Religious Group Hires Mexican Laborers To Protest Pride Parade To Avoid Seeing Gay People

Anti-gay Christian organizations like the Family Research Council have gotten the lion’s share of the mockery in their ongoing meltdown over the national recognition of gay marriage; however, an orthodox Jewish group may have just taken the cake.

In the middle of New York’s Gay Pride Parade, a massive celebration of gay rights and the recent victory at the Supreme Court, a group of Hispanic men held up signs saying things like “G-D created Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve” and “Judaism prohibits homosexuality.” There was only one problem: These men weren’t Jewish, they were Mexican day laborers hired by the orthodox Jewish group calling itself the “Jewish Political Action Committee” to protest gay rights so impressionable Jewish people wouldn’t have to.

Heshie Freed, a member of the political action committee, an Orthodox Jewish group based in Brooklyn, said that the men were supplementary troops, filling in for the Jewish students who would normally be called upon to demonstrate.

“The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys shouldn’t come out for this because of what they would see at the parade,” Mr. Freed said.

Adding to the insanity of the situation, in a picture taken by New York Times reporter James Estrin, the handful of paid protesters are wearing “fringed prayer garment[s] known as the tzitzit.” Some wore traditional orthodox Jewish hats. None were actually Jewish.

As to the claim that these men were hired so that Jewish students didn’t have to see gay people, that seems likely to be only part of the reason JPAC hired disinterested laborers to stand in their place. This isn’t the first conservative group to struggle to fill out its numbers when launching a protest, and recently the problem has gotten much more glaringly obvious.

For hate groups, finding a large amount of people to publicly affirm that they are a member is getting harder and harder. The cultural sands have shifted and there just aren’t that many people who want to spent their weekend hurling slurs at gay people as they celebrate their ability to finally marry the person they love. Given the fact that polls have consistently shown that young people overwhelmingly approve of same-sex marriage, I’m sure some of the “yeshiva boys” were secretly relieved their rabbi wasn’t going to force them to waste their weekend holding crude signs that show they are on the wrong side of history.

The struggle with numbers isn’t just limited to protesting gay marriage either. To take another recent example, conservatives have tried to rally in support of the Confederate flag with often embarrassing results. When conservative organizations in South Carolina put a call out for people across the state to flock to the state capitol and show their Confederate pride, there wasn’t exactly a sea of people.

With such abysmal numbers, it’s not hard to see why these groups would start turning to hired hands to make it look like their ideologies weren’t dying right before our eyes.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info


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