December 16, 2009, - 3:34 pm
While Great Britain continues to be overrun with sundry Muslims of every variety and consistently panders to their every extremist whim, it’s entirely another story when it comes to Judaism, specifically Orthodox Jews. The UK’s top court is now deciding Judaism for the Jews, and it’s a dangerous precedent on so many levels.
UK Supreme Court: Funny, They Don’t Look Like My Rabbi
It’s interesting that a religion that just wants to be left alone and free to worship–Judaism–has the British courts interfering into its religious tenets and private schools, while it doesn’t ever get involved in deciding anything for the most invasive and forcefully imposing religion–Islam. I guess the Jews should have attacked the London subway and tried to bomb the Glasgow Airport. Only then, I suppose, the Brits would keep their judicial noses out of Judaism.
It’s a basic tenet of Judaism in its most accurate form–Orthodox Judaism–that a person is Jewish based on the religion of the mother. If she is Jewish, so is the child. If she converted, Orthodox Judaism only recognizes Orthodox Jewish conversions to Judaism, not the watered down kind of the other sects. Similarly, Conservative Judaism generally does not accept conversions by Reformed Jewish rabbis. But the British high courts are interfering, in a dangerous mix of church and state. Suddenly, the British courts are the “Supreme Rabbis.”
A gentile reader who sent me this article comments on this story, “Never With a Muslim School Though.” And he’s right on target. They’d never do this to Muslims in Britain (or anywhere in the West). Or there would be riots like you’ve never seen. But in anti-Semitic Britain, anything goes against the Jews.
Britain’s top court was accused of interfering in religious matters after it ruled on Wednesday that a Jewish school was guilty of discrimination by refusing entry to a boy whose mother was a Jew by conversion, not birth.
The Supreme Court said the policy employed by the popular JFS school in London broke race laws by using ethnicity to decide which pupils to admit. . . .
They said the ruling, passed by five votes to four, would affect not only on Jewish schools but the whole community, as it meant judges were in effect deciding who was or was not Jewish.
“Essentially we must now apply a ‘non-Jewish definition of who is Jewish’,” said Simon Hochhauser, president of the United Synagogue.
The case was brought after the school refused to admit a boy, known as M, whose father was a practicing Jew and whose mother had converted to Judaism at a non-orthodox synagogue. . . .
British faith schools are allowed to select pupils on grounds of religious belief, but the Supreme Court decided that JFS had breached the Race Relations Act as it had failed to demonstrate that its ethnic-based policy was proportionate.
Russell Kett, chairman of the school’s governors, said it had wanted its test of ‘Jewishness’ to be based “solely on orthodox Jewish religious law, rather than on a series of factors which themselves have no relevance under Jewish law but which seem to support the notion of a test of Jewish practice required by the English legal system.” . . .
Of Britain’s estimated 300,000 Jews, about three-quarters are affiliated to orthodox synagogues, the rest to progressive ones.
Today, the British judges decide who is a Jew. Tomorrow, perhaps they’ll decide who is a Catholic.
But, mark my word, they’ll never dare decide Islamic law, though the British courts often allow Muslims to substitute their own sharia courts for court decisions applying British law.
Like I always say, per George Orwell’s Animal Farm, all of the animals in the barnyard are equal. But some are more equal than others.
And now the Jews can’t even observe their own religion that is thousands of years old free of the new “British Supreme Court” as rabbi.
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