Saturday, February 17, 2007

Frivolous lawsuit against Orthomom

Orthomom is a target in a lawsuit by a public official who has been the target of criticism by blog commenters. The public official filing the lawsuit is also Jewish.

I would like to express my support for Orthomom in this case. Public officials should be able to take criticism. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I am willing to contribute to Orthomom's legal defense fund if it comes to that.

That said, some of the attacks (by commenters, not by Orthomom) are not consistent with the way that Orthodox Jews are supposed to behave. There are halachot against motzi shem ra and lashan hara that are violated a lot in the blogosphere. One prominent posek was the subject of a recent motzi shem ra attack -- such is completely inexcusable. And that others do it is no excuse. I post under my real name and am open about my identity partly so that I am less tempted to violate these halachot. I urge all who comment on blogs to be fair and avoid both lashan hara and motzi shem ra.

9 Comments:

Blogger orthomom said...

Charlie: Thanks for your support. Just a minor quibble: I have no way of knowing if the anonymous commenter(s) who called Ms. Greenbaum a "bigot" were, in fact, Orthodox.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major quibble: Orthomom is not a target in any lawsuit. Orthomom has not been sued.

8:16 PM  
Blogger FunkyJew82 said...

i cannot believe how big a deal this woman is turning this into. it seems a bit hot-tempered. she has to understand that people will not always agree or be nice to her, especially since she's a public official. comes with the territory.

8:37 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie - this is related to some postings you made at Harry's blog.

Take a look at the Jewish Press supplement to their current issue - particularly article by N. Solomon.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'Take a look at the Jewish Press supplement to their current issue'

Links?

(I don't get the hard copy.)

9:39 PM  
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