Rabbi's, orthodox jewry, they have any less reason to have political issues? Nothing is ever as cut and dried as it appears. There are many issues with regard to conversions that are being looked at and decided on a global scale. This is an insiders battle right now that we can't really follow from the outside. We can poke fun at it, we can huff in righteous indignation, but bottom line we're reacting out of ignorance. I happen to know people involved in the who is a jew issue, very much involved during the Ethiopian Jews issue for example, and you'd be totally blown away by how opposite these "orthodox with blinkers" are than you seem to feel. I know I sound like an apologist, but you're giving them the bum rap without having even a fraction of information in hand. It's like seeing 2+2=4 and thinking you can now discuss quantum physics.
Iran's Rohani calls for more freedom of expression, says that gov't critics shouldn't be jailed (AP)
from the article: Rabbinate no longer recognizes overseas conversions