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Religious Paper Cuts Clinton From Iconic Photo

CNN.COM - Faith has outweighed fact at Der Tzitung, a Hasidic newspaper based in Brooklyn, New York.

The ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication ran a doctored copy of the iconic "Situation Room Photo" last Friday – you know, the one taken of President Barack Obama and his national security team during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.

Scrubbed from the picture: the two women in the room.

It's as if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with her hand clasped over her mouth, and Audrey Tomason, director of counterterrorism, weren't there and weren't part of history.

The news of this broke Friday when Shmarya Rosenberg, 52, posted a quick piece on his blog Failed Messiah.

Rosenberg, of St. Paul, Minnesota, says he wasn't surprised by the photo doctoring and only posted something about it because "it was a slow news day."

A former ultra-Orthodox Jew, Rosenberg has been writing about the ultra-Orthodox community - mostly about crime and what he dubbed "strange media" - for seven years. He says the newspapers in that community have become "increasingly strange with their censorship of women's faces and women's bodies" over the past few years.

He says readers used to see photos of rabbis with their wives and that there was then a time when the women were blurred. Now, they're just not there.

According to Rabbi Jason Miller, a blogger who picked up the story Sunday for The Jewish Week, Der Tzitung does not include images of women in print "because it could be considered sexually suggestive."

CNN called Der Tzitung for comment and is awaiting a response. Click here to read more

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