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More damage control: Siegel spurns resignation call, will take indefinite leave for anti-Christian rant

by George Bennett | September 6th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel has rejected a call from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith to resign over Siegel’s statement that fundamentalist Christians want to see Jews “slaughtered.”

Siegel instead will take an “indefinite leave of absence,” Smith said after huddling with Siegel and Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Lori Berman for about an hour this morning at the Florida delegation hotel.

“Today I asked for Mark Alan Siegel’s resignation. He has declined. He is embarrassed and humiliated by his inappropriate comments and has requested an indefinite leave of absence, which I have granted. Effective immediately he has been removed from his responsibilities,” Smith said in a statement. “We condemn in the strongest possible manner his comments which are not reflective of the Democratic Party.”

County Democratic Vice Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo will take over Siegel’s responsibilities.

“The recent statements made by Mark were not reflective of the person we have known and worked with for many years — and are certainly not reflective of the views of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party,” a statement from Rizzo said. “Given the nature of these remarks, Mark has rightly chosen to step aside. I will take the reigns effective immediately.”

In an interview with conservative PatriotUpdate.com, Siegel said “I’m Jewish. I’m not a fan of any religion other than Judaism.”

Asked about Christianity, Siegel said: “The Christians just want us to be there so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ…They’re not our friends. They want Israel to pursue policies that are antithetical with its security and existence. The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord. It is a false friendship. They are seeking their own ends and not ours.”

The interviewer said “You sound like you’re the opposite of anti-Semitic. You’re anti-Christianic?”

‘No,” Siegel replied. “I don’t believe that the fundamentalists urging a greater Israel are friends of the Jewish state.”

Siegel issued an apology this morning:

“I apologize to all Democrats and Floridians for my ill chosen words last night. After watching the interview I realize that what I said did not accurately make the point I was trying to establish. More importantly I apologize to all Christians, Jews and other people of faith for any embarrassment or anger my remarks may have caused. Throughout my life I have practiced religious tolerance among all people of faith. I am sincerely sorry for any remarks I made that may have diminished that record. I alone am responsible for my remarks and I pray that they are not taken as the position of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.”

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75 Responses to “More damage control: Siegel spurns resignation call, will take indefinite leave for anti-Christian rant”

  1. indpendent voter Says:

    Lets see Democrats:
    “hate god”
    “hate Christians”
    “favor abortions”
    “want to tax everybody who makes more than they do”

    NICE BUNCH OF PEOPLE…

  2. indpendent voter Says:

    Oh … and the apology!
    LOL….
    They make these comments then pretend they “didn’t really mean them”!
    Oh you didnt see the news camera and microphone?
    The sad truth…They really think this stuff! But pretend they don’t!

    … YOU’RE KIDDING ME… REALLY?

  3. he has to go Says:

    No leave he needs to be removed by the state chair end o story.

  4. JupiterVoter Says:

    Given that Siegel believes Christians want to kill Jews, I wonder the if the Palm Beach Country Democratic Party will segregate the Christians and Jews who attend Obama’s speech as the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Sunday……

  5. Chris Says:

    No! NOT GOOD ENOUGH! RESIGN, NOW! TODAY!

  6. TS Says:

    Welcome to Crazy Town where Siegel is Mayor.. One thing I cannot understand is how anyone with connections to Israel can be a part of the new progressive socialistic democratic party. To them, Israel is just a thorn in the side and not an ally. ALSO – JFK is turning in his grave because his beliefs have been completely flipped. Instead of “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”, Democrats are now completely and only about “what can your country (other taxpayers) do for you”. THE DNC is a disgrace to everything that made our country the greatest in the world. Wake up people.

  7. Brian O'Donaghey Says:

    Well, I’m glad that Siegal was HONEST about his opinions….so I’ll give him that. Guess he was also glad those Israeli vandals spraypainted “Jesus is a monkey” grafitti on the Christian monastery near Jerusalem. Then they wonder why they’re sometimes referred to as “Christ killers”.
    With Israeli-Americans making up no more than 1.6% of all American citizens, most of whom hold dual Israel and American citizenship, I’ve always wondered HOW they hold so much power, control, and influence over American domestic and foreign policy, the news media, and business and finance, etc. I wish our government treated Israel equal to how our government treats Ireland…. a place where many, many more Americans have their roots.
    Then again, Americans of Irish heritage aren’t more loyal to Ireland than they are to America.

  8. John Konopak Says:

    I’ve read their book “Revelations,” and according to that wackloon text, the Fundies believe (or say they do) that ONLY when all the Jews are 1) converted or 2) dead, will their “Redeemer” return.

  9. puffn1x Says:

    Lets get all of this ridiculous religious baloney out of politics. Our country must not depend on this baloney.

  10. dem guys Says:

    wow, that video show how truly bitter and hateful that siegal is towards non-jews. do they all think like that and hide it from us? I mostly vote democrat and this clown shames all of us. he wants it all his way, and no room for others.

  11. Joe Budd Says:

    This is the definition of hate speech and intolerance! Mark Alan Siegel has spoken what he truly believes and there should be no room for that kind of vile hatred coming from anyone in any position of leadership in either party. You embarrassed yourself, your party and most of the fine Jewish people who call America their home. You’re a disgrace!

  12. JT Says:

    Good riddance! You meant exactly what you said….If anyone said the same thing about the jews, they would be done in politics forever….Enjoy your time off you intolerant HATE MONGER! The Democratic party is full of nothing but hypocrites! Add another vote for Romney.

  13. Dr. Bob Says:

    Seems to me that on BOTH sides, when it comes to politicians, etc., all we get anymore are extremists. What we need is clear thought on both sides of the aisle, or this country will be RUINED.

  14. fairandbalanced Says:

    Leave of absence? Are you kidding me! Do the Democrat idiots think that this will all just “blow over”? And then this guy can come back out of the Democrat “hate filled” closet and then he can continue on with his spitting out of his hate filled venom? This is just one more example of how totally removed from reality Democrat leaders are!

  15. Give Israel Back... Says:

    How bold faced and bogus.

    The guy does not seem shy and its not likely this is the only time he has shot his mouth off with this Hate – Christian style rant.

    Jews vote in blocks in South Florida. Condo by HOA. So is it reasonable to assume this is how most of the Jews in Del Ray Beach, Boca and West Palm Beach really feel about Christians?

    But listening to this guy, you know the Jews will never do that. Shame.

    Shame. Israel is an artificially created state by UN decree. Jews cried louder than anyone else Hitller tried to destroy in WW II so the UN took Palestine from the Palestinians and invented Israel. No oil, desert, surrounded by Arabs, Muslims, Christians. Israel has been haunting the world ever since ……they should give back some of the land to the Palestinians instead of treating them like dogs…its their land.

  16. Koch Brother Says:

    from the side picture, he looks like Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue

    MAKE THAT LEAVE PERMANENT, MORON!!!!

  17. djinn13 Says:

    I don’t get it. Isn’t what he said exactly what fundamentalists believe?

  18. Rev Master Says:

    Too late, I was going to vote for Obama, but I am very offended by Siegel’s comment, now I will vote for Romney.

  19. God (the real one) Says:

    beware of those who call themselves jews but are not…

  20. Alan Says:

    Mark Alan Siegel is no different than Todd Akin, he needs to leave politics. He is an embarassment to Palm Beach County.

  21. Mike Says:

    Gee, Independent Voter, you’re not generalizing at all. I don’t condemn all the Republicans for Todd Akin’s ridiculous remarks. Here you are condemning all Democrats for Siegel’s.

  22. Rebel Roy Says:

    After this incident, I have become a democrat for Romney.

  23. HAHAHA Says:

    @Mike-AMEN! How many times have Republicans disrespected our PRESIDENT in front of Congress and the country. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. There are idiots in every segment of society, some are a little more verbose than others.

  24. HAHAHA Says:

    @Rebel Roy-HA HA HA! Your comment must be a joke.

  25. Meredith Says:

    Please rest assured that the democrats and the Democratic Party are NOT represented by the rants of this crazy bigoted man who clearly does not know what he is doing. The Democrats are united outside of the formalities of the party in Palm Beach County because of this offensive excuse for leadership.

  26. SandyLester Says:

    He is embarrassed because he got caught, that’s all.

  27. SandyLester Says:

    Really, Meredith?
    People have seen the democrat convention the last few days, he is exactly what the democrat party is.

  28. Steve G Says:

    Don’t kid yourself. There are many, many more if not the majority of Jewish Dems who agree with this clown. I give him credit for his honesty. I don’t give his party my vote however.

  29. OriginalRenegade Says:

    Mark A. Siegle speaks the TRUTH! Loyal Democrats need to support him, oppose the word God in our platform, and recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of Palestine, not Israel. It is time to stand up to these hicks who don’t accept The One as our master. Remember, the right to choose only relates to abortion and free contraception paid for by someone else, not choice of schools for our children, whether your business/job will be unionized, whether you want gov’t run health care, what type of light bulb you can buy, or whether you want the gov’t to keep our borders secured. Silly people. Mr. Siegle speaks the Democrats’ truth.

  30. Onewhoknows Says:

    OMG – Rod you accepted his offer of an indefinite leave? Do you know what he just did to Palm Beach Democrats? Humiliated and embarressed? Your kidding right? He needs to crawl into a hole and never come out. Democrats are not about hate and he should be fired!!I am leaving the Democratic Party because of him. I am not the only one…What do our bloggers think? Wait until this goes viral.. SAD DAY for Dems..

  31. KansasGirl Says:

    Wonder how he feels about Muslims? Hehe

  32. BurningBush Says:

    The truth hurts, Revelations states that in order for Jesus to return to Earth, the Temple of Solomon must held by Jews. That is the only reason wingnuts like Pat Robertson, Falwell and another little fat pastor- I can’t name now, are such staunch Israel supporter. These idiots dont care about Israel, they are pushing for a hard line positions only for Israel. This position maynot be in Israel’s best interest. The other issue, according to Revelations, Jews either convert when he comes or die.

  33. Jonathan Guggenheimer Says:

    He’s right.

  34. Please Says:

    They got rid of Evenlyn Garcia about her comments about Israel.They should do the same for Siegel about his comments about christians.This is suppose to be the democratic party.

  35. Devout Christian Says:

    I do not believe his apology was sincere and do not accept it. A typical Democratic response. Sweep it to the side until the outrage calms down. Then it’s back to business as normal and the media will pretend everything is fine.

  36. Jerry Says:

    I’d venture to say that Mr. Siegle was used by the dems to distract everyone from the real problem and that is obama and his false claims to be christian. He has often admitted to being a Muslim and their hatred for anyone who does not beleive in Allah.

  37. Pamela Says:

    If you’re considering leaving the Democratic party, please consider that the bastardization of the republican party’s founding platform is not the answer. They show disrespect to all people by showing disrespect to some.

    Mark Alan Seigel doesn’t represent me. He needs to go. You don’t.

  38. just saying Says:

    Jews have a real hatred for Christians in Palm Beach County.

  39. John Says:

    Siegle is a Neo-Nazi and needs to go to H–l

  40. John Says:

    Mark Seigel is out of his mind. He needs to seek out the services of professional health service provider.

  41. taxpayer Says:

    Oh my God, my vote if for Mitt. All the democrats are loosing control of their speech. Are they Drunk all the time. That’s why
    Obama does not have control of anything. Also, In God we trust is the base of this country and they don’t want to mention God, They need to go to the country of origin if they don’t like America. Also, in the Clinton’s speech, he forgot to say that Osama Bin Laden was trained by America when fighting the Russians. We have a problem in America, We train everybody regarding our secret arm forces and after that they used them
    against America

  42. The_Riddler Says:

    Congratulations Siegel! – I would rather vote Republican and give the corporations carte blanche (which they pretty much already have anyway) than endorse your ideology through a vote for the Democratic Party. Good Job! BTW, by the way you look (half head of hair, out of shape, drunkards nose) looks like god (meaning Jesus) doesn’t like you either! Us Christians do NOT have to tolerate this! Good Work! From registered Democrat.

  43. hot tar, feathers, and a rail Says:

    Fire and dismiss Siegal, shame that disloyal traitor publically. And expose the names of all those who still support him. We need to know.
    Cloaked behind religion and the defense of Judaism, Siegal betrays his true intent by using phrases like “the worst possible allies for Israel pursue policies antithetical with its security and existence”, “allies for the Jewish state”, and “a greater Israel”. These are foreign policy words, NOT religious words.
    So his MESSAGE is “I’m not a fan of America, but only Israel”.
    As a treasonous turncoat, Siegal deserves lifelong ruin, ostracized and shunned by loyal Americans, as do his supporters. One thing is for sure, Siegal truly is a JUDAS.

  44. Florida Girl Says:

    Thanks Mr. Siegel….another brillant remark from not only a fellow Jew, but a Democrat to boot. Please keep your disgusting comments to yourself-you need
    not share your stupid thoughts. The Jewish Community have enough issues with Anti-Semitism and you go ahead and lash out that no other religion is relevant, especially singeling out Christians. Politicans should be a sock in it before you all start talking…half of you don’t even know what the hell you are saying.

  45. booradley Says:

    He really has a distorted view of the relationship between Fundamentalist Christians and Israel. Most Americans of all faiths realize Israels importance as the only ally, and the only real capitalist democracy in the middle east.
    This is what the Democratic party has become, a group of polarized, self serving individuals.
    Oh’bama has shown support for Muslim states in hopes of appeasing them. All at the expense of Israel. Appeasement is what brought on the Second WW. It will bring on a war in the Middle East which will be provoked by Iran.
    Do not forget that Iran is a Shiite state and is in a covert war with Sunni dominated states. They have a puppet Army called Hezbollah, and a puppet state in Lebanon.
    How come Oh’bama never mentions the suffering of Christians living in Muslim states. Oh’bama is not only g-dless, he is also faithless.
    Israel will not be the only victim of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Christians are suffering now, they will die later along with Israel and it’s Semite population.

  46. Denise Says:

    Good Lord! A Jew told the truth for once. (Always a mistake, for them, but invariably the truth emerges) People – this IS what Judaism is all about. They worship themselves, and HATES every-one else. There are solid reasons why they’ve gotten booted out of every country on Earth. It’s not the fault of the Gentiles – it’s THEM.

  47. Denise Says:

    Booradley – Obummer was installed BY Jews. The money behnd his is STRICTLY kosher. Now – Jews have worked for centuries to destroy Christian Nations. The Moorish (Africanb Muslims) invasion of Spain was funded and aided by Jews. They opened the gates, in several cities, like Toledo, so the coal Black African Muslims could invade.

    Instead of doing the tired and obvious “Oy Vey Poor Me” schtick – tell every-one how Christians suffer in Israel. How priests and nuns are literaly spat on. How Churches are defiled….

    The World needs to KNOW.

  48. Toni Says:

    What I don’t get is why should he take a leave and apologize when everything he said was the truth. Do some research on the evangelical christian platform and see for yourself.

  49. Jackie Says:

    The Dems are showing their true colors; I find it very hard to believe any their leaders.Just look at what happened yesterday with the platform’s exclusion of God and Jerusalem. Have we forgotten that Clinton told a bold-faced lie to the American public over his sexual escapades in the Oval Office? Makes me sick to the stomach.
    WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP NOW!

  50. Toni Says:

    As an example try reading the Left Behind Series – Written by popular evangelical author and political activist Tim LaHaye (a leader of the Moral Majority, among other conservative groups) and Jerry Jenkins, a prolific writer and editor, and based on LaHaye’s ideas about the end-times, the series returned to The New York Times bestseller list with Glorious Appearing, its 12th installment, after its March 30, 2004 debut.

  51. lifes a beach Says:

    Religion is stupid. Just a way to repress people into being afraid of something that does not exist. Bogyman thory. Be independant thinkers and stop listening to what other people have to say.

  52. Inappropriate Comments Says:

    Appreciate the jewish people who have stated they are appalled by this man’s comments.

    Urge you to make sure he resigns. This will follow him everywhere and we hope this is not indicative of other jewish democrats in Palm Beach County.

  53. DCPETE Says:

    Democrats are the biggest closet racists/anti-semetic/anti christians in the world. I’ve voted democrat all my life. This election will be the first time I ever vote Republican and I will never vote democrat again. Party has changed too much over the last 20-30 years.

  54. 13th Floor Elevator Says:

    Siegel’s comments reflect a “Jewish first” mentality which exists in Palm Beach County Democratic Clubs. It’s not everywhere, but it’s there. I’ve been to enough meetings to know this for a fact. I applaud the State Party Chairman’s swift response. However I would urge the Party to not let this slip under the rug. Calls for Siegel’s resignation should continue.

  55. Fire noe Says:

    How can he not be indicative of the plague of Jewish block voting in pbc? Needs to be fired now.

    Not good for Jews.

  56. Joe Budd Says:

    @ Toni and others…You don’t know what you are talking about. Beleiving in a rapture (not even all Christians agree on this) and end time wars are a far cry from actively seeking to slaughter Jews as Mr. Siegel hatefully spewed. There is not truth in what he said. If you think so then provide the chapter and verse not some fictional Left Behind series of books.

  57. OSCAR Says:

    For gay marriage, aboption and against God and Christians unites blacks and blue collar whites..good thinking Siegel..perhaps you are really a Republican..

  58. OSCAR Says:

    I mistyped abortion..sorry

  59. Lars Says:

    Comments to avoid hatred relevant or equal to JewsAre#1 Siegel. The whole post is hatred.

  60. Denise Says:

    John – stop insulting the NS. Hitler tried to warn every-one.

  61. Denise Says:

    Dump Israel. Kick Jews OUT of the USA!

  62. Denise Says:

    13th Gloor Elevator – why do you think Jews have been universally despised, everywhere they go? Why do you think they’ve gotten the boot? It’s THEM.

  63. Gladys Says:

    I heard this interview on the radio news today and I was very upset, to think that americans some, even christians, voted for this bigot! He should go. One thing is to have an Opinion but, he is an elected man in office, voted to serve and respect his fellow man, no mater what they are or who they are. He doesn’t deserve his job!

  64. booradley Says:

    @Denise,
    you are certainly embittered towards Jews. Not sure why the hate is so deep. You say Hitler tried to warn the world, it was Jews that warned Roosevelt of Hitlers attempt to build a nuclear weapon. More Jews have won Nobel Prizes in all fields than any other cultural/national group. You enjoy the many different forms of art and entertainment due to the talents on and off the screen of Jews in the industry.
    I don’t agree with this ass or any other that puts his loyalties before America. My grandfather served us in WWI, my father during WWII and Korea, and I did from 1973-77. Three generations of American Jews who were willing to lay down they’re lives or perform a needed service to our country.
    Denise, can your family say the same? Lighten up and look to the real causes for your anger. See American History X for an example of misplaced rage.
    It’s America that allows us to be who we are, worth dying for if you ask me. And I would even defend your right to say what you do. I made no distinction of who I was taking the oath for when I enlisted.
    My point is to state that Oh’bama has comprimised American security with his pandering of the Muslim nations. Anyone who believes in the American Judeo/Christian concept that votes for Oh’bama is blinded by the same charisma that most socialists exude that has no real substance.

  65. Jimmy Says:

    (Hi POP. Look at this web morsel.)

    Christians Don’t Want Jewish Death

    Democrat leader Mark Siegel stated at the DNC that “fundamentalist Christians…want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord.”
    It wasn’t Glenn Beck, John Hagee, Hal Lindsey or any other Christian who first talked about the predicted massive slaughter of Jews during what Christians call the “end times.”
    It was the ancient Hebrew prophet Zechariah who as long ago as 487 B.C. predicted that two-thirds of Jewry in the “last days” will be killed (Zech. 13:8).
    All true Christian leaders view this scripture with horror and sympathy and NOT with glee!
    Fundamentalist Christians are actually waiting for an “any-moment rapture” to Heaven (several years before the second coming) and do not believe that any event, including this final Jewish holocaust, has to happen before their escapist rapture happens.
    More shocks. Fundamentalists have recently been learning that their rapture belief was first taught in Britain in 1830 and that it wasn’t widely adopted by Americans until the early 1900s. The documentation on all this is in “The Rapture Plot” (carried by online bookstores) which also reveals for the first time that, amazingly enough, this British theory has an anti-Jewish foundation! (For more info Google “Pretrib Rapture Politics.”)
    Although no one is perfect, evangelical Christians (including fundamentalists) are still the best friends of Jewish persons and Israel.

  66. Madison Says:

    Someone asked : How is it that American Jews, right about 1percent of the population, heavily dominate the press, the financial services industry, law firms and American elites?

    Its because we work harder and smarter than the rest of you. And we stick together.

  67. Moishe Says:

    Liberal Jews control the media and Hollywood because we are God’s chosen people. Get over it.

  68. Veronica Lockhart Says:

    Terrie Rizzo,as the new leader of the DEC, are you ready to publicly denounce Mark Allen Siegel or do you believe the way he does?
    Please let us know how you feel.

  69. Chris Says:

    For all of those calling themselves “democrats” who are now leaving the Party or not voting for Obama because of this bigoted blowhard, I am astonished that he has such control over you and the life decisions you make. Or are you really republicans lying (as republicans today do so well) so you can influence the commentary?

  70. Ellie Whittey Says:

    In my opinion, Mark Siegel should immediately resign as chairman of the D.E.C. .
    It is crucial that Palm Beach County has an individual who will unite us…not divide us.
    Only as a united party can we be victorious in November.
    The healing process has to begin,starting with,Mark’s resignation.
    Peace out..

  71. Moishe Says:

    He resigned. I heard he might convert and run for mayor of Jacksonville.

  72. Hate from Jewish Leadership Says:

    The Nobel Prizes are rigged. How can a man who just becomes President receive the Peace Prize when he has done nothing to promote Peace? Obama and peace, what a joke. He is divisive.

    Jewish people are so full of themselves they leave the door open for others to dislike them.

    Jews hate christians as reflected in the statements by Seigel. Jews knew Seigel’s thoughts and still elected Chairman of the Democrat party in Palm Beach County.

    How can there be peace in the Middle East when jewish leadership spouts such hate?

    Seigel is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more haters in jewish leadership positions. They hate christians as evidenced by Seigel’s remarks.

    They dominate S FL politics and stop other worthy non jewish candidates from running for political office.

    Shame on Seigel and those that elected him. They KNEW what his thoughts were.

    Jews hating christians.

  73. Moishe Says:

    Bet Jesse Jackson is laughing..now we know that most Democrats think he was right about Hymietown..other than New York and Florida most Democrats side with the Palestinians and want Israel to go to hell.

  74. Hateful Mentality Says:

    Tired of jewish people saying they are the best.

    You stoke hate that way.

    Aren’t we all equal or are jews better than the rest of us?

  75. Moishe Says:

    Jews are the chosen people, It’s impossible to explain our superiority to those who are not chosen. Sorry.

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