|Posted on April 2, 2011 at 4:02 PM|
By Gary Konecky
The Talmud teaches us:
· Whence do we know that if a man sees his fellow drowning, mauled by beasts, or attacked by robbers, he is bound to save him?From the verse, Thou shalt not stand by the blood of thy neighbor! (Sanhedrin73a)
· Just as G-d clothes the naked... so must you clothe then aked. The Holy Blessed One visits the sick... so you must also visit the sick.The Holy Blessed One comforts mourners... so must you comfort mourners. TheHoly Blessed One buries the dead... so must you bury the dead. (Sotah 14a)
· On another occasion it happened that a certain heathen came before Shammai and said to him, ‘Make me a proselyte, on condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.’ Thereupon he repulsed him with the builder's cubit which was in his hand. (12) When he went before Hillel, he said to him, ‘What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbour (13) that is the whole Torah, while the rest is the commentary thereof; go and learn it.’ - (Shabbath 31a)
(12) Rashi: a cubit to measure off the amount of work done by a builder.
(13) The golden Rule; cf. Lev. XIX, 18: but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.- V.Hertz, Leviticus, pp.22 or 223, and cf. R. T. Herford, Talmud and Apocrypha, p.148.
· But why was the second Sanctuary destroyed, seeing that in its time they were occupying themselves with Torah, [observance of] precepts, and the practice of charity? Because therein prevailed hatred without cause. That teaches you that groundless hatred is considered as of even gravity with the three sins of idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed together . (Yoma 9b)
The Mishnah (Sanhedrin 4:5) teaches us:
A single man only was created in order to keep one manfrom 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.
The same mishnah also teaches us that:
Only one man was created, in order to teach the lesson that if one destroys a single person, the Scripture imputes it to him as if he had destroyed the whole population of the world. And if he saves the life of a single person, the Scripture imputes it to him as though he had saved the entire world.
Neither the bible, nor the midrash, nor the Talmud, nor the mishnah seems to support the homophobia, the cruelty, and the out right hate expressed by thereligious fanatics, opportunistic politicians and law enforcement. In fact, these traditional texts seem to argue against the very behavior expressed by religious fanatics, politicians and law enforcement.
Our discussion of homophobia would not be complete without mentioning the homophobic red herring about homosexuals undermining the family. As Rabbi Roth correctly observes: “more and more gay couples are demanding the right to adopt children or to produce their own offspring by artificial insemination. It is, therefore, paradoxica lthat while the heterosexual family is falling apart before our very eyes, many homosexual unions are demanding the right to create families modeled on the traditional family! There are now many instances of the legitimization ofhomosexual families in various countries around the world.”
With one out of two heterosexual marriages failing, with seventy percent of the internet dedicated to the degradation of women through pornography, and with a culture that is materiall yinsatiable even as it is all-too spiritually content, can we straight people say with a straight face that gays are ruining our families? We've done amighty fine job of it ourselves, thank you very much.
Furthermore, as Presbyterian minister Murray Richmond observes:
…I think, is that it's easy to condemn homosexuality if you are not gay. It is much harder than condemning pride, or lust or greed, things that most practicing Christians have struggled with. It is all too easy to make homosexuality about "those people," and not me. If I were to judge someone for their inflated sense of pride, or their tendency to worship various cultural idols, I would feel some personal stake, some cringe of self-judgment. Not so with homosexuality.
The Talmud quotes are from: TheSoncino Talmud, Judaic Classics by David Kantrowitz, Version 3.0.8,Copyright 1991-2004, Davka Corporation.
Some of the quotes of scripture are from the English Translation of Tanach ©D. Mandel, Judaic Classics by David Kantrowitz, Version 3.0.8, DavkaCorporation.
Additional quotes of scripture are from: http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/jewish/The-Bible-with-Rashi.htm
The source of the quote from Pirkei Avotis: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/680285/jewish/Chapter-Two.htm
Note 1: The midrash quotes are from“Love of Fellow Man and Hatred of Fellow Man” in The Book of Legends, SeferHa-Aggadah, English Translation ©1992 by Schocken Books, Inc.; CD-ROM Version © 1995-2003 Davka Corporation
Note 2: Page 184 of The TalmudicAnthology, Tales & Teachings of the Rabbis, edited by Louis I. Newmanin collaboration with Samuel Spitz, copyright 1945, published by Behrman House,Inc.
Information about the religious hate groups campaign in Iowa against gaysand lesbians can be found at: http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/2011/02/iowa-group-stooping-to-junk-science-and.html?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d4d816320fd3430,0
A summary of the most stupid remarks said in the New Hampshire repeal samesex civil marriage hearings can be found at: http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/02/14835/
Additional information about the same sex civil marriage repeal efforts can be found at: http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7597&MediaType=1&Category=26
One of the many articles covering Christian efforts to stop all attempts at preventing anti-gay bullying in schools can be found at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-slams-purportedly-homosexual-message%E2%80%9D-anti-bullying-efforts-california-schoo
Information about Christian hate groups can be found on the Southern PovertyLaw Center’s website at: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners
Information about how prominent homphobe Tony Perkins is also a racist can be found at: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/03/reminder-tony-perkins-is-racist.html
Additional information about the corrupt, power hungry, gay hating, Jewhating Mormon Church can be found at:
The latest report about this murder and Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill can be found at:
Information about homophobe, and Jew hater Sheriff Don Scheiferdecker can be found at:
In a show of gratitude to for their US Supreme Court ruling, the Westboro Baptist Church announced they would picket the funeral of seven children who perished in a fire.
A news report about the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusal to lift stay on the ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional can be found at:
Least anyone think religious based homophobia and persecution of gays andlesbians is only a Jewish and Christian issue, here is information about Islam’s attitude toward gays and lesbians:
Nor is the problem of homophobia limited to the United States and Uganda, as this news report from New Zealand proves:
Scotland also brings us proof of how widespread homophobia is:
Tennessee brings news that they are going back to the good ole bible thumping days of the Scopes Monkey Trail:
In addition to Tennessee, other states trying to bring back the good olebible thumping days of the Scopes trail include New Mexico, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.
Recommended additional reading:
I preached against homosexuality, but I was wrong: http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/03/27/presbyterian_minister_changes_mind_about_gays
2010:A year of religious hate: http://www.examiner.com/religion-social-issues-in-newark/religious-hate-groups
The Kameron Jacobsen Youth Award: http://petsalive.com/blog/2011/02/23/kerrys-update-february-23-2011/
Blood shortages and homophobia: http://www.examiner.com/religion-social-issues-in-newark/blood-shortages-and-homophobia
The role of police in preventing bullying andharassment – two actual cases: http://www.examiner.com/religion-social-issues-in-newark/the-role-of-police-preventing-bullying-and-harassment-two-actual-cases
Homophobia: Is there a difference between Republicansand Democrats: http://www.examiner.com/religion-social-issues-in-newark/homophobia-is-there-a-difference-between-democrtas-and-republicans