In response to the post below, commenter Garnel Ironhart wrote (in part):
"This is a lost cause. Sorry, but it is... Is anyone really going to risk being ostracized over this? When they knock on your door, are you really going to call the police and have them arrested? The only solution is to leave communities like this and go elsewhere to build normal, sane ones."
I felt that Garnel's comment was important enough to respond to in a separate post. Far too many people are unwilling to stand up for what they believe in because they fear social retribution. In fact, that's exactly what these extremists are counting on. It's a form of social terrorism; they frighten the community into remaining silent so that they can carry out their agenda unopposed.
So my response to Garnel is as follows:
You asked, "When they knock on your door, are you really going to call the police and have them arrested?"- ABSOLUTELY! If anyone harms or threatens me or my children, I would go straight to the police with no hesitation whatsoever. (I actually have done this, but that's a story for another time). This mistrust of the authorities and prohibition of being a moser is a relic from another time and place, when Jews really did have to be afraid of the local government authorities. That is absolutely not the case here in New York, and I am tired of this outdated mentality contributing to the cover up of criminal actions that are committed by Jews. We need to stand up and send a message: if you break the law, you will suffer the consequences. We will not cover up for you any longer. If you harm our children, if you abuse your wife, if you embezzle money from our shuls and yeshivas and organizations, we will turn you in. If you choose to do the crime, rest assured that you will do the time. It is not those of us who own televisions or don't cover our hair or allow our sons to play sports that are polluting this community. It is the disrespect and arrogance of those of you who think you can do whatever you want to simply because your outside appearance screams "frum". In Israel, the Ultra-Orthodox are called "chareidi". The word means "one who trembles before God". If you are harming others and breaking the law, you are not "trembling before God". You are a sinner, and should be treated like one.
Note: I thank Garnel for bringing up this important point. My response is not intended to be hostile toward him, but rather to express my disagreement with his comment.
Also, my remarks are aimed solely at those who engage in criminal behavior, and not at the frum community at large.
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