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He later apologized, saying that he supports gay rights but opposes gay marriage. Likewise, the Jewish Standard in New Jersey recently sparked a community-wide uproar by publishing a gay wedding announcement.
Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. People of faith insist that homosexuality Boteach homosexuality statistics the most serious of sins because the Bible calls it an abomination. But the word appears approximately times in the Bible. Eating nonkosher food is an abomination Deuteronomy A woman returning to her first husband after being married in the interim is an abomination Deut.
As an Orthodox rabbi who reveres the Bible, I do not deny the biblical prohibition on male same-sex relationships. Rather, I simply place it in context. There are commandments in the Torah. One is to refrain from gay sex. Another is for men and women to marry and have children. That should keep you busy. Now, go create a kosher home with a mezuza on the "Boteach homosexuality statistics."
Turn off the TV on the Sabbath and share your festive meal with many guests. Put on tefillin and pray to God three times a day, for you are His beloved children. He desires you and seeks Boteach homosexuality statistics out. He wants you to give charity.
He wants you to lead a godly life. Other Evangelical leaders have told me the same. Homosexuality is the single greatest threat to Boteach homosexuality statistics family. BUT WITH one of two heterosexual marriages failing, with 70 percent of the Internet dedicated to the degradation of women through pornography and with a culture that is materially insatiable even as it remains all-too spiritually content, can we straight people say with a straight face that gays are ruining our families?
The extreme homophobia that is unfortunately to be found among many of my religious brothers and sisters — in many Arab countries being gay is basically a death sentence — stems from an even more fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of sin. The Ten Commandments were given on two tablets to connote two different kinds of transgression, religious and moral. The first tablet discusses religious transgressions between God and man, such as the prohibitions of idolatry, blasphemy and desecrating the Sabbath.
The second tablets contains the moral sins between man and his fellow man, like adultery, theft, and murder. The mistake of so many well-meaning people of faith is to believe that homosexuality is a moral rather than a religious sin.
A moral sin involves injury Boteach homosexuality statistics an "Boteach homosexuality statistics" party. But who is being harmed when two, unattached, consenting adults are in a relationship? Rather, homosexuality is akin to the prohibition of lighting fire on the Sabbath or eating Boteach homosexuality statistics during Passover. There is nothing immoral about it, but it violates the divine will.
For the record, I am in favor of gay civil unions rather than marriage because I am against redefining marriage. But I hardly believe that gay marriage is the end of Western civilization. For me the real killer is the tsunami of divorce and the untold disruption to children as they become yo-yos going from house to house on weekends.
The American religious and electoral obsession with all-gay-marriage-all- the-time has led to a values-vacuum where it is near impossible to discuss real solutions to the erosion Boteach homosexuality statistics family life. For instance, making marital counselling tax deductible would do infinitely more to bolster the crumbling institution of marriage than any opposition to gay relationships. Likewise, promoting a code of gentlemanly conduct for men on American college campuses and negating the prevailing hook-up culture where sex even precedes dating could spark a return to Boteach homosexuality statistics and long-term commitments.