‘Thank God’: Coalition Of Rabbis And Mental Health Experts Refutes Political Correctness On Homosexuality

Here’s something worth reading (and being happy to finally see):

Coalition of Orthodox rabbis, mental health professionals, community leaders release bold statement on homosexuality
Refutes liberal Jewish groups
POSTED: Dec 28, 2011

The religious Jewish community is striking back!

A coalition of over 150 Orthodox rabbis, respected mental health professionals, community leaders, and others from across America and several foreign countries have released a statement that strongly refutes and repudiates the liberal Jewish political correctness and misinformation regarding homosexuality.

The document, entitled “Declaration on the Torah Approach to Homosexuality,” (see below) clarifies the timeless theological understanding of the Biblically mandated prohibition. That position is that no one is “born gay” — and that same-sex attractions can be modified and healed.

The document’s list of signers includes well-known figures in the mental health field as well as a pantheon of major figures in Orthodox religious circles. It also includes Brian Camenker of MassResistance and others, as community leaders.

The Biblical understanding that no one is “born gay” coincides with mental health experts who are not intimidated by political correctness.

The statement declares that the only Torah-approved course of action with regard to homosexuality is psychological therapy coupled with teshuva, or repentance. Moreover, it presents what the authors and signers see as a practical and achievable solution for those faced with same-sex attractions — a position often viciously suppressed by the homosexual movement and its allies.

The declaration was released on Monday, December 26 — the 6th day of Chanukah. That timing was not coincidental. Chanukah celebrates the Jews’ resistance to forced Hellenization. (See description of Chanakuh as resistance movement.) Homosexuality was one of the hallmarks of ancient Greek culture.

See the Declaration’s website HERE along with lots of other information, including a clarification of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) findings, which have often been mis-stated and mis-interpreted by many on the Left.

This is probably the clearest (and truest) statement that we’ve seen on this subject from both a religious and medical standpoint. The list of signers has continued to grow since it was released.

But more importantly, this kind of bold action needs to happen more and more. People need to stop being afraid and fearlessly tell the truth.

The document:

Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality

Societal Developments On Homosexuality

There has been a monumental shift in the secular world’s attitude towards homosexuality over the past few decades. In particular over the past fifteen years there has been a major public campaign to gain acceptance for homosexuality. Legalizing same-sex marriage has become the end goal of the campaign to equate homosexuality with heterosexuality.

A propaganda blitz has been sweeping the world using political tactics 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 Torah’s Unequivocal And Eternal Message

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.

Same-Sex Attractions Can Be Modified And Healed

From a Torah perspective, the question whether homosexual inclinations and behaviors are changeable is extremely relevant. The concept that G-d created a human being who is unable to find happiness in a loving relationship unless he violates a biblical prohibition is neither plausible nor acceptable. G-d is loving and merciful. Struggles, and yes, difficult struggles, along with healing and personal growth are part and parcel of this world. Impossible, life long, Torah prohibited situations with no achievable solutions are not.

We emphatically reject the notion that a homosexually inclined person cannot overcome his or her inclination and desire. Behaviors are changeable. The Torah does not forbid something which is impossible to avoid. Abandoning people to lifelong loneliness and despair by denying all hope of overcoming and healing their same-sex attraction is heartlessly cruel. Such an attitude also violates the biblical prohibition in Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:14 “and you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind.”

The Process Of Healing

The only viable course of action that is consistent with the Torah is therapy and teshuvah. The therapy consists of reinforcing the natural gender-identity of the individual by helping him or her understand and repair the emotional wounds that led to its disorientation and weakening, thus enabling the resumption and completion of the individual’s emotional development. Teshuvah is a Torah-mandated, self-motivated process of turning away from any transgression or sin and returning to G-d and one’s spiritual essence. This includes refining and reintegrating the personality and allowing it to grow in a healthy and wholesome manner.

These processes are typically facilitated and coordinated with the help of a specially trained counselor or therapist working in conjunction with a qualified spiritual teacher or guide. There is no other practical, Torah-sanctioned solution for this issue.

The Mitzvah* Of Love And Compassion

It requires tremendous bravery and fortitude for a person to confront and deal with same-sex attraction. For example a sixteen-year-old who is struggling with this issue may be confused and afraid and not know whom to speak to or what steps to take. We must create an atmosphere where this teenager (or anyone) can speak freely to a parent, rabbi, or mentor and be treated with love and compassion. Authority figures can then guide same-sex strugglers towards a path of healing and overcoming their inclinations.

The key point to remember is that these individuals are primarily innocent victims of childhood emotional wounds. They deserve our full love, support and encouragement in their striving towards healing. Struggling individuals who seek health and wellness should not be confused with the homosexual movement and their agenda. This distinction is crucial. It reflects the difference between what G-d asks from all of us and what He unambiguously prohibits.

We need to do everything in our power to lovingly uplift struggling individuals towards a full and healthy life that is filled with love, joy and the wisdom of the Torah.

[*Note: “Mitzvah” is the Hebrew word meaning Commandment from G-d.]

The Declaration was written durng a year-long process by a 25-member committee which included not only Orthodox rabbis but also parents and some former homosexuals and others currently struggling with homosexuality. The well-known Jewish group JONAH, which helps people deal with unwanted same-sex attractions and live a Torah-sanctioned lifestyle, was extensively consulted and is strongly supportive of the Declaration, which has received overwhelming acceptance in a relatively short time.

The document is a long overdue repudiation of left-wing Jewish groups (such as the ADL) and liberal Jewish congregations which attempt to reject, confuse, and re-interpret the Bible on this issue for (ultimately destructive) political purposes.

We hope that other religious denominations will be influenced to do similar declarations!

Mind you, Christian organizations have been doing so for years… But bashing Christians is easier than bashing anyone else for anything else.

It’s also great to see mental health experts joining in on the politically-correct charade to legitimize what is obviously an indredibly toxic and destructive “lifestyle.”

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6 Responses to “‘Thank God’: Coalition Of Rabbis And Mental Health Experts Refutes Political Correctness On Homosexuality”

  1. HL Says:

    Very good and crucial Declaration. Thanks for posting it, Michael.

  2. Free Market Capitalist Says:

    No one is actually born gay. The liberals, secular society and the plain ignorant have fallen for and promote the deception that homosexuals are born that way, that it is genetic and they simply cannot help it. The root cause of homosexuality is purely demonic. Demon spirits have invaded the minds and bodies of the homosexuals that they have captive and drive and compell them in homosexual lust. Often times, these spirits are present in the lives of homosexuals at a very early age. This gives the illusion that they were just merely born that way and simply cannot help the fact that they are gay. Unfortunately, in such cases, these spirits were given access to the young children most likely through acestral sins.
    This seems unfair, but homosexuals can easily be set free from such bondage through Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most parents of the homosexuals do not know this and only reinforce the homosexual behavior, assuming that the child was born this way anyway. The sin of homosexuality is just another way that satan spites God. No willing homosexual will enter heaven and the liberals, by making homosexuality seem Ok and natural, are helping to damn those souls that are trapped in this wicked perversion. Damn those wicked liberals…..

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    Free Market Capitalist,

    I won’t go quite as far as stating the homosexuality is the result of demon possession, but I agree with you that 1) there is a demonic spiritual realm and 2) it is actively working in the world and 3) homosexuals have certainly opened themselves up to demons.

    Which is to say that I believe there is certainly a grain of truth to what you say.

    I was at Portland State University when I came across a study (which was done by very pro-liberal folk, mind you) that concluded that about 80% of homosexual men had been sexually molested as kids.

    Sexual molestation is vile; and it messes children up as nothing else can.

    It makes kids question absolutely EVERYTHING that they are. And left to their own many of them will come up with all the wrong answers as a result of this questioning that they were NOT ready for.

    I see two forms of homosexuals: I see people who are trapped in a lifestyle that they KNOW is wrong and which they feel wrong for being part of; and I see militant homosexuals who are determined to make many more like themselves.

    The first group deserve our compassion; the second we simply need to defeat for the sake of the next generation as well as this one.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Michael,

    The word demon possession is not actually scriptural. Somehow we’ve derived demon possession, total control by spirit(s), from the greek word diamonizomai, which really means to be under the influence of demon(s) if translated properly. Many folks get their idea of demon possession from extreme cases like the movie The Exorcist, even though it was just a hollywood account and not really accurate. Bible folks often reference the Gadarene demoniac, which was an extreme case and is probably the closest somebody can become to actually being totally possessed. Today, you will find those extreme cases in institutions, instead of the caves or tombs like the Gadarene.

    I have no doubt that homosexuals are under the influence, to varying degrees, by demon spirits. Most homosexuals feel compelled and are driven to committ homosexual acts which only increases the bondage. Compulsions, irrational fears and thoughts, and being driven are signs of demonic activity. Of those that feel trapped in the lifestyle, their real problem is not with the flesh, which does play a part, but the actual spirits unseen behind the scenes that are driving and compelling the homosexual into deeper perversion and bondage.

    You reference a study that cites that 80% of homosexual men were sexually molested as children. This no doubt was the actual door that was opened to the demonic. This seems unfair and maybe hard to understand, but the molestation was the door that opened the victim up to these wicked spirits. This is the same concept behind child molesters, who were most often victims of sexual molestation themselves as children. This is also why child molesters are most often child molesters for life, as with homosexuals. There is a transference that goes on here and also a deal with forgiveness, because unforgiveness will keep a person in bondage and this will also give legal rights for the evil spirits to stay. Any time sin practiced, sooner or later, demon spirits will become involved and when they do, it makes it very dificult for those in bodage to escape. This doens’t mean they can’t, though.

    Anyway, homosexuality is a wicked lifestyle and does not need to be promoted or tolerated and should be condemned. I am talking about the lifestyle and not the individual here.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    I’m guessing this is Free Market Capitalist rather than “Anonymous”?

    I agree with you in the sense that Christians cannot be demon possessed. And the better translation in the Bible is “demonized.”

    Of course, there are ALSO extreme biblical examples, such as the man Jesus encountered who lived naked in a graveyard in the Gadarenes and couldn’t even respond to Jesus (the demons did their talking for him as they gave their name as “Legion” because they were so many). As you point out.

    I tend to think of homosexuality as “addiction.” It is an addiction to sex – in this case a particularly depraved form of sex.

    And, yeah, having said that I would also affirm that addiction as a category is one that is wide open to demonic influence.

    You mention child molesters:

    It is interesting that 60% of the children molested are MALE. And the molesters, of course, are MALE.

    Now, it is rather obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that when a male has sex with a male, that is a homosexual act. But psychology – which USED to view homosexuality as a mental/personality disorder until the age of political correctness, has since decided that there are three genders: male, female and children.

    I would submit that you’ve got 1-2% of the population accounting for 60% of the out-of-control sexual perversion called “pedophilia.”

    I also can point out that the North American Man-Boy Love Association was for quite a few years under the homosexual banner of the Rainbow coalition until it became a political liability to the homosexual movement. David Thorstad of NAMBLA pointed out, “Pederasty is the main form that male homosexuality has acquired throughout Western civilization-and not only in the West! Pederasty is inseparable from the high points of Western culture-ancient Greece and the Renaissance.” And of course that is completely factually true. Evil, but true.

    But I digress.

    I would also point out the fact that, given the enormous incidence of homosexual rape in prison, homosexuals have a LOT of problems controlling themselves in civilized society. Period.

    When you look at the suicide rate, the domestic violence rate, the drug addiction, the sexually transmitted diseases, or a bunch of other measures, and it is simply a proven fact that homosexuality is an out-of-control wicked lifestyle.

    There are many people who were victimized and are now trapped in a lifestyle that they hate; just as a lot of alcoholics come to the point where they realize that alcoholism ruined their lives and that they have been oppressed by something that is evil – even as they are helpless to stop drinking.

    But there are still more who are just demonized, as you point out, who simply need to be condemned and defeated before they contaminate culture more than they already have.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks for speaking up for it, HL.

    And Happy New Year!

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