The Haredim take a hard line against such evils as “2-4 beats and other rock and disco beats;” the “improper” use of electric bass, guitars and saxophone”. Mordechai Bloi of the Guardians of Sanctity and Education put it in perhaps less than perfectly felicitious terms:
We might be able to adopt Bach or Beethoven, music with class, but not goyishe African music and beats. We haredim want to protect ourselves from what we see as negative foreign influences. We are trying to maintain our own authentic music styles. We admit that times are changing, but we are trying to stay loyal to our roots.
In other news, an investigator into sex abuse in the Haredi community, Dr. Benzion Twerski, was intimidated out of the job, claiming that
For several days, I was approached by individuals, some stating that they would cross the street if they were to meet me while walking with their children…Others told me that they would not accept my child into their class if assigned. Others used euphemisms that I refuse to repeat. Family members were likewise confronted by all sorts of comments and phone calls.
My married children had been told to fear ever getting shidduchim for their children. Basically, I was left to choose between abandoning my family for this mission or to take the painful step that I did.
The investigator goes but the investigation goes on.
Muffti’s got 99 problems but the Haredim ain’t one.