By G. Kulik
Chareidi bashing is nothing new. Lakewood bashing is nothing new. The question is why people aren’t embarrassed to shoot from the hip and reveal their total ignorance.
Yesterday, a chareidi basher displayed his complete ignorance in a blog post, as he once again bashed frum people and the Lakewood, NJ, community in particular.
The blogger starts off his post with this: “The truth is that I know very little about the village of Lakewood, New Jersey.”
Despite knowing “very little,” he then goes and spews accusations of blockbusting reported on some anti-frum, anti-Jewish news sites. The problem is that Agudas Yisroel and others, as Matzav first reported, have strongly responded to the baseless, fallacious and uninformed accusations, but the blogger didn’t bother finding out the truth or doing his homework. Quick to the trigger, he accused those purchasing homes in outlying neighborhoods to be engaging in “blockbusting.”
The blogger, whose hatred for bnei Torah and chareidim is so transparent, then lectures Lakewood: “In my view, if this aggressive tactic is being countered to the extent that the federal government has been asked to get involved, then I think it should stop. Might (via a large and now powerful religious group) does not make right. It might instead be making a chillul Hashem.”
The chillul Hashem here is that a blogger has taken false claims of the media as truth and has run with it.
The chillul Hashem is that he didn’t bother doing a modicum of research that would have revealed the truth.
But that wouldn’t have allowed him to express the hatred he has for the Jews of Lakewood and other Torah cities.
Why bother to find out the facts when the lies you read fit your agenda?
This blogger is going to wax poetic, and perhaps already has, about how claims that he is anti-chareidi is not true and how what he wrote is not objectionable. He is going to say that he’s just making observations and wishes to remind people about how to behave and how to be nice and how to interact with our neighbors and all that.
But he’ll still have to admit that he knows nothing – nothing – about the issue. He hasn’t spoken to anyone about it and hasn’t bothered being in touch with those who know the truth.
So what does he know? He knows what he reads online. He knows what he reads in the secular media and the left-leaning JTA. He knows what he reads on blogs.
In fact, he writes, “I don’t know exactly what kind of tactics are being used.”
He doesn’t know. So why is he writing about something he doesn’t know?
Isn’t it appropriate to know about something before writing about it?
He writes that “Orthodox Jews have become so dominant in that town that its democratically elected mayor is an Orthodox Jew.”
No big deal, but, since he doesn’t know much, someone might want to let him know that the position of mayor in Lakewood is a ceremonial one. It is no different, save for a few exceptions, from the position of the other four committeemen. Again, no big deal, but for a man who wishes to address the issue, he might want to be informed.
Then he gives us the obligatory “God bless the Jews who have chosen to make Lakewood their home.”
The Lakewood Jews just breathed a sigh of relief. We can be sure they appreciate your blessing.
He writes, “I think it obligates them to be more sensitive to their needs [of other communities] than ever. One cannot just move into town and take over at the expense of the minority.”
Does Mr. Blogger know that the Jews have Lakewood have not been sensitive? Why would he insinuate that? Because he read it in the APP? Or in the JTA and The Forward? Has Mr. Blogger bothered visiting Lakewood or speaking to the people who know the truth and don’t rely on the anti-chareidi media?
Mr. Blogger says, “I often read stories where this seems to be a problem in communities that have had a rapid increase of Orthodox Jewish residents and have become the majority.”
That’s his problem. He “often reads stories.” He bases everything he knows, and his blog posts, on what he “often reads.” Maybe he should stop reading blogs and actually find out the facts.
But at least he admits he really doesn’t know much: “Frankly, I don’t know enough about the specifics of those claims to say whether they are legitimate or not.”
There you go.
Yay. He admitted that he doesn’t know.
And then he throws Lakewood a bone: “I have heard that the mayor of Lakewood is very sensitive to his town’s minority non-Jewish and non-Orthodox population.” Great. Now that he’s praised the mayor, he’s free to discuss how everyone else’s behavior overshadows this. And how does he know? Because he read an “article in JTA that accuses Orthodox residents of Lakewood seeking to expand their borders by means of a ‘blockbusting’ tactic.”
The same blockbusting tactic that, as mentioned before, was proven to be a libel.
The only true claim in this blogger’s diatribe is his first assertion: “The truth is that I know very little about the village of Lakewood, New Jersey.”
It was an opportunity to bash chareidim. How could he pass that up?