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Matt's reliably low road runs over Chai

by Jeremy Hooper

ChaiIn the Jewish faith, "chai" holds great meaning. As a term, it means "living." It is the root of its verbal cousin, "l'chaim," which is the celebratory toast at some of life's most important functions. Chai (along with variations like "Chaya") is also a popular name in Jewish culture.

As a symbol (seen at left, consisting of the two Hebrew letters Cheit and Yod ), "chai" is often worn as a medallion. Some interpretations say that it refers a Living G-d. Others cherish it because of its focus on the importance of life. But few debate its importance.

Also, if you have ever been to a Jewish function in which monetary gifts are exchanged, you probably know that the sums are typically granted in multiples of 18. That's because 18 is the numeric value of the word "chai," and so the gift is meant to keep in that same spirit. You are literally giving the gift of "life," wishing the recipient great luck in the same.

But that's just our knowledge of the term. For an alternate view, you can also refer to the nothing-if-not-scholarly way that Matt Barber maligns the word in his latest attack against an Obama administration Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nominee:

"Chai Feldblum (pronounced "high" as in "stoned")"
The discriminatory 'Non-Discrimination Act' [ONN]

Stay classy, myopic evangelism!

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I love the line in the third paragraph from the end (yes, I forced myself to endure this hyperbole-ridden trash):

"...ENDA would-for the first time since the Constitutional Convention-extend special, federally preferred government status to individuals based upon a changeable and objectively aberrant...lifestyle, rather than requiring that such status be delineated by immutable, non-behavioral characteristics such as skin color or gender."

So, tell me Matt...just how "immutable" and "non-behavioral" is your religious protection afforded by current non-discrimination laws?? All of the freaks like Matt conveniently leave out the protections that they ALREADY ENJOY and act like we're asking for something that's never been asked for before. Are these people even capable of NOT lying???

Posted by: Ken | Dec 3, 2009 1:01:44 PM

I'm glad someone pointed out that Barber makes the case for religious discrimination and made note of his immature attack on Feldblum's name.

It amazes me how low some of these folks will stoop.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Dec 3, 2009 1:37:15 PM

Isn't it already illegal to not hire someone for being an "unrepentant swinger"?

Posted by: Matt Algren | Dec 3, 2009 3:07:46 PM

And as Jeremy so frequently points out with these far-right web sites, they won't post comments that disagree. After I submitted my comment above, I went to the ONN site and submitted a similar comment...before there were ANY comments posted on their site. It's now over four hours later and there are several comments...all in support of Matt's article. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that, in addition to habitually lying, they suppress any attempts to call them on it!

Posted by: Ken | Dec 3, 2009 5:13:56 PM

I like Matt Barber's picture in the article.

"I'm your daddy. And this is going to hurt. A lot."

Posted by: DN | Dec 3, 2009 5:52:21 PM

Ken, these guys are pathological! I know that they have been confronted with the truth which directly refutes their lies, and they continue to promulgate the lies. Their pathology ensures that they can't stop themselves from bald-faced lying.. either that, or they continue spewing these bald-faced lies because the truth doesn't sell as well with the gullible hordes. After all, with these lying liars, it's all about the Benjamins - and the biggest liars are more than likely getting the biggest paychecks.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 3, 2009 7:06:56 PM

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