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Rabbi calls for homosexuality to be eradicated in the same way as AIDS

Meka Beresford February 16, 2018
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A leading Rabbi has said that homosexuality must be “eradicated” in the same way that AIDS was.

Rabbi Yigal Levenstein made the claim during a lecture he gave at the Bnei David pre-military academy in Eli.

A Nepalese woman wearing an AIDS awareness ribbon takes part in an event to mark the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu on November 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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He said that he did not believe homosexuality was “normal” and that is the medical industry “eradicated” AIDS then they would also be able to rid the world of homosexuality and “save” society.

He reportedly said in the lecture: “I am convinced that on the day that people will disagree that this thing [homosexuality] is normal, we will save all of human society, and physiological science and psychological science will not have any problem in dealing with this problem, we just need to define it as a problem.

“Do you remember that once there was this concept of AIDS? the entire medical world attacked it and managed to eradicate it.

“Or any other problem. Problems we eliminate, defects can be eliminated,” he added.

The Rabbi went on to insist that the “sexual distortion” of being LGBTQ was “a tragedy of women and turned it into an ideology,”

“There is no relation between this sexual distortion or defect or tragedy and the rest of (a person’s) personality,” he added.

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In the past, Rabbi Levenstein has called LGBTQ+ people “perverts”.

As part of his lecture series, the Rabbi has also covered feminism, liberal values, religious Zionism and sexual identity.

The heads of Rabbi Levinstein’s yeshiva released a statement condemning the “practice” of “manipulatively ripping sentences out of lessons given in the yeshiva and turning them into news items, devoid of the proper context and background.”

“This is tantamount to shaming us and distorting our image,” the rabbis said

It also defended the remarks made, calling the lesson “respectful and inoffensive” and “stemmed from knowing facts and attempting to help students.”

“The quotes express a valid opinion that is attempting to echo humanity’s obligation. Experience has proven that people with opposite tendencies may in many cases be helped to resume normalcy,” the yeshiva’s comment concluded.

Related topics: AIDS, Homosexuality, Israel, LGBT, Middle East, Rabbi Levenstein, Rabbi Yigal Levenstein

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