CHOSEN FOR THEIR IGNORANCE?

From a secret Torah Declaration, being passed around between ultra-orthodox Jews, exposed yesterday at THE HUFFINGTON POST:

We emphatically reject the notion that a homosexually inclined person cannot overcome his or her inclination and desire. Behaviors are changeable. The Torah does not forbid something which is impossible to avoid. Abandoning people to lifelong loneliness and despair by denying all hope of overcoming and healing their same-sex attraction is heartlessly cruel.

The therapy consists of reinforcing the natural gender-identity of the individual by helping him or her understand and repair the emotional wounds that led to its disorientation and weakening, thus enabling the resumption and completion of the individual’s emotional development…There is no other practical, Torah-sanctioned solution for this issue.

It requires tremendous bravery and fortitude for a person to confront and deal with same-sex attraction. For example a sixteen-year-old who is struggling with this issue may be confused and afraid and not know whom to speak to or what steps to take. We must create an atmosphere where this teenager (or anyone) can speak freely to a parent, rabbi, or mentor and be treated with love and compassion. Authority figures can then guide same-sex strugglers towards a path of healing and overcoming their inclinations.

COMMENT: It's all about control. Powerful Jewish leaders are just as bad as everyone else when it comes to having to be in charge. In "The New Statesman" this week there was an interview with the chief rabbi of England, Jonathan Sacks. In it he argues that blogging is bad and that the internet is best used for "education." I can guess who he thinks should be educated and by whom that educating should be done.

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CHOSEN FOR THEIR IGNORANCE? — 8 Comments

  1. “…helping him or her understand and repair the emotional wounds that led to its disorientation and weakening, thus enabling the resumption and completion of the individual’s emotional development…”

    There you have it! It’s my parents’ fault. I’d remind my mom of that, but even before her memory began to fail, she had decided there was nothing differently she would have done.

  2. “There is no other practical, Torah-sanctioned solution for this issue”.

    Well, there it is, then.

    Torah or death.

    Umm . . . .there are other options. Doesn’t the Torah also say, “Therefore, choose life”?

    As for me and my house, we have made our choice.

    Honest to Pete! Will there be no end to this madness?

  3. Elizabeth, I’m afraid the answer is “No”. Not so long as there are humans on the face of the earth.
    I would like to suggest to those who insist on the letter of the law and the legalistic use of scriptures of any kind as a stick to control others to confront the issues that led to their need to control others. Having understood them they could then repair those emotional wounds, thus enabling them to be accepting and appreciative of all people.
    Cold day in the hot place, though, I’m afraid.

  4. “We must create an atmosphere where this teenager (or anyone) can speak freely to a parent, rabbi, or mentor and be treated with love and compassion.”

    Ah yes. We know what {Ew!} comes next: the Cum-Passionate Rabbi.

  5. “We must create an atmosphere where this teenager (or anyone) can speak freely to a parent, rabbi, or mentor and be treated with love and compassion”.

    Yeah, we must, but we’re not going to are we.

  6. I’m almost afraid to ask how you feel about Zionism and its influence in the wider world.

  7. If you define Zionism as a racially exclusive ideology then I consider it as bad as Nazism. But I would love to see all the present inhabitants of Palestine and Israel living in peace with equality and justice for all without anybody having to leave. As for Israel’s influence on the wider world I regard it no differently to any other political or other body trying to force other people to do what they want.