Not long ago I’ve written about Madrid’s chief rabbi who had the courtesy to decry the monstrosities that would follow if marriage equality was to be established (regardless of the fact that Spain already has established marriage equality).
Now the (orthodox arm of the) Jewish community has ramped up a strategy defending the rabbi from criticism: they deny that those remarks were ever made (despite the fact that the media reaffirmed the authenticity of the interview). The spokeswoman emphasised that the rabbi never made homophobic comments and/or that the comments (which can only be interpreted as outrageously & ridiculously homophobic) were taken out of context.
I would ask the orthodox Jews of Madrid to make up their mind: either the rabbi didn’t make those comments or he did (in which case there is the hypothetical option that those comments were taken out of context). I personally would really like them to settle for option number two and then explain to the world how the thought that marriage equality would lead to monstrous things can be put into a context which makes the sentiment supportive of the LGBT movement.
I just give it a try: We’re really supportive of the LGBT movement and think that marriage equality is a must and we’re happy to conduct marriages in our shuls* because marriage equality would lead to monstrous things? Or what about: Homosexuality is against nature and homosexuals are deviant but other than that they’re spot on and we really would like to have them as neighbours and in all kind of responsible & influential positions? One last try: we recognise that conversion therapy doesn’t work but nevertheless we will pray & try to change homosexuals but other than thinking that we should change them there’s really nothing wrong with them.
That works out well and please for the next time: Please stop insulting our intelligence.
*Yiddish for synagogue, most often used by orthodox Jews.