A meme on the Facebook page of the Colorado Jewish Republicans: bigotry or just provocation?

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When I look at the Facebook meme on your right, shared by the Colorado Jewish Republicans, I see the same kind of raw bigotry that Jewish people have faced for centuries.

The meme depicts a bearded man in a turban with a bloody sword flying in the air after being kicked. It reads:

“Real Freedom is, kick out Islam from this planet.”

Dan Kopelman, who’s listed as president of the Colorado Jewish Republicans on the Colorado Republican Party website, doesn’t see it that way.

“It’s talking about violent Islam,” said Kopelman. “It’s not talking about peaceful Muslims.”

Kopelman said he doesn’t know who, among a dozen authorized people, shared the meme on the Facebook page of the Colorado Jewish Republicans, which holds meetings at the East Side Kosher Deli with prominent public officials, such as Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton), who helped lead a discussion at the deli last summer on how to make America “red again.”

“It looks like somebody being provocative, and I have no intention of taking it down,” said Kopelman of the meme. “It’s not against anyone in particular. It’s kind of poking back at the people who have been poking at us.”

But when the meme says “kick out Islam from this planet,” isn’t it trashing the entire religion of Islam and advocating violence against Muslims, I asked Kopelman.

“Saying, being kicked off the planet in a cartoon with a drawing of a surprised-looking guy with a bloodied sword in his hand is not advocating violence,” replied Kopelman. “It’s a point of conversation. Just the implication that a conversation-making cartoon is the same as violence is offensive.”

But Jews are a persecuted group, I said to Kopelman. Don’t you sympathize with Muslims who are being attacked?

“You don’t hear about hoards of Orthodox Jews running around attacking, killing, and beheading people,” he continued. “You don’t hear about any group of Jews doing this.”

Muslims feel attacked too, I told Kopelman.

Kopelman called me hyper-sensitive, but I told him I didn’t think he understood how besieged many Muslim Americans feel, as they’re slammed with bigotry starting at the top, in the form of  from President Trump’s Muslim ban, and running to the bottom, in the form of bigots on local stations like KNUS 710-AM.

The motto of the Colorado Jewish Republicans is, “You are not alone.” But I don’t think Kopelman understands how lonely it can be to be a Muslim in Denver these days.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    “In the Jewish community, we know all too well what can happen when a particular religious group is singled out for stereotyping and scapegoating. We also know that this country must not give into fear by turning its back on its fundamental values, even at a time of great crisis. As we have said so many times, to do otherwise signals to the terrorists that they are winning the battle against democracy and freedom.”

    Jonathan Greenblat, ADL

    Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Stance Condemned by Jewish Organizations

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Or?

    Both.

    (. . . but not “just” . . . )

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    These people are clueless when it comes to irony…..

    You have fundamentalist Christians teaming up with ultra-orthodox Jews to bash fundamentalist as well as non-fundamentalist Muslims.

     

  4. Gray in Mountains says:

    It is bigotry. Evil no matter where it comes from

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Wouldn’t this be the very same Dan Kopelman who got caught while working for the shorter Coffman, when he was SOS, selling lists of voters from that office to the Republicans?

    • mamajama55 says:

      Looks like it. All of these hypocritical evangelicals  have the same 11th commandment: "Do as I say, not as I do."

      Also, "Thou shalt not get caught." There are probably more….

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    As the image and text shows none of the nuance mentioned by Dan Kopelman, it is pure prejudice and bigotry.

     

  7. Half Glass Full says:

    Sheer bigotry, plain and simple. Any responsible member of Colorado Jewish Republicans should be demanding that this disgusting meme be immediately taken down. 

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