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    After consultation with professionals and public advocates, the team at ‘My Maor’ concluded that in order to better achieve their goal, they should update their recent petition to more broadly cover the broader issue of protecting Jewish online content that presents Jewish values to the public. Join their efforts by signing the petition • Full Story, Petition

    Youtube Claims Video of Jewsish Values Violates “Hate Speech” Policy!


    Youtube claims that their website is a “safe place for all.” Recently, Youtube has begun to remove videos that communicate Jewish values. These videos sought to contribute to the painful and emotionally loaded national debate on the matter of same-gender relationships, offering another social approach. 

    Is Youtube “safe” for a Jewish individual who is struggling to reconcile their moral and religious identity with their current choices? To them, finding Torah guidance online would be like water on a parched soul and YouTube should not get in the way of people seeking help, from whatever approach it comes. 

     

    “Hate speech” or “Care Speech”?

     

    The Torah takes into account the seriousness of the discussion while remaining cognizant of the importance of upholding the self-respect and self-esteem of men and women. The Torah’s approach would be best summarized thus: You are not defined by your tendencies and habits. You are a free person who can choose to live the most productive life both for yourself and for society because a Divine spark resides within you.

    Yet, YouTube removed these clips, claiming that they are a form of “hate speech”! 

    This is a ludicrous claim. Hate is an emotion that is easily identifiable and so is hate speech. The Torah views all human beings with the utmost respect, compassion, love, and care no matter what situation they find themselves in – even while calling their behavior into question.

     

    Is this “hate speech”?

     

    We think it is the polar opposite. It’s the voice of love, care, and compassion that refuses to see the person for his or her externalities, and chooses to focus instead on helping him or her reach inner harmony between their moral-religious identity and lifestyle choices.

    Let Youtube hear your voice!
    Please sign this petition to YouTube: change.org/CaringSpeech
    And share with family and friends.

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