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Last Tuesday an estimated 2,500 male Hasidic Jews gathered in the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to attend the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz. The gathering was contrary to New York City’s coronavirus lockdown, which forbids gatherings of more than ten persons while also mandating that individuals must maintain “social distancing” of at least six feet from each other. The separation rules, mandated by both the State and City governments, have been enforced by the New York Police Department. They are based on the premise that the only way to defeat the virus is to limit its proliferation among the healthy population, a view which admittedly has been challenged by those who believe that the preferable way to beat the disease is to allow everyone to be exposed to it to create a “herd immunity.” Even if that were true, it would not be a comforting thought for the tens of thousands who might die as a result.

Ironically, Rabbi Mertz died from coronavirus, suggesting that his many supporters were being particularly foolish in exposing themselves to the same affliction that killed their religious leader. As most would agree that the virus is particularly contagious, a large gathering of people crowded together on a city street might well be considered at a minimum to be inadvisable, if not criminal.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was outraged when he learned of the gathering, tweeting that “Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic. When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus.”

De Blasio described the funeral as “by far the largest gathering in any community of New York City of any kind that I had heard of or seen directly or on video since the beginning of this crisis, and it’s just not allowable.” He ordered the police to disperse it immediately. He also tweeted a warning to “the Jewish community, and all communities” that violations of social-distancing mandates could result in summonses or even arrest.

De Blasio was inevitably immediately called an anti-Semite. Chaim Deutsch, a City Council member representing Williamsburg’s large Orthodox Jewish population, tweeted angrily that “This has to be a joke…singling out one community is ridiculous. Every neighborhood has people who are being non-compliant. To speak to an entire ethnic group as though we are all flagrantly violating precautions is offensive, it’s stereotyping, and it’s inviting antisemitism. I’m truly stunned.” Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, predictably joined in tweeting that “The few who don’t social distance should be called out — but generalizing against the whole population is outrageous especially when so many are scapegoating Jews…”

At a press conference on the following day mayor de Blasio defended his reference to the “Jewish community” explaining that “Members of the Jewish community were putting each other in danger. They were putting our police officers in danger.” He also conceded that he had spoken with some passion on the previous evening but rejected the claim that he had unfairly targeted the Jewish community. Referring to frequent large gatherings composed of Hasidic Jews who have repeatedly chosen to ignore the restrictions, he maintained that “It has not happened other places, let’s be honest. This kind of gathering has happened in only a few places and it cannot continue. It’s endangering the lives of people in the community.”

Hasidic Jews, recognizable for their distinctive attire, operate much like a cult and have frequently had problems in dealing with the broader communities that they wind up settling in. They have established their own tribal groupings, primarily in New Jersey and New York, where they buy up properties and, once they achieve enough presence to have an electoral majority, they take over school boards and local government while inter alia cutting school budgets for public education and shifting resources to their own private schools. The aggressive takeover of entire existing communities in places like Lakewood NJ and Kiryas Joel NY has generated considerable friction with the longtime residents of established neighborhoods. Their schools are notable for study of the Talmud and for the failure to study mathematics and the sciences. The Hasidic communities are also well known for their high levels of welfare fraud as they have many children, the men study Talmud all day, and there is frequently no visible means of support for families.

It would not be unfair to claim that the Hasidim play by their own set of rules and are either contemptuous or oblivious to the demands made by the broader society around them. De Blasio is correct in asserting that their neighborhoods are hot spots for the coronavirus. Hundreds of Hasidim have died of the virus, a percentage of their community that exceeds all other comparable demographics in New York City.

And de Blasio might have also noted that the Orthodox Jewish community has a history of spreading other diseases. As of mid-May 2019, 880 cases of measles were confirmed in the U.S. It was “the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.” Between September 2018 and May 2019, 535 of the cases were confirmed in Brooklyn and Queens concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities. Another 247 cases were confirmed in Rockland County, north of New York City, where there is also a large community of Orthodox Jews, meaning that nearly 90% of all the measles cases in the country were among Hasidim, apparently due to a cultural resistance to vaccinations.

And one might add another cultural affectation that is largely practiced by Orthodox Jews called kapparot. On a September day last year, between the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, groups of worshipers gather in the streets and in Jewish religious centers for a ritual called kapparot. Kapparot, a tradition eschewed by most Conservative and Reformed Jews, occurs most frequently in Orthodox communities in New York, New Jersey and also in California. It consists of taking a live chicken by its feet or wings and swinging it around one’s head as a Rabbi chants a prayer. It is presumed by those participating that one’s sins are transferred into the chicken, which then has its throat cut before being thrown in the garbage.

Kapparot, Brooklyn, New York. Credit: Several seconds/ Flickr
Kapparot, Brooklyn, New York. Credit: Several seconds/ Flickr

Last August the Animal Protection and Rescue League of California filed suit in court against one such ceremony because the chickens were not killed for food but instead were slaughtered in violation of “an animal rights law that bars maliciously and intentionally mutilating, torturing or wounding animals.” In one specific incident cited in court, a Jewish center “blared loud music, masking the sound of the traumatized crying chickens…” One critic accused of being hypocritical as she engages in eating meat responded “If you have the right to eat beef, that doesn’t mean you have the right to beat up a cow before you slaughter it.”

In short, religious liberty in America does not mean that you can embrace a bizarre set of practices that are damaging to the broader society without any consequences. Spreading disease and torturing animals to please some deity that may or may not exist is not guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America, nor should it be, and if there are penalties attached to such behavior they should be enforced rigorously without regard for ethnicity or religion. And finally, crying anti-Semitism and citing victimhood any time Jews engage in bad behavior should never be acceptable and Mayor Bill de Blasio is to be commended for standing up to the usual bullies.

Philip M. Giraldi is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.

(Republished from American Herald Tribune by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Trinity says:

    And not to mention the cruel and inhumane slaughter of cattle practiced by Muslims and Jews. MY GOD, what in the hell is wrong with these Middle Eastern religions/cults? This is why Middle Eastern tribes need to stay where they belong. Swinging a chicken around by its feet and then slashing its throat before throwing it into the garbage? Say what you want about Western culture and society, but animals are treated far more humanely in traditional White nations than in places like the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, etc. Sure, you have some sick White dingbats who abuse animals but they are the exception and not the rule. I live among people with names like Cooter, Skeeter, and Clyde, the type of characters out of “Deliverance” who pull in their meth plants when there is a deep freeze. hahaha. Maybe a bit an exaggeration but you get the point, SOME rural country folks, particularly in the South, I think don’t care for their animals in humane ways. I HATE to see a dog chained up to a tree, and that is not an uncommon sight around these parts. People dumping off dogs and cats, a lot of times at my house, they must know that I am an animal lover??? Anyhow, these Middle Eastern religious practices of torturing and abusing animals have no place in America, this kind of cruelty goes beyond your right to worship and religious freedoms. What if some Satanic cult decided to sacrifice humans?

  2. @Trinity

    “who pull in their meth plants when there is a deep freeze”

    Lol!

    I’m pretty sure meth plants are cold tolerant to about 27.

    Can’t be too careful though.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  3. @Trinity

    I hate to see a dog tied to a tree as well, but sometimes that is the only answer. Animal control in my city seized a dog in a fenced back yard, because, it wasn’t “under control”. A long rope/leash/chain is much better than a 2 by 3 kennel.

    As for the Hasids, the de Blasio ought to have ordered all 2500 to be locked up, collectively, in a compound for a month, to help them with herd immunity.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  4. “Kapparot, a tradition eschewed by most Conservative and Reformed Jews, occurs most frequently in Orthodox communities in New York, New Jersey and also in California. It consists of taking a live chicken by its feet or wings and swinging it around one’s head as a Rabbi chants a prayer.”

    And the sacred prayer the Rabbi chants is as follows:

    “Owah Tadik Kaiyam”

    • LOL: Buck Ransom
  5. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:

    Hasidic Jews Defy New York’s Lockdown

    Yes, Benito DeBlasio does not take any defiance to his fascistic rule lightly. Real Americans, like Hasidic Jews and Ammon Bundy resist totalitarianism whereas the sheeple criticize, obey and cower in place.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • LOL: Kolya Krassotkin
    • Replies: @animalogic
  6. Dumbo says:

    I’m kind of divided on this one… On one hand, I think this lockdown seems increasingly stupid and governors and mayors are becoming increasingly totalitarian… On the other hand, Orthodox Jews are an annoying group who think they are special, and it’s good that they should be put in their place as everyone else. On the other hand, also De Blasio is annoying, an insane liberal cuck married to a black Lesbian, and so if the Jews use their power and manage to get him to resign, it’s all for the best. On the other hand… Etc.

    • Agree: mark green
  7. One can rationally admire the Hassid and despise them at the same time. They are their own nation, and that is to be admired. They are also a parasite, and that is to be despised. Welfare to raise their children, welfare scams to raise other monies, work eschewed, civil obligations non-existent. True in Israel also.

  8. In short, religious liberty in America does not mean that you can embrace a bizarre set of practices that are damaging to the broader society without any consequences.

    This has been a bone of contention in America since the Reynolds decision outlawing polygamy in 1878. I’m admittedly partial to the defense of religious liberty, since the erosion of it has greater consequences for the First Amendment.

    As far as kapparot is concerned, I saw instance in which a Hasid wasn’t “swinging” the chicken so much as he was holding it upright by the legs and turning it once over his head. It didn’t appear to constitute a cruel or inhumane action in the least. While I can’t speak for the California incident, I’ve been informed by some that the chickens aren’t trashed, but provided charitably as a meal for Yom Kippur.

    The social distancing restrictions will continue to be a contentious matter where the First Amendment right of assembly is concerned, not just for Hasidim, but many other Americans. I can’t say I approve of “practices that are damaging to broader society,” but it’s important to remember that the imposition of an apparently reasonable restriction upon one’s liberty could provide precedent for further erosion of the same.

  9. Trinity says:
    @Adam Smith

    Tanks, I’ll tell Booger & Cooter what you said. Those two good for nothings don’t do much other than get drunk in the morning and get stoned in the afternoon. After a nap in the shade with their ole blue tick hound then they spend half the night watching videos of Popcorn Sutton on YouTube and playing “Long Haired Country Boy” by CDB over and over. They finally tap out with Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” before calling it a night.

    • LOL: Adam Smith
    • Troll: Dan Hayes, Druid
  10. @Trinity

    And not to mention the cruel and inhumane slaughter of cattle practiced by Muslims and Jews.

    The contemporary meat industry does little to reduce stress levels in slaughtered animals and requires the copious use of additives to provide some semblance of quality to their product.

    Had you researched the subject, you would know that the quality of any given slaughter is dependent upon a number of factors. Throat-cutting alone is not the single factor determining the humaneness of a method.

  11. @Curmudgeon

    If any one of the 2500 mourners dies in the next few months, and if a neighborly Williamsburg doc can be convinced to write “COVID 19” on the Certificate of Death, then the dearly departed’s family will be able to cash in with a lawsuit against the city of New York for Corona Reparations. Local media will run endless weepy stories detailing how NY’s Finest did not properly enforce the lockdown laws in an especially vulnerable community. Brooklyn-based Chuck Schumer will give a tearful speech in the Senate and in front of every TV camera. Etc etc etc. The headlines write themselves. End result: many shekels.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  12. nickels says:

    God bless them all. They are obviously men of faith, steadfastness and courage.
    They will make great Christians.
    Pray for their quick conversion-the church needs their type and soon.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  13. anarchyst says:

    Q: When does religious observance override community health?

    A: If you are jew or muslim you may disregard any “stay at home” laws. Christians must still abide by such laws.

    • Replies: @JustBrooklyn Here
    , @Druid
  14. In all fairness, Hasidic Jews have also been leaders in donating blood plasma once they’re over the rona.

    The chicken thing is weird but meh, it’s completely American to be A-OK with horrible conditions in livestock raising, as long as it’s in huge factory farms and not some awful brown people raising a goat in their backyard or some other brown people raising fighting chickens.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @Alden
  15. @james wilson

    I’ve lived out in deep Red country and as I put it, 95% white, 95% Republican, and 95% on Welfare. 6 kids by 6 fathers, crime, meth, I guess opiates are in fashion now too, child prostitution, you name it. Biggest wastes and leeches you’ve ever seen. At least the Hasids study the Torah and Talmud, white trash just breed and breed and never crack a book.

    • Troll: Stealth
  16. Vasilios says:

    Good on them. Don’t succumb to the Fascist.

  17. @nickels

    The church doesn’t have enough inbred, psychologically disordered, or rudely arrogant people who believe in stupid, primitive superstitious rituals? Boy, they had better get some of more of those. I guess the theory is that they will drop the arrogance and rudeness when they convert? Maybe, but conversion won’t undo the prolonged inbreeding and the problems that come with it.

    • Replies: @nickels
  18. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Fair point. Let’s get rid of both the corporate factory farms and the swarms of backwards mestizo, african, and Indian/Paki/Bangladeshis colonizing our country and bringing their stupid rituals, beliefs, and folkways here.

  19. anon[751] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trinity

    The most humane painless way to kill food animals is to cut the throat with a sharp knife.
    ‘Stunning’ means either firing a spring loaded bolt into a cow’s brain or driving 2 prongs into a sheep’s brain and firing between 250 and 400 volts into the brain for between 2 and 4 seconds.
    In both cases the animal is usually rendered unconscious while the throat is cut, but blood loss this way is not complete and the animal will often still be alive when the slaughtermen start flaying hide.

    What’s behind this inhuman behaviour?

    1. Killing stock humanely slows the process and the profits. A modern beef chain in Australia employing 36 slaughtermen and maybe another 30 labourers and knifehands plus machinery will process 900 big cattle in an 8 hour day, including rest breaks. That’s better than 2 a minute.
    Kill stock humanely, maybe 1 every 5 minutes.
    2. Stunning causes incomplete blood loss. Not much is retained, but because blood decomposes quickly into poisons, meat killed this way is less healthful.
    Once you’ve tried correctly killed Kosher meat you’ll taste the difference.

  20. it would not be a comforting thought for the tens of thousands who might die as a result.

    Really? No one on planet Earth ever leaves the house again forever is a viable alternitive?

    • Replies: @David
  21. Ironically, Rabbi Mertz died from coronavirus

    who died at age 73 from COVID-19 complications

    Psalms 90:10:
    “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

  22. their neighborhoods are hot spots for the coronavirus

    I checked the link, the article specifically mentions “Rabbi Yaakov Perlow…died earlier this month of Covid-19”. I clicked that link. The title: “Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Head of Hasidic Dynasty in Brooklyn, Dies at 89”. Eighty-nine LOL. If only we had a vaccine, he could have lived to 105.

    • Replies: @anon
  23. LOL. Opposite day. Republican president Donald Trump declares martial law. Police patrol the streets enforcing curfew. Religous conservatives defy the government and violate the curfew. All the free thinking Athiests and liberals take the side of the government and the police.

    Judas Priest – Breaking The Law (Official Music Video)

  24. @anarchyst

    Well maybe Christians need to grow a set.

  25. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    I’ve lived out in deep Red country

    As have I. No, 95% aren’t on welfare where I’ve lived. Drugs are common everywhere, as are the other maladies you mention.

    I’ve got nothing personal against Haredim, but I’ve never met one who could build a staircase for a fair hourly rate.

    Your experience with rural white folk sounds like something you’d find in a b-movie script, but I suppose it’s possible when you hang out with the wrong kind of crowd.

  26. Druid says:
    @Trinity

    There have been many reports of how animals are treated by lovely “ Christians”min the good of’ USA so put your prejudice far up your colon, bud!

  27. Druid says:
    @anarchyst

    God, you’re a liar!

    • Troll: anarchyst
  28. Druid says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Torah and Talmud, disgusting vile fiction!

    • Agree: Alden
  29. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    I checked the link, the article specifically mentions “Rabbi Yaakov Perlow…died earlier this month of Covid-19”. I clicked that link. The title: “Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Head of Hasidic Dynasty in Brooklyn, Dies at 89”. Eighty-nine LOL. If only we had a vaccine, he could have lived to 105.

    Thanks. During this time of hysterical doomster propaganda, it gives me great hope that people are seeing through it.

  30. @anon

    Yes — & those 1000’s of crisis actors in NYC hospital deserve Academy Awards….

    • Replies: @anon
  31. anarchyst says:
    @Buck Ransom

    You are correct. Jews gonna be jewin’

  32. These people have no place in Western Countries.

  33. @james wilson

    “They are their own nation, and that is to be admired. ” A “Nation” in the sense that they know how to exploit the wider community down to the microscopic level…. Actually, now that I think about it, they remind me of a certain Middle Eastern nation….

    • Agree: Exile, FLgeezer
    • Replies: @Alden
  34. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @animalogic

    Yes — & those 1000’s of crisis actors in NYC hospital deserve Academy Awards….

    I guess they couldn’t find enough crisis actors so the USNS Comfort, with all of its hospital beds, was sent away. Eh?

  35. @Trinity

    A sin chicken is easier to wave over your head than is a scape goat, as was done back in the old country.

    • Replies: @Paulbe
  36. Trinity says:

    I don’t know if the shackle and hoist method is banned entirely, but you sadistic, and prehistoric yids and muzzies, yes, it has to be yids or some mongrel muds who are promoting brutally slaughtering animals ala the kosher/muzzie method. Anyhow, shackle and hoist was supposed to be banned but still some of these kosher slaughter houses have been caught doing it, found this out after some brief research. The steer is shackled by its rear legs and hoisted into the air. The animal thrashes about in fear and breaks bones, tendons, before being cut to bleed out. This kind of practice has no business in Western society. You want to engage in behavior like this, go back to that sand box called the Middle East. It isn’t like you will be missed and it will help TRULY MAGA, not that Trumpstein bullshit. My gawd, that has to be the m ugliest part of the world, nothing but a huge sandbox. Why the Jews and Muslims fight over a sandbox is beyond me, but you are invited to leave. Adios amigos.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @AnonStarter
  37. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trinity

    I don’t know if the shackle and hoist method is banned entirely, but you sadistic, and prehistoric yids and muzzies, yes, it has to be yids or some mongrel muds who are promoting brutally slaughtering animals ala the kosher/muzzie method

    At least they don’t kill their babies through abortion and sell the off the body parts. But of course, how they treat their livestock is much more important.

  38. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Swinging a chicken around and then brutally killing it sure seems rather strange and weird to everyone else. This practice seems to have attracted a certain amount of attention from anti-cruelty people and being cruel to animals is a bad thing for sure. How many wars have these Hasidic members started? How about cruelty to humans? Clinton-Bush-Obama started wars and dropped countless bombs, causing millions to die, suffer, become pauperized refugees, destroyed countries and lives. What about that? Where’s all these critic’s priorities? We’ve lived under the shadow of nuclear annihilation for so many years and have had various American politicians act recklessly with our lives, risking war by playing chicken (pardon the expression) with other nuclear powers. But I’m supposed to get hyped up about some chicken swinging contests?
    Rabbi Mertz was in his early 70’s and we don’t really know what his health was like. Probably had other issues so the virus was just the last thing added. Ditto for the others within that community impacted by it. They want to chance it by having their events then go for it. This situation brings out the underlying, un-liberal nature of all these so-called liberals, revealing them to be totalitarians underneath all their feel-good rhetoric. Remember, the Gulags were built by people who initially promised a better world.

  39. Alden says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Absolutely nothing wrong or weird about killing a chicken. Or gutting out a deer. Or leaving the dogs out at night to kill or scare off the deer. the raccoons, rabbits and other critters who sneak in to eat your vegetables flowers and bushes at night

    Someone mentioned animal control confiscating a dog in a fenced yard because in the animal control deemed the dog “ not under control”

    A properly trained dog who’s owner is neither a sissy boy or woman looking for an animal baby keeps itself under control. Because the owner knows dog training is more than house breaking.

    Properly trained dogs behave themselves, have good manners, and keep themselves under control. They understand English, don’t knock down visitors, sit down shut up and back off when told , stay out of the kitchen and dining area at all times. They sit quietly several feet away when their food is being prepared. They wait till the owner gives permission to eat instead of lunging for the food

    One thing you can never train them to do. Stay off the couch at night.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  40. @Trinity

    You are full of it. Animals are treated in most barbarous way by White Americans who resort to trap , torture and beat poor foxes, bob cats and other defenseless creatures. The murder of thousands of innocent Black Bears and their cubs by sick sadistic hunters proves your biased opinion .
    The sickness and savagery of the trophy hunters in the US are well known around the world.
    IN TX , the land of white exceptionalism, actually dumb red necks , lions , Leopards and other wild animals, declawed and fenced in are chased and shot for fun by the rich dumb trash for fun and sadistic self indulgence in violence and barbarity.No mention of that savagery by you at all and yet you indulge in demonizing Muslims who actually are strictly forbidden by their holly book in harming animals .

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/06/ive-seen-the-hidden-horrors-of-high-speed-slaughterhouses

  41. Alden says:
    @animalogic

    Nations support themselves. They raise their own food and sell it to those who construct buildings, bridges , Wells, canals, roads, weave cloth and make clothes and do useful things.

    Nomad predatory bandits do none of those things. They just raid the producer nations. When they’ve destroyed one productive nation, they move on to the next.

    Some predator people like Bedouins and American Indians had the sense to hunt and raid producers for a few years then move on to allow the wild animal flocks and herds time to breed again and farmers to return to the fields.

    Another tribe of predators prefers not to
    leave till they’ve wrought total destruction.

    • Agree: anarchyst, FLgeezer
  42. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    At least the Hasids study the Torah and Talmud, white trash just breed and breed and never crack a book.

    Talmudists are an abomination.

    So-called ‘white trash’ are mostly victims of Dickensian class prejudice and aren’t unique to the United States. They are redeemable like the once despised Irish who have since been largely rehabilitated in most of the English-speaking world.

  43. Sulu says:

    Historically the Jews always overplay their hand. The become too smug, greedy and arrogant. This is just the latest example. And it will lead to their downfall.

    Just wait for the market to really crash, say below 10,000. Let house prices decline by half and let the banks start foreclosing on everyone that has a mortgage and has lost their job. People in this country will go ballistic. And they will be out for blood. They are going to be looking for someone to blame. And I and others will be quite happy to tell them it was the Jewish bankers. The Jews are playing with fire with this one. America is not poor little defanged England or Australia. Most everyone I know have multiple guns and lots of ammo. This has the potential to be really big.

    Sulu

  44. anarchyst says:
    @Alden

    I agree…
    Dogs are filthy animals. Many dog owners are either stupid or just unaware of their dog’s behavior and idiosyncrasies.
    Every friend of mine that owns dogs is impervious to the smell that their houses and furniture get from having dogs living with them, not to mention the hair, urine and fecal smell that their abodes secrete. Thankfully, being exposed to such smells can be minimized.
    Some dog owners are so “brainwashed” that dogs actually control them. They put up with behavior from their dogs that they would not allow a human to do. Inconsiderate dog owners just laugh when their untrained, undisciplined dog “humps” the legs of visitors or begs for food by jumping on visitors, thinking that their dog’s behavior is “cute”.
    One of my pet peeves is sitting at the dinner table as a guest and having their dog bump and nuzzle, begging for food. THAT is a major irritant, in my book. If I can get away with it, a good “kick” usually stops that behavior. A well-trained dog should NEVER beg for food and should be restricted from areas where humans are eating.
    Dogs crapping everywhere is but another inconsideration that many dog owners overlook or ignore.
    I have run into many dog owners who insist that their dogs won’t bite, despite their snarling unfriendly behavior.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Alden
  45. @Trinity

    What if some Satanic cult decided to sacrifice humans?

    Then they would be joining their fellow Satan worshipers in the high levels of government.

  46. They are based on the premise that the only way to defeat the virus is to limit its proliferation among the healthy population, a view which admittedly has been challenged by those who believe that the preferable way to beat the disease is to allow everyone to be exposed to it to create a “herd immunity.” Even if that were true, it would not be a comforting thought for the tens of thousands who might die as a result.

    Wrong, not everyone should be to be exposed to the disease. The elderly, and particularly convalescent centers, should have been protected. Early on, they should have been closed to all visitors, even family, and employees should have been paid to stay at the building for the approximately four weeks it would have taken the coronavirus infection to pass. This was a big mistake that New York made, and most of their fatalities are from this age group, including the Rabbi. Rabbi Mertz was 73 years old, and hindsight is 20/20, but the Hasidic Community should have insisted on and helped him to isolate until the danger had passed. Of course, the time for the virus to pass is only being lengthened by flattening the curve.

    Even if that were true, it would not be a comforting thought for the tens of thousands who might die as a result.

    The death rate would have been greatly lowered by protecting the elderly population.

    Regarding the rest of your article, I think your ammunition is largely being wasted. Hasidic Jews are not part of the Zionist metastasis in the Executive Branch that is often the subject of your writing. Many Hasidic Jews would be your ideological allies against Israeli machinations as most of them don’t even believe Israel should be a state. These are not the droids you are looking for.

    • Replies: @Exile
  47. jsinton says:

    There’s been quite the mad rush to see how many constitutional amendments the petty dictators can be in violation of during the pandemic. I take great offence to anyone who thinks it’s okay to restrict religious liberty of Americans. Everyone wants to erode freedom until we’re just a bunch of compliant docile Chinese who take the Orwellian nightmare as normal. I fully support the right of Jews to worship as they wish, or anyone else for that matter.

    • Agree: nickels
    • Replies: @anarchyst
  48. anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @anarchyst

    I have run into many dog owners who insist that their dogs won’t bite, despite their snarling unfriendly behavior

    Like Tribbles, dogs can keenly sense someone’s character and act accordingly.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Alden
  49. anarchyst says:
    @anon

    I get along with most dogs, but there are those who are just incorrigible and should be put down.
    I was mauled by a dog when I was 9-years old. I did not taunt the dog or react negatively in any way. The dog barked and snarled at everyone.
    By the time I got back from the hospital, the dog was “cured” with a .22 to the head. Good dog…

  50. anarchyst says:
    @jsinton

    You make an excellent point about religious freedom. I agree that jews should be able (not “allowed”) to worship in any way they see fit. I approve their demonstrating to that effect.
    However, these same jews have used “lawfare” to enforce “freedom FROM religion” by edict and laws, but only directed at Christians. Removal of Christian religious symbology from public view has been a goal of these jewish-run groups who want to see the Christian religion deleted from “the public square” (except for themselves).
    When menorahs keep popping up all over in public places, (and even at the White House) and nothing is said by these same groups, the jewish “double standard” is blatantly obvious.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
    • Replies: @nickels
  51. Hibernian says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Rural white poverty pocket 95% Republican the way many of them used to be 95% or more Democratic? Color me skeptical.

  52. @Trinity

    the shackle and hoist method

    This is not the accepted Islamic method of dhabihah. It’s a contemporary innovation that arose as a consequence of marketplace competition.

    Having studied the religion for three decades, and participated in ritual slaughter on many occasions, I’m able to distinguish between the proper method and corner-cutting. Even without hoisting the animal, there are numerous prerequisites to meet — from the sharpness of the knife to the consciousness and composure of the animal.

    I oppose any method of slaughter that doesn’t meet the requirements set forth in the shari’ah. It’s certainly possible nominally Muslim meat companies aren’t compliant with them, though I’d have to inspect each facility on a case by case basis to determine that. Until then, I can’t draw any definite conclusions.

    That said, it is absolutely certain that the vast majority of secular facilities do not process meat humanely and, again, you would know this if you had bothered to study the subject. In a slaughterhouse where 900+ animals are slaughtered per day, it’s inconceivable that they experience no trauma before their time comes.

    This is the second time I’ve addressed the subject. If you continue to post ignorance, I’ll just link back to this post.

  53. Alden says:
    @anarchyst

    Dogs are very very easy to train and control.

    There’s something wrong with most dog owners. Would they allow their child to shove his face in some strangers crotch? Would they allow their child to jump on every person who comes into the house? If their child charged out of the yard and bit a passerby would they defend the child and blame the victim?

    Would they allow their 2 80 pound kids to harass 2 deliverymen trying to wrestle a 44 inch wide refrigerator through a 36 inch wide door?

    Thank God for pooper scooper laws. But people following dogs picking up their poop 💩 if I were a farmer I’d deal with the manure. But human slaves picking up dog 💩. Somethings wrong with them.

    • Agree: anarchyst
  54. Paulbe says:
    @Kolya Krassotkin

    The chicken of sin. We will next need the turkey of avarice, the kitten of gluttony and perhaps the platypus of envy.

    It all makes as much sense.

    • LOL: Kolya Krassotkin
  55. Alden says:
    @anon

    So if a dumb animal with a brain the size of an almond decides to charge lunge and snarl at passers by that’s ok? You sound like every submissive owner of a badly behaved dominant dog. Bet he jumps all over you when you’re fixing his food. Bet he charges out the door because you have no control over him. Bet you feed him from your plate. You probably even sleep with him.

    Did you know that when you come home and he jumps on you he’s not welcoming you but displaying dominance?

    • Thanks: anarchyst
    • Replies: @Trinity
  56. Exile says:
    @Weston Waroda

    Many Hasidic Jews would be your ideological allies against Israeli machinations as most of them don’t even believe Israel should be a state. These are not the droids you are looking for.

    Pure goyim fantasy-fuel.

    The Tribe keeps its internal struggles internal. Both their religion and their ideology are centered on the Tribe. Even hard-atheist/secular Jews identify with Hasids because of Holocaustianity. See the NYT comments sections on DeBlasio’s actions.

    Jared Kushner’s a Chabad Lubavitcher. How’s he working out as an “ally against Israeli machinations?”

    • Agree: nickels
  57. nickels says:
    @anarchyst

    While some of what you say is sensical (concerning jews driving Christianity from the public square and installing a Jewish Religous Reich to replace it), the part about wanting freedom ‘from religion’, specifically ‘freedom from Christianity’ has little merit, in that Christianity represent the natural moral law, i.e. ‘practical reason’, and to liberate oneself from ‘practical reason’ is to become a slave.
    But, most certainly, people should be free from a false demonic religion like Jewdaism.

  58. nickels says:
    @RadicalCenter

    While certainly rudeness, arrogance and inbreeding are an omnipresent problem with those embracing the false religion of the jew, the waters of baptism wash all this away and will leave only the best parts-the courage and faith.
    Those jews who truly convert make the best of Christians.

  59. T. Weed says:

    Let them congregate! They only infect each other, the more the merrier. Homo Boobus is full of insane sects, and this is one of them.

  60. Trinity says:
    @Alden

    I actually do sleep with my 2 dachshunds, but the American bulldog is just too damn big and he snores and that big rascal has a big of a gas problem on occasion. Anyone who has ever owned dachshunds know they like to sleep under the covers, whether it be summer or winter. My dogs are spoiled as hell, they eat T-Bone steaks on occasion, and the AB and I go for walks on trails, so if he poops, he does it off in the woods. I leave the little hot dogs home, their little legs are too stubby and I have to walk too slow. You CAN have well behaved dogs without being a drill instructor. What I hate more than people who don’t “properly train” their dogs are people who seem to only want dogs because it is something they wish to control or dominate. My dogs behave well and get this, I don’t have to rule over them with an iron fist. I think that is why so many people hate cats, because of the cat’s independent behavior and refusal to be dominated.

  61. Realist says:

    The Jew bashers are back…I didn’t think Giraldi could control himself for long.

    • LOL: Kolya Krassotkin
  62. Technomad says:

    The Hasids have a talent for wearing out their welcome. Even other Jews mostly don’t care for them. In Israel they, and the “haredim” in general, are not popular at all with the secular Jewish population, what with their Wahhabi insistence on following the literal letter of their interpretation of Jewish law, and their habit of breeding huge families while living off Israeli (read: US) welfare and dodging out of army service.

  63. David says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Mr Giraldi gets carried away with polemics. I’ve never heard anyone advocate “to allow everyone to be exposed to it.” Allow those with less than 1 in 10,000 chance of dying from it to be exposed to protect, via herd immunity, those with a much higher chance of dying from it from ever being exposed.

  64. anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:

    FYI these particular Hasidim in Williamsburg are Satmar, who are fanatically anti-Zionist. As such I have seen them referred to quasi-respectfully as “true Torah Jews” and similar phrases by several commenters at this website. Given the negative tone of this article and some of the comments, one might entertain the conclusion that it isn’t actually Zionism or Israel that people have a problem with…

  65. religious liberty in America does not mean that you can embrace a bizarre set of practices that are damaging to the broader society without any consequences. Spreading disease and torturing animals to please some deity that may or may not exist is not guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America, nor should it be

    But who gets to decide what is “bizarre” and what counts as torturing? Similarly useless if you define racism as irrational prejudice based on race.
    Some think it is bizarre to lock up an entire population in a grand experiment–an experiment which has no control group, thus permitting the deciders to crow about their “results” and “lives saved”, and yet which is guaranteed to make people suffer. I think that many on the margins of mental health are being tortured by this lockdown, and the suicide rates probably confirm this.

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