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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    I once called a neo-nazi a Jew, I think he found it offensive, but other than that, no-one else has been offended when I use it.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    This is a common dodge of Jew-haters. "Oh, I don't hate all Jews," they'll say. "Just the ones who want to have a country and exist."
    and then they find the writings of a person who was born Jewish, but hates Jews and they hide behind that as well.

    Look -- I can't be antisemitic. I agree with Norm Finklestein that Jews are conniving, manipulating deceitful creatures who get others to do their bidding, but he's a Jew, so it's all o.k.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    and then they find the writings of a person who was born Jewish, but hates Jews and they hide behind that as well.

    Look -- I can't be antisemitic. I agree with Norm Finklestein that Jews are conniving, manipulating deceitful creatures who get others to do their bidding, but he's a Jew, so it's all o.k.
    If he ever actually said anything even remotely like that you might have had a legitimate talking point for once.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's come up in a thread that some people might consider the word "Jew" to be offensive or insulting. Is "Jew" offensive? I ask this in all sincerity because I do use the word and it hadn't occurred to me that it might be a bad thing to do.
    I think there are a lot of different opinions of what "Jew" actually means. For example, is it a religious term? Is it a racial term? Is it a community or family term? Can you be a non-religious Jew? I've heard Christian Jews called completed Jews. Is that offensive? Some people find Jew used as a racial term to be very offensive because they believe it started with Hitler. I don't know.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    If he ever actually said anything even remotely like that you might have had a legitimate talking point for once.
    Who suggested this post was about you? Are you feeling singled out?

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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Who suggested this post was about you? Are you feeling singled out?
    guilty conscience perhaps? I have seen another poster here jump to the assumption that people are talking about her for that reason.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    But is Jew an ethnicity or is it a description of a person of a particular religion? When we describe someone by religion we do say he is "a Christian", "a Mormon", "a Jedi"...
    In the Soviet Union, Jew was a nationality.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's come up in a thread that some people might consider the word "Jew" to be offensive or insulting. Is "Jew" offensive? I ask this in all sincerity because I do use the word and it hadn't occurred to me that it might be a bad thing to do.
    As with any other word it all depends on how it is used.
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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    In the Soviet Union, Jew was a nationality.
    Technically the term 'nationality' in Russian translates to ethnicity. But the term is sort of mixed and ethnic groups had different passports for their respective regions. For example a Russian born in Ukraine would have Russian passports and Ukrainians had Ukranian passports.

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    Re: Is the Term "Jew" Offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    guilty conscience perhaps? I have seen another poster here jump to the assumption that people are talking about her for that reason.
    That would be my guess. No names were named in this thread, but DOL automatically assumes that it's about him?

    Curious.

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