Rabbi joins the crazies, gets sacked
UNTIL recently, Christian evangelicals have been in the vanguard of the “let’s-cure-The-Gays” movement, but it now appears that Jews of all stripes have been scrambling onto the bandwagon.
Earlier this week, I was alerted to some bilge called the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality, which states:
The Torah makes a clear statement that homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity by severely prohibiting its conduct. Furthermore, the Torah, ever prescient about negative secular influences, warns us in Vayikra (Leviticus) 20:23 ‘Do not follow the traditions of the nations that I expel from before you…’
The declaration, signed by 162 rabbis and mental health practitioners – that is, health practitioners who are mental – also states that “homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle” and that “behaviours are changeable”.
One rabbi who gleefully attached his name to this crap was New York based Aryeh Ralbag, who manages to find time four times a year to get his ignorant arse off to Amsterdam, to perform his duties as the city’s Chief Rabbi.
Well, that signature, we learned today, has cost the fuzz-faced old loon his job.
According to this report, so great was the outrage in Holland over his association with the declaration that the Jewish community on Amsterdam decided to summarily axe him. Ralbag will remain suspended until he and community leaders have spoken about the issue
A press release by the community’s board, NIHS, said:
Rabbi Ralbag’s signature may give the impression the Orthodox Jewish community of Amsterdam shares his view. This is absolutely untrue. Homosexuals are welcome at the Amsterdam Jewish community.
The Dutch Israel information centre CIDI had also called on Ralbag to stand down from his Amsterdam position.
Meanwhile, it was reported here that Dutch medical organisations and health insurers are unhappy over having to pay for quack “gay-cure” therapies.
The treatment is offered by the orthodox Christian organisation Different, a recognised provider of therapies in mental health care. Because it is officially recognised, health insurers cannot refuse to pay for the treatment.
However, doctors and insurers say the treatment is damaging and even dangerous, and want the health inspectorate to look into the matter.
Hat tip: Remigius