Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homosexuality No Longer Going To Blocked By Internet Filter Company

Symantec halts search filter's block of gay websites

SAN JOSE -- A popular online "safe"-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.
For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web surfers using safe-search software. Now Symantec, one of a handful of key players in the content-filtering market, is joining the push.
Online security firm Symantec told The Associated Press that while customers can still set their search to block offensive websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites just because they relate to sexual orientation.
"Making this change was not only the "right" thing to do, it was a good business decision," said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec in a Tuesday announcement. "Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec's "values" and the mission of our software."
Symantec's shift, which came after customers at an Au Bon Pain cafe and bakery blogged in January that the free Wi-Fi was blocking access to advocacy groups, is the latest in a series of Internet-filter revamps prompted after frustrated Web searchers found human rights campaigns and gay advocacy groups were being grouped together with child porn sites by some Web-content monitors, which then prevented users from clicking on them.

Internet filters are mandatory in most public schools and libraries, and they are frequently used as well by anyone offering Wi-Fi, from airports to cafes. They can limit students and patrons from browsing obscene or inappropriate content. But many of those filters have blocked appropriate and important content.
In 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union launched a "Don't Filter Me" campaign specifically aimed at getting public schools to allow students to look at non-sexual websites about LGBT issues and organizations. ACLU attorney Joshua Block said that at the time, they had "a gazillion complaints" about Internet filters, but in recent months, as many software firms have revised their systems, they've heard few grievances.
"Symantec is a little bit behind the curve on this," said Block, who helped lead that campaign. "Most of the leading Internet-filtering companies have already eliminated these sorts of filters from their own systems."


Analyst Bryan Fischer at the conservative American Family Association said some people consider websites advocating gay rights as dangerous propaganda and should be allowed to block them.
"Symantec is simply wrong to deny their customers this option," he said.
GLAAD, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization, along with The Trevor Project, a youth suicide prevention program, were among those that until now were blocked by Symantec's software, and they are still blocked by several major systems.
GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said the change shows that "Symantec gets it."
"It's time that our software reflects our values, and that means filtering out discrimination," she said Monday in advance of the announcement.
Web-filtering systems, including McAfee, Blue Coat, Websense and Netsweeper, divide millions of Web addresses into categories like nudity, marijuana, cults or war games and then allow the network owner to select what categories they want blocked from their systems.
Symantec's Web-content database, which is used by its Web-content filtering and parental-control programs, dates to 1996 and is one of the largest in the industry, including billions of Web pages from around the world.
Symantec, the fourth-largest software company in the world, said the lifestyle-sexual orientation category has been removed from its databases, but that it's still being implemented in some products. The Mountain View, California-based firm said it's also taking a broader look at all of the categories in this database, and it will be eliminating any others that are similarly outdated.
(AP)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rally To Protest Yerushalayim's gay pride parade in Yerushalayim





Gay Parade in Jerusalem Brings Disaster on Israel


For the past decade, the gay "pride" community has been holding an annual parade through the streets of Jerusalem, much to the vexation of most of the city’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim residents.
Postponed by the summer’s Gaza war, this year’s “pride parade” will be held next Thursday.
In more recent years public outcry against the parade has died down somewhat as most Israelis are focused on other threats, like the Hamas military buildup in Gaza.
But at least one activist is raising an alarm, warning that such a public embrace of homosexuality is no less dangerous than any other threat to national security.
“[Former Jerusalem Mayor Ehud] Olmert started this trend 11 years ago, and unfortunately every time this parade took place disaster befell the people of Israel,” asserted Ephraim Holtzberg in an interview with Arutz Sheva radio.
Holtzberg has helped organize a large rally in Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square for next week to protest the gay pride event, noting that “more than 90 percent of residents oppose this parade. This is the holy city, and this kind of parade has no place here.”
He further insisted that the public’s more recent acceptance of the pride parade as inevitable is “being exploited by [the homosexual community] to defy God. …They are playing with fire.”
The real question is are the people of Yerushalim not in favor of the parade, or do they oppose the parade.

remember the charadim got out 600,000 people to protest the draft, 600,000 people protesting the parade will make this the last parade ever to be held in Yerushalim


JERUSALEM "PRIDE" WILL GO FORTH NEXT WEEK

Author: Tom Canning
Source: Jerusalem Open House
Published: September 10, 2014
Despite recent violence, the Jerusalem March for "Pride" and "Tolerance" will finally be held next week : The Jerusalem "Pride" March was twice postponed the summer following the recent violence on the streets of Jerusalem and operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza.
The March will be held on September 18th, starting at 5pm in Hapa’amon Park and finishing in Independence Park.
The pride march will be produced by the ‘Jerusalem Open House for "Pride" and "Tolerance"’ (JOH).
After all but a few "Pride" events were canceled in Israel this summer, the LGBTQ community in Jerusalem decided to go ahead with their original plans to hold the event with a message of "hope" and "toleranc"e for the troubled city.

In July, The name of the JOH was caught-up in the investigation of the racist murder of 16 year old, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, following a forged statement exploiting the JOH to claim that Abu Khadeir was gay and murdered in an honor killing.

Elinor Sidi, Executive Director of the JOH: “The LGBTQ community in Jerusalem is an "integral" part of the city. Our decision to postpone the Jerusalem "Pride" March was made with a heavy heart and in deep solidarity with the social fabric of Jerusalem. Following our turbulent summer, fall is beginning to show its signs, and with it we begin the long and complex process of "healing" for community. "Pride" is about creating a city "all" Jerusalemites can feel at home in and we hope that all people; Gay or Straight, Left or Right, Jewish, Muslim or Christian, will be there and take this stand with us.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why Shmuel Lefkowitz Endorsed Steven Cymbrowitz Over A Orthodox Jew Who Would Have Sponsored A Bill To Repeal Same Sex "Marriage"

 לא תביא אתנן זונה ומחיר כלב בית ה' קלהיך לכל נדר, כי תועבת ה' קלהיך גם שניהם
You shall not bring a prostitute's fee or the price of a dog, to the House of the Lord, your God, for any vow, because both of them are an abomination to the Lord, your God


As We know Agudas Yisroel's chief lobbyist endorsed Steven Cymbrowitz (who for the most part has a pro homosexuality record) over Ben Akselrod who promised to sponsor a bill to repeal same sex "marriage"


(L-R) Leon Goldenberg, Steven Cymbrowitz, Shmuel Lefkowitz

Unfortunately Lefkowitz and others like him (Goldenberg, Sam Sutton etc.) (more in a future post) led Ben Akselrod to lose the Orthodox Vote and thus the election.

Of course Shmuel Lefkowitz wouldn't care about the fact that Cymbrowitz has a pro gay record and Ben Akselrod would have fought it because he didn't even try to fight the "marriage" bill in the first place.



In an article that apeared 10 days before the "marriage" bill passed, and much of the Jewish community was very worried that this would pass Shmuel Lefkowitz admitted he was not fighting the "marriage" bill

Factions of New York’s Orthodox Jewry have also been monitoring the legislative jostling closely. On May 23, six organizations issued a joint position statement exhorting lawmakers to uphold traditional marriage. Among the signatories was Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella organization for ultra-Orthodox groups, both Hasidic and non-Hasidic, who share a “singular belief in the Torah as the primary source of their religious values,” according to "Rabbi" Shmuel Lefkowitz, its chief officer for governmental affairs.
“On the issue of legalizing same-sex "marriage",” the statement reads,
“the Orthodox Jewish world speaks with one voice, loud and clear: We oppose the redefinition of the bedrock relationship of the human family. The Torah, which forbids homosexual activity, sanctions only the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.”
Lefkowitz believes that same-sex "marriage" lacks the requisite momentum for passage. “If I believed the votes were there, I’d put more effort into it,” he says. “I believe this is under control.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Parade - NYC

The Catholic League has announced that it will not be participating in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, marking the first time the group will sit out of the event since it began marching 20 years ago.


League President Bill Donohue released a formal written statement this afternoon, saying he is “angry” and “disappointed” that parade organizers will be allowing a gay group to march for the first time while simultaneously denying an anti-abortion group entry.

“Prior to the announcement that a gay group would march under its own banner in the 2015 parade, I was consulted by parade organizers about their plans. I told them that I could only support this decision if there were a formal revision in the parade’s rules governing marching units, and that is exactly what I said in my first public statement,” he wrote. “I asked them to pledge that a pro-life Catholic group would also be permitted. I was told that a formal change in the rules had been approved and that a pro-life group would march. Now I am being told that the list of marching units is set and that no pro-life group will march in next year’s parade. Accordingly, I have decided to withdraw our participation.”


It caps off a headline-grabbing couple of weeks for Donohue, who questioned the ability of the gay group who were granted entry in the parade, to keep their pants on during the big day.
“Will the gays behave? The reason I have to ask is that, unlike others, they have a tendency to act up, [not keeping] their pants on.”


We should learn from the The Catholic League.

 

Why are religious Jews participating in the Israeli independence parade, now that gays are allowed to march?!?!

Why can't Rabbis openly oppose the gay movement, just as the Christians do?!?!

 
 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Borough Park Flyer Says Voting For Cuomo Yms Is A Kiddush Hashem

הוֹי הָאֹמְרִים לָרַע טוֹב וְלַטּוֹב רָע שָׂמִים חֹשֶׁךְ לְאוֹר וְאוֹר לְחֹשֶׁךְ שָׂמִים מַר לְמָתוֹק וּמָתוֹק לְמָר


יְשַׁעְיָהוּ 5-20

These flyers were distributed around all the shuls in Borough Park Erev Shabbos

Migaleh Panim Betorah Shelo Kihalacha


This was on the front of the flyer (there were 2 more parts not scanned) showing the David Greenfield connection







The So called "Orthodox" Jewish Political Club (OJPC) is clearly a David Greenfield front, and has previously strongly supported Bill DeBlasio (they only announced this after Quinn tanked in the polls and Greenfield changed his support), Charles Hynes, and of course David Greenfield.

Since Cuomo is running on the fact that he passed the "marriage" bill voting for him is an even bigger Chillul Hashem (and a stronger din regarding apikorsus) then it would normally be.

Where was the major macha against this clear Chillul Hashem berabim (Shtika kehoda).

If in Borough Park voting for Andrew Cuomo YMS and thus same sex "marriage" is a "kiddush hashem" than in Philadelphia they will make kiddushim for same sex "weddings"





If You Live In Flatbush Please vote for Ben Akselrod today.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NY State Primary Endorsements

Remember staying home does not mean that you don't like any of the candidates but that you don't care about elections, Therefore in the democratic primary for governor and lieutenant governor write in "restore marriage".




This year we have an opportunity to stand up for the Torah and vote for candidates who will fight for morality (ex. Ben Akselrod who promised to sponsor a bill to repeal the same sex "marriage" law, and possible even Karl Brabenec who gave up his job as a town clerk because he would have been forced to preform same sex "marriages" ), we also have a chance to make a major Chillul Hashem and give the biggest haskma to same sex "marriage possible in NY history by voting for Cuomo YMS, who is running on the platform that he passed same sex "marriage" to vote for him would be a complete haskama on same sex "marriage".

Those listed in pink with a strike through are assur to vote for
Those in yellow bold and underlined your are mechyuv to vote for



STATE WIDE OFFICES

Democratic Primary for Governor

Cuomo's flyer telling us to vote for him because he passed same sex "marriage"
  • Zephyr R. Teachout is attacking Cuomo for not passing Genda otherwise known as the bathroom bill which would force stores to hire men who think there women and would allow men into the women bathrooms
  • Andrew M. Cuomo after passing same and now running on that as the top reason to vote for him, if you vote for him you are being maskim 100% to same sex "marriage". Furthermore he plans to pass the bathroom bill this term so if you vote for him you can get a part in his sin
  • Randy A. Credico a comedian who supports same sex "marriage" completely and is probably the most liberal of the bunch.
All three candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage

Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor
Kathy Hochul's flyer showing her support for same sex "marriage"
both candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage



Brooklyn races
Assembly followed by senate

Democratic primary 45th Assembly District (Flatbush, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach)
  • Steven Cymbrowitz voted to ban therapies which helps people overcome same sex desires, voted to allow same sex couples to adopt children and to teach school children about the "healthiness" of homosexuality, (read here for all about why you should not for for Cymbrowitz)  furthermore he has a pro pedophile record that can be seen here.
  • VOTE FOR Ben Akselrod Has Promised to sponsor a bill to repeal same sex "marriage"
Ben Akselrod is also running a write in campaign for the republican nomination



Democratic primary 51st Assembly District (edge of Borough Park, North of For Hamilton Parkway)
Both candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage



Senate Races

Democratic primary 19th Senatorial District (small strip of Flatbush, Mill Basin and Sheepshead Bay)
  • Sean K. Henry supports same sex "marriage"  (him at the brooklyn gay "pride" parade)
  • John L. Sampson voted for same sex "marriage" Anyone who votes for him is has a share in the same sex "marriage" law
  • VOTE FOR Elias J. Weir opposes same sex "marriage everyone is mechuyuv to vote for him
  • Dell Smitherman supports same sex "marriage"

Democratic Primary 18th Senatorial District (small part of Williamsburg)
  • Debbie Medina has 2 different gay groups endorsing her against someone who has a 100% pro gay record, so obliviously she is bad
  • Martin Dilan voted for same sex "marriage" Anyone who votes for him is has a share in the same sex "marriage" law
Both candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage


Democratic primary 20th Senatorial District (Crown Heights)
either take a chance and vote for Philpotts or write in restore marriage



Queens race
democratic primary 11th Senatorial District (Hillcrest and Jamaica Estates)
Both candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage



Bronx race
democratic primary 34th Senatorial District (Riverdale) 

  • G. Oliver Koppell Not only does he support same sex "marriage but he doesn't even think you are entitled to a say in the decision on the matter.   This appeared in the New York observer  The public can’t be trusted to make good decisions, Koppell says, pointing to “all the mischief” going on in California, where they outlawed gay "marriage" and constricted education spending through referenda
Both candidates support same sex "marriage" therefore you should write in restore marriage



Staten Island Race
Conservative Party primary 63rd Assembly District
  • Michael Cusick voted for same sex "marriage" Anyone who votes for him is has a share in the same sex "marriage" law
  • Republican candidate Joseph Tirone is running a write in campaign for the Conservative Party Line, since he's running against same sex "marriage we are all mechuyuv to support him


Monsey/Kiryas Joel Race
Republician Party primary 98th Assembly District

  • Karl A. Brabenec He is a former Town Clerk who gave up his job after the same sex "marriage" law passed so he would not have to preform these "marriages, because he was moser nefesh for this issue and the fact that he is running on a platform against same sex "marriage" WE ARE MECHUYUV TO SUPPORT HIM
  • Daniel G. Castricone according to people on his facebook page he supports same sex "marriage", any Republican who supports same sex "marriage" is even worse than a democrat because it gives a hechsher to other Republicans
  • Kevin M. Hudson
  • Michael T. Morgillo

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shmuel Lefkowitz "Thinks" Teaching Kids "Healthy Attitudes" Towards Homosexuality Is A Jewish Value!

In Yeshiva World's endorsement for Flatbush Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (district 45), Shmuel Lefkowitz showed his lack of understanding of Jewish values
Frum Leaders Write: ‘Why We Need You to Vote for Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz for Re-election’ - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/257129/frum-leaders-write-why-we-need-you-to-vote-for-assemblyman-steven-cymbrowitz-for-re-election.html#sthash.ewuT0K7d.dpuf

Shmuel Lefkowitz of Agudath Israel knows that he can always count on the Assemblyman to look out for our best interests. “Steven is a true advocate for our community. His priorities are shaped by the community he represents and his voting record reflects the community’s values,” said Lefkowitz.
(YWN)


So let's look at some of his votes that Lefkowitz thinks are Jewish vaules

1. He voted multiple times for a grant program to teach kids about "healthy attitudes" towards homosexuality
S 1451. ESTABLISHMENT OF AGE-APPROPRIATE SEX EDUCATION GRANT  PROGRAM;

2. THE COMPONENTS OF INSTRUCTION SHALL INCLUDE WHETHER SUCH INSTRUCTION:

(N) DEVELOPS HEALTHY ATTITUDES AND VALUES CONCERNING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, BODY IMAGE, GENDER ROLES, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND OTHER SUBJECTS
2. He voted multiple times to teach kindergarteners tolerance and respect towards gays which in practice has since led to a school having girls ask other girls to kiss each other.

Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education. The  regents  shall  ensure  that  the  course  of instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve includes a component on  civility,  citizenship  and character education. Such component shall instruct students on the principles of honesty, tolerance, personal  responsibility,  respect for  others,  observance  of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and other traits which will enhance the  quality  of  their  experiences  in,  and contributions  to,  the  community.  The  regents shall determine how to incorporate such component in existing curricula  and  the  commissioner shall  promulgate any regulations needed to carry out such determination of the regents.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "TOLERANCE," "RESPECT FOR OTHERS" AND "DIGNITY" SHALL INCLUDE  AWARENESS  AND  SENSITIVITY  TO DISCRIMINATION  OR HARASSMENT AND CIVILITY IN THE RELATIONS OF PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACES, WEIGHTS, NATIONAL ORIGINS,  ETHNIC  GROUPS,  RELIGIONS, RELIGIOUS  PRACTICES, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL ABILITIES, SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, GENDERS, AND SEXES.


3. He voted to allow gay "couples" to adopt children (read the memo for this bill to see that gay couples were the intent)

4. He voted to ban therapy to help a minor overcome unwanted homosexual desires a practice that was supported by almost 200 rabbanim

also in the beginning of this bill is states
Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
 a. Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming. The major professional associations of mental health practitioners and researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years.

5. he voted to extend same sex "marriage" to estates, powers and trusts law. (which in essence is a defacto vote for same sex "marriage")

6. He voted specifically to give a tax exemption to a gay organization

7. He voted in favor to the constitutional amendment to allow casinos that many rabbanim urged everyone to vote against after it passed and it when before the state for a vote last year.

8. He voted for Coumo's Abortion Bill (otherwise known as the women's "equality" act)

9. He voted for Sonda the sexual orientation non discrimination act (add gays to the states non discrimination act which allows religious people to get sued for not renting a hall out for a same "sex "wedding"

10.He voted to force insurance companies to provide service for domestic partners (which is basically a civil union originally specifically designed for gays)


since 10 is a nice round number I'll stop here.

He also has a few terrible votes that were done in committee (allowing 21 year old to be tried as a child, stalling a bill that would have convicted molesters government supervision after they get out of jail etc.), or by hostile amendment (tax payer funded abortions) that I would add but since there is no internet record (I have the proof of these votes in case anyone wants them) I'll "excuse" Lefkowitz for not knowing about them.




Vote for this coming Tuesday for Ben Akselrod who has promised publicly he will sponsor a bill to repeal same sex "marriage", and will vote against all anti Torah bills!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Orthodox" Shul Advertises "Jewish" Gay Organizations In It's Weekly Newsletter

Not only did the "orthodox" temple Mekor Habracha have a "kiddush" for a gay "wedding" they also advertised for a "Orthodox" gay organization Eshel and Keshet in their weekly newsletter (to see the complete new letter click the link)




Sunnie Epstein is the mother of the klala that Mekor Habracha made a "kiddush" for recently   

Shouldn't Ner Yisroel and Ohr Reuven revoke "Rabbi" Eliezer Hirsch's smicha!

If anyone want to email the "rabbi" here's his email address rabbiehirsch@gmail.com 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Two "Orthodox" Shuls Make "Kiddush" For Same Sex "Wedding"

 
A picture of the website

This Was On Mekor Habracha (a "Orthodox" Shul's) Website

The Rabbi's Blog

Blog Posting by Dr. Sunnie Epstein About Mekor - August 25th, 2014

TWO ORTHODOX SHULS TO BE "PROUD" OF…..
As a Modern "Orthodox" Jew, I often find myself standing too far to the right or too far to the left or without much of a standing at all in a world that is defined too often by extreme positions. How sad! When I remember the Orthodoxy of my childhood, it was gentle, open, and caring. People did not ask what went on in the bedroom or your kitchen or your home and then judge you on it – that was between YOU and G-D this was her way of writing God (which is a double chumra if done on a computer). Unfortunately, today in our world in which there is EXTREMELY too much EXTREMISM, the intended quality of life and support of community that Orthodoxy meant and means to so many is getting lost in the details which occupy too many conversations and force people too often into categories of “accepted” or “not accepted.” Years ago, a friend of mine schlepped (such an appropriate word here, thanks MG) me to a meeting at which women were trying to make matches (shidduchim) between young men and women they know. The wonderful Rebbetzin (who is quite religious and observant by every measure you can come up with) got frustrated with questions about white tablecloths and whether or not and how the mother of the girl covers her hair and just lost it – she basically said this was shtuyot (craziness) and NOT what being an Observant Jew is about. She and her husband remain one of my favorite Orthodox Rabbinic couples until today.
Website's bio of the "rabbi"

Those of you who know me could sit together and we could get frustrated, angry, share many laughs and/or cry a bit about this phenomenon. That being said, I want to share a wonderful personal story about TWO "ORTHODOX" SHULS of which I am very proud. We are members of both!

Several months ago, one of our daughters became "engaged" to the love of her life – and now I will have a new daughter-in-law. Needless to say, living in the Orthodox world with a gay child has its challenges. It has recently brought us untold joy. One of our shuls, Mekor Habracha who's website this appeared on, is ALWAYS amazing regarding every possible issue of human needs and comfort and this is due to the able and menschlach leadership of its "Rav", "Rabbi" Eliezer Hirsch, who is no less "observant" than other "Orthodox" Rabbis  – he just observes BOTH the Mitzvot between him and G-d except lo sischalal shem kadshi etc. as well as those between people, also dictated by Ribbonu shel Olam and teaches about them equally. From the moment we announced Rachie and Liz’s "engagement", there were Mazel Tovs, hugs and just a wonderful "celebratory" feeling. We all felt blessed and grateful that the shul community could be part of and add to our "simcha".

Additionally, we belong to Young Israel of Elkins Park whose ?rabbi? is, ?Rabbi? Dov Aaron Brisman is the Av Beit Din of the Beit Din of Philadelphia and an associate Av Beit Din of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, and received semichah yoreh yoreh yadin yadin from Rabbi Schneur Kotler, zt”l, he is also very close with R Shmuel Kamenetsky where I, to be honest, do not always feel so comfortable, given my knowledge, profession, life view and politics. That being said, I "respect" the standards that are maintained and continue to be part of this Kehilah along with our many wonderful friends. My husband and I spoke long and carefully crafted how we would present this news to the people in our more centrist/leaning to the right Orthodox shul community. We were having a big "engagement" party and we wanted to invite our friends but knew that not all would be comfortable. We carefully indicated this to people and received one of four responses. Either they said they would come, needed to check in with their spouse, would have to think about it or did not think they could come. That being said, everyone WITHOUT EXCEPTION was kind, caring and respectful and wished us "Mazel Tov". When the party did come, there were over 90 "celebrants" present to "rejoice" with our family and our daughter and her "fiancée". Not only that, but we were able to sponsor a Kiddush in BOTH shuls in honor of the many semachot in our family, including the engagement of Rachie and Liz. how is it possible that the YI allowed this?  After all they kicked out other shuls for much less serious infractions of halacha And in BOTH shuls, everyone wished them Mazel Tov, including our “black hat” Rabbi and his wifeis this reffering to ?rabbi? Brisman or "rabbi" Hirsch Honestly, we have received nothing but validating and wonderful feedback and caring reactions from all we know with "only" two "sad" exceptionswho are not part of either of these communities, but rather within extended family connections.

I want to be very clear. We have been respectful, advocated for "our children" and acknowledged that this may be a problem for some – all simultaneously. The reaction we have received has been respectful of us in turn, loving for "our children" and acknowledging of our position in our communities.

In a sadly explosive climate where we hear too many stories of intolerance, I want to state how extremely proud I am of both of our " synagogue" communities and that with respectful approaches, shared knowledge, and understanding of our most foundational Jewish principles of protecting and celebrating life last I checked 2 women together has nothing to do with life, we CAN all live together in a meaningful and validating way, just as is intended for our "Jewish" community.

I know there are other communities out there like ours, so please consider sharing wonderful stories of acceptance and validation with all you know so that our voice is not eclipsed by others who would attempt to shout us down.
Shabbat Shalom!
(Center City Shul's website)  highlights are my additions

If your wondering how this could have happened  it's because we who had kosher values have voted for candidates that caused these immoral values to become legislated into law.  Furthermore our rabbis for the most part have been silent on this great threat for the past 45 yearsas we saw numerous times in yesterdays parsha we are influenced by are surroundings
Rabanu Bahya explains that the prohibition of going back to Egypt only applies to that generation because Egypt was known to have all the toevos, he then goes on to cite the same words where chazal learn out a issur of same sex "marriage" the reason for the issur was so we would not learn from the Egyptians

To read our previous coverage of this person saying that she would "only" do something at home

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why We Can't Trust Republicans To Fight Against Gay "Rights"

Republicans Have Zero Reaction To Obama's Historic LGBT Order

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama signed an executive order last Monday making it illegal for federal contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, civil gay "rights" advocates hailed the move as one of the most important actions ever taken by a president to stem "discrimination".

Democratic lawmakers raced to issue statements celebrating the advancement for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In addition to offering new protections for transgender federal employees, the executive order covers the broad federal contracting community -- some 24,000 companies employing 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation's workforce. and doesn't include any religious exemptions.

But in Republican quarters on Capitol Hill, it's as if nothing happened. GOP leaders have been silent. Socially conservative members have gone quiet.

The Huffington Post searched the websites of the 18 congressional Republican backers of the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- a companion bill to the executive order -- to see if any of them put out a statement. Only one did: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who said he supports the policy behind the executive order because "employees shouldn’t face unjust "discrimination" in the workplace simply because of their sexual orientation," though he raised concerns about the rights of religious employers. to try and trick religious voters into thinking he cares

For all the LGBT rights "advancements" in recent years -- including the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy; the Supreme Court's striking down the Defense of Marriage Act; and some 90 policy changes put into place by the Obama administration for federal employees -- the preferred response among congressional Republicans has been no response at all.

Perhaps nobody better illustrated this point than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). HuffPost asked him Thursday if he had any reaction to Obama's LGBT executive order.

"Nope," Boehner said at his weekly briefing. "The president signs a lot of executive orders."

Asked if he supports the principle of workplace protections being extended to LGBT employees, he punted again.

"Listen, the president is going to make his decisions. He can," Boehner said.

HuffPost reached out to some socially conservative groups -- Focus on the Family, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Family Research Council and the American Family Association -- to see if they were frustrated with the silence from their GOP allies on Capitol Hill. HuffPost also reached out to LGBT rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Workplace Opportunity, for their assessments. Most did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Focus on the Family declined to comment, but pointed to a colleague's recent blog post lamenting that the president of a Christian college has been "bullied" for urging Obama to let religiously affiliated institutions with federal contracts openly refuse to hire someone because he or she is LGBT.
On the other side, Human read gay "Rights" Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz said he considers Republicans' silence golden.

"While I would far prefer they speak on behalf of the equality their constituents support, it's definitely evidence of our progress when some say nothing," Sainz said.

One factor may be that Republicans simply aren't keeping up with the flurry of LGBT rights advancements. Rep. Michael Grimm represents part of Flatbush  (R-N.Y.), one of the eight House GOP co-sponsors of ENDA, said Thursday that he didn't know about Obama's executive order. But he emphasized that if it has the same goal as ENDA -- which it does, except that ENDA has far broader implications -- he supports it.
"I co-sponsored ENDA because I think that should be the law for everyone," Grimm said.or more accurately he thinks he needs some liberals support

The Republican lawmaker shrugged when asked if he thinks it's hurting his party that so many are sitting on the sidelines amid a revolution in LGBT rights. He said he thinks his colleagues are coming around. Slowly.

"Generally, I think our party is in transition," Grimm added. "More people are starting to pay attention." and then they will be officially just as bad as the democrats are
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