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

Rabbi Sadan: Having a LGBT debate is hateful

There is much reason to believe that Rabbi Sadan has no hateful intention trying to renew the LGBT debate. He’s so ignorant about the subject, and with him literally thousands of Orthodox Rabbis, that he doesn’t even understand the hatred he’s fostering. So let me help him understand.

(I’m sidestepping the hatefulness he shows about Muslim immigrants in Europe. Not because that’s not important but that’s just for another time.)

Having an “open, honest” debate about gays (GLBTQ is the new politically correct term for the ultra-right not to say gay or homo-sex-ual) is like wanting a frank discussion about the Jews. We all know how evil they are, is implied by such a deliberation. It’s wicked talk from the start.

Face it, Rabbi, your trouble with gays is not because there is anything wrong with such people. If you would be less hostile, you would find them among your close family, congregants, neighbors, colleagues, etc. You only need to say one appreciative thing about  gays for them to come out of the woodwork. The best of the best people. (Not that straights are not. Funny that can praise women, children, Jews and farmers but when we honor gays, people get defensive.)

Your hesitation stems from an interpretation of Torah and other Jewish texts with an absolute desire not to learn that one’s interpretation must be wrong and hence to persist in views that are as stupid as claiming that the earth is flat, gravity or evolution doesn’t exist or life is simple.

I know that if you even so much as question the mistake of 50 years ago that the people calling themselves gay must be sinners, you will be expelled from Orthodox circles as much as the gays. Throw your lot in with the gays and you’re done. And still, every one of the Orthodox rabbis has the responsibility to speak the truth and admit that they apparently know nothing about the issue because it is unthinkable that G^d wants millions of people live asexual lives.

There are many denominations that thrive on denying reality. But Judaism has never been part of such a worldview. Rabbi Sadan, you must shut up and with a humble heart begin to listen to gays and try to think up something better than question their goodness. If not, every word you say about it is a disgrace of G^d – the worst sin in Judaism – far worse than anything you attribute to gays!

It’s for your good, for the good of your close gay loved ones and for the sake of Judaism that you need to stop questioning the goodness of gays.

Much as the Holocaust was not a Jewish debacle but the downfall of Christian Europe, likewise a Jewish assault on gays is a big moral stain on those who are called upon to be a Nation of priests to the whole world.

Don’t question others until you have questioned where you are coming from. Are you defending G^d’s word or rather the ignorance of your community? You need to find out quickly. Meanwhile some meek silence would be in order.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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.
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