Sundown: The Politics of Toilets
Baby bust, high-minded photography, and a video gaffe
• Ralph Jaffe, a gubernatorial hopeful in Maryland, is suing the state beause a security guard would not let Jaffe use the restroom in a state office building, suggesting he go to a neighboring McDonalds, which Jaffe, who is Jewish, worried might “give people the impression that I’m going over there to order a hamburger.” [Baltimore Sun]
• A photographer whose work represents Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust hopes his exhibit at the El Paso Holocaust Museum “will help chip away at ethnic and religious stereotypes”—prehaps starting with those at the El Paso Times, which says, “Muslims rescuing Jews seems improbable in today’s world.” [EPT]
• Rabbi Menachem Burstein, head of a Jewish fertility organization in Israel, has changed his stance and determined that single women should not be allowed to have children, as, he stated speciously, “it has been proven that a child born to a single woman from in vitro insemination suffers greatly.” [Ynet]
• The home of Australian politician Eric Roozendaal, who has spoken out against fringe right-wing organizations, was vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti. [Sydney Morning Herald]
• On the advice of trusted Jewish friends, the head of the website Y’all Politics has removed a video criticizing Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers for visiting Israel during the fracas over health care reform at home. [JTA]
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