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Israeli deputy minister: 'Even gay Jews have a higher soul than gentiles'

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.

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    1. Khaled Khalid

      Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan – What conceited arrogance. A so called “man of God” speaking like a two bit Nazi.

      Well it proves one thing: Not everyone Jewish is necessarily a humanist like Albert Einstein.

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    2. Mikhail

      But what if the Messiah is gay?

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    3. What?

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    4. 30% of non gay Jews in the USA do marry outside their religion. So maybe he should GFH? SMH

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    5. Rehmat

      I bet Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan never studied the Old Testament, which considers LGBT people being against Nature.

      But then, Israeli leaders and their foreign supporters have exploited LGBT issue to demonize critics of Zionism.

      Our Canadian FM, John Baird, a Zionist Christian gay – has criticized both Russian and Uganda for anti-LGBT laws. Baird broke diplomatic relation with Iran last year after his aliya to Israel.


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    6. Bullshida2

      A perfect example of a rectumiunated idiot displaying the art of talking shit

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    7. Jonathan Meldrum

      I find his brazen sectarianism deeply shocking. It’s an argument from supremacism. I’m amazed how a supposedly intelligent individual working in politics can countenance such a philosophy. Surely the only worldviews which can be non-false are those which can be held in principle by everyone. Anything less is a recipe for warfare, it’s the antithesis of what’s involved in being a decent individual believing in political equality (the latter being the basis for any credible conception of any viable state).

      Consider, by way of analogy, “might makes right” approaches to e.g. moral or political philosophy. Affirming these means affirming it for the other side too – it’s inviting someone else to prove their moral superiority by the others’ continually waging war. I don’t intend to relate any of this to the experience of Israel, these are simply necessary implications of the outlooks concerned.

      As for the anti-gay stuff that’s par for the course sadly.

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    8. R. Power

      Really they are all mad. Is it inbreeding??

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    9. GoodAmerican

      soooo, “higher soul” must mean, to this creaton, an outstanding ability to lie, cheat, steal, sicken, murder AND get away with it.
      Peace, truth, justice, freedom, health and prosperity for all, in-spite of , people like that guy, who control my gov’t.

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    10. scottindallas

      Israel is not the region’s only democracy, it’s no democracy. Lebanon, Syria and Iran are more democratic and don’t have millions under their boot wjth no vote or say over the govt that rules them

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    11. Roger Lafontaine

      If he believes that then the ‘G-d’ he worships is not the universal God but a
      tribal god. A dead god with no future, but wars and conflicts of the dead past.

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