It looks as though the military’s policy toward gays in its ranks … known popularly as “don’t ask, don’t tell” … will probably be changed to something less medieval (WebCite cached article). How soon is not known, as it’s only just being studied right now. But that doesn’t mean a ferocious culture war won’t be stirred up over it. The latest religious figure agitating against treating gays like equal human beings, is Jewish — Rabbi Yehuda Levin, to be exact (cached article):

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the Rabbinical Alliance of America issued the following statement:

“When Americans are suffering economically and millions need jobs, it’s shocking that the Administration is focused on its ultra-liberal militantly homosexualist agenda forcing the highlighting of homosexuals and homosexuality on an unwilling military. This is the equivalent of the spiritual rape of our military to satisfy the most extreme and selfish cadre of President Obama’s kooky coalition.”

I honestly don’t get how treating gays in the military as regular human beings is “spiritual rape,” but the Rabbi appears adamant about it, even if his claim is irrational and nonsensical. He goes as far as to claim that the 9/11 terror attacks, the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquake in Haiti all happened because the New York City government chose to recognize “domestic partnerships” among city employees:

“Thirteen months before 9/11, on the day New York City passed homosexual domestic partnership regulations, I joined a group of Rabbis at a City Hall prayer service, pleading with G-d not to visit disaster on the city of N.Y. We have seen the underground earthquake, tsunami, Katrina, and now Haiti. All this is in sync with a two thousand year old teaching in the Talmud that the practice of homosexuality is a spiritual cause of earthquakes. Once a disaster is unleashed, innocents are also victims just like in Chernobyl.”

Alluding to the Chernonbyl disaster was also a wonderful touch. And no, I have no idea what “underground earthquake” he’s referring to … but I’m guessing he doesn’t know, either. Levin rages on like a child throwing a tantrum:

“We plead with saner heads in Congress and the Pentagon to stop sodomization of our military and our society. Enough is enough.”

Well, Rabbi, I agree. You are right when you say, “enough is enough.” That is absolutely correct. Enough is, in fact, enough. Sanctimonious and militant religionists like you, Rabbi, have run the show for most of humanity’s c. 6,000 years of known history. And where has it brought us? To the point where childish little twits like yourself stamp and fume and scream and whine, because — God forbid! — some people you personally dislike (in this case, gays) might be treated the same as other human beings.

Again, Rabbi, I agree. You’re right. “Enough is enough.” It is long past time for you and your fellow religionists to finally grow the fuck up — for the first times in your collective little lives — and act like grown adults who are capable of actually living with other human beings — yes, even those you personally dislike. (I don’t personally like religionists such as yourself, Rabbi, but I’m not about to go around screaming for you to be given fewer rights than the rest of the country, just because I dislike your militant religionism!)

I’m also surprised that someone who’s Jewish is not, apparently, aware that it’s generally not a good idea to devalue another class of human beings, just because of who they are.

Hat tip: Religion Dispatches.

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