LA Times backpedals for rabbi
WORLD NET DAILY reports ...
A column by a rabbi published in the Los Angeles Times falsely asserted Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed lesbian actress Ellen DeGeneres played a role in the 9-11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina because she was the host of the Emmy Awards before both events.Go HERE for the full story.
The Times ran a correction explaining the Baptist minister "made no such claim."
The rabbi in question is Stephen Julius Stein of Wilshire Boulevard Temple (Reform) in Los Angeles. I am no fan of Falwell, but I have to ask why Rabbi Stein would make a claim so patently false.
Surely the fact that the prevaricating rabbi is the co-chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis' Gay and Lesbian Rabbinic Network and a "gay" activist might help to explain his animus toward Falwell. The Baptist preacher has often raised the hackles of the "gay community" by expressing the traditional Biblical view that homosexual acts are an "abomination."
Rabbi Stein's view, on the other hand, resembles that of the heretical organization, DIGNITY, which does not consider sodomy a sin at all. In a monograph posted on the CCAR website, Jewish scholar Frederick E. Greenspahn summarizes the revisionist interpretation when he states:
The purpose of this discussion has been to demonstrate that homosexual relationships need not be understood as violating biblical teachings. Homosexuality is not the real issue in the stories of Sodom, Gibeah, or Noah's son and may not even be a factor there. [CCAR Journal]
I think that about explains it.
A SIDEBAR to this story concerns LA's openly "gay" deacon, Eric Stoltz. Cardinal Mahony ordained Stoltz to the permanent diaconate in 2004. Here's the connection:
Earlier this year, Deacon Stoltz teamed up with Rabbi Stein, the Reverend Rick Byrum of the "gay" friendly St. James Episcopal Church, and a representative of Islam on an interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You can read about the pilgrimage and view photos of the event on a website designed by Stoltz (click HERE). Deacon Stoltz is the designer of St. James' website as well. The pilgrimage was sponsored by the Wilshire Center Interfaith Council on which both Stein and Stoltz serve as officers.
Now, how does one say "lavender mafia" in Yiddish?