Thursday, March 7, 2013

New York rabbi faces lawsuit after slicing of penis during ritual circumcision

New York rabbi faces lawsuit after slicing of penis during ritual circumcision
Rabbi Mordechai Rachminov 
By: Moses Gold 
(Scroll down for video) A New York rabbi was slapped with a lawsuit after slicing off parts of a baby’s penis during a ritual circumcision procedure, according to court documents filed in New York.

The Queens rabbi performed the ritual circumcision of the 8-day-old boy and then told the father that he did a decent job, even though the child needed corrective surgery, according to the lawsuit.

Gavriel Baruch, the boy's father, is suing Rabbi Mordechai Rachminov, claiming that he cut off part of the penis of his son during the religious ceremony several years ago, at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center in Forest Hills, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Queens Civil Supreme Court.

After the ritual, Rachminov, 69, deceived Baruch, claiming that circumcision was "done properly and that his conduct was within the standard of care and skill required for Jewish ritual circumcision," the lawsuit said.

Baruch was also told that a doctor was not necessary. “Even after it became clear that the bris went wrong, Rachminov and the community center did not call a doctor,” according to the lawsuit.

Baruch said that the delay in medical treatment resulted in more permanent damage to his child. The boy had to undergo corrective surgery under general anesthesia and may require further procedures, doctors said, according to the lawsuit. In the video below you can see the rabbi singing at a wedding in the Bukharian language. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Gay Kindle Paperwhite Ad, YouTube Takes Down, "seriously homophobic tripe flood"

Gay Kindle Paperwhite Ad, YouTube Takes Down, "seriously homophobic tripe flood" 

Just the other day we reported on the new commercial for the Kindle Paperwhite, a humorous spot incorporating a gay man, a straight woman and their respective partners.

Well, a Queerty reader tipped us off this morning that YouTube has removed the ad for Amazon’s e-reader because of a “violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.”

He wrote, “I checked the link, and confirmed that was what happened: no video, but a notice that it had been removed.”

The ad (above)—which shows a man and a woman discussing the merits of the Paperwhite before panning to their male partners—was posted by Kindle, so it seems odd it was flagged for being spam.

But the clip, which has been viewed by more than 308,000 people generated a flood of comments—including some seriously homophobic tripe. “A child being raised by their opposite gender will act different than one raised by the same, long-term anyway,” said one genius. “Who wants to explain to their child why a man is fucking another man, let alone married to one, simply over a kindle ad,” posted another who claims he doesn’t hate gays at all. “People need to keep their alternative lifestyle to themselves.”

Our tipster posits that enough of the homophobes unjustly flagged the ad as inappropriate to get it taken down, as we agree.

Here’s a note from YouTube’s community guidelines:
YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These videos may be age-restricted.
Fortunately, by this afternoon the ad was back on the site.

Look, given the sheer volume of content uploaded to YouTube, there’s really no way to stop haters from flagging perfectly acceptable videos. What we can do, is let YouTube know when a clip has been wrongly targeted.

We can also ask YouTube to ban users who repeatedly abuse the flagging option. (Maybe GLAAD could head this up?)

And lastly we can turn the tables and flag clips of homophobes spewing their hate—because that shit truly is against YouTube policy.

“Hate speech” refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.

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"The doctrine that the earth is neither the center of the universe nor immovable, but moves even with a daily rotation, is absurd, and both philosophically and theologically false, and at the least an error of faith."

--Catholic Church's decision against Galileo Galilei

Note these Church Fathers are the very ones to canonize the letters of Saint Paul into the New Testament Bible. Peter gives a warning about these letters in 2Pe 3:16  Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

People who identify as gay or lesbian are not able to become heterosexual. While some people of ambivalent sexual orientation are capable of functioning as heterosexuals, those for whom homosexual orientation has become an integral feature of their personal identity are not able to transform into heterosexuals.

The following 2005 statement by the American Psychological Association summarizes the current scientific consensus about sexual orientation and individual volition: Human beings cannot choose their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation emerges for most people in early adolescence or late childhood without any prior sexual experience. The experience of sexual attraction and falling in love is one that individuals experience as outside their conscious control. Although we can choose whether to act on our feelings, psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be a conscious choice.

The near total failure of advocates of “cure” to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals obviates the halakhic significance of tracing the source of homosexuality. Gay and lesbian people are homosexual and will remain so. Even those who have attempted a “cure” have been unable – in the vast majority of cases – to change their orientation. For the halakhist, therefore, the issue of significance is not the origin of homosexual orientation, but rather the permanence of such an orientation by the time sexuality reaches consciousness.

Whether sexual orientation is determined by nature or nurture or some combination of both does not alter the resultant orientation, whether that orientation is heterosexual, homosexual, or something in between. More: