Di Tzeitung, the Brooklyn Hasidic newspaper that Photoshopped Sec. of State Clinton from an important photograph, expects us to swallow this:
The allegations that religious Jews denigrate women or do not respect women in public office, is a malicious slander and libel. The current Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, was a Senator representing New York State with great distinction 8 years. She won overwhelming majorities in the Orthodox Jewish communities in her initial campaign in ’00, and when she was re-elected in ’06, because the religious community appreciated her unique capabilities and compassion to all communities. The Jewish religion does not allow for discrimination based on gender, race, etc. We respect all government officials. We even have special prayers for the welfare of our Government and the government leaders, and there is no mention of gender in such prayers.
Boilerplate spin-doctoring, how dare you accuse our religion of sexism, our peeps totally voted for Sen. Clinton for both her terms, and so on.
In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status. Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility, and our policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board. Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.
Now let’s parse this out a bit.
In accord with our religious beliefs,
Because religion has been invoked, we are supposed to turn our brains off and accept that it’s all nice and fine. We wouldn’t want to criticize a religion, now would we? It’s not civil. We need to watch our tone.
we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status.
They do publish photos of men, however, so erasing the women from those images simply acts like they shouldn’t exist. Out of sight, out of mind.
Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility, and our policies are guided by a Rabbinical board.
The newspaper avoids responsibility by invoking the Rabbinical board, while trusting that we not dare criticize the board for its editorial policies.
Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women,
It’s fine to publish pictures of men, but images of women are immodest. Because they’re women, after all.
and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention.
How does one define “disparaging to women” so that acting like they weren’t there doesn’t fit?
We apologize if this was seen as offensive.
And they close with the classic, never-fails faux-pology! They’re so sorry they tried being quietly misogynistic and got called out for it.
Hats off, Di Tzeitung! Packing that much bullshit into so few words takes a lot of practice!