Monday, February 27, 2012
A group of 49 rabbis urged followers not to vote for Councilman Lew Fidler in the special election to replace disgraced former senator Carl Kruger. In a letter titled "A Message for the Community", the rabbis detail Fidler's support for same-sex marriage, declaring:
It is therefore considered to be a great Chilul Hashem [desecration of God's law] to vote for or provide funding, campaign assistance, public recognition or any type of campaign support to Mr. Fidler. To do so would amount to being mesiy’ayah ovrei aveirah (abetting transgression of the Torah’s commandments).
Fidler's campaign has released a list of 266 endorsers of his campaign, but the Politicker blog found that"at least a handful of these backers, mostly rabbis, are no longer on board with Mr. Fidler as he campaigns in the heavily Jewish, southern Brooklyn district."
The letter from the rabbis did not go so far as to endorse a vote for Fidler's opponent, Republican David Storobin.
The letter is after the jump. [h/t to the Orthodox Pundit.]