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We Found ‘Em: Jews for Prop 8

Timothy Kincaid

September 29th, 2008

There are, no doubt, many Orthodox Jews who devoutly believe that their faith requires that they oppose same-sex marriage, yet do so with decency, compassion, and empathy. Rabbi Yehuda Levin isn’t one of them.

In response to the Southern California Board of Rabbis’ decision to oppose Proposition 8, Levin has released a statement – on the Christian News Wire. Here are a few observations:

Levin chooses not to recognize gay persons as distinctly existing:

We have opposed the homosexual agenda from ‘day-one,’ when they attempted to craft a separate class based on their bedroom misbehavior.

He denies the ability of others to disagree with him and call themselves an Orthodox Jew and accuses the vast majority of Jews in this country of being “anti-Torah”:

Additionally, no one can claim to be an Orthodox Jew while denying the very commandments of the Almighty Himself. Thus, we condemn the misrepresentation on the part of any “fringe Orthodox” Jew associated with the Southern California Board Of Rabbis, or any other anti-Torah group, who seeks to pervert Divine Law to ‘conform’ to Human depravity.

Then, having insulted his fellow Jews, he demands their vote.

Finally, he calls for “militant opposition” to “propagators of cultural contamination”. Now I’m not entirely sure I know what this means, but it sounds an awful lot like “let’s go beat some gay people” to me.

Sure there are lots of decent supporters of Proposition 8. And I hope they are embarassed to be associated with someone like Levin.



September 29th, 2008 | LINK

He sounds downright Benkofian!

Ben in Oakland
September 30th, 2008 | LINK

Benkof at least sounds for reasonable. Isn’t this the guy who threatened a blood bath or violence or something like that if a pride march were held in Jerusalem?

Pete of SYD
September 30th, 2008 | LINK

“We have opposed the homosexual agenda from ‘day one’, when they attempted to craft a separate class based on their bedroom misbehavior.”

Replace “homosexual” with “Jewish” and remove “bedroom”, and this statement could have been made by any number of Nazi war criminals.

Just saying, is all.

Ben in Oakland
September 30th, 2008 | LINK

As a jew, it always amazes me how some jewish people are so quick to jump onto the homophobia bandwagon. There are more than just a few parallels between being a jew and being a fag– as David Benkof found out when the No on 8 people didn’t want him.

Funny in a tragic, victim-of-prejudice sort of a way.

October 2nd, 2008 | LINK

It’s heartening to see that fundamentalist Christians and meshuganah Rabbis can bridge the gulf between them to engage in some good ol’ fashion gay-hatin’…Old Testament/Torah style. Only one small problem…what about Jonathan and David? What about Ruth? And, please Rabbi Levin, care to explain the multiple wives of Solomon and many of the other Biblical Patriarchs?

David Benkof
October 2nd, 2008 | LINK


I hear this all the time, that Ruth was somehow gay. I’ve seen the “interpretations” of David and Jonathan to suggest they were lovers, and I’m quite unimpressed. But Ruth? Exqueeze me? What’s your evidence? I’ve read the book of Ruth more than a dozen times, in Hebrew and English, and see no suggestion she was LBT in any way. She married a man and had children with him. Yes, she was close with her mother-in-law. Are all women who are close to their mothers-in-law, who even love them, therefore lesbians? Please explain.

October 26th, 2008 | LINK

what are some craft ideas for box turtle habitat ?

Timothy Kincaid
October 26th, 2008 | LINK


I’m sorry. This site doesn’t really deal with reptiles.

I recommend that you contact and see if they can provide some information.

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