Conservative Rabbi Denounces Anti-Gay Conservatives

This weekend the AP ran a story about the comments of Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism as he spoke at a national assembly.

Yoffie used particularly strong language to condemn conservative attitudes toward homosexuals. He said he understood that traditionalists have concluded gay marriage violates Scripture, but he said that did not justify denying legal protections to same-sex partners and their children.

“We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933 one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations,” Yoffie said. “Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry.”

Read the full story Reform Jewish Leader Blasts Religious Right

This post has 3 Comments

  1. Ann on November 23, 2005 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I don’t think Rabbi Yoffie would classify himself as a conservative, either socially or theologically.

  2. Tyler on November 23, 2005 at 9:15 pm Reply

    How right he is.

  3. Peterson Toscano on November 24, 2005 at 2:04 am Reply

    Ann, thanks for the clarification.

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