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Sunday, August 29, 2004
Is He Or Isn't He? [UPDATE: No.]

Look, I understand that this is a sensitive question, but...could someone please tell us whether Larry (now upgraded to Lawrence) Franklin is Jewish or not? I can't be the only American Jew -- or non-Jew -- who wonders about this, but I haven't seen a word. And if a Muslim American were accused of spying for, say, Iran, you know their religion would have been mentioned by now.

Of course, if he's not Jewish, that might be a little hard to work in without it sounding like an implied slur on American Jews. But by the same token, it might be less inflammatory to write about it.

UPDATE: According to Newsweek/MSNBC, he's not:
...although Franklin was not Jewish, he was an Army reservist who did his reserve duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

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