Is it right to teach children that sexual perversion is good?

Tim W. writes:

Andrew Cuomo took his daughters


to see this.

And that is a relatively tame photo. I got it from the Flickr photo sharing website, which bans outright nudity. Cuomo took his daughters to see and participate in this event, which is considered fine by our darling liberal media. But it’s dangerously radical to object to it.

I have a challenge for all the mainstream media. The broadcast media should air the pride parade in its entirety, unedited. The print media should print graphically representative photos of the parade, rather than the few sanitized photos they always show. Not only won’t they do this, but they can’t, because it would violate their own decency standards to show the parade in full. Yet each of these media outlets will continue to pound on Palladino for calling these parades disgusting and unfit for children’s eyes.

LA replies:

Yet the New York Post, to its utter disgrace, said that Paladino’s criticism of Cuomo over this was an improper intrusion into Cuomo’s private family life. It was nothing of the kind. The parade was public. Cuomo brought his daughters to participate in this parade. Paladino’s main point is that it is wrong to teach children that homosexuality is as acceptable as heterosexuality and marriage. That’s not a private issue. It’s a moral and social issue, affecting us as individuals and as a society. Only a person who has yielded to doctrinaire liberalism or libertarianism would argue that it’s wrong, extremist, crazy, a rant, to discuss critically the morality of homosexuality and its place in society.

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David N. Friedman writes:

Members of my own family recently told me they had attended such a parade at another U.S. city. Trying to be polite, I simply smiled and changed the subject. They are Reform Jews and I have no doubt that the impulse to support such events comes with the full support of these family member’s female “rabbi” and such an act of support is a wrong-headed attempt to do the right thing. When well-meaning liberals do such things, in what seems to them to be a sincere act of kindness, conservative push back comes across as mean-spirited. This is because they control the conversation and the terms of the dialogue.

My path these past 15 years is towards Orthodoxy and I attend only Orthodox shuls. No Orthodox Rabbi obviously applauds such events and no Jew cognizant of what it means to be Jewish can support the homosexual agenda. To separate out the issues—homosexual acts are forbidden in Judaism while Jewish homosexuals are treated with sensitivity and care. Alas, many Jews break all manner of Jewish law on occasion and that is one thing. To go out and applaud the violation of the law is what we call a chillull Hashem—a desecration of the name of God. For a Jew to break the Sabbath once, for example, is also one thing. To go out and lead a campaign to end Shabbos practice is quite another.

In Israel, the Orthodox community has decided to allow the demonstrations to go on without protests since it only calls attention to them. I believe this is a good policy and an appropriate model for all democratic societies. The normal social pressures to honor the Sabbath and to refrain from strip clubs and gay pride events need to be re-established so that we regain control of the standards and the conversation. This is only accomplished over time and with a good deal of consistent effort to show the weight of the majority—while we still have it.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 12, 2010 02:12 PM | Send

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