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November 13, 2012

Secular Jewish School's Firing Of Openly Gay Principal Contested In Court

Joseph GerassiJoseph Gerassi, who is believed to have earned more than $300,000 a year as principal, is unlikely to find an equivalent job at another Jewish school because homosexuality is not condoned by sections of the Jewish community.

Joseph Gerassi
Joseph Gerassi

The Age reports:

A FORMER principal of one of Melbourne's top Jewish schools, Bialik College, is suing the school for millions of dollars over his abrupt and mysterious sacking last year.

Joseph Gerassi - believed to be the first openly gay principal of a Jewish school in Australia - was called into a meeting on August 24 last year and told the school council had ''lost confidence'' in him.…

Documents filed in the Federal Court reveal Mr Gerassi alleges his dismissal contravened the Fair Work Act and was a breach of his contract.…

Mr Gerassi, who is believed to have earned more than $300,000 a year as principal, is unlikely to find an equivalent job at another Jewish school given homosexuality is not condoned by sections of the Jewish community.

The mystery that surrounded his termination also meant rumours were rife within the Jewish community that were damaging to his reputation.

Mr Gerassi started as principal at Bialik College in 2009. In 2010, Bialik was ranked the equal-top performing private school in VCE…and enrolments [that] had risen during Mr Gerassi's time.

Mr Gerassi was told to resign at the meeting on August 24 or have his employment terminated within an hour. Council president Graham Goldsmith told him 15 staff members were going to resign if his employment was not terminated.…

He was given nine months pay - and for nine months was ordered not to attend Bialik College or speak to the media, staff or school community.

The court documents claim the school council's ultimatum that Mr Gerassi resign or he would be fired prevented him from exercising his workplace right to make a complaint in relation to his employment. They say he was not able to obtain advice or respond to the conclusion the school council had lost confidence in him.…

[Hat Tip: David.]

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A gay principle around children - no way!

Any evidence that he promoted his life style to the children? If not all strength to his fight.

Gays are not pedophiles.

Was previously principal at one of South Africa's top Jewish Schools, King David (secular) and was highly respected!!! His personal lifestyle choices are of no relevance to his professional abilities, where by all accounts he excelled. Hope he comes back home!

such an handsome man and gay . what a shame ! what a pity ! what a waste !

@DD

Not a waste to his partner!

300k for the principal? Just one more reason why day school tuition is so expensive.

Any evidence that he promoted his life style to the children? If not all strength to his fight.

Posted by: Simeon | November 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I understand Simeon. In none of the institutions I learned in did we ever have an openly straight principal. Yes, they were married (or on the market etc.), but there was no indication of sexual preference. And without any doubt whatsoever, had they been openly heterosexual they would have been fired.

And that is the question: What is meant here by "openly gay"? If he didn't promote his sexual preference or lifestyle to the student body, within or outside the walls of the school, then "all the strength to his fight"!

Gays are not pedophiles.

Posted by: devora
hhttp://us2000.org/cfmc/Pedophilia.pdf
Gaining access to children has been a long-term
goal of the homosexual movement. In 1972, the
National Coalition of Gay Organizations adopted a
“Gay Rights Platform” that included the following
demand: “Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual
consent.” David Thorstad, a spokesman for the
homosexual rights movement and NAMBLA, clearly
states the objectives: “The ultimate goal of the gay lib-
“The Incest
taboo has always
been one of the
cornerstones of
patriarchal
thought,” says
Millett. “We
have to have an
emancipation
proclamation for
children.”
4
eration movement is the achievement of sexual freedom
for all – not just equal rights for ‘lesbians and gay
men,’ but also freedom of sexual expression for young
people and children.” This goal has not changed since
it was articulated in 1972.6

As part of the effort to normalize sex with children,
some homosexual activists are promoting the
idea that keeping children from sexual activity is actually
a form of child abuse. In fact, one homosexual
magazine hailed pedophiles as prophets of sexual freedom.
An editorial in the July 1995 issue of Guide
http://us2000.org/cfmc/Pedophilia.pdf
magazine declared:
Kids are still being taught destructive lies
about sex. They are told that until they are
16 (or 14 or some other arbitrary age that
varies from state to state) … any sexual
expression on their part means a crime is
being committed. We can be proud that the
gay movement has been home to the few
voices who have had the courage to say out
loud that children are naturally sexual, that
they deserve the right to sexual expression
with whoever they choose. … We cannot,
however, always be proud of the way we as
a community have treated our prophets. …
[W]e must listen to our prophets. Instead
of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we
must proudly proclaim that sex is good,
including children’s sex u a l i t y.

Why does he not go to work for failedmessiah?

@Jelf 4 @Mendel:
Most paedophiles are "openly" heterosexual. Give it a rest already. Instead of fighting fake boogeymen, try focusing on the real problems in our society. Unless you're ok with your child being molested so long as it isn't by a gay man.

@Mendel

In 1972, the
National Coalition of Gay Organizations

*There is no record of this organization anywhere. A Google search on their supposed 1972 platform does not show any documents whatsoever.

David Thorstad, a spokesman for the
homosexual rights movement and NAMBLA

*two completely different things

In fact, one homosexual
magazine hailed pedophiles as prophets of sexual freedom.
An editorial in the July 1995 issue of Guide

*Guide is a Christian magazine


Check your facts. This is a complete fiction.
If you don't like gays, then say "I don't like gays." But don't make up sh*t.
I'm gay and I can tell you that you have no idea what you are talking about. Like the rest of the right-wingers, you probably only hear your own media, and probably also thought Romney was going to win.

Gays don't care about children anymore than heterosexual people do. I actually dislike children. I also have gay friends who are wonderful caregivers. Gays are not pedophiles--that is a lie made up to divide and scare.

It's a shame Gerassi was fired, by a secular school no less. I hope he wins his lawsuit.

with the little info here my impression is that if he is/was "openly gay" then did the school know this when they hired him? if yes then it would be odd for them to want to get rid of him for that reason. i lean towards believing there was a legitimate basis for his termination.
additionally, if gerassi knew of nothing other than his being gay to explain the schools position, why would he accept the offer to resign? since it seems he did, he likely hurt his chances of success in a lawsuit.

As an ex student of the school, I can say that we knew he was gay and that he had a partner. There wasn't anything more to it really.

He had a serious problem with the teaching staff due to his management style and the fact he was firing teachers. One teacher I know found out he was fired when they advertised his position in the newspaper.

How come I found this via google and you couldn't?
http://www.convinceme.net/debates/4419/What-Is-The-True-Gay-Agenda.html

There is no record of this organization anywhere. A Google search on their supposed 1972 platform does not show any documents whatsoever.

In 1972 the largest Gay rights group in the world was a coalition of 450 organizations called The National Coalition for Gay Rights. The NCGR was planning protests of both the Republican & Democratic Conventions - both of which were being held in Miami that year.

""The 1972 Gay Rights Platform" In February 1972, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations met at the Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church in Chicago. An invitation had been sent out to 495 homosexual organizations across the U.S. to come and prepare a "gay stance for the 1972 elections."

About 200 individuals from 18 states representing 85 organizations showed up for the two-day event. Conference participants adopted the 1972 Gay Rights Platform, which included 17 federal and state "demands.""

Among the demands was a revocation of all laws against cross-dressing. It's a bit hard for us to understand the conflation of identities and issues today. But - it's worth noting that in the 60's persons who had gender confirming procedures were discussed in the press as possibly unable to enter the country without arrest due to anti-cross-dressing laws (Coccinelle was reported in the press as having this concern), and there was a long history of police using these laws to control and close gay establishments. But - the Presidential Conventions? Gender expression in 1972? And before sexual orientation was supported in law?
Let's look at the Charlestown Gazette's reporting.
Here is what is deemed to be the Gay Agenda and I have no reason to believe it has changed.
THE 1972 GAY RIGHTS PLATFORM AND THE SINS THEY COMMIT


FEDERAL:

1. Amend all federal Civil Rights Acts, other legislation and government controls to
prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and public
services. (1972 Federal-1)
Tans: Homosexuals would be free to openly live a gay lifestyle in every place of employment, force Christian landlords to rent to them and be able to assemble openly at all public parks and arenas.
2. Issuance by the President of an executive order prohibiting the military from excluding
for reasons of their sexual orientation, persons who of their own volition desire entrance
into the Armed Services; and from issuing less-than-fully-honorable discharges for
homosexuality; and the upgrading to fully honorable all such discharges previously
issued, with retroactive benefits. (1972 Federal-2)
Trans: Flood the Military with effeminate men and create a hostile environment for service members of the U.S. and put them in a position of living, eating, showering and sleeping with individuals of the same sex that may have perverse lust toward the service member making him/her subject to rape or other acts of violence.
3. Issuance by the President of an executive order prohibiting discrimination in the federal
civil service because of sexual orientation, in hiring and promoting; and prohibiting
discriminations against homosexuals in security clearances. (1972 Federal-3)
Trans: Allow openly gay individuals the ability to be elevated to Highest Security jobs in the government and expose them to highly sensitive intelligence possibly pertaining to individuals in harms way.
4. Elimination of tax inequities victimizing single persons and same-sex couples. (1972
Federal-4)
Trans: Allow Homosexual couples to file taxes as a married couple or different percentages for single homosexuals.
5. Elimination of bars to the entry, immigration and naturalization of homosexual aliens.
(1972 Federal-5)
Trans: Open the flood gates for all of the aids infested Cubans and Haitians and let them in our borders to die but not before bankrupting our medical system.
6. Federal encouragement and support for sex education courses, prepared and taught by
Gay women and men, presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy preference and
lifestyle as a viable alternative to heterosexuality. (1972 Federal-6)
Trans: To take over the minds of our children by teaching them that homosexuality is morally acceptable and a normal alternate lifestyle.
7. Appropriate executive orders, regulations and legislation banning the compiling,
maintenance and dissemination of information on an individual's sexual preferences,
behavior, and social and political activities for dossiers and data banks. (1972 Federal-7)
Trans: Allow people to secretly be homosexual activists that live with eight other of the same-sex and make it illegal to collect the names of people at gay rallies and protests.

8. Federal funding of aid programs of gay men's and women's organizations designed to
alleviate the problems encountered by Gay women and men which are engendered by an
oppressive sexist society. (1972 Federal-8)
Trans: Spend tax dollars on teaching tolerance classes to the normal people and teach safe sex to all homosexuals.
9. Immediate release of all Gay women and men now incarcerated in detention centers,
prisons and mental institutions because of sexual offense charges relating to victimless
crimes or sexual orientation; and that adequate compensation be made for the physical
and mental duress encountered; and that all existing records relating to the incarceration
be immediately expunged. (1972 Federal-9)
Trans: Open the door of all prisons and release all sex offenders.

STATE:

1. All federal legislation and programs enumerated in Demands 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 above
should be implemented at the State level where applicable. (1972 State-1)
Trans: See Above
2. Repeal of all state laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons;
equalization for homosexuals and heterosexuals for the enforcement of all laws. (1972
State-2)
Trans: Repeal all state laws criminalizing Sodomy and Oral sex.
3. Repeal all state laws prohibiting solicitation for private voluntary sexual liaisons; and
laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female. (1972 State-3)
Trans: Legalize Homosexual Prostitution.
4. Enactment of legislation prohibiting insurance companies and any other state-regulated
enterprises from discriminating because of sexual orientation, in insurance and in
bonding or any other prerequisite to employment or control of one's personal demesne.
(1972 State-4)
Trans: Force the insurance companies to take on aids infected and high risk homosexuals.
5. Enactment of legislation so that child custody, adoption, visitation rights, foster
parenting, and the like shall not be denied because of sexual orientation or marital status.
(1972 State-5)
Trans: If your spouse turns homosexual, you will not be able to protect your children from weekend visits at fairy land and his new stepwhatever.
6. Repeal of all state laws prohibiting transvestism and cross-dressing. (1972 State-6)
Trans: Self Explained
7. Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent. (1972 State-7)
Trans: Allow 50 year old trolls to have sex with 12 year old boys after getting consent by allowing the boy(s) to come to his trailer and play with his X-Box. Legalize Pedophilia
8. Repeal of all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit; and the extension of legal benefits to all persons who cohabitate regardless of sex or numbers. (1972 State-8)
Trans: Allow Homosexuals to legally commit Polygamy and grant all tax and medical benefits thereof.
Guide is a Christian magazine
Try guidemag.com.
You are not entitled to your own--false--facts.
It is not that i don't like homos; I detest there agenda. I abhor what G-d condemns.

"....one homosexual magazine hailed pedophiles as prophets of sexual freedom....."

So now we're demonizing the individual for a position taken by the editors of a magazine with which we have no evidence of his affiliation and to which nobody here can say that he subscribes. Hey, the Satmars in KJ are sucking up assistance benefits like nobody's business and their publications and positions are misogynistic and extreme. They're Jews. So am I. Am I guilty of their sins on that basis? Should you impute their views to me? Oh - but I forgot -these are Orthodox rabbis pillorying this fellow - that makes it OK. Excuse me.

Bullshit.

If he is openly Gay he demonizes himself as a homosexualiist. He can no longer be apolitical until he secedes from their union. First, let him leave his friends behind.

Mendel-

it seems like the gays were successful in just about every one of the items listed above. and thats a good thing. and its a good thing for jews even if youre too blinded by hatred and torah to see it.

I abhor what G-d condemns.

Posted by: mendel


i guess youre still really pissed off that slavery was abolished. god was all for it.

Mendel mendax: a forty year-old unverifiable citation? What is one to make of it? Only that it sings to phobic cretins who are either too lazy or dumb to research the issue. And, no, a casual slosh through Google with cherry picking whatever supports an unsupportable argument doesn't cut it.

So, Mendel, your vocabulary word for today is "imbecile."

If he is openly Gay he demonizes himself as a homosexualiist. He can no longer be apolitical until he secedes from their union. First, let him leave his friends behind.

Posted by: Mendel | November 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM

I can't tell if it was intentional, but that was hilarious.

So forced homosexual activity with a child is permissible, mutually consensual activity between adults is not. Great.

It is not that i don't like homos; I detest there agenda. I abhor what G-d condemns.

The only thing abhorrent here is you - and your dead rebbe was no prize, either.

If one is looking for reasons as to why Chabad is an abomination and should no longer be tolerated within the boundaries of Judaism, one need look no further than you.

Wait...mendel, did you mean 'leave your friend's behind' or 'leave your friends behind'?

@mendel 6:26pm

http://www.convinceme.net/debates/4419/What-Is-The-True-Gay-Agenda.html

*There is no document at this address. There is an unverified and unsourced citation which anyone could have made up. You posted the citation here, it is not credible evidence, you yourself or anyone else could have written it. I maintain that this supposedly gay conference did not take place--until someone can produce a pdf of the actual platform document or a verifiable citation, there is no proof.

Try guidemag.com.

*A gay travel magazine that has nothing to do with the question at hand.

Let's look at the Charlestown Gazette's reporting.

*such a newspaper does not exist today, and certainly did not exist in 1972. The catalogue of the Library of Congress lists the Charlestown Gazette as a South Carolina newspaper that ran from 1778-1780, that is, it ceased circulation more than 200 years before this fictitious conference supposedly took place. I also found a reference to the existence of the Charlestown Gazette of West Virginia, which ceased publication in 1816.

In February 1972, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations met at the Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church in Chicago.

* Now this is far more interesting, partly because I live in Chicago, and partly because it sounds true and yet it isn't. The Armitage Avenue Methodist Church was taken over by a leftist Puerto Rican liberation group (Young Lords Party) in 1969 and they occupied it until 1972, when the leader was arrested. This was their Chicago headquarters. The YLO was gay friendly but that's where the connection ends. There is no record anywhere of the YLO having hosted this gay conference, because said conference simply did not happen. The standard source book on the YLO is The Young Lords: A Reader, by Darrel Enck-Wanzer et al. There is nothing there about such a conference, even the index does not have either "gay" or "homosexual" (look at it on Amazon for yourself). A thesis written on the YLO and the Gay Liberation Front does not mention this supposed conference ("Of consciousness and criticism: Identity in the intersections of the Gay Liberation Front and the Young Lords Party," by Kc, Diwas, M.A., SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, 2005, 64 pages). More to the point, in 1972 the YLO put out an informative booklet called "The Ideology of the Young Lords Party," which says nothing about gays or this conference. You can see the original here (http://fr.scribd.com/doc/35315604/Ideology-Of-The-Young-Lords-Party-1972) - you see, unlike you, I provide sourced pdf files that anyone can see.

More conclusively still, DePaul University holds the Young Lords Archive, containing their documents, none of which correspond to this conference. You can see the list of documents in the archive here: library.depaul.edu/Find/Collections/spcaPDF/YoungLordsFA.pdf

I cite verified and reviewed sources to make my case. I don't care about being right but unlike you I care about the truth. Once again, it would have been far smarter of you to say "I don't like gays," and leave it at that. As a gay man myself I would have had more respect for that position.

thought it was the yeshiv of flatbush story-- but australia... they've had history with certain persons in leadership reportedly doing inappropriate stuff-- from the lubas to the stmar? girls school. I can understand the modern orthodox freaking and just not wanting to go down that path.

In America, he would certainly lose the lawsuit, no decent lawyer would even take it. American law exempts religious organizations from discrimination laws. I guess Australia is different. - MP

Simon--
Once again, it would have been far smarter of you to say "I don't like gays," and leave it at that. As a gay man myself I would have had more respect for that position.
Here are my sentiments on those of your ilk:
You are, as a self-confessed homosexualist,
A personification of cruelty inasmuch as
the "kindness" expected of man is the proper use of his ability to reproduce. By granting man his reproductive faculty, Hashem made man an active partner in the ultimate kindness of Creation (Niddah 31a). When man uses that ability for personal pleasure or egoism rather than to create a proud new generation, he is taking advantage of this special gift for personal gain. He is refusing to administer the kindness he was granted. Since relations with members of one's immediate family do not usually produce healthy and able offspring, they can be viewed as expressions of egoism (trying to reproduce one's self) or self indulgence, rather than kindness. This is why the Torah forbids such relations so severely.

The sin of homosexual relations can thus be compared to that of a close emissary of the king who was appointed by the king to distribute the king's riches to those who are worthy of them. If, instead of distributing them, the appointee takes the riches for himself, his sin is much worse than that of an ordinary thief, since his selfishness and greed brought him to betray the confidence of the king.

For the same reason, the Torah prescribes severe punishment for homosexuality and bestiality. Such acts clearly reflect a desire for physical pleasure with no pretenses of kindness at all, an absolute abuse of the reproductive privileges granted to man by Hashem, the king of kings. To a lesser degree, licentiousness and extramarital relations also demonstrate that one is taking advantage of the divine commission to delegate kindness, and that his primary interest is physical pleasure rather than reproduction.
IV
Ramban points out that the verse in Mishlei also draws a parallel between intra-familiar relations and a lack of kindness:

A man of kindness is benevolent to his relatives, while a cruel man ruins the members of his family.
(Mishlei 11:17, see Rashi)

Rav Chaim Yakov Goldvicht of blessed memory (former Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Kerem Be'yavneh) pointed out a similar parallel in the actions of the people of Sodom. Sodom was destroyed because its people "did not support the poor and destitute" (Yechezkel 16:49 -- see Yalkut Shimoni to Parshat Vayera, in more detail). At the same time, these cruel people were known for their promiscuity. Rashi (Bereishit 19:5) explains that when the people of Sodom asked Lot to bring his guests out to them, "So that we may know them," they were planning to homosexually harass them (see also Tanchuma, Bamidbar 25:1).

We may add to this that Avraham Avinu, the antithesis of the Sodomites in his exaggerated practice of kindness, was also unique in his purely spiritual involvement in reproduction. Rashi tells us (Bereishit 12:11) that until Avraham went to Egypt with his family at the age of 75, he did not even realize the beauty of his own wife, Sarah.

Posted by: mendel | November 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That is one of the most flagrantly stupid diatribes I've ever seen anyone post on this blog.

I'll say it again. If one needs proof that Chabad has no place within normative Judaism - or within civilized society, for that matter - one need look no further than you.

Break it down for mendel in small sentences.

Pedophiles are overwhelmingly straight in sexual orientation.

Gay rights movements abhor NAMBLA and their ilk.

Gays are here and they most certainly are queer, but rest assured they are NOT coming for your kids.

The sexual predator married rabbis? You really can't be too careful with your kids when they are around.

Cy--
Homos are after our kids-- they are pronto-pansexualists

Repeal of all state laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons;
equalization for homosexuals and heterosexuals for the enforcement of all laws.

Homos are after our kids-- they are pronto-pansexualists

People like you are FAR more dangerous to the young than is any gay person.

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