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The Righteous Voters Guide, Queens NY Edition, Primary Elections 2012.
The Brooklyn Special
"A Scuffle in Brooklyn." Special Election vindicates the word of the Rabbonim. The Guardian's Report, March 28, 2012.
Letter to Gov. Christie
Letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, urging party unity and veto of marriage legislation, February 16, 2012.
Letter to Maryland Black Caucus
Letter to the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus, urging unity in voting down marriage legislation, February 17, 2012.
Letter to the NJ Senate
Letter to the New Jersey state Senate, urging rejection of marriage legislation, February 13, 2012.
"Frum Vote Strengthening in Queens." New York State Announces Redistricting. The Guardian's Report, January 31, 2012.
Letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Feb 7, 2012
Letter to the Chief Executive Officers of Blue Cross Blue Shield in the states of New Jersey, Maryland and Washington State, February 7, 2012.
Victory in NY-9
Statement from the Community Guardians Group on the Election of Robert Turner in New York's 9th Congressional District, September 13, 2011.
The Frum Voter's Guide for the New York City Area, Special Elections, September 2011.
"What is Marriage: Exhibit A." A Special Report. June 21, 2011.
Letter to NY State Senate, June 6, 2011.
Letter to the New York State Senate, June 6, 2011.
"Shma Yisrael!" The Battle Cry for Traditional Marriage is Sounded. The Guardian's Report, May 18, 2011.
Letter to NY State Assembly, May 16, 2011
Letter to the New York State Assembly regarding proposed changes to the state's marriage laws, May 16, 2011.
While the Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal, not all ideas are created equal and not all philosophies are created equal.Some attitudes are positive and helpful to people and helpful to their neighbors, while others are wrong, and destructive to people and destructive to their neighbors. We believe that people who feel these impulses are worthy of our compassion for their pain.But our mercy should not trigger us to issue a license to allow them to engage in self-destructive behavior with the State’s blessing. A study commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services found that children living in non-traditional families had higher prevalence rates for learning disabilities, for lacking the resources for needed prescriptions and dental care, and for severe emotional or behavioral difficulties.
Guardian's Report, May 13, 2011.
"Eliminated!" The death of Osama bin Laden teaches the world about modesty, through a Williamsburg Yiddish paper. The Guardian's Report, May 13, 2011.
The Yiddish paper had used the digital editing program “Photoshop” to remove the images of two women amongst a group of White House staffers who were photographed observing the raid in Pakistan. Just as all the secular papers crowded around howling at the conduct of Di Tzeitung, the G-d of the Jewish people had a different thing in mind. The very same power that was brought to mock the Jews of Williamsburg was used as a vehicle of their praise.
Letter to Maryland State Senate, Feb. 22, 2011.
Letter to the Maryland State Senate, on proposed changes to their marriage laws, February 22, 2011. "Voting for this law will not only change the definition of marriage. This law will close the door, and extinguish the hope, for any young people who may be struggling with their desires, to take control their destinies... Don’t force these innocent ones into a corner." "Just as human beings cannot reinvent themselves, at will, to have one eye like a squid or six arms like an insect, so too, the form of the proper human relationship is that of man and woman alone." "You've been given a rare and precious opportunity to acquire a piece of eternity. Your vote against this marriage bill will allow you act on behalf of G-d Almighty to strengthen a pillar of the world's creation."
"Time to Go, Joe." Senator Lieberman Announces Retirement. The Guardian's Report, January 19, 2011.
Senator Lieberman brought shame on himself and his Jewish brothers recently by agreeing to serve as a chief spokesman for repeal of the U.S. military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regarding same-gender intimacy of soldiers.
"Blamenonincs. Free Speech Under Fire." The Guardian's Report, January 14, 2011.
There is a line between standing up to protect the feelings of a victim, on the one hand, and pointing fingers to assign blame for someone’s problems, on the other. One organization went to far as to nearly label half the American public as a “hate group” for simply holding a political view that it didn’t like. We have reason to question the motivation of efforts to curtail freedom of speech in the name of “protecting” the feelings of other people.It appears that often the “feelings of others” may be used as a pretense to single out and punish points of view with which the authorities disagree.
"Day of Infamy." Repeal of DADT passes U.S. Legislature. The Guardian's Report, December 19, 2010.
Making distinctions based on people’s sexual appetites in no way resembles making distinctions based on race, ethnicity or religion. The most basic human experience testifies to the fact that sexual desire is inherently an exclusive, personalized, special intimate union.Looking at another man as a potential sexual partneris antithetical to externally-directed bonds of brotherhood, selflessness and a focus on the greater good. Sexuality aggrandizes our individuality; a military team requires us to surrender that individuality.
"Victory" (DADT Repeal Rejected by U.S. Senate), Guardian's Report, December 9, 2010.
The fate of all nations and the outcome of all battles is solely in the hands of Heaven, and the Almighty keeps careful watch over our deeds. Our best protection from danger and the source of all our victories is directly related to the moral order by which our people chose to live. Preserving the traditional ethics of the military helps ensure our troops, as well as our citizens, wield full control of their love of country and respect for their fellow man, and fortifies America to meet the challenge of the next generation.
Letter to the United States Senate on protecting the moral standards of the U.S. military. December 8, 2010.
A repeal of the military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” regarding the sexual activity of its troops would amount to nothing less than officially designating deeply-rooted views about sexual morality to be no more than bigotry.
Those who advocate for the public acceptance of homosexual behavior would have us believe that in one realm, the area of sexuality, there is no room for human choices.They regard their sexual impulses and passions as singularly defining aspects of their personalities.But make no mistake, our sexual behaviors, too, involve choices, and it is indeed possible for people to be prompted by their sexual desires to choose wrong.
Homosexual conduct destroys the vital potential of a person by wasting his or her most precious powers.
Guardian's Report, November 26, 2010.
"Watch List Update. Midterm 2010 Election and DADT," Guardian's Report, November 26, 2010.
The 2010 Midterm Elections unleashed a powerful backlash against the Democratic Congress. A large majority of those Democrats who lost their seats in the election had voted in favor of repealing DADT.
Letter to New Jersey State Senate on the "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights," November 22, 2010.
There is no evidence that a child who is harassed because he is black, disabled, or gay (and thus in a protected category) suffers any more pain than a child who is insulted because he is poor or unpopular (and thus not in a protected category).At its best, this bill merely teaches children to be more artful and deliberate in their choice of insults to use on each other. A teacher could seize on any comment made by a child and brand it as creating a “hostile environment,” and subject that child to the new regime of investigation and discipline for harassment.As a result, the teacher may become the ultimate bully, and the free exchange of ideas will become chilled and free thought stifled.
The Frum Voter's Guide, November 2010.
The Frum Voter's Guide for the New York City area, November 2010. We’re not fighting to impose our Torah.We have to stand up to protect our Torah from direct attacks that are threatening our schools and businesses. Our adversaries claim to be more compassionate, more open-minded and better people than us. A candidate who takes brave positions on moral issues should be much more credible as someone who would be willing to help our schools.
Guardian's Report, August 4, 2010.
“Hatred Un-Mosqued.” Guardian’s Report, August 4, 2010.
Efforts by “liberals” to defend the rights of the Cordoba Initiative by praising its “tolerant” or “moderate” face of Islam implicitly endorse the unsavory notion that religion and private property might be abridged if the government doesn’t like ideas that are “extremist” or “intolerant.”
Efforts by “conservative” opponents to block the mosque’s construction through erecting legal hurdles are tantamount to calls for arbitrary use of government power to squelch unpopular speech and religion.
“The New York Pagan School System.” Guardian’s Report, July 13, 2010.
Religious schools are founded with a desire to teach that one’s own religious beliefs and practices are preferable to others, and one’s own moral values are truer than others.The State has no authority to dictate that private schools instruct their students about “awareness and sensitivity to discrimination and harassment,” or “civility in the relations of people” who hold religious beliefs, religious practices or sexual practices wholly alien to their own.
This problem is heightened by the requirement that schools teach respect for these morally-charged categories as early as the kindergarten level. The noble desire to promote tolerance has been redirected, through the DASA, to obliterate all boundaries between religious groups and flatten the integrity of moral judgments.The statute would force the most tender and impressionable members of our society to learn to sympathize for religious practices, religions and sexual conduct wholly different from what their parents are paying tuition money to teach them.
Guardian's Report, June 4, 2010
“Sabotage: U.S. Congressmen Put on Watch List for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Votes.” Guardian’s Report, June 4, 2010.
Promiscuity in general, and depraved practices such as gay relations in particular, weaken a nation’s moral resolve, dim its sense of purpose, and cause it to become fit to be conquered or destroyed by other nations.
By voting to officially prohibit the military from using moral judgment to discharge members for gay relations, these Congressmen are helping to remove the protection that now shelters our communities.
Public statements and records of these Representatives warrant closer attention evidencing moral vulnerability.Voting in favor of overturning long-standing moral standards exemplified by, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” indicate a Representative’s trending towards clouded vision, disregard of moral standards and poor judgment.
Guardian's Report, May 20, 2010
“Sen. Joe Lieberman: Disgrace.” Guardian’s Report, May 20, 2010.
People who define themselves by their instincts demand that society gives them respect and credibility for their deviant desires.But the Torah tells us we must fight our instincts, and our instincts are not “who we are.” The feeling of guilt is the result of the pain they cause themselves by rejecting the desire of their holy souls which longs to faithfully uphold their spiritual obligations.The great offense they commit is not in their impulses, but rather at their refusal to renounce their evil desires and their insistence that everyone else have mercy on them.
Guardian's Report, March 18, 2010
“With Your Blood, You Should Live!Attempt to Outlaw Circumcision in Massachusetts Falls Flat.” Guardian’s Report, March 18, 2010.
Just before the first Pesach seder in Egypt, the whole Jewish nation was commanded to undergo bris milah.
Plus, a chronolgy of the fight to defend traditional marriage and the eternal values of the Torah in New York state and beyond.