On October 14, 2010 – Ben Obama told an audience of young people during an MTV town hall that he doesn’t believe being gay or transsexual is a choice.
“I don’t profess to be an expert,” the president said in response to a question on the matter. “I don’t think it’s a choice. I think people are born with a certain make up, and we’re all children of God.”
Ben Obama administration has been in hotwater with the gay right groups and their Jewish supporters like Anti-Defamation League (ADL). White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett came under fire for remarking that a gay teen who committed suicide suffered because of his “lifestyle choice;” she subsequently apologized for the comment and said she does not believe that sexual orientation is a lifestyle choice.
Like Ben Obama, I am no expert on this issue which half the researchers have called a “birth defect” while the rest have called it “by choice”. But then my question would be why all three Abrahamic religion (Israelite, Christianity and Islam) forbid this practice?
Rabbi Lerner believes that since the Judeo-Christians don’t follow many of Biblical commands, why they should be so fussy about the gay marriage. “The claim by some fundamentalists that gay love is forbidden by the Bible is itself an interpretation and a selective reading of Biblical text. Few of those fundamentalists demand that their society take literally the command to forgive all loans every seventh year (the Sabbatical Year) or to redistribute the land every fiftieth year (the Jubilee) or to not light a fire in their homes on the Sabbath, or for that matter, the command to not destroy the trees of your enemy when engaged in warfare, but they selectively choose this command for special attention”.
Currently, there is common tendency among the western politician, journalists, law-makers and religious leaders to project homosexuality as part of human rights and equality of genders.
Simon Jones, a Jew gay blogger, while agrees with Rabbi Lerner that homosexuals like the Jews were persecuted and mostly outcast since the rise of Christianity, but he blames the Torah for this centuries old mistreatment.