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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The coalition of 2,000 Orthodox rabbis continues its deadly assault on LGBTQ+

We could thank them for their continued contribution to youth suicide

The news that is now half a century old of blatant abuse.

For their (fictitious) seat in heaven, others can go to Hell? That’s not how the L^rd works. How can such intelligent people believe that being cruel and insensitive to others will make Heaven sensitive to them?

It’s the same as a famous actor on live television slapping a comedian who roasted his wife (a little bit). He abused him “to defend” her. These rabbis would like all LGBTQs to die or disappear or shut up “to protect their idea of family.” They’re not abusers, they are defenders. No one believes them.

Bullies (including war criminal Putin) always claim to be the true victims.

I don’t think that I exaggerate at all when I call them murderers. They are. If I call them murderers, that’s their only hope they might turn around and save what’s left of their morality and future lives.

Instead of being a light unto the nations, they embarrass the Jewish People for all to see. As if a Jew and G^d stand for abuse, for cruelty. History will deal with you if you don’t shape up.

Hundreds of millions of people are LGBTQ. At least half a million of them Jews. These 2000 cowards want them out of the way. They want to solve the LGBTQ Question.

Gays, Lesbians, Transgenders often have to live in fear and isolation for decades, and if they don’t commit suicide can look forward to a life of silence, verbal and sexual abuse, bullying, and murder, sometimes by states, sometimes by ‘religious groups,’ all based on the same Bible verses that these Orthodox rabbis misinterpret. All their blood is on their heads.

It’s not their arrogance that upsets me. It’s not their stupidity. It’s not their cowardice. It’s that their morality, their notion of what is right or wrong, is so low that they are capable of making such enormous mistakes.

And where are their wives, that most of them have, no doubt? They can’t speak up? They can’t point to the verse where G^d tells Abraham (the most moral of all people ever) to listen to Sarah for everything?

And where are the other Orthodox rabbis? When will they say that anyone making LGBTQ feel less safe can’t be an Orthodox rabbi? We won’t eat at their tables, we won’t eat from the food they certified, we won’t listen to their sermons, we ban their books, they can’t be part of prayer quorums.

Gays and allies had to start violent demonstrations before the US government put any serious money into AIDS research. These were politicians, trained to lie and cheat. And these rabbis can’t do better?

And let not Antisemites gloat over Jewish religious leaders being immoral. In other areas, they are often top of the bill.

And let not secularists gloat over the stupidity of religion. Where are the law silencing bigots? Why must democracy stand for the comfortable bullying the weak? How is that equality? How is that humane?

It’s good I’m not G^d. I would wipe them out in a second. I don’t want unrepentant comfortable mass murderers to live. Call me old-fashioned.

For 50 years now, the greatest of the greatest Rabbis, leaders of the generation, have gone to their graves who never ever protested this. How are they going to be redeemed if their immoral silence is not ended?

Gays and Lesbians are much too sweet. I’m not going to blame the victim. People intimidated all their lives, how to blame them? But where are their families? How don’t they picket at these bigots’ homes over Shabbat?

The names of these 2000 bullies are now hidden. Earlier sites are defunct. So, we can only go after their leaders. Let’s do it! Don’t kill or wound anyone. Surely, don’t inflict damage. But, as long as there are no furious demonstrations, nothing will change. These rabbis gladly officiate at the funerals of their victims. I’ve seen it first-hand. They sleep at night very soundly. They preach and lead with glee. They smile for pictures. They must be called out. Each of them. The bullying must stop. Today.

Why do I care so much? How come you don’t?

How do these bullies have the gall to advocate evil (though most of them in anonymity) and you keep silent? On which side of history are you? How’d you want to be remembered? “Always a smile, never a frown”?

To the victims: seek support so that you may live and see: it gets better.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. 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 what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 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/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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