This Chief Rabbi has stated that homosexuals are just people who refuse to control themselves, merely pretend to be religious and should better throw off their Shabbat and other Jewish observance. What to do?
Understand what he says
* He strengthens and advocates the departure of 1,000,000 Jews (5%) from Judaism. (This one’s on him!)
* He shows that he has no empathy for homosexual Jews. That means: no baseless love but rather baseless hatred for fellow Jews, for which the Temple stays destroyed until this day.
* Apparently, he has no knowledge at all about the enormous amount of straight allies to homosexuals putting his ignorance to even greater shame.
* He seems angry, which Judaism equates with idol worship, one of Judaism’s three capital sins.
* He embarrassed homosexual Jews in public which means that he is blocked from having an afterlife. His relatives don’t need to sit Shiva or say Kaddish for him.
* He embarrassed Judaism and G^d in the eyes of most Jews and Gentiles, which is the worst sin in Judaism.
* He exaggerated his slander about homosexual Jews which is worse than the three capital sins of Judaism combined. He spoke about a whole group of Jews and in public which exacerbates his sin manifold.
* G^d can overlook sins against Him but not against people.
* He attacked. G^d always sides with the pursued against the pursuer, even if the former is wicked and the latter is saintly. How much more so when the former is weak and powerless and guiltless!
* Orthodox rabbis have a 50 years struggle with understanding homosexuals and standing up for them. His outburst not only highlights that — he will be Heavenly punished for leading them astray anew.
* This is worse than hate speech that encourages bullies and murderers — this encourages people to give up on their own spirituality, religion, life goals and even life.
* Any Jewish homosexual that he pushed to suicide — Heaven forbid — is someone he murdered, one of Judaism’s three capital sins.
What not to do
* Don’t attack him personally. (You may have noticed that I don’t mention his name here.)
* Don’t try to make him change his mind. He is not the problem.
* Don’t waste too many words in explaining how wrong he is. That comes across as if there should be any doubt about that.
* Don’t get into a religious argument about this. (For yourself, understand that Judaism always was against homosexuality for straights only and that the rabbis didn’t understand that, 50 years ago, and most of them since, refuse to admit their ignorance and mistake. That is good for you to know but not to bring as an argument because the “It isn’t! It is!” leaves bystanders confused and is frankly not the issue.)
* Don’t be nice or timid about this. That approach has been tried by homosexuals and their allies alike for decades and doesn’t work at all. But never become so angry that you lose yourself and most people would think that you have a mental problem and must be mistaken. Anger doesn’t win the day; self-confidence does.
What to do
* As with any Hasbarah (information campaign against bigotry), it is important when addressing such attacks to speak to the wider public, not to the greatest homophobes. You might speak out against the leaders of the attacks but your goal is not to make leaders of hatred change their minds but rather to reach the bystanders. And you should never lose sight of the confused insecure bullied self-hating closeted homosexuals who may overhear you and whose lives you might save.
* Confront your political parties to remove such people from public office and to install laws that make such hateful speech punishable.
* Confront your rabbis and say to them if they don’t speak out against this, their silence and inaction make them as guilty of all his sins and are comparable to the Gentiles who stood by and let the Holocaust happen.
* Tell people around you at any and all occasion that you’re an ally to homosexuals, no questions asked.
* Never miss a chance to say something positive about non-straights, whether about specific people (who are out of the closet) or about them in general.
* Learn the issues from literature (the Internet) and non-straight friends so that you can throw around innocently statements like: “Any straight person who knows themselves knows the importance of a deep sexual relationship and I don’t see how homosexuals could live well without that.” Or: “Who can deny the observation that many same-sex couples are very happy and moral while many homosexuals who try to abstain are not?!”
* Where needed, encourage homosexuals to live a good life. “Living well is the best revenge.” Reject any pull toward martyrdom.
* Never forget the similarities between being a Jew and being homosexual. Both these identities, lifestyles and fates are often portrayed and felt as tragic but both are a privilege and naturally a joy.
* Reject despair. If things look hopeless now, know that it will get better. (Sometimes they first get worse before getting better.)