Hanging Gays: Former Chief Rabbi of Russia says Yes. Some thoughts.


One could say quite a lot about the following summary of a hostile secular Russian interview of a priest, Rabbi and Imam. The rabbi does not aquit himself well, to put it mildly. The article (when it discusses hanging gays and IS execution of homosexuals) raises the following question for me: those who oppose secular rights for nonstandard gender behavior, or who advocate censuring it in religious terms, or those who practice it, often back up their claims with speculations about the possible negative social effects of allowing or sanctioning nonstandard gender behavior. The challenge they should all consider is this: we see before our eyes the extreme individual and social dangers of censuring or making illegal these behaviors: ostracisation, psychosocial suffering and even disintegration, and all too often: jail, fines, dangerous medical meddling, beatings, humiliation, and murder. So the burden of proof on those who claim that sanctioning these behaviors will lead to individual or social suffering is great.

PS: some of you may be thinking that this is not a matter for subjective opinion or reasoned argument, but rather of scriptural authority. On that please see here: https://mgindin.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/all-a-horrible-mistake-the-bibles-supposed-condemnation-of-homosexuality/

The article in Tablet:

http://tabletmag.com/scroll/191547/a-chief-rabbi-of-russia-supports-those-who-hang-gays?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=060f61fa0f-Monday_June_15_20156_15_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-060f61fa0f-207210889

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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