Rabbi says only God can cure the ‘wild lust’ of homosexuality

Rabbi says only God can cure the ‘wild lust’ of homosexuality July 24, 2019

LGBT groups and the Anti-Defamation League have roundly condemned the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem who said in a sermon last week that gay people cannot be religious Jews and that homosexuality is ‘a wild lust that needs to be overcome.’

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Rabbi Shlomo Amar made the remarks last week during a sermon. A video of some of his comments was published Monday by the Israeli public broadcaster Kan.

Three groups representing religious LGBT+ Jews – Bat-Kol, Havruta and the Gay Religious Community – slammed his remarks in a joint statement yesterday (Tuesday).

The organisations said:

Rabbi Amar, with your harsh comments you called on our families to vomit us out of our homes and from our communities.

The groups’ condemnation was followed by an angry response from the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL wrote on its Twitter account:

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar’s hateful comments about the #LGBTQ community are antithetical to Jewish values of tolerance & acceptance. Religious leaders should respect all people & positively engage with the entire community.

Amar, who has generated controversy in the past by saying that homosexuality is an “abomination” said of gay Jews:

They aren’t religious. It would be better if they cast off their kippah and Shabbat [observance] and show their true faces. God knows that it is a lust, a wild lust that needs to be overcome and it can be overcome.

Referring to so-called conversion therapy, Amar said:

Everyone can overcome. There’s no need for understanding or a psychologist or any nonsense. All they need is to be God-fearing – just belief in God to overcome.

Among those to criticise Amar was Avi Buskila, a former head of Peace Now who recently joined the fledgling Israel Democratic Party. He warned in a tweet that the outburst could lead to bloodshed:

An unbelievable and painful display of incitement, especially when it comes from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. This is calling open season. It creates abominable murderers like Yishai Schlissel, who murdered Shira Banki during the gay pride parade in the city.

Schlissel stabbed Banki, 16, to death during the pride parade in the capital in 2015, just three weeks after being released from prison, where he had served eight years for a stabbing attack at the Jerusalem parade in 2005.

In 2016 Amar said he declined to attend a memorial service for Banki after her family refused to read aloud a condemnation of homosexuality he included in a condolence missive he sent to them. Amar told the Israel Hayom newspaper at the time that he had written to the parents, saying that:

If you want to exalt her soul to the heavens, repent from your evil ways.

During an interview with the newspaper, Amar said that homosexuality was “a cult.”

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Amar’s recent sermon came after Israel’s Education Minister Rafi Peretz, above, also an ordained rabbi, caused uproar earlier this month by indicating his support for gay conversion therapy, a controversial process that purports to make gay people heterosexual. After calls for his resignation, Peretz vehemently denied supporting such therapy, calling it “wrong and grave.”

He explained:

When asked about the subject I said that during my many years as an educator I was approached on several occasions on issues of sexual orientation. I always listened attentively to the difficulties brought before me and sometimes suggested consultations with professionals.

However I never turned a cold shoulder or suggested conversion therapy, which I oppose utterly.

I know conversion therapy is wrong and grave. This is my unequivocal position. I understand that this is an invasive treatment that is unsuitable for the human psyche, causes those treated more suffering than relief, and can even put peoples lives in peril and cause suicidal tendencies.

I never thought, and certainly did not say, that such therapy should be introduced into the education system.

However, he added:

It is the right of those with same-sex orientation to seek and find an attentive ear and help from professionals in a respectful and loving manner, and that is what I meant.

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  • Broga

    The Chief Rabbit could just forget about gay people for the moment and start by curing the many priests and rabbis of their lusts – gay, heterosexual, paedophile – for their many victims.

    I saw a rabbit eating our vegetables early this morning and I now see that was a sign of what was to come.

  • Anri

    Every generation, people are surprised all over again when traditional Abrahamic religion comes down on the side of hatred and intolerance.

    In other news, the generator attached to George Santayana’s spinning coffin is predicted to produce enough energy for several large cities…

  • 24CaratHooligan

    I understand that religion is a comfort to a great many people but honestly, why would you even want to be a member of a cult that quite clearly states that you are an abomination by your very existence? You don’t need to repent of your sexuality (whatever it may be), you need to divest yourself of your religion because the religion ain’t going to change.

  • rubaxter

    One is a feck&#8203wit whose only talent is surviving the military, which he thinks gives him some sort of holiness. Tell me, what were the loss rates due merely to accident?

    The other is a, well, Je&#8203wish gard&#8203en gn&#8203ome who an Adult wouldn’t think was a legitimate source of advice on anything to do with ‘wild lust’ above the level of saving 50% on a really good menorah.

    Both the ultimate parasites.

  • I would imagine a lot of older gay people, like a lot of older straight people, would be more interested in someone helping them to get their “wild lust” back.

  • Ahk Word

    And it follows, then, that he is the only one who can install it. Gawd, that is. Why then is he so reluctant to excise these “feels” in his “servants”?

  • Raging Bee

    “Wild lust?” He’s making gayness sound fun. I hope God doesn’t cure the “wild lust” of hererosexuality…

  • Ann Kah

    Last I recall, heterosexuality has its share of wild lust. I think. It’s been a while…

  • Matt G

    Why would ANYBODY listen to these jackasses? You become a rabbi (or priest, or imam, or whatever) and suddenly people take what you say seriously. What a power trip that must be! And exactly what type of personality would seek out that sort of experience?

  • Carstonio

    Wild lust? So gays are just people for whom the opposite sex isn’t enough? How in the world does someone even think like that? When the“professional homophobes” among US Christian fundamentalists talk like that, they’re instantly suspected of being in the closet. The phrase certainly sounds like something from a bodice-ripper.

  • Greebo

    “Heterosexuality has its share of wild lust.”
    That’s a relief. For a moment I thought I might have missed something.

  • Ann Kah

    Yeah, well, I’ve been missing it too… 🙁

  • Greebo

    Instead of making wild guesses about other people’s sex lives this guy (and everybody else) is advised to worry about other things. If nothing comes to mind, his own sex life.

  • Greebo

    I’m sorry to hear it. Sadly, I cannot help: this isn’t a dating site.

  • Brian Curtis

    Religious authority again demonstrates utter ignorance about sexuality, thereby reinforcing his authority to govern it.

  • Jim Jones

    Wild lust? This guy projects like a blue whale p3n1s.

  • Freethinker

    Once again a glaring example that you can be born a completely brainless bigot and still rise to a position of power and be considered a religious “expert” with your word vomit quoted by the media. Until religion is treated like the mental illness that it is this will continue until the end of time.