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It’s the same ‘cancer’

ISIS, Hamas — with or without beheadings — is the same ideology, the same enemy.

President Obama is outraged at the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS — it’s a “cancer,” not a religion, says Obama. It must be wiped out.

Selective outrage, we would say. Hamas murdered its own people in the public square this week with their heads covered. Woe unto us if a beheading is “worse.” As if cold-blooded murder is divisible. As if Hamas’ use of babies as human shields is morally or tactically less dangerous to civilization. As if the latest “creativity” in murder — tunnels, suicide belts, buses, tractors — clouds the goals of the murderers, colors the ideology of hatred, or camouflages the perverse dedication to death.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:28 )

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Jewish Voice for Peace, or for destruction?

How to Win Friends and Influence People is apparently one of the books that the local members of Jewish Voice for Peace never read. In a counterproductive attempt to get JEWISHcolorado to change its viewpoint on Hamas’ war on Israel, JVP entered the JEWISHcolorado building under false pretenses. Once inside, claiming to need a bit of help, JVP quickly facilitated the entry of many others and staged a demonstration. As to the sophomoric tactics, we’ll let the readers take them in themselves....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:05 )

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Mazel tov on 10 years of Judaism in Douglas County

When the northern Douglas County suburb of Highlands Ranch was established just over three decades ago, it grew like wildfire. Before we knew it, this masterplan community had an elaborate system of neighborhoods, schools, businesses, a hospital — nearly every amenity a community could want. Among those flocking to Highlands Ranch were Jews — a lot of Jews, mostly unaffiliated. The organized Jewish community in Denver tried to reach these hundreds of unaffiliated Jewish families, with littl...
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Todd Helton, a worthy role model

We’ll just have to forget for the moment that the Colorado Rockies have become the laughingstock of the Major Leagues, what with their league-wide worst record and wildly incompetent owners and front office. Actually, it will be nice to forget — in order to remember Todd Helton. He became the first Rocky to have his number (17) retired at a touching ceremony at Coors Field this week. This is perhaps the only good thing the Rockies’ owners have done in the past number of years. Helton was ...
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It used to be Christian children at Passover; now it’s Muslim children in Gaza

The religion that taught the world to prohibit murder was absurdly accused of cold-blooded murder during the Middle Ages. Same holds true today. The most astonishing part of the medieval blood libel against the Jews — that they deliberately murdered Christian children in order to use their blood for baking matzah — was not the hatred. It was the absurdity. The Torah prohibits murder. The Torah prohibits the consumption of blood. The Torah disqualifies matzah if it is made of anything b...
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Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

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