Saturday, May 26, 2012

BBC News - Can ultra-orthodox Jews live with the web?

BBC News - Can ultra-orthodox Jews live with the web?


When New York City's web-phobic ultra-orthodox Jews wanted to discuss how to face the challenge posed to their community by the growth of the internet, they could hardly set up a Google Hangout or host a webinar.
With tens of thousands keen to take part, the community needed a big venue. On Sunday 40,000 men filled Citi Field, home to the New York Mets baseball team, to chart a way forward.
Amid concern over the dangers the internet poses to traditional morality, organisers said the discussion focused on how to protect children from pornography and violent sites. The proliferation of social media was also a key concern.
The event, sponsored by the ultra-orthodox Jewish group Ichud Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane, featured prayers and speeches from spiritual leaders. Tickets sold out quickly, and the organisers rented a nearby stadium to accommodate another 20,000 people. There were separate women's events in other venues.
Across the road demonstrators staged a protest, complaining that sensitive subjects - including child abuse allegations - were being ignored while the internet was identified as a source of problem and sin.


Are these the same ultra-orthodox groups that [in Israel] taunt and threaten non-orthodox people?  The same groups that photo-shopped Hillary Clinton out of the picture because their religion sees women as less than men? {They deny it, claim it was for reasons of modesty, but didn't even bother to tell their readers what they had done. They just made the women disappear].

Yea, they need to be afraid of the internet: because women might use it , and learn to be free!

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