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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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“My painkillers turned me Gay”

The heading of this blog post is identical to the title of a recent YouTube clip. The fragment was from the This Morning show on British ITV. The description under the clip reads:

Scott Purdy was a ‘hot-blooded’ heterosexual who enjoyed dating women, but when the 23-year-old was prescribed painkiller Pregabalin for a long-term ankle injury, he claims he lost his sexual attraction to women and has been turned gay. Broadcast on 18/04/2018

In short: a pill can make some men gay.

A real sell would be a pill that could make you straight, but I guess that will be the future. (Just kidding.)

What’s wrong with this report? (Not that it’s politically incorrect or offensive – though that should ring a bell.) Well, where to start?

The story of this nervous (look at his bobbing knee) 23-year old is taken at face-value. In the age of the Internet and Trump, why believe anyone seeking our attention? I’m not saying that he’s (plainly) lying or confabulating (an unaware filling up of memory gaps with untruths), but it should be checked. I mean, it’s the perfect excuse for someone having a hard time coming out.

They easily could have asked his estranged father, who was interviewed by the Daily Mail the very next day. He always knew that his son was gay, not from his sexual actions but from his mannerisms.

Another red flag is that there never was any chemical that could change sexual orientation.

From so many pedophiles (and judges over child molesters) to grudging homosexuals (or their unhappy families), from countless religious fanatics to repressive regimes, and from everyone who subscribes to autonomy and free choice to those who would love to choose or change their lifestyle, a medication that could give them that freedom would have been so welcome. The only medication there is is stuff that might lower or heighten the level of libido – not the direction.

Of course, this could be an exceptional find that might open science and our future up to freedom of choice in what partners and sex could make us fulfilled. However, before getting all excited, just as with someone claiming to be the Messiah or have outsmarted Einstein, let’s first try to find some objective proof for this breathtaking breaking “news.”

Well, after a flood of anger went over him for his TV story, he life-broadcasted at Facebook a mumbling apology and sort-of retraction. He would like that to go viral. That sounds like attention-seeking, really.

Whatever the case, YouTube clip is still unapologetically on the Internet, having gained 364,249 views and counting. Fake news.

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Allow me, for balance, to close with some happy gay news:

When this grandfather came out as gay at age 95, two brothers grabbed the camera –

Ra’anana gets Israel’s first openly gay mayor –

Top French chef offers tips to gay Israelis rejected by families –

Though I daily follow a dozen news-outlets that focus on Israel, probably not by chance, all brought to us by the Times of Israel.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * 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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: https://youtu.be/QMPp6h6r72M * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) 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. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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