Orthodox Jews' Anti-Gay Stance Continues to Soften
- Orthodox Jews' Anti-Gay Stance Continues to Soften
by Kilian Melloy
Friday Jul 30, 2010
Orthodox Judaism may be coming closer to acceptance of gays with the signing
of a "statement of principles" by 100 Orthodox rabbis and teachers. But
philosophical disparities still yawn between the moderates--such as those
who signed the statement--and the more conservative, often anti- gay,
haredi, the branch of Orthodox Judaism that excoriates gays and compares
them to animals, reported the Jerusalem Post on July 30.
The statement declares that gays are, like heterosexuals, made in God's
image and therefore are deserving of the respect due all human beings.
However, the document also rejects family parity for gay and lesbian
couples, and--in a parsing of sexuality that echoes the view of the Roman
Catholic Church--declares that sexual urges toward members of the same
gender are not sinful in themselves, although acting on those urges is
Another seeming paradox: the statement urges that children being raised by
same-sex parents not be looked down upon, even if their parents'
relationship is viewed as improper.
The Jerusalem Post noted that the signing of the statement took place on
July 29, only days before the Aug. 1 anniversary of a savage shooting attack
on a GLBT youth center in another Israeli city, Tel Aviv that left two young
people dead. The killer remains at large.
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