Originally Posted by AdamSchwartz
I'm going to assume that since you're a fan of the show you've heard us make fun of many people for doing (what we consider) to be silly things.
Why is this any different?
Adam, it is one thing to make a joke or make fun of things. I am Jewish (secular) and I found the Hitler video just posted on this site hilarious. But on the Pokercast (#230) the hosts seriously suggested that the poker player should forget his faith (or his family's faith) for a day because the Main Event is such a big and profitable event. That is the same as someone suggesting that you should forget your morals and cheat in the Main Event, just this one time, because it is a huge event.
To be clear, I am not responding to your Twitter comment, I am responding to this idea that the player should have put his faith aside for a day. Listen back to the episode - it sure didn't come across as a joke or making fun, but as serious commentary. The hosts demonstrated a deep misunderstanding and perhaps intolerance of observant people. My guess is that you just don't know anyone who is observant. If you did, you would not suggest cheating faith for a day.
For what it is worth, the Pokercast is awesome and you all do great work. It was great to hear Gavin Smith - I miss hearing him on my iPod.
I volunteer 20 or more hours a week for a non-profit, no pay, so I appreciate the work you do. But I also think that the latest episode deserves some frank responses. A little empathy on your part would probably go a long way on this issue. My non-profit work has brought me into contact with some observant Jews. I also taught non-religious classes in a mostly observant graduate program. The observant folks I know would not cheat at faith for a day the same way you would not cheat at poker for a day.