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Gay Parade: Holy, or Not?

By Tamar Yonah
6/24/2008, 12:00 AM

The Pride Parade takes place today at approx. 5pm.  Show up there with the thousands of others who will be there to voice their objections and show their willingness to defend the holiness of the Land. Place: Jerusalem's city center area/ Agron/ King David street to Liberty Bell Park.



G-d wants the Jewish People to be Holy.  No, G-d actually COMMANDS us to be Holy. 

Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27   (Parshat K'doshim)
1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them:
You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

So how is it that Jews can be prideful about what G-d labels an 'abomination'? 

Leviticus 18:22   (Parshat Acharei)
"You shall not lie down with a male, as with a woman: this is an abomination. 23. And with no animal shall you cohabit, to become defiled by it. And a woman shall not stand in front of an animal to cohabit with it; this is depravity. 24. You shall not defile yourselves by any of these things, for the nations, whom I am sending away from before you, have defiled themselves with all these things. 25. And the land became defiled, and I visited its sin upon it, and the land vomited out its inhabitants."


Now, lest I be called horrible names, and a 'gay basher'…  It is not I who stated these verses, but G-d Himself.  Anyone who denies these truths is denying the authority of Almighty G-d and is guilty of idol worship in that he is molding his own brand of religion and forming his own god of comfort and design to worship. 


Should people support any type of pride parades that run contrary to G-d's word? How about: 


Adulterer pride parades?  (This would be something to keep in the closet, or get ready for divorce papers from your spouse.)

Pornography pride parades?  (No more hiding those magazines under your bed. You could be in next month's Playboy as one of their supporters!) 

Bestiality pride parades? (I love my dog, but I don't sleep with her)

Pedophilia pride parades  (I love my kids, but I don't sleep with them either)

Gluttony pride parades     (Ok, I stand to lose a few pounds, ok, more than just a few, this is one of my vices (challenges)… but I wouldn't parade and JUSTIFY this unhealthy life-style choice.)

Thievery pride parades  (If I were a thief, I would keep it in the closet (sic), and try to get help for this vice.)  


'Dis-honor Your Parents' parade  (Are you kidding?  If my parent's saw me in a parade like this, Id be grounded

 for life! [wink] )

Sabbath Violaters parades (It would probably be held on Shabbat, I couldn't make it anyway)

Eat Pig & Shrimp parades (I'd rather be a vegetarian than eat oink.)
or any other 'pride' parade that G-d forbids or labels 'abominable'.


Even in the 7 Noahide laws, it states "Incestuous and adulterous relations are forbidden". -Human beings are not sexual objects, nor is pleasure the ultimate goal of life.  This goes for ALL of Mankind.


G-d creates each individual with challenges in their lives.  Some people have a tendency to have a short temper, others have a tendency to want to amass as many objects and material things that they can in life.  Still, others, feel a need to stray sexually and find it an immense task to stay faithful to their spouses, some also even commit adultery -sleeping with other men's wives.  And there are still others who  feel a 'same sex attraction' (SSA) and find it easier to build a relationship, sexual and emotional with someone of their same sex.  But these behaviors are not 'holy' and actually pull Man away from G-dliness.


Sex is a beautiful and wonderful thing.  It is a gift from G-d, after joining a man and woman in marriage (HOLY Matrimony) to build a loving, holy relationship together and to build families.   Sex is not to be used casually to fill an appetite, satisfy lust, legitimize free sex, enable 'the conquest', grant homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, etc.


I understand that it must be very difficult for people who feel 'same sex attraction'  and refrain from acting on it.  But we must all work hard to make ourselves better and holier people.  This goes for people who are wrought with the challenge of short fuses and lose their tempers, to those who shop till they drop and go into huge debts they can't get out of, or to those individuals who go to pick-up bars looking for their next 'conquest'…  but again, all these negative behaviors need to be worked on.  They are not holy, and should not be sought after, fed, excused, justified OR PARADED.


Holding 'Pride' parades of this kind is actually backwards, not forward thinking.  If one cannot fight his appetites which the Torah tells us is wrong, then at the least, they should curb it as much as possible, seek help,  and yes, - 'keep it in the closet'.  Sex, any type of sex, belongs in the bedroom, not in the streets. It is between you, your partner, and G-d.  PLEASE, DON'T MAKE IT MY BUSINESS.


I am glad that I have received emails from people (who engage in homosexuality) telling me, that though they call themselves 'gay', they do not support gay pride parades, especially in Jerusalem.  These people are, in my opinion, of a higher caliber. They are sensitive to other's beliefs and values and don't wish to march 'in their faces' or on other's 'turf'.  And yes, Jerusalem, - All of Israel for that matter, IS HOLY GROUND, Holy TURF.

To my brothers and sisters ( we all stem from Noah, and before that, Adam & Eve), I hope you will not march, nor support, these pride parades, and that you seek help to fight the challenges you face. We all have our own personal challenges that we must fight and try to improve on, on a daily basis. We should not look to rub other's noses in our unholy deeds.


G-d just wants us to be Holy. He tells us how, in the Torah.  He also tells us what will happen if we ignore His laws to live and grow to be a better person.


Bottom line: Is a homosexual life style holy?  Should it be flaunted in pride parades?  Is this a holy act?

With the nations of the world trying to wrest the Land of Israel from the Jewish people, it seems that perhaps indeed, we should protest this display of sexual abomination. As G-d spoke: Lev. 18:25. "And the land became defiled, and I visited its sin upon it, and the land vomited out its inhabitants."