On Friday, Erev Yom Tov, two individuals were found preaching Jews for J—– and giving out pamphlets with the same to children in Flatbush. This occurred on East 7th and Avenue N. The older enough to tear up the pamphlets and the younger children ran and told me about it.
I tore up the remaining pamphlets that they had, threw it back at them, made them clean it up, made it clear to them that Jews are not interested in their garbage and to head back to Pennsylvania (the car that seemed to be theirs had Pennsylvania plates and they were Amish looking). They did not resist and ‘seemed’ to have left, although they may just be planning on going somewhere else with less attention and resistance.
That is why I am writing this to get the word out to all fellow Yidden to be on the lookout and to remind your children to never even listen to strangers, surely not to take anything from strangers, not even something as ‘seemingly’ harmless as paper (the pamphlets said, “The Way of G-d”). They were small 4″x4″ or so in size, multi-page pamphlets, made simple and attractive and seemed designed specifically for children. That is what is most alarming.
I notified Shomrim of the incident. I also spoke to the police who believe it is legal but were more than willing to send a car around if the individuals reappeared. Strange adults should not be speaking to children for any reason.
A friend of mine thought that it might be illegal to preach religion to minors. I called the Agudah today and spoke to someone in the legal department who was going to look into that question and get back to me.
Please post so we can all help each other protect the future of Klal Yisroel. Any feedback on the law would be helpful.