Monday, May 21, 2012

What do Orthodox Jewish men have in common with the Vatican?

Yes, that's right...point the finger elsewhere.

More in common than you might think...
What does the Vatican so when it's under pressure for not prosecuting (or even excommunicating!) priests who abused their authority to molest children? Go after the nuns and the Girl Scouts!

Orthodox Jewish groups, also receiving public pressure for sheltering sex offenders and shunning those in the community that demand justice, blame...the internet. Thousands of Orthodox Jewish men crowded into New York Mets' stadium on Sunday in a mass protest against the internet. Women, of course, were not allowed to attend. Instead, they watched it live in schools and other gathering places.

Ah yes, the internet is bad except when used to target someone who has strayed. In March I wrote a review of Deborah Feldman's book, Orthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, and knew it was only a matter of time before it would be discovered by the people who are fiercely angry at Feldman for leaving the Satmar community. They have started a vigorous campaign to discredit her with the help of Google and Amazon, although it's glaringly obvious that few of them have read her book.

The Jewish Orthodoxy and the Vatican have far more in common than their bad habits. They also both exclude women from full equality, cling to the letter of their laws, believe that judgment reigns over love, and believe that they have the only direct line to God. And they shelter sex offenders and are not ashamed of it.

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