reinforces the disturbing anti-Semitic dimensions of last year's neo-Nazi,...

We Read Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s Book on the US-Israeli Intelligence...

by Lowell Feld and David T.S. Jonas When we first heard allegations that VA-05 Democratic Congressional nominee Leslie Cockburn had written a book (Dangerous Liaison:...

Former Virginia GOP Del. David Ramadan on Fairfax GOP’s Election Today...

Remember this from February 11, 2018? That’s right; according to Virginia Republican blog Bearing Drift, “ Burgos took to Facebook in support of a religious test...

After Boss’ Appearance on Fox “News,” VA-01 Jewish Campaign Manager Subjected...

The following statement is from Nate Salzman, campaign manager for Ryan Sawyers' VA-01 Congressional campaign, who has been subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic...

White Nationalist Support for Dave Brat and Donald Trump

Dave Brat loves all people - not! I once overheard Dave Brat say sarcastically: "I ran on 'I love all people,' right?".  I was at...

Tuesday News: “NASA Did It Again”; Trump Blames Media (of course!)...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 5. ‘NASA did it again’: Juno orbiter enters a...

TX GOP: Jews Not Welcome

I'd love to hear Eric Cantor's take on this one:

Last month, several Tea Party activists formed a right-wing coalition to oust Rep. Joe Straus (R) as Texas House Speaker. They began circulating emails with anti-Semitic messages against Straus, who is Jewish. The groups ran robo-calls and sent out e-mails demanding a "true Christian leader," [...]  Last week, the Texas Observer's Abby Rapoport reported that she had obtained an email exchange between two members of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) - Rebecca Williamson and John Cook. "We elected a house with Christian, conservative values. We now want a true Christian, conservative running it," Cook said in one of the emails.

Standing Up to Hate

Last week, Fred Phelps Westboro "Baptist" Church clan (it's mostly his children, grandchildren and extended family, but also closer to a Klan) brought its vile, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric to Blacksburg. If you have never seen the kind of hate of which I speak, you may be stunned to see this video from three years ago.  I have debated whether to link this video.  But perhaps by my doing so, you can see what I am talking about, what is going on around this country as this man and his so-called church disrupt funerals of soldiers.  They rail at and demonize anyone suffering a tragedy because, they say, it's the victims' fault and God's punishment. Before the Phelps clan arrived on Friday (Fred Phelps did not come, but sent his daughter's family instead), they targeted the fallen coal miners in West Virginia.  This is who they are.  

All over town, citizens, including ministers representing all the town's churches, united in opposing the hateful message of the unwelcome visitors, but differed in how to respond, or if to respond at all.