The Evil of “Unadulterated Freedom”: Roughly 40,000 Orthodox Jewish Men Gather In New York Stadium To Denounce The Internet

We previously saw how Orthodox Jews in New York prevailed upon the government to get rid of bike lanes in their neighborhoods to protect them from the sight of women on bikes. Now almost 40,000 men gathered in Citi Field to call for an end to the Internet as a danger to their faith. Women of course were not allowed to attend because that would also be an affront. They were allowed to watch . . . you guessed it . . . on the Internet.

The seven hour event cost $1.5 million and featured prominent Jewish leaders who railed against the Internet as corrupting the faithful by exposing them to outside ideas and influences. One participant is quoted as denouncing “unadulterated freedom” as a threat to religion.

One Rabbi warned that the “internet is a fire that burns a person’s body and soul.” Much like their counterparts in Iran, the religious leaders warned that having Internet access without approved filters and limiting software is immoral and violation of faith. Information going to them and their families must remain closely controlled and approved by their religious leaders.

Moreover, any family breaking these rules are to be “shunned” as corrupted.

The effort to keep roughly one million Orthodox Jews in self-imposed isolation is no easy task in a pluralistic and modern society. Yet, “unadulterated freedom” has been known to lead to . . . freedom.

Source: New York Daily News and Gizmodo

51 thoughts on “The Evil of “Unadulterated Freedom”: Roughly 40,000 Orthodox Jewish Men Gather In New York Stadium To Denounce The Internet”

  1. Still struggling to figure out how what they want is different from what the adherents of Sharia Law want.

  2. Why can’t religions realize that if they want their followers to believe and follow the tenents of their faith, that they need simply to get their followers to live a more religious life despite the temptation of sin around them?

    If these people believe the internet is bad then they should be telling their follows the internet is bad and unhealthy for their religious souls.

    Its just like Catholics being peeved about birth control… If your people aren’t supposed to take it, convince them of the ‘sin’ of it…don’t go for legal recourse to MAKE them stop it.

    How has one come closer to God because his religion got something outlawed so he cannot partake? Has he become a more upright follower if he has not been given the choice/opportunity to overcome a vice/sin?

  3. They really should create their own ‘kosher’ Internet with only sites they approve as appropriate on them. As noted above several time, they could probably get a pretty good deal of support from the Christian and Islamic branches of the insanity tree. Naturally each would have some separate enclave protected from parts of the others to avoid heresy and blaspheme but at least 80% of the content could be shared.

  4. I don’t understand. These patriarchs don’t have control of their own families? How do they know what’s on the internet? How do they know that others that they want to control access the internet? Or is the internet something they just found out about? I’ll bet they did some surfing themselves and burned their own body and soul or something. Maybe got to one of the porn sites and had unholy thoughts.

  5. DAMN STRAIGHT… Unadultered freedom IS a threat to religion… For obvious reasons.

  6. Ya gotta love the hats!
    if they don’t want their children to have the advantage of a wealth of information at their fingertips, that is their problem, not ours.

  7. The Rabbis are Right to Be Afraid

    I suspect most readers are, by now, chuckling to themselves—as, admittedly, I did myself. After all, the New York Times coverage of the event notes the sale of “kosher” smartphones that limit Internet use. This is funny stuff.

    But on second thought, aren’t the ultra-Orthodox right? This is an insular community that has built real and virtual walls to shield itself from secular influences. Aren’t they correct to worry that if their adherents surf the Internet, the community will suffer?

    Fear of reality.

  8. The somewhat glib take on this seems to have missed a deeper point. The real problem seems to be that “”unadulterated freedom” has been known to lead to . . . freedom.” is often – and perhaps most often – not the case. Just the opposit. For example, people left Europe for religious freedom only to impose their religious beliefs on others; pre-nazi germany voted out democracy for a dictatorship; the Arab spring seems to be voting in more religious oppression; the U.S. seems hell bent on imposing more Religious lunacy.

    Apparently people need above all else something to believe in to make sense of what is basically unknowable, even if it means what they believe in is crazyier then simply accepting what we don’t know and making the best of it.

  9. If they don’t like ‘unadulterated freedom’, which is why I presume their ancestors moved here in the first place, then they should move where no such thing exists: Iran, perhaps, or Saudi Arabia, or maybe they could move back to Russia, where so many of them came from.

    I’m sick and tired of religious fundamentalists of ALL faiths trying to tell everyone else in this country how to live- by their own narrow, un-American standards.

  10. Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. >internet is a fire that burns a person’s body and soul.

    I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome.

    1. junctionshamus. that saying has to be one of the dumbest I have ever seen. A slight knowledge of WWII would kill that once and for all. The US and UK were never friends with Stalin and the Soviet Union, a fact which all parties understood and acted on. They were allies which is a far different thing. The US withheld lots of things from the Soviets, and even our “friends” the Brits. The US was not too friendly to any of our allies, and a whole lot less friendly to the Soviets. Whch caused many problems in prosecuting the war and its aftermath.

      1. @ARE – And it took you almost two days to come up with that response? I didnt make it up; what crawled up your ass and died? Has nothing to do with US and Brits, and Sov’s, oh my… Try a little understanding of Native American cultures.

        And as to the your comment being the source of my “stupid” response, let’s just say yours was as banal and trite as “America, love it or leave it!” was in the 60s. Or were you even around then?

  12. Correction: “The second a curse, serving inevitably as a curtailment of all others’ freedoms by a few.”

    Need that third cup of coffee for clarity and longevity.

  13. When old men get horny they do and say weird things.

    This could be the beginning of “Occupy Weird.”

  14. There is a big difference between freedom of religion and freedom from others’ religions or no religion. The first is a gracious blessing, a right accorded to all by all. The second a curse, serving inevitably as a curtailment of freedoms of all others’ freedoms by a few.

    In the latter, why not limit orthodox Jews to their own ghettos? That seems like a solution to the Jews’ problem.

    My, how fast tables can turn!

  15. I have a suggestion. They shold move to Iran where they will find conditions much more in line with their views. It is funny that all the religious fundamentalists think alike and would be quite happy in their own dictatorships. I am even more struck by the unholy alliance of the Catholic Church and the fundamentalist Protestants, who not too long ago hated each other, and still may. At least they have toned down their hatred of each other to team up to impose religious mandates on the rest of us. I wonder if this Jewish group will join that alliance of religious nuts.

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