That may be one of the creepiest part of the whole posthumous baptism. The idea that some Mormon can try to make Anne Frank a celestial wife. At least perhaps they believe they can.
On Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Citifield in New York, there will be an asifa [gathering] (no women allowed) led by the leaders of various and varying sects of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. I won’t bog you down with too many details, but its purpose is to enforce a ban on the Internet and other modern communication technologies like iPhones for Orthodox Jews. One Rabbi even wants to make Jews who would dare to use the Internet feel like “second-class citizens in Klal Yisroel. [Jewish nation]” Ostensibly, one of the chief reasons given by these Rabbis for these bans is protecting children (few people disagree on the need to prevent kids from harm, after all.) The horrible irony in it all is that the Gedolei Yisroel [“Great ones of Israel - term for Ultra Orthodox leaders] are the very men complicit in:
- Covering up sexual crimes against children.
- Protecting the rapists and abusers and commanding those with knowledge of the crimes to remain silent or face reprecussions.
- Blaming the victims, ruining their shidduch [marriage] prospects and expelling them from Yeshivot.
- Silent (but occasionally explicit) condoning of campaigns of intimidation and violence against those victims and their families who refuse silence and identify or press charges against their tormentors.
How dare they presume the moral authority to lecture anyone on protecting children? With all due respect, learned Rabbis: YOU are the real danger to children, not the Internet. The Internet has, in fact, shown the world that the Emperor has no clothes; your complicity in protecting serial-rapists, arsonists, abusive husbands and sadists is now public knowledge. But instead of fighting the real menaces to children, you attack the medium which brings such stories to light.
Shame on you, Rabbis. Shame.
We hear a lot from Christians about sex ed in schools, so I was really interested to read a person of another religion’s perspective on it. The author says the general Orthodox consensus on sex ed is this:
“Education teaches people how to live. If you are educated about sex, you begin to live with sex. This is not a theory. This is fact… There is an accepted view within Jewish orthodoxy that sex education should be taught when people are ready to have sex. When adults are ready to get married, they are ready to learn about sex.”
Sound familiar? It’s so sweet when we can put aside our religious differences and come together in not educating our young people.
The author argues that not only is that POV generally untrue and harmful (because even Orthodox teens have sex before marriage), it actually conflicts with another tenet of Judaism:
Further, avoidance to teach sex education may violate lifnei iver (the prohibition against placing a stumbling block before the blind). If we do not include it in our Jewish education, we risk putting our students in harm’s way.
Like I said, really really interesting to read about sex ed being taught in non-Christian religious schools. EVERYONE deserves to be educated about their bodies and their sexuality.
Hey @byepluto, was this anything like your experience?
Imagine how long that line was - imagine just the rodents!
And that just counts the unclean animals. Don’t forget that seven pairs of clean animals were included to allow for eating, sacrifices, etc (Gen 7:2-3)!
Yuk yuk! Silly Jews and Christians.
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