Did the Jewish Standard reverse its same-sex marriage policy out of deference to the “pain and consternation” it caused, or in the face of a serious and possibly devastating boycott threat from unnamed “traditional/Orthodox” powers that be?
Here’s a comment on the blog Jewish Daily Report, which appears to be written with the authorityof a Standard insider:
October 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm (Edit)
Please note that although the announcement was attributed to Rebecca Boroson, that was only because she is the editor; it was not written by her, and neither the statement nor the attitude should be attributed to her – she is understandable distressed over this. It is gratifying to see the reaction against this decision, in the postings on the Standard’s website. But it’s important to note that the pressure put on the newspaper by the prejudiced minority is brought by the minority that wields power in the form of advertising – and it wields power over those who advertise, and those who purchase from the advertisers. Once a threat is made to keep advertisers out, and to have members of the community boycott remaining advertisers, and the cumulative effect would be to put the newspaper out of business – what choice is there? People – Jews of several different stripes, attitudes, and beliefs, including at least one gay staff member – will be out of jobs. If you were the owner of the newspaper, would you be willing to ruin not only your livelihood, but that of many other people? Would you, individually, be willing to join the ranks of the unemployed, be unable to feed, clothe, or house your family, all for taking a stand – or would you look for a way to take a stand without gambling your – and other people’s – individual and family security?
Instead of vilifying the newspaper and withdrawing support from it, those opposed to this statement should make it clear that the newspaper’s rescinding this decision means they would *support* it by advertising and/or supporting its advertisers. With the threat of financial ruin removed from the equation, see what the Standard will do – remember what they did before this, before any pressure was brought to bear.