important but very graphic

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/13/a_legal_defense_of_donkey_sex/

A legal defense of donkey sex

The prosecution of a Florida man accused of having sexual contact with a miniature donkey is unconstitutional, according to his lawyers.

In a court motion, the defense claims that the state law against bestiality deprives 32-year-old Carlos Romero of his “personal liberty and autonomy when it comes to private intimate activities.”

But it’s actually not quite as crazy a move as it might seem. The lawyers aren’t arguing that Romero necessarily has a right to sex with donkeys, or any other farm animals for that matter. They’re specifically targeting the language of Florida’s anti-bestiality law, which does not require proof that an animal has been harmed or “of the sexual activity being non-consensual,” or even of penetrative sexual contact.

The attorneys write, “Therefore, the only possible rational basis for the statute is a moral objection to sexual acts considered deviant or downright ‘disgusting.’” And that, they argue, is unconstitutional: “The personal morals of the majority, whether based on religion or traditions, cannot be used as a reason to deprive a person of their personal liberties.”

If, however, “the statute were to require sexual conduct with animals to be nonconsensual or to cause injury in order to be a crime, then perhaps the State would have a rational basis and legitimate state interest in enforcement,” they write.

It may be an opportunistic defense, sure, but it also brings up some interesting, if squirm-worthy, questions: Why should bestiality be illegal? Is it because it’s socially unacceptable or because it causes harm to animals? If it’s the latter, is it OK for people to have sexual contact with animals in cases where the animal isn’t harmed?

I don’t want to get too graphic here, but Romero is accused of masturbating against the donkey. Given our relationship to animals as food, definitions of harm, not to mention violation of consent, can get very complicated — and you can bet Romero’s legal team is hoping that will help their case.

Dear Rav Noson,

I am writing to you in accordance with your request that I clarify in writing the position of my father zatz”l regarding the legalization of homosexual marriages and euthanasia. Please be informed that my father zatz”l battled with mesiras nefesh against all attempts to legitimize homosexuality.

It goes with out saying my father zatzal was against the legalization of euthanasia which he considered to be real retzicha (real bloodshed).

I find it unfortunate that the Leadership of our community has changed it’s attitudes and priorities and is not leading in fighting against attempts to legitimize marriages that only a few years ago was considered an abomination not only by the Torah but by the general community. It is even more shocking that our community is not taking a leading a role in opposing attempts that would allow shfichas damim to become legal and accepted as the humane approach.

sincerely yours,

Moshe Soloveitchik
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Rav Noson,

I am writing to you in accordance with your request that I clarify in writing the position of my father zatz”l regarding the legalization of homosexual marriages and euthanasia. Please be informed that my father zatz”l battled with mesiras nefesh against all attempts to legitimize homosexuality.

It goes with out saying my father zatzal was against the legalization of euthanasia which he considered to be real retzicha (real bloodshed).

I find it unfortunate that the Leadership of our community has changed it’s attitudes and priorities and is not leading in fighting against attempts to legitimize marriages that only a few years ago was considered an abomination not only by the Torah but by the general community. It is even more shocking that our community is not taking a leading a role in opposing attempts that would allow shfichas damim to become legal and excepted as the humane approach.

sincerely yours,

Moshe Soloveitchik

Chicago, Illinois

13 August, 2012 17:39

Posted: August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
http://www.examiner.com/article/chick-fil-a-vandalized-with-gay-marriage-stickers-image-of-gay-pride-flag
The Frederick News-Post reported Sunday that a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Frederick, Maryland, was the target of vandals who glued gay marriage stickers and other items to the windows sometime Saturday night.

Cpl. Gregory Santangelo said that in addition to the stickers, several homemade signs and an image “with the American and gay pride flags combined,” were also affixed to the windows.

He also told the Post that the restaurant hired a cleaner to remove the items.

According to the Post, video surveillance of the suspect and physical evidence were collected, and the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter.

At least two other Chick-fil-A restaurants have been vandalized since company president Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional marriage.

A Torrance, California, restaurant had the words “tastes like hate” scrawled on the building. Gay Hollywood artist Manny Castro took credit for that incident, and was booked on suspicion of vandalism.

A second Chick-fil-A was vandalized in the St. Louis area, when someone spray-painted “don’t hate” on the side of the building, and “tastes like hate” on the drive-through.

Although no vandalism was involved, a Chick-fil-A in West Virginia was the target of a bomb threat during the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/chick-fil-blocked-opening-chicago-store/story?id=16853890

A Chicago politician said he will block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in his ward, following anti-gay marriage remarks by the fast food chain’s president.

Alderman Joe Moreno, who represents Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, plans to use his aldermanic privilege, a Chicago tradition in which City Council members defer to aldermen on local matters, to block the restaurant’s permit.

“It’s a very diverse ward– economically, racially, and diverse in sexual orientation,” Moreno told ABCNews.com. “We’ve got thriving businesses and we want more but at the very least don’t discriminate against our LGBTQ folks.”

Moreno is not alone in standing up to the fast food restaurant, whose president Dan Cathy came under scrutiny after he told the Baptist Press he was “guilty as charged” when it came to supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent Cathy a letter informing him “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

The Jim Henson Company also severed ties with the establishment and have donated their earnings from making toys for the chain’s kids’ meals to the gay support organization GLAAD.

But the businessman’s comments have become a rallying point for conservative politicians who see them differently.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee organized a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” for Aug. 1.

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Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno has blocked a Chick-Fil-A restaurant from opening in his ward following anti-gay marriage remarks by the restaurant’s president, Dan Cathy.

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“The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1,” Huckabee wrote on Facebook.

As of this afternoon, more than 117,000 people had indicated they’d participate in the event.

Sen. Rick Santorum said on Twitter today that he was eating lunch at Chick-fil-A with five of his children.

“Enjoying chick-in-strips and an awesome peach shake at Chick-fil-A. See you here next Wednesday!” he tweeted.

In Chicago, residents in Moreno’s ward have expressed mixed opinions that the fast food restaurant won’t be coming to their neighborhood. Moreno does have the support of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty,” Emmanuel said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

Moreno said he had been working with “Chick-fil-A” for nine months to address traffic issues the restaurant could create. During that time, he said he also worked “behind the scenes” to address the company’s alleged support of anti-gay organizations and brought in the Civil Rights Agenda, an LGBTQ group, to help create a dialogue.

“We were making, I thought, some progress, until [Dan Cathy] comes out swinging. That basically sunk our discussions,” he said.

Chick-fil-A did not respond to ABCNews.com’s request for an interview. The chain does have a store in Chicago and numerous outlets in its suburbs.

Moreno said if the fast food chain wants to open a location in his ward, than they’re going to have to make amends.

“They should be in the business of selling chicken, not promoting a political philosophy,” he said. “If they want to come out with an anti-discrimination policy, put it in their employee handbook, post it in their restaurants…then we can have a discussion.”

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A does about $4 billion in annual sales, according to its website, which states that the purpose of the chain is to “glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/nyregion/both-sides-declare-victory-in-bumpy-brooklyn-senate-race.html?_r=2

“From the outset, Mr. Storobin, a lawyer who started his own practice, pounced on Mr. Fidler’s negative comments about him, turning the race personal.
He generated support from the staunchly Orthodox communities who did not favor Mr. Fidler’s support of same-sex marriage. ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/nyregion/in-overtime-close-senate-election-shifts-to-the-vote-counters.html

“Even without an official victory, Mr. Storobin’s close race with Mr. Fidler amounted to a success for his campaign and for Republican leaders.
He took advantage of two growing and politically conservative communities in Brooklyn — Orthodox Jews, who related to Mr. Storobin’s position against same-sex marriage, and Russians, who were eager to elect a young candidate who spoke their language.”