Rabbi Mirvis should clarify philosophy behind homophobia stance
However, it would have been nice if the article had also reported the philosophy behind – and the timing of – his stance. Without this, a whole slew of important questions is raised and remains unanswered.
For example, how does the Rabbi justify his jettisoning of Leviticus and Hashem’s command there that persons who perform homosexual acts “shall surely be put to death” because He finds that an “abomination”?
The Chief Rabbi’s recommendation that “we (my italics) must take a step beyond condemnation and open our hearts and synagogues so that no Jew feels persecuted or excluded from our communities” completely contradicts this – capital punishment has to be one of the final forms of exclusion.
Or does the Rabbi’s definition of “Jew” as such exclude gays?