Agudath Israel & Torah Umesorah
Two days ago, I published an article on my website www.protectjewishkids.com criticizing Agudath Israel’s and Torah Umesorah’s efforts to kill New York’s Child Victim’s Act. The Act, if passed, would allow child rapists and sex predators to be prosecuted for their crimes. I think that most people would agree that prosecuting child sex predators for their crimes is a good thing.
But Agudath Israel, Torah Umesorah and their allies at the Catholic Church seem to disagree. They feel so strongly about this legislation that they have teamed up with each other 4 times in the last decade to successfully defeat the bill. They are now fighting it again for the 5th time.
Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel of Agudath Israel of America – how much money paid in dues and donations to Agudah synagogues have you spent to kill the Child Victim’s Act? Are there no poor people in your communities that need this money? Does everyone have enough food to eat, clothes to wear and money to pay rent and mortgages? Did you ever ask the members of your synagogues if they agree with what you’re doing with their money?
Rabbi Dovid Nojowitz of Torah Umesorah – your name really hasn’t come up in the many articles in the media, blogs and Facebook pages that identify those whose religious organizations oppose the Child Victim’s Act. But it should.
According to the Torah Umesorah website, you are listed as the national director and your picture is at the very top of the organizational structure. Torah Umesorah signed a joint statement with Agudath Israel vehemently opposing the Child Victim’s Act.
Many of the large families that send their children to your schools face tuition bills of up to $18-$25,000 per year, per child to give their children a Torah education. Are these families so rich that that they don’t mind their tuition dollars going to your lobbying efforts to kill a bill that will PROTECT their children from child rapists?
Did you ever ask parents if this is what they want their tuition money spent on?
Rabbis Zwiebel and Nojowitz –
Instead of killing the Child Victim’s Act, allow me to suggest a better use of your time, donations and tuition money:
- Require every synagogue, school, yeshiva, summer camp and mikva to expel anyone from their institution that is believed to be a danger to children.
- Require every employee of these institutions to report immediately to the police any suspicion that a child may be harmed, without first asking a rabbi’s permission to do so.
- Publicize the name of every person known to be a danger to children so parents and employers can insure that these monsters don’t ever have access to the children in their care.
Perhaps if your institutions enacted these critical child safety rules that cost nothing to implement, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and money lobbying with the Catholic Church to kill child protection legislation.