Last week California judge Vaughn Walker overturned voter-approved gay marriage ban.
The Jewish Tikkun Magazine has published an interesting piece on the same sex marriage under the title Queer Spirituality & Politics. “Homosexuals were with us in Auschwitz and were persecuted along with Jews throughout Western societies for the past several thousand years, so we stand with them in the struggle for full acceptance and full legal equality, including marriage equality, in the 21st century. The rights of homosexuals are supported by an overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community. That support is not only based on a memory of shared victimhood, but also on the core values of our own Jewish tradition. The Torah’s command to ‘love our neighbor’ and ‘love the Other (stranger, in Hebrew: ger)’ are intrinsic to how most American Jews understand our Jewish obligations today,” says Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor Tikkun Magazine.
“Tikkun magazine also recognizes that the decision to overturn the ban on gay marriage is a victory for all of us who support separation of religion and state, since those who seek to impose that restriction are simply trying to impose their particular religious beliefs on the society as a whole. Avoiding that was a major reason for the First Amendment to the Constitution. So we hail the decision by Judge Vaughn Walker and hope that it will be sustained in the appeal process through the federal courts, though we share the concern of many that this most reactionary Supreme Court in 70 years may end up siding with the homophobes and haters,” says the Rabbi.
Rabbi Lerner believes that since the Judeo-Christians don’t follow many of Biblical commands, why they should be so fussy about the gay marriage. “The claim by some fundamentalists that gay love is forbidden by the Bible is itself an interpretation and a selective reading of Biblical text. Few of those fundamentalists demand that their society take literally the command to forgive all loans every seventh year (the Sabbatical Year) or to redistribute the land every fiftieth year (the Jubilee) or to not light a fire in their homes on the Sabbath, or for that matter, the command to not destroy the trees of your enemy when engaged in warfare, but they selectively choose this command for special attention”.
Currently, there is common tendency among the western politician, journalists, law-makers and religious leaders to project homosexuality as part of human rights and equality of genders.
Simon Jones, a Jew homosexual blogger, while agrees with Rabbi Lerner that homosexuals like the Jews were persecuted and mostly outcast since the rise of Christianity, but he blames the Torah for this centuries old mistreatment.
“This persecution complex – I know first hand – leaves indeliable marks on one’s character. So gays automatically empathize with Jews. At the same time, gays often crossed paths with Jews professionally – in the arts, as writers, philosophers, councilors, etc.”
“Think of Jews and gays as a spice in the society, giving it flavor, variety, acting as catalysts in the arts and in social relations”.
“Jews love to attack critics by labelling them ‘anti-Semites’, a late 19th century construct which is completely inaccurate, as most Jews are Caucasian Ashkenazi, while Arabs and the relatively few Sephardic Jews are the real Semites”.
“Jews will insist that they are not racists, that it’s the goys that are racists, and then, without battling an eye, talk about their DNA and defend unconditionally the only balatantly racist state – Israel, unique among the sovereign states (except for Nazi Germany). Judaism is a veritable ‘shell game’; a religion, no – an identity, oops – a culture, wrong again – tradition. It’s a slippery fish – whatever fits the bill at the moment……..”