Cherson & Molschky: Gay Rights in Israel vs. Muslim Countries

Gay rights, gay marriage, transgenders, “Caitlyn Jenner”… Everyone in the West is talking about it, and when it comes to the Middle East, the safest place for gays is Israel.

While homosexuals are hung in Iran, arrested and thrown in jail in Egypt, and thrown off buildings, beaten to death, stoned, flogged or beheaded across the Muslim world, the IDF has announced a new policy to support equality for same-sex parents.

Are such policies right in the Holy Land?

That is up for debate, but one thing is for sure, there is a stark contrast between Israel’s treatment of gays and the near-by Muslim countries…

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  • tom_billesley

    Lots of African countries when colonies had British legal codes that outlawed homosexual acts. They can’t be criticized for keeping these codes. After all, it’s only about 60 years since they were colonies. If they’re not up-to-date on human rights it must still be Britain’s fault, so their gays will sue Britain for being forced to seek asylum in Britain.

    • Frau Katze

      Some Africans already say it’s all Britain’s fault. Which it may be partially.

      • tom_billesley

        Yup. Britain made them gay.

      • tom_billesley

        Come to think of it. It explains Obama.

      • Alain

        Of course since they see pound signs in their eyes.

    • Alain

      True but from my experience it was not accepted in traditional African culture, and I am talking about those who are neither Muslim nor Christian. That said it certainly wasn’t punished by death, but it wasn’t seen as acceptable behaviour.

  • roccolore

    The BDS are Nazis who support ISIS.

  • just a thought

    “Are such policies right in the Holy Land?”

    Well, G-d clearly says “NO!”

    Kind of hard to debate whether by that He might have meant “maybe.”

    • just a thought

      I wasn’t clear. But “policies” I meant the open practice of those perversions. However, the kind of brutality imposed by Islam in response is also clearly proscribed. Even with a religious court it was hard to get a death sentence for any but the most egregious infractions, and even then it was never easy, which was a good thing.

      • Alain

        Actually in Orthodox Judaism there is no such thing as a homosexual. What is forbidden in the Torah is the practice of homosexuality. So it is the act that is condemned not the person.

    • Waffle

      Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this incredible documentary:

      I saw it when it first came out and was fortunate enough to meet the film-maker. It took him 8 years to make because nobody wanted to talk to him. It’s a heartbreaking film that brings tears to my eyes when I even think about it. These poor souls live tortured lives. The final scene is particularly hard to take.

      • just a thought

        I’m sure the film raises valid concerns, but I’m skeptical there’s always a spin to a documentary like that, and would advocate proceeding thoughtfully with all the facts, not rushing to judgement based on what is likely at least in part a propaganda piece.

        Basically, the Rabbinic perspective is pretty much like this.

  • Millie_Woods

    There’s a teeny weeny chance I may one day convert to Islam but there’s no chance I’m ever going queer.

  • Alain

    Right this is such a major and pressing issue for Israel and for all the West, since there are no other major concerns.