Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Not so gay news

It used to be that with the yearly Pride marches coming closer, “moral” leaders and other opinion makers would come from under their rocks to insult and threaten the vulnerable gay minority. Not anymore.

Insulting and demeaning non-Straights seems to become an all-year fest. As bullfighters who never heard of animal rights, they launch their vile attacks with pleasure and arrogance, ignorance and insensitivity.

No less. That would make homophobes not just nasty relics of the past but dangerous facilitators of future mass slaughter. Which could mean that a couple of decades from now, Orthodox rabbis could face the same question as Christian leaders after the Holocaust: What have you done? Instead of: “For 2,000 years you have poisoned billions of Christian (and by extension Muslim) believers against Jews,” the complaint will be “For 4,000 years you have poisoned the whole world against homosexuals.”

I would answer him: Go walk hand in hand with your boyfriend through Jerusalem to the local rabbinate to register for marriage.

As if heterosexual divorce isn’t worrisomely rising from increased stealth selfishness, sexism, infidelity, porno use and spouse and child abuse.

What’s next: rightwing women should be fair targets for sexism?

On the other hand:

  • A female Israeli judge has taken in her ruling for sexual assault of a man into account that men not only feel cheapened but also extra-shamed, emasculated by sexual assault. This, because the public assumes that a man should be able to ward off such a thing.

Good for her! Great that she understands and dares to say so, against the tide of political correctness and the danger of being misunderstood (as if she undervalued assaults on women or views homosexuality as less).

The greatness of the judicial branch shows when judges care more about the truth than toe the line of public opinion or of the powers that be.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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 lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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