Anonymous Orthodox Jewish blogger could be "outed"
Google had better stay out of this, or there is going to be a deluge of protest from the Jewish community. They're already walking a slippery slope with Indians and Orkut. First Amendment rights aside, whatever happened to good, old-fashioned shouting matches at PTA meetings? Or must everything go to court these days?
An Orthodox Jewish blogger is asking a judge to protect her anonymity from a Long Island elected official who has gone to court to identity the blogger.
The elected official, Pamela Greenbaum, a member of the school board for Lawrence, L.I., asked a state judge last month to force Google to identify the writer behind a popular Web log for the orthodox community in the Five Towns area.
The blog, orthomom.blogspot.com, featured a posting in January critical of Ms. Greenbaum's position regarding the use by yeshiva students of public school facilities. In guest comments to the postings, Ms. Greenbaum has been called a "bigot."