Homophobia,  The Right

Rabbinical Alliance of America: Gays Cause Earthquakes

According to the disgusting Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the significant Haredi umbrella organisation Rabbinical Alliance of America:

When Americans are suffering economically and millions need jobs, it’s shocking that the Administration is focused on its ultra-liberal militantly homosexualist agenda forcing the highlighting of homosexuals and homosexuality on an unwilling military. This is the equivalent of the spiritual rape of our military to satisfy the most extreme and selfish cadre of President Obama’s kooky coalition.
We agree with Eileen Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness that this will hurt the cohesiveness of the military, cause many to leave the army, and dramatically lower the number of recruits, perhaps leading to the reinstatement of a compulsory draft.
“Thirteen months before 9/11, on the day New York City passed homosexual domestic partnership regulations, I joined a group of Rabbis at a City Hall prayer service, pleading with G-d not to visit disaster on the city of N.Y. We have seen the underground earthquake, tsunami, Katrina, and now Haiti. All this is in sync with a two thousand year old teaching in the Talmud that the practice of homosexuality is a spiritual cause of earthquakes. Once a disaster is unleashed, innocents are also victims just like in Chernobyl.

“We plead with saner heads in Congress and the Pentagon to stop sodomization of our military and our society. Enough is enough.

A few comments on this.

1. WTF?!

2. I thought that earthquakes were caused by satirical cartoons.

3. From the perspective of a Haredi, surely the prohibition of homosexuality in Leviticus 18 applies to Jews, and not to non-Jews. So why should the rov be seeking to control the sexual conduct of non-Jewish soldiers?

4. Israel has no problem with gay soldiers. It suffers few earthquakes, and – importantly – few military defeats.

The significance of this revolting intervention by a religious extremist goes beyond hateful reactionary politics within Jewish religious communities. This is another sign of the political alignment by a part – not the whole – of the Haredi establishment with the US Right. The peddling of theocracy, superstitious fear-mongering, and anti-gay bigotry are becoming increasingly acceptable and mainstream within US Conservatism. Centre-right liberals are embattled. It is extremely depressing.

More conservatives, including conservative Jews, need to take against against this lunacy: or their political tradition will be lost.

UPDATE

Dovbear says:

We plead with fake-Rabbi Levin to go back to the loony bin, and to stop committing these public desecrations of Gods name.

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