Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Religious Fanatics Exposing Themselves as Idiots When Talking about Gays

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.

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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