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April 21, 2012 10:00 am

Gay Rabbis to be Ordained in Israel by Masorti

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Haaretz – Israel’s Masorti (Conservative) Movement decided to approve the ordination of homosexual rabbis, in a dramatic vote on Thursday.

The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, affiliated with the movement, will admit gay and lesbian students for training as spiritual leaders as of the upcoming school year.

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  • Bad decision. Any community, region or nation that legalises same sex marriage is cutting its own spiritual throat. Homosexuality is a result of traumatic conditioning in early childhood, most often repressed, and poor later life choices. There is no “gay” gene. A little history lesson for the readers. Ancient Rome, Athens and Gomorrah were full of urbane, chic, intellectual, cultured people…

    • salvage

      Wow Adam, you really don’t know much but it’s cool that you don’t let that get in the way of your insane opinions.

      >Any community, region or nation that legalises same sex marriage is cutting its own spiritual throat.

      Why is that? I assume it’s because your god hates fags and will destroy any nation that doesn’t’ express that hate?

      There’s a good point there but you being a bit of a twit don’t quite get it. This guy is becoming a representative of a god that calls him an abomination and demands his death. That’s a bit weird isn’t it?

      >Homosexuality is a result of traumatic conditioning in early childhood, most often repressed, and poor later life choices.

      Uh, no it’s not. While trauma can certainly shift a person’s sexual orientation those a rare cases. For instance I knew a girl who was a lesbian because she was gang raped as a teenager. Kind of turned her off men. She certainly wasn’t “repressed” and not sure if it was a poor choice considering.

      Hey another fun point, your god hates fags and wants them dead but doesn’t seem to have an opinion on rapists, which do you think is worse?

      >There is no “gay” gene.

      Really? Well Doctor can you show your work? I think there are many of your colleges in the medical and biological sciences who disagree. They’ve even published and everything but I’m sure you can take their quackery apart with no effort… unless you just say that there is no “gay” gene because that statement is convenient to your bigotry?

      So I guess you think people just wake up one day and decide to be gay? Other decide to be straight? Does that sound possible to you? Certainly doesn’t to me but I’m not a insane idiot so that could be clouding my judgment.

      >. A little history lesson for the readers. Ancient Rome, Athens and Gomorrah were full of urbane, chic, intellectual, cultured people…

      Uh yes, and Rome and Athens were two of the most successful cultures in ancient history. You don’t know that they both conquered and controlled Israel throwing your god out right? You don’t seem to know a lot of stuff.

      I find it fascinating that you equate “urbane, chic, intellectual, cultured people” with the gays that you hate. So I guess that makes you an suburban or rural, out of touch retard with no culture?

      Please try to imagine my surprise.

      • To Salvage,

        Sorry for the late reply. I am a little busy at the moment. It will be impossible to answer your objections here adequately. Internet forums have their limits. This issue brings up such anger in many people because it deals with fundamental and intrinsic issues of identity and sexuality which are core components of all human beings. I can explain my points to anyone in the right forum. Give me an open space with certain rules in place, i.e. no abuse, undermining, lies or silencing and I will present the case for the points I outline above. I am not in the habit of making statements about crucial issues without first doing great and in-depth research. Unfortunately denial is such a pernicious state of affairs in individuals and collectives. It is vital to intervene however when a person, group or nation may be about to make a terrible decision. I hope and pray that the State of Israel does not go down the same sex marriage path. The country of my birth, Australia, is pivoting on this issue, and bizrat hashem, wise heads will prevail there. If you love humankind you must take a stand on important issues by leading. If this involves making an unpopular and possibly dangerous stand whilst sacrificing much, so be it.

        P.S. Many people hated Moses because he told the truth. Also I do not “hate” people who make poor choices. All behavior is a result of mindset and setting so if a person’s thinking is askew then their choices may be poor. Re. past cultures that decayed, if a nation creates laws that facilitate poor behavior they will lead their people into a downward spiraling vortex. All organizations must have the correct worldview and philosophy if they are to develop, prosper and thrive.

        “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

        – Mahatma Gandhi

      • olterigo

        Actually, that G-d does have an opinion on rapists. If the rapist rapes an unbetrothed girl, the only way to salvage her reputation is to pay her father 50 silver shekels and then marry her. I think that’s a pretty clear (and despicable) position on rape.

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