[UPDATE: Nov. 8 - I'm still getting people asking these questions. At least now they get to this page. If that's how you got here, please, leave a comment below or email me explaining why you wanted to know?]
Sitemeter offers a lot of information about people who get to this site, but it's mostly about their computer's features and their location, not their motivation.
Today I got someone who asked outright, "Is Lisa Murkowski Jewish?"
Why would someone want to know that? As a Jew whose grandparents all died in Nazi Germany, I get a bit edgy over inquiries like this. It seems to me there are two basic categories of people wanting to know:
- Jews - Like any ethnic group in the US, Jews are interested in knowing about members of their group who are prominent and successful. Some may even be ready to support a candidate because she is Jewish on the (often erroneous) assumption that she would support issues they support. But Murkowski is not a name that most Jews would think of as likely to be Jewish. So my guess is that the people googling "Murkowski" and "Jew" are probably NOT Jews.
- Non-Jews - I really don't know why non-Jews would google "Murkowski Jew." I'm sure there are good, reasonable explanations. Maybe readers might offer some reasons to help me out here. But I also know that there are still a lot of White Power websites out there.
I do think that a candidate's religion can be relevant in an election. If some candidates' religions play a strong role in their values and will impact decisions they will face as elected officials, then the public has a right to know this so they can vote for the candidates who most closely represent them.
But a candidate's religion doesn't necessarily predict how they will decide specific issues. Not every Mormon or Catholic or Hindu follows their religious dictates faithfully. And there are different factions in most religions that differ on important issues. One simply can't generalize from someone's religion. Every candidate is an individual. We need to see the candidates' records and the stands they take.
So I'm still curious about why someone would google "Is Lisa Murkowski a Jew?" What would it mean to these people to find out that she is or is not Jewish? Why not just google something like: "Lisa Murkowski religion"?
Just for the record, Lisa Murkowski is NOT Jewish. If you really need to know what her religion is you can check out her Wikipedia page.