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"Rabbi" Banned from Ballot: Fair?

Fef 2011/06/18 23:41:49
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Argentine court barred a rabbi from using his title as a Jewish leader on a ballot.
The court’s three judges acknowledged that Bergman may be better known as "Rabbi Sergio Bergman" than by his name alone. However, the court said that the title of rabbi can suggest positive connotations that are not appropriate for an election ballot.
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/06/17/3088198/argentine-...

This happened in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They don't have the same religious protections as America.

I wonder if other religious leaders could use their titles. Would the court deny Pope John Paul from using "pope" on the ballot? What about Reverend Jesse Jackson using "reverend" when he ran for president?

The court said it didn't not approve of using a title with a "positive connotation." Using that logic, the court would bar elected leaders from using their elected office title in re-elections -- President Obama couldn't use "president" on the ballot for his 2012 re-election.

I hope the court wrote its decision with sincerity and not anti-Semitism.
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  • MIKEY 2011/10/26 10:31:16
    Here' what I think...
    MIKEY
    in the end it matters NOT...folks know who he is..so they will or will not vote for a rabbi...trying to silence the fact that he is a man of GOD only brings it to the light ten-fold...
  • Patsy 2011/07/11 21:52:30
    Here' what I think...
    Patsy
    I am an American citizen not an Argentina citizen and hadn't considered moving to Argentia to change their politics.
  • RicardoCabeza 2011/06/23 13:53:53
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    RicardoCabeza
    +1
    A Rabbi is a Rabbi, they study and if someone can put a title such as Dr. or Esq. why not Rabbi?,
  • gidianedwards97 2011/06/22 06:15:15
    Here' what I think...
    gidianedwards97
    It is their country.respect
  • Andrew 2011/06/20 22:37:56
    Here' what I think...
    Andrew
    Who is Rabbi?
  • Racefish 2011/06/20 18:27:02
    Here' what I think...
    Racefish
    Let Argentina work it out.
  • Nat Turner 2011/06/20 14:02:57 (edited)
    Here' what I think...
    Nat Turner
    Did he get caught doing someones kid? Being jewish should not have any barring on wether he can run or not!
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/06/20 07:40:09
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Myrle Hulme
    Absolutely rubbish, but it is a catholic country
  • WGN 2011/06/19 23:32:03
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    WGN
    He should be elected as a person alone, without a title attached. It evens the playing field. There have been many Dr.'s (PHD's) elected to congress in this country, but they were not elected as Dr. so and so, just there given name. When congressmen are re-elected, they are not on the ballot as "congressman" or "senator" so and so, but by their given name.
  • kobidobidog 2011/06/19 15:05:31 (edited)
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    kobidobidog
    The rule should be Galatians 3:28:King James Bible

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    To go against this is to go against one in love,and to go against one in love is to ask for separation which Jesus is against for to have separation is asking for a human to dehumanize a human leading to persecution and humans calling for incarceration,and war. Mans wisdom is foolish anyway. God wants to draw all of us to him,and to have a sprite of rejection is not the spirit of God .I also see no Maliciousness intent about the Rabi being on the ballot ether.
  • merlinskiss 2011/06/19 14:18:44
    Here' what I think...
    merlinskiss
    It is their country and their rules. Whatever suites them.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/06/19 13:45:01 (edited)
    Here' what I think...
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Use full names. Barack Hussein Muslim obaaaaaama names barack hussein obaaaaaama a vote for obama
  • MIKEY Torchma... 2011/10/26 10:33:50
    MIKEY
    well said
  • Don Wenk 2011/06/19 11:55:27
    Here' what I think...
    Don Wenk
    You have got to be kidding. The Argentine Court has no say what so ever here in the United States.
  • ELLIE 2011/06/19 07:06:04
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    ELLIE
    +3
    Title or not it should not come into it.
  • Fef ELLIE 2011/06/19 07:32:47
    Fef
    +4
    Do you want to keep "President" off the ballot in front of Barack Obama's name in the 2012 presidential election ballot?
  • ELLIE Fef 2011/06/19 07:43:34
    ELLIE
    +2
    Title should not come into it.If you don't know the people on the ballot paper then you shouldn't go voting for them.Inform yourself about the person(s) who are on the said paper and you wont need a title.
  • Torchma... Fef 2011/06/19 13:39:14
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Yes, otherwise it would be considered a fraudulent ballot.
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2011/06/19 06:43:58
    Here' what I think...
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +3
    I think its up to Argentina, we have no authority over them, so its none of our business.
  • Fef SoCalEx... 2011/06/19 07:33:25
    Fef
    +3
    I agree with allowing their sovereignty... but do you think their court did the right thing? What would you want to happen here faced with the same choice?
  • SoCalEx... Fef 2011/06/19 22:37:25
    SoCalEx-Dem
    I don't think the title needs to be allowed, we don't allow it here so why should we interfere?
  • Stan Kapusta 2011/06/19 06:36:52
    Here' what I think...
    Stan Kapusta
    +2
    I thinks me no care.
  • Boblawbla 2011/06/19 05:05:12
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Boblawbla
    +3
    I don't get it. I mean, Are they really racist down there? Mengele did go to a SA country to hide and a few other War Criminals so maybe they're trying to protect him? Nah.......
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2011/06/19 05:00:58
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +2
    Well said Fef.

    "I hope the court wrote its decision with sincerity and not anti-Semitism."

    Me too.
  • Wolfman 2011/06/19 04:42:19
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Wolfman
    +3
    His title does not belong on the ballot.
  • Fef Wolfman 2011/06/19 07:34:00
    Fef
    +4
    Do you want to keep "President" off the ballot in front of Barack Obama's name in the 2012 presidential election ballot?
  • Wolfman Fef 2011/06/19 07:46:23
  • Emanon 2011/06/19 04:24:57 (edited)
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Emanon
    +3
    I see no reason for them on the ballot. Just like here, Ron Paul is technically a doctor, and when talking to him people call him "Dr. Paul".. just like when talking to that guy they can call him Rabbi..... but on election flyers and on a ballot it still says Ron Paul... not Dr. Ron paul.

    We have plenty of pastors, doctors, etc who run for political office.. I never see "Dr" Pastor... Imam... etc on the ballots..just their name.

    I understand that the title may be important to many ..yet a ballot should only have their name...

    Granted their laws are different from ours, yet I would also not expect our courts to start allowing titles on our ballots either...
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/06/19 04:05:02
    Here' what I think...
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +4
    DO NOT INCLUDE TITLES ON BALLOTS.
  • Jackie 2011/06/19 03:48:26 (edited)
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Jackie
    +2
    Ignore his title? No postive connotations allowed, I suppose. Leaves weiners future runs for office a better probability in Argentina. I bet he is packing right now.
  • RogerCoppock 2011/06/19 03:12:26 (edited)
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    Three or 4 decades ago, this happened in America, Oklahoma, i think.
  • theunbubba 2011/06/19 02:58:35
    Here' what I think...
    theunbubba
    +1
    If they allow knicknames in parenthesis on the ballot then he has a case.
  • Rore73 2011/06/19 01:57:00
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Rore73
    +2
    If the guy is truly a Rabbi, why not?
  • Gloria 2011/06/19 01:39:06
    Court Should Not Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Gloria
    +3
    No religious title should be on any ballot but the first thing I think in South America is, "Isn't this the Nazi escape ground?" President, governor, dictator so on & so forth only reflects the incombent.
  • Arty 2011/06/19 01:32:27
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    Arty
    +2
    just lke Dr. or Mr or Ms oe Rev
  • Jonah Carlson 2011/06/19 01:11:01
  • sglmom 2011/06/19 00:41:11
    Court Should Allow "Rabbi" on Ballot
    sglmom
    +4
    Seriously .. why not allow the honorific (That he's earned, by the way) be placed with his name (after all .. it is how folks will know it is him)).
  • Lester 2011/06/19 00:40:46
    Here' what I think...
    Lester
    +2
    Whatever the rule is, it should be consistent for all people and all religions.
  • I. Car Rus 2011/06/19 00:34:21
    Here' what I think...
    I. Car Rus
    +1
    Are rabbis allowed to be in the Ballet? rabbis allowed ballet hassidic jew doing ballet
  • Fef I. Car Rus 2011/06/19 07:41:21

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