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Members of this organisation attended a protest against marriage equality in New York alongside Westboro Baptist Church and the National Organization for Marriage.

To what extent are the actions and beliefs of this group representative of Judaism in general?

Note: I'm asking mainly about the group, more than the beliefs or their mode of expression. They're obviously claiming to be speaking on behalf of Judaism in general. Are they? Are they a well-known body with a policy and agenda which with which many Jews would agree? Or are they an unknown bunch of hate-filled rabble-rousers?

Basically, my question is not about marriage or human rights. My question is, Who is the "Jewish Political Action Committee"?

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You could make this question more answerable by detailing what actions and beliefs you want evaluations of. The article you link to doesn't have much in the way of detail. See the answers to this question for citations and analyses of traditional Jewish sources with respect to civil same-sex marriage, and this question for the same about homosexuality in general. –  Isaac Moses Jul 25 '11 at 17:44
    
@Isaac, This group has signs saying that homosexuality is worse than murder. I was going to ask about that separately. This question is just about the group. Are they well known? Have you heard of them? Do they speak for you on any issue? Or are they a bunch of fringe loonies? I'll edit the question to make that clearer. –  TRiG Jul 25 '11 at 19:06
    
TRiG, Thanks for clarifying. Unless you disagree, I'd advocate leaving the tags I added to your question, in case this group is actually a one-issue group. FWIW, I've never heard of them. –  Isaac Moses Jul 25 '11 at 19:33
    
@Isaac, Answer received. Separate question now asked. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9077/… –  TRiG Jul 25 '11 at 23:59
    
...in case this group is actually a one-issue group. Today we learned that JPAC has a second issue: anti-evolution. Anti-Evolution "Exhibit" Opens Tomorrow On NYC's Upper West Side –  user905 Sep 21 '11 at 22:56

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Ditto what Gershon said. Judaism unequivocally condemns homosexual relations, and Orthodox Jews are largely against gay marriage for that reason.

I have never heard of the group you mentioned, but it immediately made me think of Yehuda Levin, who has been very outspoken on the subject and very, very controversial in his views.

I could find no information on the organization. My guess is that it's an unregistered "PAC" (can a PAC really be a PAC if it's unregistered?) organized and/or run by him.

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Okay, that article says that NOM invited him to join the rally, so it probably was him. And the hate-filled nonsense on the signs matches the bigotry he spouts. I'm marking this answer as correct. –  TRiG Jul 25 '11 at 23:55

To the best of my knowledge Orthodox Jews are against gay marriage. Regarding the group in question I never heard of them.

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Yes Judaism opposes homosexuality as is evident in the Bible. JPAC is a group that does political activities such as helping politically conservative candidates get elected. They place ads in various orthodox Jewish publications on behalf of pro moral candidates. There political activities involve behind the scenes activities that bring out thousands of orthodox Jewish voters. They worked secretly in the Turner Weprin election and encouraged many orthodox Jewish voters to come out and vote for Turner. The JPAC group also does anti gay protests in New york and Jerusalem and is not connected to Rabbi Yehuda Levin. JPAC is made up of savy street type chareidi activists who lobby through non conformist ways. You wont find them throwing a dinner to cozy up to politicians like official organizations do. But they will surprise political candidates who find a sudden support through ads and street posters.There philosophy follows that of the late Rabbi Avigdor Miller who advocated supporting pro life candidates and once elected never asking for any return favors. JPAC was active in defeating David Dinkins,Mario Cuomo and others in local races.

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Heshy, please provide some background information on the group to substantiate that it is a legitimate organization and that it is not affiliated with Levin (as you assert in your answer). It would also be interesting to know in what way it played a role in the elections you cited. –  Seth J Sep 27 '11 at 14:21
    
They follow the candidates such as Mario Cuomo and Dinkins and yelled Crown heights during the candidates speeches while the media picked up the issue. They are not connected to Rabbi Levin but many of their ideas overlap. –  Heshy Oct 4 '11 at 4:45
    
I'm not sure that disrupting the speeches of candidates they don't like amounts to being "active in defeating" them. Also, did you mean to add this as a comment on your previous answer? (judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9068/…) –  Seth J Oct 4 '11 at 16:22
    
Could you please edit your answer to make it less subjective? –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 4 at 1:38

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