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Sacrificing Our Children

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)


By Gary Konecky


Recently Leelah Alcorn (who was born male and named Joshua Alcorn by his Christian parents) committed suicide in an effort to bring attention to transgender people.


She, Leelah, died at age 17, an unloved child of G-d who was tortured by her Christian parents because she could not be the good Christian boy that they wanted her to be.

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Moving Backward

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

   By Gary Konecky

One of the richest and most fascinating areas of our existence is gender and gender identity. 

 

The rabbis of the mishnah (completed in the year 189 CE) explored this area of human existence in all its richness.  The rabbis of the Talmud (completed in the year 475 CE) explored this area of human existence in all its richness.  These rabbis did not shy away from transge...

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Who is the sinner?

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)


By Gary Konecky


A single man only was created in order to keep one man from saying to another: My forefather was greater than yours; to exclude pride of ancestry; to prevent families from quarrelling, and men from assaulting and robbing one another, by virtue of the knowledge that they are all of one stock. – Mishnah (San...

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More Challenges for Bible Literalists

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 4:36 PM Comments comments (0)

By Gary Konecky

Bible literalists claim the bible is the word of G-d and it must be understood only literally.  As many of these same literalists also use the bible to demonize and attack gays and lesbians, it seems only fair to test their understanding of the bible.  Therefore, I have prepared the following challenges. 


The first challenges involve verses I have paired up from the Hebrew...

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The Problem With Bible Literalism

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (0)

By Gary Konecky


Here we have yet another example of the problem with bible literalism.  In this clip, a simple question is asked and the priest not only cannot answer it, but it is obvious that he has never even thought about it.  I am not picking on this man personally.  I am picking on his church, a church that preaches hatred of gays and lesbians and that spends millions of dollars on political campiag...

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A Letter About Homosexuality and Religion

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM Comments comments (0)

By Gary Konecky


Recently, a gay Jewish man sent me a note.  Accompanying the note was a link to a lengthy document written by a Conserative Rabbi. In the document the Rabbi explores Judaism’s teachings about homosexuality.

 

Below is my reply to the note.  While this reply clearly is written as one gay Jewish man to another, I believe that it speaks to all of us who ar...

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Biblical Leprosy: the Danger of Mistranslation

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (2)

By Gary Konecky


The first five books of the Hebrew Bible are known as the Torah.  The Torah is read in temple on an annual cycle consisting of weekly Torah readings.  Each weekly torah reading is given a name. 


The weekly Torah reading we are concerned with is Metzorah.  In the Torah reading that immediately preceeds it ,Tazriah, we are told of a biblical disease k...

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The Bible: The Word of G-d?

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


By Gary Konecky

 

There are those who believe the bible is the word of G-d.  There is no doubt in my mind that the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) is the word of G-d.  That said, I believe Joshua may have written the account of Moses’ death at the end of Deuteronomy.   

 

The problem is that many of those who say the b...

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Same Sex Marriage

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)


By Gary Konecky 


I recently had the wonderful privilege to participate on a very distinguished panel of clergy that discussed the issue of sexual orientation and scripture.  One of the audience members asked a question that attempted to link the ban in Leviticus on homosexuality to the ban in Leviticus on bestiality.  Several panel members addressed this questio...

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A Fascinating Contrast

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

By Gary Konecky

 

One of the things that fascinate me is the very different approaches people take to the Bible. 

 

For bible literalists and Christian fundamentalists, the plain text is all that there is.  There is no need to think, to research, or to ponder.  It says what it says.   If you point out errors in the translation, if you point out apparent contr...

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