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Backlash After Chief Rabbi Says ‘Homosexuality Punishable By Death’

Backlash After Chief Rabbi Says ‘Homosexuality Punishable By Death’

Israeli politicians and community leaders have called for the resignation of a top Jerusalem rabbi after he said Jewish law prescribed the death penalty for gays.

In in an interview with Yisrael Hayom, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar said homosexuality was a “cult of abomination” which the Torah “punishes with death…This is in the first line of serious sins.”

Amar’s comments were met with fury by members of the LGBTQ community and champions of civil liberties in Israel.

Members of parliament have written to the the prime minister to complain.

“A public figure that puts Israeli citizens’ life at risk using incitement and exclusion should be immediately fired,” MPs said in a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu.

RT reports:

Amar added that he didn’t believe in some people having a homosexual orientation, calling such claims “nonsense.”

“There are desires and a person can overcome it if he wants, like all other desire,” Jerusalem’s top rabbi said.

After the release of extracts from Amar interview on Thursday, an LGBT activist, Shirley Kleinman, filed a complaint to the police, blaming the cleric for incitement to murder.

“Let’s try and ensure that this man will not remain in his key public position,” Kleinman wrote on her Facebook page, as cited by The Jerusalem Post.

“This is not an anti-religious issue, I have nothing against religion, every person shall live in accordance with their faith. I do have an interest to protect my rights and your rights to live, and [to live with] dignity,” she said.

The call for Amar’s resignation was backed by Knesset members Yael German and Meirav Michaeli, who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Religious Services Minister David Azoulay on the issue.

The parliamentarians from Yesh Atid and the Zionist Union stated that the chief rabbi was “exploiting his position” as religious authority “for a campaign of dangerous incitement against a large public group in Israel.”

“A public figure who endangers the safety of Israeli citizens by discrimination and incitement should be fired from their position immediately,” German and Michaeli said in a letter.

Jerusalem City Council member Laura Wharton addressed Amar directly, calling on him to retract on his anti-LGBT statements.

  • Adolfo

    LOL another example of a stupid ju-bag – he should be executed or have his his testicles chopped off. Ju-bag dumb-ass.

  • photonic

    Once again, someone who speaks the truth according to the Word of God is attacked by those who have turned evil and abomination as good and normal, and what is good and normal as evil. Isaiah 5:20:
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Revelation of John 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the “”abominable””, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. II Timothy 3:1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    II Timothy 3:2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    II Timothy 3:3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
    II Timothy 3:4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    Thus says the Word of GOD! and this is just the tip of the iceberg, in what God says against evil doers. Scream all you like, the Word of God stands and will be implemented against the evil and abominable.

  • Arhkenstone

    Homosexuality is a disease of the mind. If people are born gay than murderers are born that way too. Insane there is a difference in modern mankind’s eyes between the choice to murder and the choice to have abominable sex.