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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Village People singer doesn't want 'Y.M.C.A.' used in Olympics protest

By David Wharton






Says song was never intended to become a homosexual anthem


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The original lead singer for the Village People doesn't mind that his 1970s disco hit "Y.M.C.A." became a gay anthem, but he doesn't want it used to protest the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


With gay rights a hot-button issue for the coming Games, Victor Willis says he recently declined an invitation to appear in Russia and has similarly dismissed suggestions that he perform the tune as a rallying cry.


"If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead," Willis said in a statement. "But I think it's silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA.


"The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays," he said. "It's much broader than that. The song is universal."


The Russian government has drawn fire in recent months for adopting legislation that threatens to prosecute anyone who promotes "nontraditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors. Critics say the law effectively bans events such as gay rights parades.


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With various groups vowing to protest, there has been speculation that athletes might show support by wearing gay rights pins on their uniforms or painting their fingernails in rainbow colors.


"Y.M.C.A.," which was released in 1978 as a single from the album "Cruisin'," has long been popular in sports arenas, where fans hold their arms over their heads to spell out the letters.


Willis believes that, politics aside, it would be a good fit for the Olympics.


"I would consider performing the song as part of the opening ceremonies," he said, "and lead the stadium into the 'Y.M.C.A. dance' as a show of world unity because that's something I believe the world can relate to."

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