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If the bill is passed, it would limit the leeway of Catholic hospitals in choosing not to provide abortions. We’ve witnessed this same intolerance on a national level with the Obamacare mandates on employee access to contraceptive and family-planning services that have caused Catholic organizations such consternation.
We’ve also seen gay marriage pushed to the top of the national agenda by the media and entertainment elites. Recently, the Grammy Awards telecast turned a mass wedding into a gay marriage celebration and the Disney Channel introduced its first ever lesbian couple on a children’s television series. This message has been picked up at the highest level of government. Congratulating the gay former NBA player Jason Collins on “coming out,” President Obama said “I couldn’t be prouder of him” and invited Collins to sit in the presidential box with the first lady at the State of theUnion address.
This embrace by liberals of homosexuality has for years now been a fact of life in New York politics. And while the 2011 Marriage Equality Act passed by the state legislature and signed on the same day by Cuomo allows religious organizations to decline officiating at same-sex ceremonies, religious and conservative New Yorkers fear the creeping influence of the bill, both in the workplace and in educational institutions.
As New York’s Orthodox Jewish community continues to grow, its base of social conservative voters grows with it. We citizens are the ones who elect and reelect our government leaders, notwithstanding their scathing indictment of our beliefs. And the schism between our community’s values and those of the liberal elites will continue to widen, especially if politicians like our governor and mayor continue to use a political yardstick to measure the merit of their fellow New Yorkers.
When the positions taken by government officials conflict with Jewish teachings, it should be incumbent on Jewish leaders who support those officials to speak out. But it’s been awfully quiet in Jewish circles following Cuomo’s remarks and de Blasio’s endorsement of them.
About the Author: Sara Lehmann, a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, was formerly an editor at a major New York publishing house.
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Israeli school year will begin as planned, and schools “are prepared for any security-related events.”
Gaza workers continue to search for the body of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif after an IAF air strike August 20.
PA Arabs stoned an Egged bus near Halhoul, north of Hebron Wednesday. The attack took place near the site where the bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered on June 30. No injuries or property damage were reported.
Prime Minister Netanyahu praised joint IDF, Shin Bet efforts ending in terror deaths.
Three more terrorists killed in IAF air strike on Sheikh Radwan section of Gaza City Thursday.
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One Israeli man was wounded Thursday making sure children escaped rocket fire in time.
Raed al-Attar was an extremely dangerous, sophisticated Hamas terrorist. But he is dead.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has again canceled flights to Tel Aviv over fears of rocket fire from Hamas.
IAF fighter pilots eliminate 20 terror targets in Gaza since midnight, killing six in the region.
Three top Hamas military commanders were killed in overnight air strike by the Israel Air Force, the Shin Bet has confirmed.
Ramallah-based PFLP head Khalida Jarrar was “deported” to Jericho by IDF troops on Wednesday for incitement against Mahmoud Abbas.
Pro-Hamas activists hung a 200 foot PA flag from the Brooklyn Bridge.
A suspected car bomb caused police to evacuate the campus.
I understand how two governments can negotiate a ceasefire, but terrorists by definition are not playing by the same rules as you are.
Though the school district eventually pulled the assignment after coming under pressure, the fact that an American school would ask its students to debate whether the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain” is both astounding and frightening.
It is not the role of schools or government to make people feel good about themselves. Self-esteem comes with productivity, not in the absence of it.
Despite the exodus thousands of years ago and our break from the ghettos hundreds of years ago, the slave mentality follows us like a long shadow.
While Brooklyn College is famed for its plethora of Jewish professors and students, it is not a Jewish institution. The 92nd Street Y is. According to its own mission and history statement, it’s “a proudly Jewish institution since its inception.”
In a recent tirade on a public radio station in Albany, Governor Cuomo lambasted New York conservatives in one broad stroke. While lashing out against New Yorkers who oppose his SAFE Act, a draconian gun-control bill rammed through the New York legislature soon after the Newtown massacre, Cuomo targeted all Republicans and conservatives as the enemy.
Proud as I am of my daughter’s enthusiasm and her proclivity for outreach, I somehow can’t shake a niggling regret that it had to be in Germany. As the daughter of a Hungarian mother who escaped deportation by running with her family from the Nazis and the daughter-in-law of a Dutch Jewish man whose parents were shot by the Nazis and who was liberated from Bergen Belsen at the age of 12, I am one generation closer to the Holocaust than my daughter. And one degree closer to the idea of shunning anything and everything German.
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