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MassResistance fights back — in liberal Jewish newspaper — over truth of "Torah Declaration"
Defends statement by Orthodox rabbis on homosexuality
POSTED: Feb 3, 2012
MassResistance has stood up and defended the bold Orthodox "Torah Declaration" on homosexuality in the predominant liberal Jewish newspaper in Boston.
As we recently reported, a coalition of over Orthodox rabbis (now numbering about 200), respected mental health professionals, community leaders, and others from across America and several foreign countries have released entitled "Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality," that clarifies the theological understanding of the Biblically mandated prohibition. In doing so it restates that no one is "born gay" and that same-sex attractions can healed.
In particular, it says:
We emphatically reject the notion that a homosexually inclined person cannot overcome his or her inclination and desire. Behaviors are changeable. The Torah (Bible) 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. Such an attitude also violates the biblical prohibition in Leviticus 19:14 "and you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind."
Attacks from liberals begin
The declaration was released in late December. The vicious attacks from the left began pretty quickly. Within a few weeks at least two Orthodox rabbis were threatened with firing for simply signing the declaration.
On January 20, the Jewish Advocate, the most predominant (but very liberal) Jewish newspaper serving New England, wrote a nasty article and attempting to marginalize a local Orthodox rabbi and Brian Camenker (and MassResistance) for signing it. Titled "Two from area sign anti-gay statement" it described MassResistance as "an anti-gay organization."
Obnoxious article in the Jewish Advocate, 1/20/2012:
Fighting back - rebuttal on editorial page
But those cowardly types of attacks cannot be left unanswered. MassResistance appealed to the newspaper's publisher (who had been out of town) and he agreed that a prominent rebuttal was in order.
Thus, on January 27, the Advocate published on their editorial page the following from Brian Camenker, along with a letter from Susie Rosenbluth, the press person for the Torah Declaration.
Torah Declaration is not 'anti-gay'
Standing up for the truth is not only necessary, but very powerful. We've already gotten several phone calls and emails of support from those who read the article. Actually, a lot of people never hear the other side. It's about time they did. We will certainly continue to spread the word.
George Orwell once observed that there times when the obvious must constantly be re-stated. Those times are certainly here.