Chanukah: “Defeat of the Homosexual Agenda”

Jim Burroway

December 6th, 2007

Tuesday was the start of Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. During the rededication, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. But miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was enough time to press and consecrate more olive oil to keep the eternal flame alive. I had to look all that up in Wikipedia. I apologize if I got any of the details wrong or left out anything important.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, thinks that description is deficient in one important aspect:

Chanukah was Historically and Remains a Celebration of the Victory Over Hellenistic Jewish Social Liberals and the Homosexual Agenda

…The faithful Jews, willingly martyred themselves to defeat the debauchery of that time both heterosexual and homosexual. Thus Chanukah represents the first ever defeat of a world power’s homosexual agenda!

I’ve probably only heard the Dreidel song a couple of times in my lifetime, but I don’t remember that in the lyrics.

Erica B.

December 6th, 2007

Idiot theories aren’t limited to Christianity, I guess :) The Maccabean revolt was about religion and idolatry, not sex.

…after Antiochus issued decrees in Judea forbidding Jewish religious practice, a rural Jewish priest from Modiin, Mattathias the Hasmonean, sparked the revolt against the Seleucid empire by refusing to worship the Greek gods. [also from Wikipedia]

homer

December 6th, 2007

I’ve been worshipped by an ex-Jewish bf, does that count?

Timothy Kincaid

December 6th, 2007

Ah yes, Levin

He is the one trying to disallow gay people from marching in Israel. He says “It is far worse to allow the homosexualization of the Holy Land than to give back land to the Arabs”.

He’s basically Israel’s version of Peter LaBarbera

Emily K

December 6th, 2007

OK, I’ve heard this argument from anti-gay Jews before, and I don’t buy it. “Hellenization” does not equal “liberalization.” In fact, I could argue that the Greeks treated women with much less respect under their laws than Jews did under G-d’s laws. And, in Greek culture at the time, there was no such thing as a “homosexual.”

One thing that DID occur was sexual worship of idols, and that is something Jews are against (heterosexual or otherwise.) AND, it could also be argued that the more secularizing Jews were unfairly marginalized as “evil Hellenizers” when really they were just trying to find some common ground in the surrounding Greek culture. the Maccabees are not to be hero-worshipped – I personally find them to be a bit backward in some of their ways. HOWEVER, the story goes that they DID fight to win back the temple which had been desecrated. So that is to be celebrated.

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