Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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The Supreme Court?

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
   

The Supreme Court?

 

     I have been asked to respond to the recent US Supreme Court decision.

 

     For good reason Hashem calls homosexual relations an abomination. "You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination."[i]

     The intense sexual desire that comes upon males with puberty is actually for the good. Hashem puts it there for a very holy purpose. He wants His World to be filled with healthy families. Without that strong sexual desire very few men would marry and go through all of the struggles that married life brings.

     When Hashem first created Adam he saw that it was not good for man to be alone so He created Eve, the first woman. Remember, the Torah is not only a history book but a guide for each of us in every generation. Eve was taken from Adam's body instead of being created a separate being. But, why? Hashem could just as easily have created her from the earth as He did Adam.

     As soon as Adam saw Eve he knew that she was his. He said of her that she was the bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. The Torah says of this; "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh."[ii] 

     A marriage is not the coming together of two equal partners. A marriage is the coming together of two halves to make a complete one.

     The perverting of the sexual desire does not produce a family. A perverted relationship comes merely to satisfy lusts. The Torah tells us not to follow our hearts and our eyes as they will lead us astray. Our intellect must rule our heart.

     The US Supreme Court's decision comes to satisfy the hearts of a very small twisted minority. But the real problem is that their immoral decision has spread to the entire nation. The law-abiding children in America will be raised believing that homosexuality is normal! This is a huge error.

     The fact is, as all will see in the end, the US Supreme Court is not really the Supreme Court. On the day of our true judgment we will stand before the Supreme Judge. And guess what? He is going to judge us according to His Torah and not according to the US Supreme Court's perverted ruling.



[i] Leviticus 18:22

[ii] Genesis 2:24

11 comments:

Josh said...

The past few days have been very hard. Many 'straight' people are overjoyed at the decision, many are painting their facebook pictures to identify with the 'cause', even the White House and a lot of corporations lit up their buildings to celebrate. Very little criticism has come up. It seems we are all apprehensive to speak up 'against'. The 'Supreme Court' of the US has decided that it is above the law and has opened the gates so that anyone can 'marry' anyone, that morals of the past, like sleeping with animals, are unconstitutional. Very sad...

Anonymous said...

While I agree with all you said, Torah condemns the act between men, not the status. All of us sin. Perfection is Hashem's and is not found in this Olam except from the perspective of Hashem. Let's be harsh in the judgment of our own sins and, particularly since we are ignorant of what does and does not happen in others' bedrooms, compassionate to to other's sins unless they impact us directly. We are ignorant of the sins (G-d forbid) of those sitting next to us in Shul. This sin is one among many; why single it out? May Moshiach Tzidkeinu come now and end all sin. Everyone has their own path. These people will not make the Tikkun of the splitting of Adam and Chava and join with their other half in this olam and become a complete soul. It is it's own punishment.

Anonymous said...

Without judging someone else, if one sees them doing damage to others, then innocent bystanders have a right not to be damaged. In the words of the supreme court of years ago - "there is no right to scream FIRE in a crowded theater". Today society recognizes "second-hand smoke" causes danger and forbids it in certain places.

Morality. This particular behavior is particularly abominable in G-d's eyes, and causes problems for the whole community.

No, I'm not judging a community. Yes, I'm condemning a behavior that should not be accepted as mainstream.

May G-d have mercy on all of us.

Ben

Anonymous said...

To: Anon #1: A bit of information: If you are Jewish, you should know that the Flood (Noah) was brought upon the world because of marriage contracts for same sex. This Law pertains to all of humanity. Not for man to judge anyone, but the Creator of all is the Ultimate Judge of all.

Anonymous said...

Marriage can only be with male and female. You cannot sanctify the unholy, otherwise it is an added mockery of religion. However, the elephant in the room, regarding this 'immorality' is that no mention is made of the sexual molestation by adults of same-sex prepubescent children by adults (aka homosexuality/ paedophilia?). Should that not also be considered an abomination/homosexuality and similarly condemned?

Sharbano said...

Someone told me once; What one generation 'tolerates' the next generation will 'embrace'. What's next.

Leah said...

Yes, of course anonymous- no one can judge a person except for Hashem. Judgement is His.
The Torah, however, encourages us to judge the difference between right behavior and immoral behavior and act morally.
Now, of course one should not judge others and yes, the homosexual is not to be judged because he is a homosexual.
It is the act of intimacy of homosexuals that is judged. A person is very very dear and close to The Almighty if he is a homosexual and he refrains form intimacy with a same sex person. The same goes for a straight person who waits until marriage to engage intimately with a partner.
So, yes, we should not judge a homosexual person, yet the behavior- the behavior is to be judged.
We need to be able to teach our children and others not to follow this behavior.
Kol tov.

Unknown said...

I am the 1st Anonymous above whose Jewishness was questioned. Without regard for that, I find the Litvish article here: http://haemtza.blogspot.com/2015/06/what-supreme-court-really-did.html
to be persuasive, and parts of several above while retaining rachmones for the individuals (not the likely resulting actions).

Anonymous said...

While I understand the Laws and agree that we must all try to adhere to them with all our heart and soul, I don't agree with your assessment that all people who have same-sex attraction have a perverted relationship. You wrote: "A perverted relationship comes merely to satisfy lusts." I happen to know some young men who struggle daily to overcome this innate desire which is contrary to what Hashem wants and they know it. Yet He gave them those desires to overcome. They understand it is wrong and do not come 'out of the closet' so as not to draw attention to themselves. Some have relationships which are based mainly on emotional attachment and not the 'perverted' sexual idea you stated. Many in the religious community would do anything to remove this sinful feeling but that is their tikkun. It's not easy. I am not referring to those chest-beating people who parade down the streets flaunting their sexuality. I am talking about G-d fearing human beings who have a very, very difficult path in life. I just found your piece to be slightly judgmental. I apologize for any disrespect.

Unknown said...

http://www.jta.org/2015/06/30/news-opinion/politics/orthodox-jewish-groups-brace-for-consequences-of-gay-marriage-ruling
“It remains to be seen whether gay rights advocates and/or the government will seek to apply the Bob Jones rule to all institutions that dissent from recognizing same-sex marriage,” Nathan Diament, the Washington director for the Orthodox Union, said in an email.

The groups point to an exchange in April between Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration solicitor general, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who asked whether a school could lose its tax-exempt status if it opposed gay marriage?

“I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli replied. “I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”

How much of an issue is what is now exercising Jewish groups. Will Jewish schools lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t recognize gay couples? Could they become ineligible for government grants? Or face discrimination lawsuits for teaching the traditional Jewish perspective on homosexuality?

Abba Cohen, who directs the Washington office for Agudath Israel of America, called the court’s ruling an “ominous” sign.

“When an impression is given that religious views are bigoted and are vilified, and that [their adherents] really should be given the status of second-class citizens, once you’re dealing in that kind of atmosphere, you don’t know what kind of disadvantages and disabilities people will suffer,” Cohen said.

After the court’s decision was released on Friday, an array of Jewish groups were rejoicing, including several that had joined briefs in favor of same-sex marriage. But the Orthodox groups — including Agudah, the O.U. and the Rabbinical Council of America — expressed worry.

“We are deeply concerned that, as a result of today’s ruling, and as the dissenting justices have pointed out, members and institutions of traditional communities like the Orthodox Jewish community we represent may incur moral opprobrium and risk tangible negative consequence if they refuse to transgress their beliefs, and even if they simply teach and express their religious views publicly,” said a statement from Agudah, which had filed an amicus brief opposing same-sex marriage.

The justices themselves acknowledged the possible fallout for religious groups. Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the First Amendment protected religious groups that wished to advocate their view that same-sex marriage is illegitimate. But in their dissents, Chief Justice John Roberts and Clarence Thomas said such protections were insufficient.

Another potential challenge cited by Diament is whether groups that reject gay marriage might become ineligible for government grants. Diament cited a debate that erupted during the administration of George W. Bush a decade ago over whether drug rehabilitation programs run by proselytizing religious groups should be eligible for funding through the White House’s faith-based initiative.

“We also can anticipate a fight akin to what we had in the context of the Bush faith-based initiative — whether institutions must recognize same-sex marriage to participate in government grant programs,” Diament said.

The Agudah’s Cohen wondered whether Jewish adoption agencies might be prohibited from limiting placement to heterosexual couples, or if schools run by religious groups that reject homosexuality could be subject to discrimination lawsuits.

“If you teach what the Torah says about homosexuality, and you admit all kids to your schools, are you creating a hostile environment?” he asked, noting the possibility that some of the children might have same-sex parents or, as they grow older, realize their own orientation is gay.

Frank said...

Well considering that 99.98% of the planet's population isn't jewish it looks like we're all doomed. Oh well. such is life.

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