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Israeli rabbis discuss gay parenting

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  1. “The idea would involve a gay man marrying a woman with both parties aware the union would be solely to produce children. The man would continue his relationship with his male partner, although it would have to be non-sexual. The man would also have to receive counselling about his homosexuality from religious psychologists.”

    That sounds both dangerous and horrific. It sounds as if it’s been lifted directly from the ‘gay cure’ handbook.

    Christianity; Judaism and Islam really are totally backward on the subject of homosexuality. Priests, rabbis and imams should keep their noses out of people’s sex lives. It is none of their business.

  2. Vincent Poffley 21 Aug 2009, 4:00pm

    This is one of the most horrible and sinister things I have ever heard…

  3. Brian Burton 21 Aug 2009, 4:17pm

    What a Bloody mine-field they plan to play hop-scotch in. The whole sinario is doomed before it can even take-off in my opinion!

  4. I can’t imagine many gay people will take them up on their offer. Of course the few unfortunate, vulnerable people who do seek the rabbis advise (or who see the ‘religious psychologist’ – whatever that is) will probably suffer serious psychological damage.

    What gives these religions the audacity to think they can interfere with people’s sexual orientation? Like I said – it is none of their business.

  5. Pumpkin Pie 21 Aug 2009, 5:48pm

    Acknowledgement (not even acceptance) at the cost of creating broken families and ruining lives? This is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard.

    The world is overpopulated and there are millions of children who will grow up in orphanages, without a family to love them. This world needs more adoption and more gay relationships! These fools are against both!

  6. Michael Mason 21 Aug 2009, 10:50pm

    Oh whoopee, homosexuality exists! Please, could we just have news stories?

  7. Pumpkin Pie 22 Aug 2009, 1:37am

    Uh, I’m pretty sure that “Judaism adopts ex-gay therapy” IS news. Very, very bad news at that.

  8. It looks like the rabbis are interested in saving their own arses

  9. remember who the jews were put into the nazi death camps with? that’s right. gay people. now they are against us, what makes them any different?

  10. A real screwball idea. But, think about it. the Jewish orthodox are basically going to sanction 2 men one woman marriages. Talk about a queer marriage if there ever was one.

    Maybe what will come out of this is the realization that all of us are bisexual. What a wonderful realization. Think of the hundreds of millions who will come out of the closet.

    At least they aren’t like the Hariedem, the ultra orthodox. Freaks who say things like gays should be exterminated.

    I’m Jewish, or I was. After the killings in Tel Aviv, and the statements about gays, it is time that I can no longer be associated with a religion that lets freaks like these ultra-orthodox call themselves Jewish. Yes our local rabbi thinks the ultra-orthodox are sick in the head. But he doesnt have the guts to stand up for gays publicly. Bye Bye.

  11. This isn’t being done out of malice but it is so woefully misguided and it would no end of damage. Far better to allow same sex marriage and to support and encourage co-paenting between gay and lesbian couples.

  12. There’s a really interesting article by a rabbi on Halakhic same-sex relationships at

    Not having a background in Judaism, it struck me as fascinating stuff. I once heard a story about a rabbi in ancient Palestine who was approached by a pagan. The pagan said “I’ll convert to Judaism if you can stand on one leg and sum up the Torah in one sentence.” The rabbi stood on one leg and said “The Torah is love and all else is commentary. Now go and study for conversion.”

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