Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs, Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, from the settler party Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) gave an interview [Heb] to the Israeli daily Ma’ariv yesterday on his party’s stance against gay marriage. Personally, I couldn’t decide which headline I should go with on this one: his racism against non-Jews, or his contempt for gays. It was a lose-lose situation.
Here’s a snippet from the interview. Remember, this man is a high ranking government official in the only democracy in the Middle East.
What will you do if the Knesset votes on a bill legalizing gay marriage?
No way. Also, a Jew cannot marry a gentile.
Is that the same thing?
We don’t recognize either of them. And anyway, a Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he’s gay.