Even if one is convinced that it’s a grave sin in Judaism to need a same-sex partner (how can a human need be a sin – its ridiculous, I admit, but give that some people are so stuck on this mistake), from where does it then follow that one can speak out aggressively without any consideration for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders?
Are they the new Nazis that hate Jews and must be opposed by any means? What about religious GLBT Jews? They should just kill themselves in order to be holy enough for the anti-gay rabbis? Heaven forbid! (And Heaven know that they have done in so many cases already.)
These rabbis (but not all Orthodox Rabbis) believe in the mantras that homosexuals are sinners, modernity is a sinners’ nest and the embrace of gays is a serious form of modern sin. This is most important of what they need to address? They don’t need to proclaim anymore that there is One G-d, that all people are created in His image or that Jews have a special task in the world? No, there is one thing they need to trumpet around: “Down with the gays!”?
(Sexual orientation is not the only thing around sexuality that some loud rabbis are ignorant about. While there are Orthodox Rabbis who are specialized in how to corner abusers, and most people are too naive to understand how forceful one must be, some rabbis stand out by proclaiming their ignorance for all to hear. See also yesterday’s post.)
Don’t they know any better? No, they don’t. Most of their wives probably do. Which makes us question the healthiness of their marriages if they don’t consult them. GLBTQs are to Straights what women are to men: generally, a beacon of humaneness and hope, of realism and wisdom.
No, it’s not these rabbis unintelligible stance on homosexuality that shames them most. Rather it’s their ignorance on homosexuals, their ignorance on their ignorance and their ability to bully the underdog.
However, don’t blame Judaism. Don’t blame the GLBTQ. The “religious” opponents are about to find out – and stop defending – their enormous mistake. I can hear already the foreshadow of the fore-echo of their deep regrets and heartfelt apologies.