Leading Rabbi ‘mortified’ after Biden praises Jews’ ‘immense influence’ in promoting gay ‘marriage’
“The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita as all of you standing before you,” Biden said last Tuesday night at a reception hosted by the Democratic National Committee in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
Biden offered praise for Jewish cultural and artistic “movements in America” that he said were responsible for changing the country’s attitudes on marriage.
“I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good,” he said.
Biden’s comments have caused outrage.
“I’m mortified, I’m absolutely mortified,” said Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada, to LifeSiteNews.com.
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“To say that the whole homosexualization of society is largely due to a relatively few Jews is a very dangerous exaggeration,” he said.
“I call on Biden to go back to Sunday school and see what the preachers and teachers of his grandparents taught on this subject, and then he should offer a profound apology, not only to his collective lineage for several thousand years, but also to the Jewish community who he might have done serious harm to by exaggerating the extent of the influence.”
Rabbi Levin called Biden’s comments a “signal” that orthodox Jews “need to do a lot more to counter the religious consumer fraud of the liberal Jewish denominations that have totally lost their way.”
“Unfortunately we have seen for several generations Jews who have totally lost their way. They’ve pigged out on Americana, on the freedom and liberty that America has afforded them, and they’ve gone to an extreme left, where they’ve created literally a pseudo religion,” he said.
“These people are negating, they are spitting upon, their own great grandparents and progenitors all the way back to Sinai.”
Levin said that homosexual acts are a “tremendously severe transgression” for orthodox Jews because such acts frustrate God’s plan for sexuality and procreation.
“One of the greatest gifts God gives us is to be a partner with him in creation. The closest we come to imitating him is conceiving and bringing into the world a child, and thus supplementing and complimenting his creation,” he said.
“What the homosexual does in effect is say: ‘I’m not interested in being a partner with God, I reject this whole covenant, I want to use this [sexual act] selfishly just for my own pleasure’. Consequently it’s a very very severe transgression.”