As the media swoons over the “loss,” it quickly becomes clear that they cherish him most for his work on behalf of toeva.
This councilman served in a district home to a large & thriving frum community, along with other Americans who initially weren’t so gung-ho for toeva rights & acceptance.
But this “progressive” councilman propelled that cultural descent before his constituents wanted it. (And many still don’t want it.)
They Don't Need that Kind of Advocacy
Needless to say, I don’t completely buy this because organizations, hotlines, and other forms of support existed for such youth way before the councilman started working on their behalf in 2001.
As described before on this blog, the vast majority of males attracted to their own gender were either violated by a man at some point or lacked the kind of affection they needed from their father (especially true of those with scary or neglectful or absentee fathers) and therefore seek a warped version of it from other men.
Popping the Leftist Bubble
They don’t need to run away and live on the streets of New York. And they need a lot more than beds in a shelter.
Furthermore, males involved with other males, particularly when its many other males (as is common in this community) have a significantly higher rate of an incurable 100% fatal disease—not something you want to encourage in your community.
Men attracted to their own gender also abuse children far out of proportion to their numbers. For example, while less than 3% of Americans identify as attracted to their own gender, men attracted to their own gender are 11 times MORE likely to violate a child. (Please see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1556756 and a Harvard study, both of which clearly describe the evidence even as they tell you not to believe it!)
They abuse drugs and alcohol out of proportion to their numbers.
Their relationships also tend to be the most violent, surpassing the rate of physical abuse within a relationship for female-female relationships and male-female relationships.
Why would you want this increased in your community?
A Vote for Him is a Vote for Sedom
Chazal already stated centuries ago that one of the main reasons why Hashem destroyed Sedom was because they enacted marital contracts for toeva.
Once toeva becomes officially sanctioned, that signifies the end for such a society. Anyone who cares about the society in which they live must oppose legislation that validates toeva lifestyles and behaviors.
Hashem is very Patient and Forebearing with mistakes for all kinds of sins. He gives us a wealth of opportunities to do teshuvah. But once a sin is enacted as a perfectly acceptable norm and protected (or even encouraged) by law—particularly such a severe transgression—then that society is doomed.
(Just to contrast: Certain forms of slander are prohibited by American law. If outright baseless character defamation and completely false slander were not only protected by law, but encouraged and celebrated as a “right,” then the culture would become intolerable. And yes, America is heading in that direction too.)
Yet this councilman made himself an advocate and activist on behalf of toeva legislation.
Hiding behind the Charity Facade
(We don’t give them the benefit of the doubt; we do the opposite: We suspect their motives even when they do good things.)
The councilman’s non-profit for the toeva street youth earned nice bonuses for him and his cronies (all of whom were already earning 6-figure salaries), in addition to providing deluxe salaries for the people hired to sit on the board of the non-profit—the cronies’ wives.
I’ve long noticed that indecent people will do some large act of charity to make themselves look and feel good, plus it’s used a shield against those who see their true colors and wish to unmask them.
“But I did this really amazing act of charity, so you can’t say I’m a bad person!” they howl.
Yeah, I’ve seen this personally and not just in politics.
I bet most of us have seen this dynamic.
Can We Please Get Off the Insidious "Pro-Israel" Bandwagon?
This is a huge mistake.
As someone once explained to me, morally indecent people feel attracted to modern Medinat Yisrael because their moral laxity is acceptable there.
That is not true for anywhere else in the Middle East.
The modern state of Israel would be even more secular had not the religious Jews intervened with all their might.
Also, even the most rebellious Jews are aware that Jew-hatred affects them too, and they relish having a theoretical place to which they can escape, if necessary. (i.e., "If America doesn't work out, I can always go to Israel as my Plan B!")
So their support for Israel tends to be wholly self-serving and based on their perception of Israel as a place where they can indulge their anti-Torah lifestyles.
This is a terrible mistake because as is written, Eretz Yisrael is a Land that "vomits out" those who desecrate her.
Yet the desecration acceptable among secular Leftists in Eretz Yisrael is exactly what these anti-Torah Jews like about it.
This councilman fought with BDS. So what? BDS flourishes BECAUSE of Jews like this.
(Hashem brings Jew-hatred to the world when Jews hate themselves--meaning, the Torah, which defines Judaism.)
Then, despite all the adulation surrounding the death of this person who, though identifiably Jewish, clearly felt compelled to catch a movie on Lail Shabbat, his behavior toward a fellow (and far better) Jewish competitor crossed the line.
As a child, Storobin came with his divorced mother from Belarus. His extended family had been physically decimated by the Nazis, then spiritually attacked by the Communists.
But coming to America, Storobin reconnected with his Jewish heritage and also worked his way up through law school, opening his own firm at the age of 25: a hard-won one-room office.
Actually, that was his second office. His first was not actually even his; a friend allowed him to work out of the friend's office.
But Storobin applied all his grit and became very successful.
This is a real self-made man, and not like all the politicians who had tons of help (yet claim to be self-made).
I have no clue as to Storobin’s personal observance, but he belonged to an Orthodox shul in Brighton Beach and promoted traditional marriage only, pro-life, the development of small businesses, and school vouchers—all of which benefit both the frum community and the community at large.
But the now-deceased Democrat councilman wasn’t having any of that.
In a shocking attack, he accused Storobin of “ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups.”
Whoa, quite a mouthful there!
It takes quite a lot of ego and callousness to accuse a fellow Jew, whose family was victimized by Nazis, of having ties to Nazis.
But anything to take down the competition, eh?
Fortunately, people rallied to Storobin’s defense, notably Storobin’s rabbi and the chairman of Agudath Yisrael.
Yet the idea had been planted and that district hosts a large minority population for whom “white supremacist” is a high-voltage word, and is anyway associated with “Republican” in the mind of American liberals.
Storobin won by a sliver.
Just Say No to Chilul Hashem
Yet this renegade Jew, known for his chilul Hashem (chilul Shabbat too, apparently) managed to achieve accolades by virtue of a natural charisma (please see Mishlei 11-9: The Absolutely Charming Path to Destruction as to why morally repugnant people are often found attractive) and Liberal politicking gusto.
This post came about at the request of a pained reader--who saw this councilman lauded & mourned in a frum newspaper! (He didn’t say which one.)
We can’t allow this.
Even if we find someone personally appealing, we cannot ignore his trampling of Torah values.
And it is wrong to paint a chilul Hashem as a kiddush Hashem.