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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 26, 2006 / 27 Tishrei, 5767

Of Muslims and dogs

By Julia Gorin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Former U.S. Ambassador Richard Carlson had a recent post on JWR's sister site Political Mavens, about Muslim loathing for dogs. In addition to the crowded but conspicuously dogless streets of Tehran, he cited the Saudi ban on dog ownership as well as the common cruelty to dogs and puppies that's rampant in every Arab nation, where man's best friend is routinely stoned to death, beaten and otherwise abused. The animal cruelty stories from Afghanistan, he wrote, "would turn your stomach."


Carlson recalled arriving at a wealthy Pakistani Sunni Muslim lady's home and an English Springer Spaniel greeting him at the door (the same breed that Carlson himself once had). When he asked the woman why she had a dog in the house, she answered, "We don't buy all that Muslim stuff against dogs and there are many Muslims who think like us…but here in Islamabad, and among the Arabs, dog lovers are a very small minority." While it would have been more heartening to hear that the woman had adopted one of the abused mixed-breed strays that are being killed around her rather than getting a pedigree that she most likely purchased, the hostess did offer a noteworthy insight: "The more unwashed they are themselves…the more they believe dogs are unclean."


Bingo.


This is an observation I've made myself over time. When walking my dog in New York, I'd notice that the lower the level of a person's existence, the more likely my dog was to get a dirty look. I saw it quite often from recent immigrants, in the country for 10 years or less; also from African street vendors; and from some homeless and/or disturbed individuals. (I also noted that sub middle-class American blacks didn't take kindly to dogs and were often terrified of them, but that middle class to wealthy blacks tended to have fluffy white dogs.)


But there was a real subtext to the recent immigrant's disdain for dogs, to the disgust on their faces which they never bothered to hide when observing the attention that Americans lavish on their dogs. I swear I read one woman's eyes saying, "My family could sure use the money she spends on that worthless animal." That's when it hit me like a ton of bricks: these people are in competition with our pets for Americans' resources.


Indeed, the higher you are on the human totem poll, the more magnanimous you are to god's "lesser" creatures. The lower you are, the greater your disdain for the "lesser." This dynamic was illuminated between the "po' white trash" and the blacks in Maya Angelou's book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


Carlson sums up the Muslim world as it relates to dogs: "a society where kindness and compassion to lesser creatures, and to man himself, is in very short supply."


I always thought it one of life's great travesties that there are dogs in every corner of the world, no matter how depraved and how unworthy its humans are of their company. One of the hundred reasons that I don't engage in any world travel is the unchecked stray and neglected animal problem that other countries have. What happens to so many animals in America is disturbing enough, and it's the only country — save for Canada and certain Western European nations — that I have any standards for on this front. (With the exception of the Bronx, a third world country where dogs run loose and unfixed so they can impregnate other dogs until getting hit by a car, creating new generations of to-be-discarded-or-abused dogs. I don't know if the animals' reproductive habits reflect those of the residents, or if it's the other way around, but I do know that both of the dogs I've rescued and adopted were from the Bronx.)


But back to the most disturbing possible scenario: being a dog in the sadistic Muslim/Arab world. "The Koran says that you must wash anything seven times that has been touched by a dog and then wash it again with dust," according to the Carlson's Pakistani host. That's why it's so galling to a fundamentalist Muslim when a dog sniffs him for bombs at the airport.


The situation for cats in the Muslim world isn't good either, but it's not as bad, since Muslims, and the Koran, consider them to be cleaner, and so they are not as maligned as dogs. What we have, then, is essentially a whole society of cat men. That explains a lot.


Carlson's Pakistani friend in Tehran said that Muslims "think [dogs] are the devil." It makes perfect sense. The dog — happy, warm, loyal, loving, honest, all-forgiving, free-spirited, grateful, non-judgmental and non-sadistic — is the antithesis to Islam. Notice that in addition to dogs, America and Jews are considered to be the devil too. In other words, Muslims hate everything that makes the world just a little warm and fuzzy.

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