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I must say that Rev. Wright’s rumblings, about white America, fail in comparison to some somewhat similar things that I heard in my yeshiva days from many Rosh Yeshivas and what I occasionally hear now in some shuls in Flatbush. Thus, I do not think Obama’s attending Wright’s church reflects badly on Obama. Contrary, I think that this association shows Obama’s empathy for his community. Although I do not agree or like Wright’s statements, I understand his frustrations that lead him to those statements. African Americans, as you may know, as a group are not doing to good in comparison to Whites. There is a lot of poverty in their community; many of their families are broken; and they have very few business opportunities.I think it is obvious to any reasonable observer that their current condition is not only African Americans’ fault as some would like you to believe, but in a large measure the result of 200 years of slavery,75 years of apartheid, and after Civil Rights Act of 1964 largely of indifference.Let us not deny their anguished history.
Would you please give us some reasons of why Obama is a “total jerk” who will destroy America.
As someone who learned in yeshiva( BMG included), I can tell you there can be only three instances where halocha would require YWN to censor.
Second instance, if the statements are slanderous and can unnecessarily harm particular individual then too, the statements should not be posted.
I disagree with your position on censorship. Censorship is defined as discriminating against views because of their content. Hence, if the editor decides to exclude a comment because he disagrees with its content he is censoring, notwithstanding the fact that anybody can start his or her own blog and post any comment that comes to his or her mind. Yes, as Baal Haboss, he has a legal right to do so, but if he is right or prudent in censoring is another question. As far as his editorial responsibilities are concerned, I do wholeheartly agree that he can exclude slanderous comments relating to individuals or comments that do not relate to a topic under discussion.