‘Jewish Standard’ Publisher: ‘We May Have Acted Too Quickly’ With Gay Announcement Ban, Will Reconsider

We ran the wedding announcement because we felt, as a community
newspaper, that it was our job to serve the entire community — something
we have been doing for 80 years.

We did not expect the heated response we got, and — in truth — we
believe now that we may have acted too quickly in issuing the follow-up
statement, responding only to one segment of the community.

We are now having meetings with local rabbis and community
leaders. We will also be printing, in the paper and online, many of the
letters that have been pouring in since our statement was published.

We urge everyone to take a step back and reflect on what this
series of events has taught us about the community we care so much
about, and about the steps we must take to move forward together.

Comments

  1. kenny says

    Thanks so much for following this story. Last time I checked, there were 370 comments on the editorial page, and I didn’t see a single one that supported their original decision to stop running the announcements.

  2. Andalusian Dog says

    The media – even if tailored to a specific religious community – should be able to make independent editorial decisions without bending to a fringe of their readership.

    The Standard’s initial decision to print same-sex wedding announcements was an example of such an independent decision.

    The decision to not publish these announcements because of orthodox pressure calls into question the editorial integrity of this paper. Any decisions they make hereafter are thus tainted.

    The editorial board should be replaced.

    Kudos on continuing to report this fascinating story.

  3. TANK says

    Um, not really, christopher. Most religious denominations are violently antigay…especially christian. If this were a southern baptist, mormon (desert news), or even catholic publication, there wouldn’t even be a reconsidering…that’s because jews are vastly superior to christians and mormons when it comes to gay rights, on average…and forget about islam.

  4. Pender says

    Prediction: they’ll formally unveil a policy of assessing each submission on a case-by-case basis without regard to sexuality. Then, by an incredible stroke of coincidence, none of the submissions they approve will ever involve same-sex couples.

  5. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    Not so fast with the celebrating

    FOLLOW UP Follow Up follow up

    Otherwise this could just turn into a way to quiet people and they never do anything

    Hopefully the readership of The Standard keeps the pressure on them

  6. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    PS

    Well TANK that is because non orthedox Jews generally dont believe the myth BS and their philosophies tend to be Humanist… flavored with their cultural identy of being Jewish.

    It all comes down to “who is Jew” thing is it genetic, cultural, whatever. Many orthodox don’t like to acknowledge reform Jews as “Real” Jews

    The actual religion “religion” of Judaism is not gay friendly. Reform Judaism really is not “Judaism” it is Humanism ,secularism, and enlightenment stuff with a good dose of agnosticism with matzoh ball soup on the side

    Thankfully though Reform Jews far far far outnumber the less enlightened orthodox counterparts and have more pull hopefully with The Standard

  7. jonny says

    Really? Mr Janoff is telling us to take a step back and reflect. How about someone in the media taking a moment to reflect before the knee-jerk “throw the minority under the bus” reaction. Look at Obama’s admin cow-towing to crazy bloggers and video editors.

  8. TANK says

    Ah, I know why. That most jews aren’t, in fact, orthodox in the united states.

    “It all comes down to “who is Jew” thing is it genetic, cultural, whatever.”

    I go by the standard of oppression. If you have jewish parents (one or two), you’re jewish in the eyes of the antisemite, regardless of what you say and do. That’s the only standard that has any cash value in reality.

    “Many orthodox don’t like to acknowledge reform Jews as “Real” Jews”

    Right, and your point is? I don’t think that this matters at all to actual jewish identity.

    “The actual religion “religion” of Judaism is not gay friendly. Reform Judaism really is not “Judaism””

    Oh, you sound like an unthinking moron. My family, for example, is conservative, and come from a long line of orthodox. But the fact remains that there is absolutely NO SUCH THING as “true faith,” and that includes denominations within a given faith. You are abritrarily defining what it means to be jewish (it has to be antigay, just like christianity has to be antigay), and many reform jews would justifiably argue you under the table over these baseless and absurd accusations. There are gay friendly orthodox jews as well as reform and conservative; and there are gay friendly christians. The difference between christianity and judaism with respect to gay friendliness is that in judaism, gay friendly is the norm, and in christianity, it’s the exception.

    “it is Humanism ,secularism, and enlightenment stuff with a good dose of agnosticism with matzoh ball soup on the side”

    Hey, that’s funny. Don’t mind me pushing you down a flight of stairs, douche.

  9. TANK says

    And, of course…jews, like christians and muslims, regardless of whether or not they’re gay friendly (and in christianity and islam, I remind people, being gay friendly is the exception, not the norm as it is in judaism…and in islam in particular, it’s the extreme exception compared to christianity and judaism) they share the blame for their antigay counterparts behaviors due to an appeal to the same source of normativity. For that, they are all responsible for homophobia perpetuated by religion, and all religionists have blood on their hands, whatever their sexuality.

    Second, all religious faith and beliefs are unjustifiable, epistemically bankrupt idiocy that in many cases cease to flirt with meaninglessness and become cognitively insignificant.

  10. Steve says

    “meetings with local rabbis”

    Yet, they are sill kowtowing to religious leaders and bigots. How about doing what’s right, regardless of what believers think?

  11. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    “Second, all religious faith and beliefs are unjustifiable, epistemically bankrupt idiocy that in many cases cease to flirt with meaninglessness and become cognitively insignificant.”

    Agreed

    Here is where we disagree

    Goyim raised within fundamentalist crazy xtianity who leave said myth are not considered xtian any longer though they r Goy

    A Jew who leaves orthodox crazyness is still identified as a Jew so ur analogy that Judaism is superior to xtianity as far as gays is FALSE

    SECULAR HUMANIST REFORM JEWS r not Judaism the religion. There r court cases and trys at passing laws in Israel by the orthodox defining “who is a Jew” and many reform wouldn’t make the cut under such crazyness. Anyway; they r genetic Hebrew people with a Jewish cultural influence and it makes for a false comparison by u between Judaism and Xtianity on gay issues

    Orthodox Jews = Schande vor den Goyim = A shame in front of the gentiles

    Both religions + islam and hinduism and budhism etc are all crap barbaric fairy tales

    Reform Jews are very supportive of gay rights and issues just like many secular humanist Goyim who might have been born to 2 xtians are supportive of gay rights and issues

    Judaism is NOT supportive of Gays. Xtianity is NOT supportive of Gays, Islam Budhism etc are not supportive of Gays

    Modern humanist secular Reform Jews are supportive of gay rights and issues. Modern securalist humanist Goyim are supportive of gay rights

    —————————

    Full disclosure, I am of Hebrew genetic stock but totally reject the crazy myth BS

  12. TANK says

    “Goyim raised within fundamentalist crazy xtianity who leave said myth are not considered xtian any longer though they r Goy

    A Jew who leaves orthodox crazyness is still identified as a Jew so ur analogy that Judaism is superior to xtianity as far as gays is FALSE”

    ? The fuck are you yammering about? Let’s roll it back a little bit, so you can comprehend, hopefully… If consideration were all that mattered to determining “true” from “false” religious faith, then the difference between christian and jew in that regard could be settled by what one believes…but it clearly can’t…so it really doesn’t matter if jews consider non-practicing jews to be jewish still…their beliefs simply don’t matter to the situation. But this has nothing at all to do with the fact that no denomination of judaism, whether it be reformer, conservative or orthodox, is the “TRUE”…okay? Just like no denomination of christianity is the TRUE…do you get it? Probably not…when all you have is the faith that your faith is the correct faith, that does not make it so anymore than believing that unicorns exist makes it the case that unicorns exist…yabbadabbadoo…that other shoe droppin’ yet?

    Now, to repeat, on average in the united states, jewish identified people are overwhelmingly supportive of gay rights…this is largely due to the fact that orthodox jews are a minority within a minority. However, that being said, there are gay friendly orthodox jews, too…but they’re rare, and moreso, are a minority of jews in general.

  13. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    “jewish identified people are overwhelmingly supportive of gay rights…this is largely due to the fact that orthodox jews are a minority within a minority. However, that being said, there are gay friendly orthodox jews, too…but they’re rare, and moreso, are a minority of jews in general. ”

    agreed

  14. Zlick says

    It’s always been a bit confusing – what with “Jewish” being both a religion and a cultural identity quite apart from that religion. But people are people, and any person can question the dogma and doctrines of their handed-down religious teachings.

    I was raised by (technically) Orthodox Jews, with values of (a) education and intelligence (thus disabusing myself of religious nonsense pretty quickly) and (b) empathy and solidarity will all oppressed peoples. Um, that would include gays.

    I don’t know what the fuck happened to the Israeli’s, but my branch of Jews who lost family members in the Holocaust would rather die than oppress, contribute to the oppression, or silently support the oppression of other people.

    These are not values unique to Jewish upbringing of course, but I found them very prevalent in the Jewish culture I was raised in.

  15. rafi says

    “Angry opening! Broad generalization. Broad generalization. Attempt at wit. Demand for universal agreement! Declaration of dissenters’ stupidity. Broad generalization. Fuck off.”

    –Tank

  16. wimsy says

    My bet is that a major advertiser called and threatened to pull his ads if the paper ran gay wedding announcements. The publisher panicked, and reversed the policy. Then readers jammed the phone lines objecting to the new policy and threatened to cancel their subscriptions. The publisher panicked again, tried to reverse course…and decided that the safest thing is to ask the rabbi.

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