Monday, February 04, 2008

So, Who Do We Vote For?

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada, issued a statement regarding the coming election (bolding mine):

“It is very important for our community to demonstrate its appreciation for our wonderful country by exercising our civic obligation to vote. However, it is even more important that we do not support any candidate whose position is in any way antithetical to our Torah based morality. Candidates who support abortion on demand, the “toeiva” agenda, liberal attitudes towards pornography of any sort - are antithetical to our way of life and it is forbidden to support or vote for them.

“Our former president, internationally acknowledged as the premier legal decisor, Rabbi Moshe Feinstien was most vigorous in condemning abortion on demand and the “toeiva” agenda and we take his legacy as our guide.

“If one has to vote in an election or primary where both candidates are anti-Biblical family values, G-d forbid, that they use the “lesser of two evils” approach. Rather, let the voter cast a write-in protest vote, but do not compromise by voting for the “lesser evil”. If we value the purity and holiness of our children and grandchildren, we dare not compromise.

“It is our sincere hope that not only our own Jewish community, but our fellow citizens of all faiths, and their leaders, will draw a line in the sand and institute policies forbidding voting for anti-traditional family- values candidates. We are confident that were this policy instituted, within one or two election cycles, we would find many more pro-family candidates on every level of government.”

OK, my question is as follows:

Since freedom of religion is antithetical to Torah-based morality (after all, Avoda Zara [idol worship] is forbidden even to non-Jews according to halacha), just whom are we to vote for? I don't think any candidate favors restricting the worship of any deity except the Jewish Deity. As such, they are *all* have positions that are antithetical to our Torah-based morality and hence, according to the proclamation by Rabbi Levin, it is forbidden to vote for any of them. So, stay home everyone!*

The Wolf

Source: Yeshiva World

*I'm kidding. Go out and vote.


Anonymous said...

Rabbi Levin is a tinpot crackpot who inflates his credentials to seem huge; he actually runs a tiny, failing shul in Brooklyn. His main goals in life are to hate gays and advocate geocentricity. Guess if he's Lubavitch.

Anonymous said...

I see you posted a comment on the YW blog again. Guessing you are looking for more punishment. :)

Rabbi Levin is a clown. His statements speak for themselves so I won't try to address them. My only question is that the YW blog has a photo of him speaking in front of what I would guess is City Hall (but I might be wrong) wearing a tallis. Can't think of any reason for him to be wearing a tallis outside City Hall other than for purposes of pulling off some sort of stunt - and a pretty lousy one to boot. In short, he is a politician wannabe clown. But leave it to the YW to give him some air time (or should that be web time?).

BrooklynWolf said...

I see you posted a comment on the YW blog again. Guessing you are looking for more punishment. :)

Yeah, well, I've always been a glutton for punishment... :)

The Wolf

Anonymous said...

People whose organizations enjoy tax exempt status should probably not venture opinions as to which candidate deserves their followers' votes.

Anonymous said...

If you are going to vote for a Democrat, it would be a good idea to stay home, although possibly for other reasons.

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

wearing a tallis to make a political statement? do you think he would be really offended if i compared him to r' avi weiss? ;-)