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Petition to The Supreme Court Of Israel

End the Orthodox-run Rabbinical monopoly on Judaism! All forms of Judaism must be equal.

It is the duty of the State of Israel, to give Diaspora Jewry the feeling that Israel is their home. Unfortunately at the moment, many of us are feeling rejected and not a part of what should be 'the homeland of every Jew'. In Israel, the Orthodox movement is in charge of marriages, burials and divorces. Only people who 'pass' the Orthodox definition of who is a Jew, have the privilege of getting married in the State of Israel, or to be buried next to their loved ones. There are MILLIONS of Jews in the world (especially in the USA) who do not fit this strict definition of being Jewish, usually because they, or their family members converted through a Reform, Conservative or an Orthodox movement which isn't approved by the standards of the Israeli Rabbinate. A new bill has been drafted in Israel, where soon, only conversions conducted by selected established Orthodox bodies will be recognised, according to regulations being drafted by the Chief Rabbinate. If this bill is approved, it would be an absolute disaster, effectively ending whatever little religious pluralism and diversity there is left in the country and giving more power and control to the Orthodox movement. Thousands of people will have their conversion stripped away, many will not be able to make Aliyah under the law of return, a large number of divorces will be annulled, and as a result many of people would acquire an official 'Mamzer' status (person born out of an illegitimate relation), causing havoc, heartache and rejection all around. What I ask today is to stop this from happening, to allow religious pluralism to thrive and flourish, and to keep religious laws separate from State affairs. No Jew should be a treated as a second class Jew. As we are moving towards modern and progressive times, so should we. Judaism and all forms of it should be respected and embraced. We cannot allow one religious sector to rule and effect everyone. It only creates divide between Jewish people rather than bring unity between us.  

Irene M. Sasson
264 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Diocese of Perth and the Diocesan Council

Do Not Silence Father Chris Bedding

Father Chris Bedding is a priest, an activist, and a comedian. In all three of these roles, he is a positive social influence. His parish has blossomed into a supportive, living community, and his work for the rights of refugees and LGTBQI people is as commendable as it is tireless. He has, however, currently been removed from his parish due to a single complaint about his social media usage, and the perceived content of his onstage performances. He has been denied the right of reply, and treated poorly. It is a shabby state of affairs that this excellent priest is being censored for creating innovative art. It is also a shameful waste of the limited time and resources available to a Church department principally set up to assist survivors of sexual abuse. As a comedian, Father Chris is funny, perceptive, creative, thoughtful – and through Pirate Church, a great provider of insight into the Christian faith, as well as the amusing day-to-day minutiae of parish life. Pirate Church has taken elements of the Anglican Church to audiences that would never have encountered its theology or practice, and made both accessible and interesting. It is more amusing than The Pearly Gates comic strip that used to run in the Anglican Messenger; more insightful than The Vicar of Dibley and unlike Rowan Atkinson’s procession of incompetent clergymen, Father Chris’s performances are not rooted in the stumbling, bumbling “good evening, Vicar” of English farce. Father Chris is a man whose onstage work reflects the living, breathing modern Church. It is unique, and is arguably the best contemporary representation of modern Christianity to be seen on any stage. (Jesus Christ Superstar, is, after all, looking a little creaky.) As members of the Arts community, and people of diverse faith, sexuality and gender, we are honoured to have him as a peer. We maintain that Father Chris has been removed from his parish as part of a secretive, misguided and cruel process, and we petition the Administrator and the Diocesan Council to reinstate him immediately. Art is subjective, but to see such a vital community voice struck down over an interpretation of art is sickening.

John Robertson
2,551 supporters