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Some Intellectual Honesty About the Gay Parade: By Moshe Feiglin

Shira Banky, o.b.m. was murdered at last year’s gay parade by a crazed anti-gay attacker. This year, the media is saying that whoever does not participate in the gay parade doesn’t really condemn the murder. Maybe he even supports it in his heart. And maybe he is a partner in the crime.

This is all very reminiscent of how the Left took advantage of Rabin’s assassination. Whoever did not support the Oslo Accords automatically became a partner to the murder.

The process unfolds approximately as follows:

  1. First, a move that completely contradicts the values of the majority of the public is shoved down its throat.
  2. The public stands up and protests.
  3. The media portray the opponents to the move in a negative light and distance them from the boundaries of legitimate discourse.
  4. The public becomes frustrated and enraged. More public opposition is met with more demonization.
  5. Somebody (usually a psychopath) decides to employ violence – and succeeds.
  6. Everybody is in shock.
  7. The shock is used to obliterate the will of the majority. Whoever does not accept the minority position is a murderer.
  8. The minority approach becomes the ruling position and is translated into laws and policies.
  9. The minority has won and forces its values upon the majority.

But that is not all. The victory is really a lose-lose situation. Because there is something called ‘reality’ (the secular name for G-d). Ultimately, there are no winners and losers when people detach themselves from reality. Everyone loses. Oslo and the Disengagement from Gaza resulted in Tel Avivians with their noses in the ground and missiles over their heads.

And what about gay parades and the culture that erodes the family unit? They have a price tag  – a very expensive price tag.

Sexual preference does not separate the good from the bad. Homosexuals are not less good. But homosexuality as a culture is very bad. The gay parade is not held to advance the cause of human liberty. On the contrary, it is held to force the culture of the minority upon the majority. Homosexuality as a culture and the collapse of the classic family structure and its values herald the collapse of civilization and accelerate the process.

For this reason, we must make a razor-sharp distinction between the individual and the culture. We must make room for the individual in our society and defend ourselves from the (anti)culture.

The psychopath who murdered Shira Banky at last year’s gay parade is an abominable murderer who must be condemned. But Rabbi Elkana Cherlow, who announced that in response to the murder, he will participate in this year’s gay parade, is like the sentry who opens the gates of the city to the besieging enemy.

It is easy to defend ourselves from a psychopath.

But dealing with the confusion sewn by Cherlow is much more difficult and requires much more public and intellectual courage.




One Response so far.

  1. Yaakov says:

    Moshe Feiglin,
    First, thank you for your efforts to spread Torah values in our country, the State of Israel. (I am an oleh from the US.)
    Second, regarding this article, I have an issue. The first part, I agree with completely and I applaud your message. But, regarding the second part, when you talk about a threat to the family unit, I am somewhat surprised. Over and over again I see people writing about the issue of homosexuality, saying that it’s bad because it threatens the family unit, or various other similar ideas. These may be true issues, perhaps. But surely the only reason that really matters is because Hashem commands us not to have homosexual relations? Why did you not mention this explicitly? Perhaps it is a matter of your target audience?
    To my thinking, the Torah message on this issue needs to be that, yes, we relate to and respect the desires with which our homosexual brothers and sisters struggle. We don’t want them to be unhappy. We know it’s bitterly hard. We all have desires at times that are forbidden. But none of that excuses us from trying to strive to uphold Hashem’s commands as best we can. And so, with all due compassion to our brothers and sisters, we cannot accept as legitimate a culture of homosexuality. We accept our brothers and sisters regardless of the desires they may feel. But the value system we reject, because it contradicts the Torah.
    Yes, Rabbi Cherlow takes things to far, according to the actions you describe (I have not looked into this myself). But surely it is time to make clear that we welcome all Jews, regardless of the cravings they feel (with the understanding that we must all strive to follow the Torah even when it is difficult to do so)?

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