Dr. Sudi Namir, who was fired from the Israel Medical Association Ethics Committee for controversial comments he made about homosexuals on an internet forum, has defended his comments in an exclusive interview with Arutz Sheva.
In the post during a discussion regarding gay surrogate parents, Dr. Namir said: "I feel sorry and pray for all those who are sick in their bodies and minds... a pervert is a pervert is a pervert, you can call him whatever you want, he's a pervert. All the abominations of yesterday have become today's norm."
He was promptly fired from the committee after an article in Israel Hayom highlighted the comments.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva Tuesday Dr. Namir said he was "in a state of emotional shock" at the decision to fire him for expressing sentiments he said were merely reflective of the halakha (Jewish law).
He accused the Medical Association of violating its own laws by striking him off over the comments, and claimed his views were representative of "the majority of the Jews that live in the State of Israel."
"It's a political and prejudiced opposition," he said, voicing confidence that his appeal would be accepted.
Echoing controversial sentiments voiced by MK Bezalel Smotrich, Dr. Namir accused a small number of academics and media figures of drowning out voices opposed to same-sex relationships.
"Because these groups control the media it becomes impossible to voice conservative opinions, it becomes unpopular to back the basic values of the purity of the family, of the Jewish home, and therefore they're not heard," he said.
He added that he didn't regret his views, but acknowledged it hadn't occurred to him that some of the 300 medical practitioners on the forum would be offended by his comments, saying that if he had he might not have made his comments "as forcefully."
But overall, he insisted: "the truth had to be said."