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Rabbis Protest Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Policy

By: JTA

Human rights activists were unsuccessful in their attempt to deliver a letter to the Ugandan embassy in Washington signed by more than 400 rabbis protesting that country’s anti-homosexuality policy.

Monday’s protest in Washington coincided with similar events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and was organized in part by the American Jewish World Service, or AJWS.

The letter urged Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to veto the anti-homosexuality bill that was passed recently in the parliament under which those arrested for same-sex sexual behavior can be sentenced to life in prison.

The bill also criminalized the promotion of homosexuality, which includes funding organizations that provide health and other services to LGBT people.

“We are called upon to be a voice for the voiceless and not to stand idly by,” said Rabbi Rachel Gartner of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Gartner was one of four Washington-area rabbis at the protest who knocked on the embassy door for several minutes but received no response.

“We obviously were refused entry,” said Rabbi Esther Lederman of Temple Micah in Washington. “Our plan is to put that letter in the mail today.”

AJWS President Ruth Messinger attended the New York City protest.

“LGBT Ugandans are ostracized and assaulted on a daily basis just for living their lives, and for recent generations of Jews, the threats facing LGBT people in Uganda are all to hauntingly familiar,” she said. “We cannot remain silent. We cannot simply stand by.”

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4 Responses to “Rabbis Protest Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Policy”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Obviously these "Rabbis" are not versed in Torah. They need to read Leviticus again, that is if they really have "Smicha".

  2. Ronny Mol says:

    Once again the rebels of G-d come to the fore front of G-dly obimnation. The congregants of these Rabbis should separate themselves from them. If you give a penny or more to these Rabbis, it is a sin against G-d. Does G-d exist, is the Torah divine? Got questions about being a Jew, go to http://www.divineinformation.com and listen to the lectures. We are in the end of days, now more than ever you have to develop EMUNAH. Listen to these lectures and get the EMUNAH you need.

  3. I am surprised the Rabbis wishing to keep the Jewish faith, you should know if they know their heritage that when the Lord God delivered them out of Egypt, He drove out other nations before them because of the abominable things they practiced which are evil in the eyes of the Lord, see Leviticus 18 verse 22. and warned the Israelites not to fall into those same homosexual practices. Isnt this part of the Torah which they wish to preserve for the people?

  4. Les Legato says:

    Fake Rabbis supporting fake "gay marriage".

    These "rabbis" would support cutting Jerusalem in half and handing over America to Mexico.

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