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November 03, 2005

More on the Daily Vanguard

Caelan MacTavish, the columnist who has drawn criticism for a recent op-ed in the Portland State Daily Vanguard, is interviewed by Portland's Jewish Review

Read it here:

Posted by GI at November 3, 2005 04:59 PM


MacTavish goes on and on about how it was a rough draft that should never have been published and how he didn't know what he was doing.

He submitted a rough draft to the paper - that sounds odd to me. Then the paper called and asked to publish it, presumably having read it, and he was so clueless that he didn't realize the work was distorted. Not only that, he cared so little about his own work that he didn't bother to ask to finish it before publication?

If he didn't know what he was doing, why was he doing it? I thought columnists were supposted to KNOW something about their subjects before writing (silly presumption, I guess).

Doesn't he realize that actions have consequences? Not only has he added fuel to the anti-semitic fires, but he has revealed himself as careless and sloppy.

On the other hand, if he's interested in a job in the MSM, he's just proved that he has the "right stuff" as far as they're concerned. He has probably jump-started his career.

Posted by: Richard at November 4, 2005 09:00 AM

"My intent with that was to illustrate you can convert to the religion but you can't convert to the race, and Orthodox Jews would agree with this, that you're born Jewish or you're not."

I would like to know his source for this claim. Every Orthodox Jew knows that Judaism is not a race ... there are white Jews, black Jews, Asian Jews, Arab Jews, etc. And neither Orthodox nor any other movement distinguishes between Jews-by-birth and converts.

Posted by: aunursa at November 4, 2005 01:20 PM

Of course, saying "you are either born Jewish or you're not" is meaningless and irrelevant. No one argues that you are born a Jew or you're not,only that if you're not born a Jew then you can convert to Judaism. So it's actually ridiculous to make such a meaningless statement.

Posted by: Nanci at November 8, 2005 09:05 AM

Please go to the URL provided to read my response, which will not be published in the Vanguard.

Posted by: Caelan MacTavish at November 16, 2005 03:50 PM

Mr. MacTavish,

You should read "Ordained to be a Jew" by John Scalamandre about a Catholic priest who lost faith and converted to Orthodox Judaism. Not only was his conversion completely legitimized by Orthodox Jews, he was totally embraced and accepted as one of them.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 17, 2005 03:52 PM

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