CUFI's Odd Case Of the Dome That Vanished In The Night
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Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 02:37:43 PM EST
Last Saturday, I reported on a JTA news service story entitled CUFI "Wipes" Mosques in which JTA reported that the CUFI logo image had been altered. The JTA story stated that "mosques" had been "photoshopped out" of the CUFI logo image while I noted that the most egregious absence from the logo image seemed to be that of the Haram el-Sharif, the 3rd holiest site in Islam. The JTA story also quoted CUFI representative Joe Thurman who told JTA for the Saturday story that the image in the CUFI logo "is in fact not photo-shopped.  The camera angle used to focus on the beauty of the wall was too narrow to include the mosques.". But a subsequent JTA story released today appears to contradict that earlier CUFI statement.
Today, also, I received an email communication from Mr. Joe Turman of the Alexandria, VA. public relations firm Shirley & Bannister which stated that I owe CUFI and Hagee an apology for the first story. But, the new JTA news service release today states that the image had been altered, just not by CUFI. The culprit was, it seems, artistic license. I have contacted Mr. Turman concerning the apparent discrepancy between CUFI position in the two JTA stories. In my response to Mr. Joe Turman of Shirley & Bannister, who appeared to be representing CUFI although he didn't identify himself as such, I noted that I had merely quoted the first JTA news story and had even left open the possibility that, even though the CUFI logo image would probably be taken in the Islamic world as provocative, the alteration might not have not been an intentional provocation:

As a possibly intentional provocation, the elimination of the Dome Of The Rock from CUFI's website logo is consonant with John Hagee's repeated vilification of Islam. But is it consonant with US foreign policy or the foreign policy positions American Jews would choose to support ? The troubling nature of CUFI's logo raises the issue of the extent to which Hagee has been granted a place, recently, on the American national political stage and of his access to prominent US politicians. CUFI's founder, Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee, spoke before a substantial portion of the US House and Senate, as a keynote speaker at the Israel America Public Affairs Committee convention in Washington DC in February 2007.... Whether intentional or not, CUFI's website logo depicts such a future, in which the Dome of The Rock has apparently been destroyed and this raises questions about the growing tactical alliance between Jewish lobbying groups such as AIPAC and John Hagee's burgeoning national CUFI lobbying group ...Pastor Hagee's, and CUFI's, political positions have no counterpart within Israeli mainstream society. Rather, such views are held, in Israel, by groups considered to be on the extreme political fringe.

Today's JTA news service release states that CUFI has "replaced a photo on its Web site after learning the image was doctored" and that "[T]he photographer and the Israeli agency that sold the photo said the photo had been manipulated for artistic reasons." I have not yet been able to reach Mr. Turman or the JTA news service to clarify the apparent discrepancy between the two JTA stories. Please stay tuned.

You reported on the CUFI logo , which clearly reflected John Hagee's worldview; a world without mosques . . .and Arabs . . .and ultimately all non-believers (Jews) Perhaps strings were pulled and JTA was forced to change their story, for change it they did. Along comes the goodly, godly Jew, David Brog to defend their virtue with stories of artistic beauty, et voila, a new logo appears, mosque in toto. This reeks of Bush/Rovean spin in a world where truth becomes a lie and lies become truth. If they want to play martyr, I say don't allow it. You have too much info, too many quotes to back up the real story. And the real story is simple though lunatic. John Hagee and Christian Zionists have been able to make major American Jewish leaders believe they are as one, particularly with regard to financial support of Israel. But Hagee has stated clearly and often that Jews, while currently the apple of God's eye, are not long for his world. Or perhaps, his having already divvied up his own congregation into the 12 tribes of Israel, perhaps his own wearing of talit, of blowing the shofar to yarmulke clad congregants, is really telling us that he is creating and sponsoring the new and improved Jew.

by Darwin on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 05:52:03 PM EST

Smells like BS to me and I'm a farm raised boy.  I know BS when I smell it.

by nofundy on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 03:28:02 PM EST

In this era, from Facebook to website Logo designers, it is easier, more attention-grabbing and animated-friendly space we have to display some of the creative concepts.

by lifetime on Sat Jan 25, 2020 at 03:13:35 AM EST

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