Religiously-motivated bigotry isn’t just limited to right-wing evangelicals.
An Orthodox Israeli rabbi is the latest person to blame the novel coronavirus on homosexuality — never mind that it’s not even an STD.
Specifically, Rabbi Meir Mazuz is blaming the existence of gay pride parades. (Which makes even less sense.)
On Saturday night [Mazuz] gave a talk at the yeshiva, during which, according to the report, he said a pride parade is “a parade against nature, and when someone goes against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him.”
By that definition, it would suggest God would take revenge on us for using electricity, driving cars, and wearing clothes.
Mazuz said that countries all over the world are being called to account because of their gay pride events, “except for the Arab countries that don’t have this evil inclination.” That was why, he claimed — falsely suggesting there has only been one case of infection in the Arab world — they have not seen a spread of coronavirus.
Mazuz is no stranger to controversy or hateful rhetoric. In November 2015 he claimed gay pride parades and other forms of “sinful behavior” were the reason terrorists murdered Eitam and Naama Henkin on October 1, 2015.
American Jews tend to lean liberal, but there is some overlap in politics and stances on social issues between Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians: intolerance of homosexuality among them. Evangelical Christianity takes up so much airtime when it comes to bigotry that we tend to forget that same ignorance exists in other traditions, too.
Still, you would think that one marginalized group would know better than to promote intolerance toward another marginalized group. Not in this case.
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