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Rookie dinged for religious remark

Mixed-marriage joke offends professional standards expert
Published on Mar 30, 2004

Editor's note: Inman News received a pile of mail this week from readers who wanted to praise or condemn yesterday's story, "Rookie Realtor says no ethics in real estate." This reader took exception to a joke about a mixed-religion parentage. Dear Rookie, Your friend who likes to joke that she's "the product of a 'mixed-marriage': A Jew from New York and a Roman Catholic from New Jersey" should be an embarrassment to both her parents, their states and their respective faiths and ethnicities. As a Jew whose family includes Christians and Roman Catholics, I find the inclusion of this statement personally offensive. As the CEO of a company proud of its racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a Realtor for 30 years and member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (no, I am not Hispanic, but I support the concept of increased Hispanic home ownership), I find it professionally offensive. As a reader (and a former newspaper columnist) I found the statement to be...

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