How refreshing to read of a Rabbi making a public statement like this:
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, said that Christians and Jewish people who oppose homosexual relationships on biblical grounds were applying double standards unless they also believed in some of the more obscure commands in the Old Testament.
Richard Dawkins must be smiling in Oxford – he has been saying this sort of thing in every debate I have ever heard. Dawkins is as fierce an advocate of equality as I have heard. And, just quietly and inter alia, utterly scathing of religious privilege.
How intensely, wonderfully, fiercely and gratifyingly marvellous it is to hear the same Rabbi calling David Cameron out for being the elitist and snob that we all know Cameron to be.
Now, it may be apparent that I cannot abide the baby-faced, empty-headed Cameron but I will give him his due. He only makes decisions that will benefit him and his chances at future political success (a vain hope in my view). As well, he hopes to appease, smooth and otherwise chum his Tory mates. He is very able when it comes to feathering nests.
In this case of same sex relationships, Cameron must have realised that even though homosexuals don’t amount to a big enough percentage of voters able to swing party fortunes in marginal seats, their supporters may. Some of his social class must have been in his ear, so to speak, and told him of the growing support of the privileged classes for gay marriage.
And so the Rabbi is probably quite correct in his assessment of Cameron’s motives.
Now, apart from the obvious political flavour to this debate that we shouldn’t even be having, there is the never ending, yawningly tired and ridiculous stance of the religious poking around in the public sphere. They are, by this time, hanging on by their fingernails to their waning support.
Rightly so too. This is the 21st Century and after all these thousands of years we must be developing some wisdom, surely! The following is attributed to Seneca the Younger sometime around 50 BC:
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
- Lib Dems to vote for gay marriage (bbc.co.uk)
- This gay marriage U-turn has cost the PM his authority (thisislondon.co.uk)
- A rabbi’s intellectual evolution on same-sex marriage (theglobeandmail.com)