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Petition to Russell M. Nelson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Stop sexual, one-on-one bishopric interviews of LDS youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ practice of having bishops interview minors one-on-one, including questions regarding their sexual activity, is deeply harmful to LDS youth and should be immediately ceased. Beginning at age 12, LDS children are interviewed twice each year by a member of the bishopric regarding their adherence to the commandments and other church guidelines. These interviews typically take place one-on-one in the bishop’s office and include questioning regarding the child’s sexual behavior. Bishops and youth leaders are not required to submit to background checks prior to working with children. Although children are permitted to ask their parents to accompany them to these interviews, it is unreasonable to expect children to take this initiative themselves. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promotes its leaders as beloved authority figures, and children who have grown up hearing this message may not feel comfortable taking the time to get their parents when their leaders approach them for their interview. These interviews pose significant harm to LDS children. According to personal stories gathered by the Protect LDS Children organization, consequences of these invasive interviews include shame, impaired sexual relations in adulthood, and suicidal thoughts. Recently, many cases of sexual abuse by LDS bishops have also come to light, further illustrating the dangers of allowing older men to interview children (especially regarding sexual matters) alone behind closed doors. A recent survey sent via email to church members asked whether youth interviews should extend to children as young as eight years old. This suggests that, if the practice is not stopped altogether, more children may soon be put at risk. Please protect the youth of the church by issuing an immediate ban on sexual, one-on-one bishopric interviews.

Stacey Hall
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The East Side Synagogue Should Apologize to the family of Yankel Rosenbaum HYD

Al Sharpton's hateful rhetoric against ALL Jews may have caused an attack in a Harlem store which caused 8 people to be slaughtered. The death count includes the murderer, who months before was part of Al Sharpton's racist picket lines against Jewish store owners - "white interlopers" - according to Sharpton. Al Sharpton's racist incitement undoubtedly caused pogroms in Crown Heights which led to a young Jew named Yankel Rosenbaum being dragged out of his car and murdered, if not to the deaths of more Jews.  Read more here: And on September 5th, after the riot was over, Italian-American Anthony Graziosi, was dragged out of his car, brutally beaten and stabbed to death because his full beard and dark clothing caused him to be mistaken for a Hasidic Jew.  All thanks to Al Sharpton and his frenzied chants of "Kill the Jews." How dare you invite this evil man to your synagogue, give him a podium and even grant him a ritual object as a gift? Sharpton is against ALL Jews, not just the ones who don't look modern enough for you. You disgrace the memory of Yankel Rosenbaum and the pride of every Jew who has any by accepting this devious con man and anti-Semite into the same space as a Sefer Torah. You have no shame.  You should beg forgiveness from Yankel Rosenbaum's family and from those Jewish people aghast at the fact that pretenders calling themselves Jews with no ken of the word would bring the murderer of one of their own into their midst and accord him all honors. Until then, no Jew with any conscience should give you any money, participate in any of your activities, or walk through your accursed doors. We the undersigned call for Rabbis (hahahahah) Berkowitz to publicly apologize to the Rosenbaum family and to the Jewish people who actually think like Jews - meaning they would never honor someone who murdered one of their own for political gain or for whatever self-interests you stroked with this hellish and hurtful decision. We also call for an international boycott of the East Side "Synagogue" until this is achieved.              

Aviva Fort
1,578 supporters