Something that has gone unmentioned in the T.O. Sun story on the matter is that Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue has been in trouble with York Regional Police before. A little over two years ago Kaplan, the force's "in-house rabbi", was the subject of an internal investigation over a sermon in which he instructed his followers to not support Kulanu or the Pride parade and referred to gays as "an abomination". Interestingly enough, the officer handling the earlier investigation--Ricky Veerappan--is the same fellow that told Kaplan yesterday that the rabbi would be jeopardizing his volunteer position with the YRP if he hosted Pam Geller at his synagogue.
Kaplan's gay-bashing sermon was eventually cleared due to the fact that it was expressed "in the context of a religious text", was a sincerely held religious belief, and etc. No such justification can be given for this latest controversy. Clearly the YRP had to act; they can't have a fellow interested in importing hate-mongers wearing their uniform.
This is an article that Geller and her supporters need to read
So the question becomes why did the good Rabbi not condemn Ms. Geller?
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