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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Democracy can’t have freedom to hate; true religion must ban permission to hate

In the name of ‘religion,’ LGBTQ are still oppressed

Just in: In the past decade in the US, the number of people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ has doubled to 7.1%. That means: more presence but also more brutal oppression. Some bigots are getting really scared.

Democracy comes with rights and protections. Only democrats are eligible. If you think certain groups are inferior to you, and you are superior to certain groups, you are not a democrat. You should be handled by your own norms: repressed, blocked, hated, suppressed, etc. See here.

Religion must be a system that fights against evil. Evil is unnecessary long-term hurt. If your ‘religion’ claims that hurting certain groups of people is allowed, that is not a religion. You should be punished like any other fanatical, hateful worldview, the KKK, fascism, genocidal fanaticism, etc.

With a looming Russian occupation of Ukraine, being LGBTQIA there has become very scary too. Please give to those who need support right now.

Democracy Must Block Bogus Religions

Democracy must stand for utter equality and religion for utter goodness. These two sound ideas are violated in simple statements like: “I should have the right to stand by my religious conviction that LGBTQ is evil.”

Tough luck. You just admitted that your belief is anti-religious, no different from any hate group degrading any vulnerable group or individual.

But not only did you turn yourself into an embodiment of evil, you also turned into an anti-democrat. You must not be able to spread your hatred or hurt around anymore. That is the protection vulnerable groups deserve. Don’t tell us that now you are the new victim. You called this out over you.

Oh, you’re convinced that supporting homosexuals is evil? That’s no different from believing that non-Whites, women, blue-color workers, the handicapped, Blacks are inferior, Jews and certain nations are totally evil.

You can’t hurt people and then claim that you actually love them. You can’t try to destroy people but then claim that you actually mean well.

Society must fight evil. People committed to evil are then not society’s victims. If you persist in a stupid, superficial worldview of generalizing whole groups negatively, you deserve to be stopped and treated the monster you chose to resemble. Feel free to repent or be disempowered.

This extreme State rejection of evil is needed as long as most citizens are passive in the face of evil. But, as soon as enough people are card-carrying or informal activists, you can be as bigoted as you want because, with anything you’ll say or do, it’ll be neutralized, and you’ll be outnumbered.

You think you’re good? That’s nice. We want to see some proof. 

Read What It Says

And don’t throw with Bible verses to ‘prove’ your hatred justified. Only true prophets speak in the name of G^d. The rest will need to be humbler. We can’t say what G^d thinks, only what we IOHO think G^d thinks.

But, all the Sages and Rabbis say so? No, you think they agree with you.

This is especially important because the ‘translations’ and straightforward understanding of the Hebrew Bible are generally absolutely abominable.

So, it’s totally missed that it talks not to women and not to homosexuals when it advises not to have intercourse with a man like with a woman. It doesn’t say not to have sex with an animal like with a human. That doesn’t have ‘like with a human.’ Meaning: ‘like with a woman’ has meaning. The Torah doesn’t blabbermouth, Heaven forbid. Every letter counts.

It implies that the verse addresses heterosexual men only. They should not substitute a woman with a man. The Talmud explains: It would lead him astray and take him away from wife and kids. As a therapist, I understand why. For a man with a heterosexual orientation, sex with a man, no matter how pleasant, doesn’t create bonding. Then, he becomes addicted, making him go from man to man. That’s not the good life Halachah promises us.

But, of course, G^d won’t expect anyone, save Moses over the age of 80, to go without sexuality. He loves us. He takes care of all our needs. Yes, some may fall between the cracks for some time, to be compensated later. But, the sexual needs of half a billion people aren’t put on ice, G^d forbid.

Anyway, the Bible tells us over and over again to distrust the powerful and protect the weak. Those who do the opposite are not G^d’s friends, IMHO.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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