Friday, January 20, 2006

Agudath Israel: church-state trumps children

Agudath Israel opposes legislation which would require clergy to report to the authorities when they have reasonable cause to believe that there's been child abuse.

Note: the legislation would require them to report to authorities "whenever they have reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused." Which is to say, that when a clergyman doesn't have reasonable cause then he wouldn't be required to report. Which is to say that Agudath Israel opposes requiring clergy to report what they are reasonably sure is child abuse.

Is it a church-state issue? I suppose. But it's also a child abuse issue. Agudath Israel is protecting the religion, as they see it, but who is protecting children?

Again, the legislation would basically require clergy to report abuse if they really think they've seen abuse.

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