Beats me why we call fundamentalists: people who talk unfounded twaddle.
If you want to know who is wise and who is a phone, ask them about gays. The clueless pious will out themselves quickly. Here are some recent news reports about religious leaders:
1. Imam claims Sponge Bob turns children gay – video. Muslim Cleric preaches, in (sure enough!) a pink keffiyeh (you can’t make this up), against Western society and says Jews created SpongeBob to turn children into Homosexuals. A must-see.
2. Senior-level Nationalist Haredi rabbi speaks out against women in IDF, LGBT community. Rabbi Zvi Yisrael Tau harshly spoke out against the initiative to integrate women into the IDF Armored Corps and called the LGBT community “sexual deviants.”
“A lot of money is being sent by external bodies for this in order to weaken the country,” he said. “This is done in a quiet manner so that you won’t feel it, another phase and then another phase. It starts with the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. We remained quiet in regards to them. This was just a pilot. They did a parade of hate and defiance in the holy city of Jerusalem where the Jewish nation resides in the holiest place, a march of sexual deviants in the most horrible way.”
N.B.: This was said in December, half a year away from Pride Week.
3. Rabbi repeats ‘perverts’ slur against LGBTs. Rabbi Yigal Levenstein is known for making previous homophobic comments in the past, targeting the LGBT community in Israel. After the previous obscene outburst, over 300 rabbis supported him. His widespread baseless hatred has not diminished and he is consistent, but this time he’s duly ignored.
4. Israel’s burial societies refusing to bury gay people – TV report. In at least four instances, religious authorities suggest the dead be taken somewhere else or interred on outskirts of cemetery.
“If you can bury him somewhere else, it’s preferable, to prevent aggravation.” In another city nearby, perhaps. “It will have to be done “quietly” in an area on the edge of the cemetery.” “We’re not going to bury someone who keeps Torah and [Jewish] commandments next to one like that.” A gay couple could not reserve a joint plot like a regular married couple and would be buried separately “in the wall.” “If you don’t have a wife according the (religious) law, you can’t use a family plot for a husband and wife. We go according to the halacha, sir, Jews.”
However, there are always giants who show their greatness by swimming against the stream of ignoramuses. Rabbi David Stav says: “If the details of this report are true and the burial societies or their representatives are refusing to bury people because of their sexual orientation during their lives, they are contravening Jewish law and desecrating the dead.”
5. The biggest challenge to ’emunah’ of our time. The headmaster who wrote this, Rabbi Ari Segal, clearly knows what he is talking about. For sure, he’s attacked for his position (Does the Gay Issue Threaten the Continuity of Orthodoxy?) but there are also powerful communicators who question the questioners (Does the gay issue threaten the continuity of Orthodoxy? — A response to Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein).
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Much like confrontation with the reality of LGBTQs shows which leaders have their brains in gear, it also shows whom of us are brave enough to choose reality over wishful thinking (so much for thinking).
Some argue (pretty convincingly, if you ask me, but you didn’t) that to be Jewish is the responsibility to challenge G-d (see The Fed-Up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Suffering and Tragedy). Then, should it come as a surprise that G-d is challenging us too?
G-d created Man (m/f) – not yes-men. There are good arguments to believe that He hates people who follow authority unquestioningly, with a passion. Especially if they do so in His Name.