Monday, November 17, 2014

British rabbi at Vatican conference seems to think that sexual orientation is a lifestyle choice

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Today, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks addressed a conference on marriage and the family at the Vatican. Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth. He is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. According to Sacks:
… our compassion for those who choose to live differently should not inhibit us from being advocates for the single most humanizing institution in history. The family, man, woman, and child, is not one lifestyle choice among many. It is the best means we have yet discovered for nurturing future generations and enabling children to grow in a matrix of stability and love. It is where we learn the delicate choreography of relationship and how to handle the inevitable conflicts within any human group. It is where we first take the risk of giving and receiving love. It is where one generation passes on its values to the next, ensuring the continuity of a civilization. For any society, the family is the  crucible of its future, and for the sake of our children’s future, we must be its defenders.
Obviously sexual orientation is not a choice. Nor is it a "lifestyle." Sacks completely overlooks the fact that gay couples are raising children. Most importantly his reasoning for "defending" marriage applies equally to gay and straight couples. I am reasonably sure that he does not see it that way. By the way, he received a standing ovation.

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