• Petitioned The Orthodox Jewish Community

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The Orthodox Jewish Community

Vocalize your disappoinment in the OU and NCYI's statements

    1. Petition by

      Orthodox Jews

      New York, NY

Our mission is to give a voice to the members of the Orthodox Jewish community who are disappointed by the Orthodox Union and National Council of Young Israel's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex civil marriage.

Please sign this petition to have your name added to a public list of Orthodox Jews  who are disappointed by the OU and NCYI's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement.

Please add your age and religious affiliation in your city so that it is listed on the petition.

We plan to send this list of names to the OU and NCYI and possibly publish it in the Jewish media.

OU's statement: http://www.ou.org/general_article/ou_disapointed_by_president_obamas_endorsement_of_same_sex_marriage

NCYI's statement: http://www.youngisrael.org/pages/index.cfm/Young-Israel-Statement-On-Same-Gender-Marriage

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We are writing to express our concern and frustration with the Orthodox Union and National Council of Young Israel's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex civil marriage. As Orthodox Jews, we benefit from the work of these institutions and share their commitment to Halacha (Jewish Law).  However, we remind the OU and NCYI that same-sex civil marriage is a legal and not a religious issue.  We feel, therefore, that the statements made by these institutions were unnecessary and do not represent the views of a significant portion of their constituencies.

As Orthodox Jews, we are grateful to live in a country where a strong separation of Church and State not only allows us the freedom to practice our religion, but also protects all American citizens from the establishment of any religion and the forced adoption of religious practices and beliefs.

In the spirit of that freedom, same-sex civil marriage would provide access to civil rights to a minority community that is currently denied equal protection under the law. We are disappointed that the leadership of Orthodox Judaism has chosen to make statements that favor intolerance and oppose extending equal civil rights to all American citizens because of our religious beliefs, when we rely on civil rights in order to live freely as Jews in the United States.

 

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    • Tobey Linhart NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The separation of Church and State has largely contributed to the Jewish community's ability to flourish in the United States. After thousands of years of religious persecution throughout the world, the US has finally offered all people a safe country and the Jewish community has been able to practice freely. OU-- Do not take away from others the very freedoms that we have been granted in America. We have benefitted from a separation between Church and State. Do not blur that line.

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    • Richard Feczko SHARON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Separation of Church and State, while not formerly in the Constitution, is fundamental to our system of government in the United States dating back to the founders and before (see Flushing Remonstrance of 1657). The First amendment alludes to the idea of separation stating "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. James Madison wrote:" ...practical distinction between Religion and Civil Government is essential to the purity of both, and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States." In some cases, and this is one of them, it is necessary to go back and reread the sources, and truly understand the wisdom of the founders of our system of government.

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    • Emilie Miller DELMAR, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a 28 year old Conservative Jewish woman. I am disappointed that any religious group, especially Jewish groups who have fought for their rights to exist, would condemn our leader in this free world for standing up for the civil rights of all. Please do not pigeon-hole all Jews into your narrow view of the world because it is not how most of us feel.

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    • bob hollander OWINGS MILLS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      As long as much of the Orthodox Community continues to opt for "practice" over "principal" they will continue to loss support and credibility.

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    • Osnat Klein DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      We once were strangers among others unlike us, and we wanted to be accepted for what we were and respected. It's time for Orthodox institutions to live and let live, accept and respect. No one is forcing any adherents of OU and NCYI to participate in same-sex relationships or marriages. So stay out of where you don't need to be nor impose your morality on those who don't share your views.

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