Haredim censor female baby pictures and Feldheim’s newest catalogue. No joke – the JPost’s Matthew Wagner reports:
… Hamodia insisted that Feldheim blur female faces appearing on pictures of its book covers, including cartoon caricatures, before agreeing to distribute Feldheim’s catalogue as a supplement in its weekend edition.
Books published by Targum Press that appeared in the same catalogue were also blurred.
Hamodia also removed two books from the catalogue, one dealing with female adolescence called The Wonder of Becoming You and another on dating called The Magic Touch.
Feldheim and Targum censor themselves according to their own religious sensibilities. This apparently was not enough to meet Hamodia’s more stringent standards.…
Ya’acov Feldheim, owner of Feldheim Publishers, told The Jerusalem Post that Hamodia’s censorship was “legitimate.”
“Maybe people at Hamodia somehow balance the horrible immodesty that we see on our streets,” said Feldheim. “For me, women walking around half naked is a million times worse than being a little over stringent.”…
Not surprising from the coward who willingly censored Rabbi Natan Slifkin’s books, acquiescing to extremist pressure almost without protest. But there is more:
[Haredi advertising specialist Aryeh] Frankel said that pictures of baby girls are prohibited in both Hamodia, which is owned by Gerrer hassidim and connected to the Agudat Yisrael party, and Yated Ne’eman, controlled by the Lithuanian Degel Hatorah party. Agudat Yisrael and Degel Hatorah together form United Torah Judaism.
“About three years ago both papers disqualified an ad for Kimberly diapers that featured a four-month-old female infant,” said Frankel.
These people are the leaders of the haredi world. What more needs to be said?
[Hat tip: The Beadle.]