Sunday, April 29, 2012

Big "Jews Against The Internet" Protest Planned For Citi Field 

Mark your calendars for May 20th, when a group of Jewish Rabbis and their acolytes will bring an end to the evil Internet once and for all! Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews are planning a massive rally at Citi Field "against the scourge of Technology," as one announcement describes it. The Jewish Press reports that the gathering is intended to "combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices." We guess the stadium's Jumbotron technicians are going to get the day off!

Nitasha Tiku at BetaBeat was excited to attend the rally and liveblog it, but then she realized women weren't allowed. (She's vowed to attend in drag.) And Rabbi Eliyahu Fink isn't too pleased about the exclusion either, and declares, "This is unconscionable. If the threat of the Internet is so great, as the Ichud HaKehilos claims, how in the world can they make the marquee event for awareness and education about the Internet exclusively for men?! Are women not susceptible to the harms of the Internet? Should mothers of our children not be educated about the dangers of the Internet?"

Another problem with the rally—besides the challenge of stopping technology at a baseball stadium—is that the organizers use photos of Shea Stadium and, in the announcement, they're telling everyone it's at Shea. Which doesn't exist, and could result in a very interesting mix of people at Shea Stadium in Bushwick on May 20th. Of course, the rally announcement is on a website on the evil Internet, so there's no way for the organizers to fix this without succumbing to the "scourge" itself! Quick, what's the Hebrew word for "irony"?


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