When it rains, it pours. These news clips very much appeared last week on the same day. An overview.
The army, the law and even the prime minister have no difficulty with GLBTQs anymore. The only problem lies with the religious establishment and 25% of the population that rather hates gays.
On the one hand, many times the Israeli police proved itself to be bullies. On the other hand, with disregard to own their lives, they protect the Israeli public against terrorists. No easy situation if you want to classify them as good or bad.
An excellent report on what it was like in conservative circles in those days (and often still) to be gay.
- Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them.
Orthodox rabbis have the excuse that gays seemed to be banned by the Torah (and they don’t care so they’re not going to investigate this absurdity), but Conservative Halachah is just a reflection of what their majority thinks. No advertisement on their congregation.
- Pope reportedly tells gay man: God made you like this. Gay man says Pope Francis apologized to him. Pope Francis Embracing Gay Catholics? | The View. “Gay is not what you do but what you are.” “God made you like this. God loves you like this.”
Once Juan Carlos Cruz’s word gets confirmed, we can call any Catholic who merely “tolerates” gays or still condemns them — anything short of loving them – to be more Catholic than the Pope — not a compliment.
How shameful that the Light unto the Nations, the Rabbis, are nowhere there. More than the existence of dinosaurs, they see gays as a threat to Judaism — while Halachah should be based on reality, not pipe dreams.
- Getting HIV On Purpose — A passionate plea against the chilling idea that some people want to get infected on purpose.
I support this stern opposition, but I just want to warn against too easily excepting this story which might turn out to be merely an urban legend. Surely, under 7,000,000 US gays, one easily will find a few nuts, but that’s not enough proof for believing this.
There is so much lying, attention drawing and trying to shock going on in the world, that I would not so easily accept that this purposely getting infected is really happening. It did happen, at least in one case, many decades ago, but that was so different.
In Amsterdam, I knew one guy, Paultje, who on purpose got himself infected with the AIDS-virus when it was still a sure death sentence, because he held: so many are dying like flies — who am I to escape. None of his friends agreed, but it was too late already. He died a terrible AIDS death, but as far as I know, he never expressed regret. Survivors guilt is tough and humbleness, solidarity and heroism are great, but most people would still agree that life is better than death anyway.
A Jewish exception was Etty Hillesum, who refused to go into hiding from the Nazis and chose to go with everyone. Raised without much Judaism, she was influenced by Christian thought and in Christian circles, her war diaries today are very well liked.
In Jewish thought, martyrdom is the highest death but to give one’s life for lofty ideals should preferably be a life-long dedication, not a choice for being killed — if one has a alternative.