Jul 10, 2006
Gay pride or Jewish pride?
In what can only be described as a stunning turn of events (and possibly be described as hilarious as well), Shas has voted in favor of the Gay Pride Parade.
Huh? You might ask..
That’s right. Today Yahadut HaTorah put forward a vote of no-confidence against the government coalition based on the upcoming Gay Pride Parade. The idea behind it was to either force Shas to vote against the government, thereby causing the government coalition to collapse, or to make fools of Shas in the eyes of its electorate when they vote in favor of the coalition, as they are required to do by their coalition agreement.
So, despite the fact that Rav Ovadia Yosef has already clearly spoken out against the Gay Pride Parade (in what might be the best statement so far in the whole discussion of the event, Rav Yosef has been quoted as saying that the appropriate venue for the parade is Sodom and should be moved from Jerusalem to Sodom), and despite the fact that the parade being in Jerusalem can be considered inflammatory and possibly dangerous (let’s not forget that Jews are not allowed to pray on Temple Mount because it might incite the Arabs to violence, so why should possible violence in this event be ignored?), and despite the objection to the overwhelming majority of Jerusalem’s residents, Shas has decided to vote in favor of the Gay Pride Parade.
Kol Hakavod, Shas. How will you stand before your electorate on the next Party Yom Hadin (next election day whenever that will happen) and persuade them to vote for you as a representative of Torah values?