Rabbis call Romney 'dangerous homosexualist'
Alliance asks Mormon church to impose sanctions
For the second time in two days, an organization of rabbis has taken a public position in opposition to homosexuality and the advance of that lifestyle choice by Barack Obama's administration.
Only this time the target of the criticism is GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who presided over the state's affairs when officials there imposed same-sex marriage on residents.
The statement today comes from the Rabbinical Alliance of America, which describes itself as an organization of 850 Orthodox Jewish rabbis in the U.S. and Canada, who serve some 500,000 religious Jews.
The statement attributed to Rabbi Yehuda Levin said that Hannukah marks the defeat of the Syrian Greek efforts "to impose their pagan culture on the Jewish people." That included, he said, the increased emphasis on homosexual behavior.
"While our organization does not make any endorsements of political candidates, in view of the disastrous national decline in morality, we are compelled to condemn Mitt Romney's support and promotion of the immoral homosexual lifestyle and agenda," his statement said. "While we sympathize with those challenged by homosexual urges, or a desire for minors or adultery, they all remain prohibited activities that debase the practitioners and demoralize society. Gov. Romney over a long political career has earned the title: 'Dangerous Homosexualist' – one who constantly advances the militant anti-religious, anti-society, immoral homosexual agenda to the detriment of family people."
A WND request for comment from the Romney campaign did not generate a response.
The statement stemmed from a special conclave of the rabbis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVppk7yfDmM
WND reported just one day earlier about the "Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality" from dozens of rabbis, community leaders and even mental health professionals.
It states that same-sex attractions can be modified and "healed," and condemns the "propaganda blitz" that has been launched "to persuade the public about the legitimacy of homosexuality."
"The media is rife with negative labels implying that one is 'hateful' or 'homophobic' if they do not accept the homosexual lifestyle as legitimate. This political coercion has silenced many into acquiescence. Unfortunately this attitude has seeped into the Torah community and many have become confused or have accepted the media's portrayal of this issue," the statement says.
"The Torah makes a clear statement that homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity by severely prohibiting its conduct. Furthermore, the Torah, ever prescient about negative secular influences, warns us in Vayikra (Leviticus) 20:23 'Do not follow the traditions of the nations that I expel from before you…' Particularly the Torah writes this in regards to homosexuality and other forbidden sexual liaisons," the statement says.
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