UK: Labour 'Outing' Gay Conservative MP to Sway Orthodox Jews
In today’s parliamentary elections in Golders Green,
Mike Freer the “Conservative” Party candidate, is not only openly homosexual, he even had a gay “Wedding”.
Voting for him means condoning his lifestyle and is 100% forbidden by the Torah no matter what other considerations you may have.
His opponent Sarah Sackman, the Labour candidate said, that she “publicly supports equal marriage and LGBT rights.” So voting for her is also forbidden.
No one should vote for either of these evil candidates.
Look at the video at 1:11:25.
JW3 / London Jewish Forum F&GG Hustings at Ivy House 28 April 2015from Bugle TV on Vimeo.
UK: Labour 'Outing' Gay Conservative MP to Sway Orthodox Jews
Left-wing activists seeking to unseat right-wing MP in key constituency taking a markedly un-liberal approach.
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 5/6/2015, 11:14 AM
British elections to take place on May 7
With just one day to go until Britain's general elections, the respective campaigns have hit fever pitch, will very little separating the two main contenders - the center-right Conservative Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron; and the left-wing Labor Party, led by Opposition leader Ed Miliband.
Given the UK's constituency-based electoral process, despite its tiny size (around 250,000) the Jewish community could prove decisive in several of the most hotly-contested constituencies, including in Finchley and Golders Green, where incumbent Conservative MP Mike Freer is seeking to fend off a challenge from Labour.
A recent poll showed that British Jews were overwhelmingly leaning towards voting for the Conservatives due to Labour's perceived hostility towards Israel, and concerns over growing anti-Semitism.
But in Finchley and Golders Green, Freer's Labour rivals are using a remarkably un-liberal tactic to turn the tide: by "outing" him as gay to Orthodox Jewish voters.
Although there is no reason in terms of Jewish law for religious Jews not to vote for a gay candidate, Labour canvasers were apparently banking on the socially conservative positions of Orthodox Jews causing them to ditch Freer, who is a prominent gay rights activist - an intriguing tactic for a party which bills itself as staunchly left-wing and socially liberal.
Freer, who is indeed homosexual, told the gay news website PinkNews of the moment he realized his rivals were using such underhand tactics, although he admitted it was likely the candidate actually running against him had no knowledge of the campaign.
"What happened is we got a phone call in the office this morning from a lady who said she had been canvassed by the Labour party, she wanted to know if it’s true if I was gay," he said on Tuesday.
"I said ‘Yes, it’s not a secret’.
"Later on, some of my Orthodox Jewish councillors were out knocking on doors – and three residents also mentioned that had had Labour round, and it had been brought up again, and they could no longer support me because I was gay.
"If it’s true, it’s appalling. It’s a sign of desperation.
"I've not seen it personally, but I’d have thought better of my Labour opponent – I expect she doesn't know anything about it."
His opponent, Sarah Sackman, could not be reached for comment.
It would not be the first time Labour candidates have been criticized for taking distinctly un-liberal approaches to woo religious minority groups.
The party came under fire, accused of "selling values for votes," after MPs attended an official Labour Party meeting in Birmingham in front of a predominantly Muslim audience, where men and women were segregated by gender.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 5/06/2015
Teacher ‘annoyed at being caught’ when sex abuse allegations made, court hears
May 5, 2015
Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman was giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of 50-year-old Todros Grynhaus, a prominent member of the Charedi community in Salford.
Father-of-ten Mr Grynhaus is charged with five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault against two girls committed when they were aged around 14 and 15.
Rabbi Zimmerman – the Gateshead Rav – and one of the most significant figures in Gateshead’s strictly Orthodox community, was notified of the allegations by Mr Grynhaus’s cousin, Rabbi Gershon Miller, also of Gateshead, in 2010, and it was decided a meeting should be arranged.
Rabbi Miller, Rabbi Zimmerman and psychologist Dr Michael Schauder opted to tell Mr Grynhaus to visit them in Gateshead with his wife without telling him the precise reason.
Once at the classroom location, he was confronted with the sexual abuse allegations said to have been committed against one girl some years earlier.
Rather than protesting or denying the allegations, it is claimed Mr Grynhaus said: “What would you like me to do about it?”
With Mr Grynhaus’s wife Leah beside him looking “speechless and stunned”, Dr Schauder suggested he attend therapy sessions, to which Mr Grynhaus agreed, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Giving evidence, Rabbi Zimmerman said: “Up until a certain point I thought it was insignificant. Up until the point the charge of sexual abuse was made then I realised it was far more serious. I wanted to see what Todros Grynhaus would say about this.
“If he had denied it or expressed some remorse I would have tried to push further to restore peace, but since he didn’t, I realised it was beyond competence and let Dr Schauder handle it.
“I believe Rabbi Miller met them [Mr Grynhaus and Leah] outside and brought them to the classroom where Dr Schauder and me were. Dr Schauder took the lead. He had a prepared speech where he said a woman had made accusations of serious sexual abuse over many years.
“His reaction was unemotional. ‘What would you like me to do about it?’ There was not any attempt to deny it. No individual who didn’t seriously sexually abuse someone when confronted with that allegation in front of his wife doesn’t deny it.
“He admitted it without accepting responsibility. The impression we had was he was only interested in negotiating his way out of the situation. It was the annoyance to him that he had been caught. He wasn’t sorry about the welfare of the woman, he wasn’t concerned with anything other than ‘how do I get myself out of it?’”
Mr Grynhaus, the son of influential London Rabbi Dayan Dovid Grynhaus, has taught in Jewish schools both in the UK and abroad.
Once matters were brought to the attention of police in November 2012, Mr Grynhaus appeared in court and was granted bail.
But he soon fled the country to Israel using a false passport. He was later detained before being sent back to the UK to face trial.
American Rabbi Zimmerman, who formerly served as rabbi to a community in Monsey, New York, added: “Anyone who is accused of even a minor crime, certainly something as heinous as this, if they didn’t do it they would vehemently deny it. No one would agree to go to therapy. His wife was speechless. She was stunned.”
The jury have previously been told that the strictly Orthodox Charedi community often shuns the outside world and children are not allowed access to television, radio and the internet.
It has also been said there is a reluctance to report unlawful matters to the police, with Charedim instead preferring to settle matters ‘within the community’.
In cross-examination, Jonathan Goldberg QC commented on a “Jimmy Savile effect”, which has prompted more people to come forward and support complaints of sexual abuse – even in Orthodox communities.
“Jimmy Savile, just as he has had an effect on the general non-Jewish community, he has had an effect on your community,” he said. “People have moved with the times, including your community. You, as an American, had no difficulty in saying people could go to the police. You mention Rabbi David Cohen in America and he said go to the police.
“I suppose it wouldn’t be hard to find rabbis of the old generation who would say ‘deal with it in-house’”.
Rabbi Zimmerman said: “At that point nobody wanted to report it. Everybody wanted him to seek therapy and to heal himself and not be a danger to the general public. Part of any therapy is admission and taking responsibility for what you did.”
Todros Grynhaus denies all of the allegations. The trial continues.
אין שום שמירה במקום ועיריית אלעד מנסה בכל הכוח לטייח את הסיפור.
הסיפור מזעזע בעיקר משום שאין שמירה על הגן, וכן שערי הגן פתוחים לרווחת כל אחד ,ה' ירחם.
אם הערבי היה מגיע אליה לא מתאוה אלא משנאה מה היו יכולים התוצאות להיות?
מעניין אם מישהו יקח אחריות לעניין ויטפל בחומרה רבה.
This morning (Monday, May 4th) 7:50 o’clock, an Arab entered a girl’s kindergarten on Rebbi Meir Street (near the mikvah) and sexually attacked an assistant (young woman). This in an area where the city builds many kindergartens and the Arab had a key and entered before the little girls arrived.
There is absolutely no protection at the site, and the city is strongly trying to cover up the story.
The story is shocking ,mainly because there is absolutely no protection at the Kindergarten and the doors are wide open to everyone. G-d have mercy.
If the arab would have come, not for lust but for hatred, what would the consequences have been?
It would be interesting [to see], whether someone would take responsibility for the matter and will deal with it seriously.
(Hebrew is email from Israel, English is my translation)