Don’t you sometimes have the idea that everyone in a dispute just speaks nonsense? Well, sometimes you can simply show it.
An openly gay Israeli minister of health orders the Red Shield of David (in proper Hebrew Magein Daweed ha-Adom, the Israeli Red Cross) to register from now on from blood donors, not their biological parents but the parents they grew up with: parent 1, and parent 2, not to embarrass and discriminate against same-sex parents.
So, soon after that, the deeply committed to religious bigotry spoke out against this woke and vile political correctness. The Bible speaks of a man and his wife. Something else is an affront to people who believe in the Creator. It’s the “Not Adam and Steve” crowd claiming victimhood.
But it’s all nonsense.
The only reason physicians are interested in the parents of donors is DNA, genealogy. It’s not important who had the virtue of raising and teaching them. So, they should only register biological parents. This is equally true for those fostered, adopted, in-vitro fertilized, birthed in surrogacy, sperm-donored, or raised by a single parent, with a step-parent, by grandparents, in a polyamorous family setting, in a kibbutz, or by their egg and sperm donors. Nothing to do with normative or not normative family options.
However, the new victims, the self-styled religiously hurt, are so blinded by their homophobia and love for normalcy that they run down the rabbit hole of supposedly being the most oppressed here. They don’t say: this is nonsense because the doctors only want their biological parents. No, they must insist that this is a dangerous downfall of the decent society, and as long as it is stopped, they won’t donate blood to the RSD for transfusions.
The Sages already teach us: Every sin is committed in an atmosphere of folly. And anger is idol worship.
Fully related is a rabbi from the same camp who spoke out also today after his brave and widely loved son just came out of the closet at the age of 30. The father shows no humility, no sensitivity, no respect, and no ability to shut up and learn. The nonsense and cruelty of his words apparently escape this genius and loved educator. It’s like a man who first meets a feminist and must air his “thoughts” about gender, instead of sitting in shock and trying to listen. It is so sad. May the L^rd have mercy on the good people who still hate, and shut their mouths and open their eyes.
For the hasty reader: I’m not scandalizing these prominent rabbis. I try to neutralize the desecration of G^d that they spread, the worst Jewish sin.
Sixty years of gays being nice and committing suicide have not moved these teachers back to humanity. I think it’s as forbidden to be nice about their homophobia as it is to give alcohol to a drunk. It’s clear it does not work. Just like flattering antisemites doesn’t work. They must be decried.
Psychologists have repeatedly found that women are nicer than men and homosexuals more understanding than heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean straight men are doomed to be insensitive and rude. Unless one is an outright psychopath, the tool of empathy can be sharpened—by using it.
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