August 7, 2007, - 10:10 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Let’s make one thing clear: Rabbi Aaron Bergman, liberal loon extraordinaire, does not speak for me as a Jewish-American. Nor does he speak for most Jews. His absurd rantings are jarring and jaw-dropping in their absurdity. Actually, it’s an insult to most liberals to call his extremist column in The Detroit Newsistan “liberal.” Here’s a hint–the headline of the column: “Corporate Sponsors Deserve More Criticism Than Vick.”
Today, the esteemed Rabbi joins the National Association for the Advancement of Dog-Torturing People (NAACP) and Not-So-Neon Deion Sanders in defending Michael Vick’s torture and murder of dogs through drowning, dog-throwing, and other barbaric forms that the Rabbi has been outraged with when they are used on terrorists bent on our destruction, rather than helpless innocent creatures (ie., dogs).
His column, today, plays the race card–a usual theme for the Rabbi. It’s strange because while he’s constantly talking down to all of us racist White people, the fancy, exclusive private Jewish school he heads–the Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit–has few, if any, Black students or faculty. Do as I say, not as I do.
He also invokes a preposterous non-existent concept he made up about Jewish law regarding corporations. How this is a defense for deliberate dog torture remains an enigma ( and clearly the Rabbi–who should be trained in reading texts–forgot to read the Michael Vick, er . . . “Ookie” indictment). And, by the way, Rabbi, who cares about Jewish law regarding corporations? Neither Michael Vick, nor Nike, nor the NFL are Jewish entities. And neither is the Court of Law trying him. This is a secular (or Christian, if anything) country, something you love to stress, when it conveniently aids in your columns attacking Christians.
The only thing the Rabbi does not do to defend Vick is invoke his puppy love for Islamists (he’s written columns gushing over Keith Ellison’s election as the first Muslim Congressman (column reposted on this Islamist website), attacking America’s treatment of Islamic terrorists, etc.).
I do agree with one single sentence in his entire column, though it has no place in a column defending Michael Vick:
These companies receive tremendous financial incentives to keep their offices in the United States, though they employ relatively few Americans.
That sentence would have an iota of credibility coming from the Rabbi, were he not an extremist defender of open borders and unlimited immigration for Muslims and other aliens who take jobs from Americans.
So, without further ado, here’s an excerpt of Rabbi Aaron Bergman’s absurd column:
Much of the coverage of black athletes is biased, despite the case of the Duke lacrosse players.
White athletes are often given the benefit of the doubt. Black athletes are guilty unless proven innocent. Take cycling’s Lance Armstrong and baseball’s Barry Bonds, both of whom are accused of using performance enhancers. Both have passed every drug test. Only Bonds’ record gets challenged. There is no asterisk next to Armstrong’s.
Scott Olsen, a white baseball player, was arrested for assaulting a police officer. There was little coverage. Olsen was called a hothead, not a menace to society. It is no wonder that many suspect bias in the reporting of the Vick case, even though the case may have merit.
The other aspect that bothers me concerns corporations cancelling their endorsement deals with Vick, apparently worried about their image. The irony is many of these companies lack morality. Vick may have done great harm, but nowhere near the amount of damage these companies do to the world.
Many of these corporations make products in poor countries and justify the pittance they pay to the workers as being in line with the local economy, if not slightly better. These companies do little to improve the appalling work conditions. Corporations have a vested interest in keeping the poor in manageable poverty.
These companies receive tremendous financial incentives to keep their offices in the United States, though they employ relatively few Americans. They sell their products for incredible profits, creating strain on working-class families.
It would be easy to say parents should just not buy these products. However, many advertising agencies bombard youngsters with messages that create artificial obsessions for these goods. In turn, the youngsters pressure their parents, who have trouble buying them because the company they worked for sent their job overseas.
Blah, blah, blah. Did he plagiarize this from Noam Chomsky? Karl Marx? The corporations made Michael Vick do it? Oy vey.
Defending Michael Vick’s torture murder of dogs–a sure sign of a sick, murderous pathology–should disqualify the Rabbi as a principal of what is supposed to be a community Jewish day school. Clearly, the Rabbi does not even know even the most basic tenets of Jewish law, which demand kindness–and forbid any form of cruelty–to animals. That is one of the reasons we as Jews have a specific form of slaughter for meat and poultry. Even though we are killing the animal that we will ultimately eat, we want it to feel as little pain as possible. And we don’t hunt for sport (or at all, given the Jewish laws of slaughter). Humane treatment of animals is also why we do not eat meat/poultry ingredients and dairy ingredients together and wait several hours between consuming them (because it would be inhumane to “cook a goat in its mother’s milk,” which would likely be the case in the days of ancient, small self-sufficient farms).
Time for someone to call this noxious Rabbi Run-Amok to the carpet. He DOES NOT speak for me or my religion.
Do us all a favor, Rabbi Bergman. Quit invoking Judaism to back up your bizarre, preposterous views.
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