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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 03:29 PM
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Homophobia Is Not Kosher
Edited on Mon Apr-11-11 03:29 PM by Ian David
On Thursday LGBT-interest blog Queerty posted an article outlining the newest addition to the Kosher.com affiliates program: the anti-gay group JONAH, or Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality. Kosher.com advertises itself as the largest online kosher supermarket, offering door-to-door delivery of several thousand kosher products including meat, dairy, wine and frozen foods. The affiliates program allows customers to select a non-profit organizationincluding synagogues and schoolsto receive 5% of their online purchase; in return, Kosher.com benefits from increased traffic from that organizations constituent population. JONAH has come under fire for their prescription of reparative therapy for LGBT Jews, which has been shown by all major American health organizationsincluding the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatry Association, and the American Psychology Associationto be ineffective; in fact, as outlined in a 2007 article by The New York Times, the majority of certified health professionals hold that reparative therapy can damage self-esteem, increase depression and promote suicidal behavior.

Queerty was alerted to the partnership between Kosher.com and JONAH by Jayson Littman, a survivor of reparative therapy. Littman had held membership in JONAH for five years, before coming out and starting a gay Jewish events outfit in New York. Littman expressed his misgivings in an e-mail to Kosher.com, explaining that their association with JONAH sends a message to of where you stand on this issue and what your beliefs are. Kosher.com replied to Littman, outlining their acceptance of any and all organizations in to their affiliates program. Unsatisfied, Littman responded: I am sure that non-profit organizations that spread hateful messages about Jewish people wouldnt be considered for the Kosher.com affiliate program. The following Friday, Truth Wins Outa pro-LGBT organization that sheds light on the harmful effects of reparative therapystarted a petition on Change.org against the partnership of Kosher.com and JONAH. According to an article posted on their site, within 90 minutes they had gathered one thousand signatures. Shortly after, Kosher.com responded to the petition with the following:

Firstly we wish to apologize if any action taken by any member of our company offended anyone. Our affiliate programwas not something that we had monitored but considering the current reaction regarding jonahweb.orgs decision to send their members our affiliate offerings, we have decided to discontinue that affiliation and our management will review our affiliate programs guidelines going forward.

The swiftness with which online organizing produced results is heartening. The article on Queerty coupled with Truth Wins Outs petition is an example of quick and effective online advocacy. Although we are called to respectif not cultivatea plurality of opinion within the Jewish community, supporting an organization that actively discriminates against other Jews is decidedly not kosher.

More:
http://momentmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/homophob... /


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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 03:33 PM
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1. That was well-stated.
Similarly, Christians who support homophobia aren't being very Christ-like, either.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:39 PM
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2. Can you be a lesbian and jewish?
I know it's an odd place to ask it, but, I just wondered.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 07:43 PM
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3. I was just curious
Edited on Thu May-05-11 07:53 PM by Aerows
and I hope it didn't offend anyone.

I was interested.
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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:08 PM
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5. The only way to offend is to think we would be offended
:-)
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:12 AM
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4. Yes.
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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 09:34 PM
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6. A person can be both Jewish and lesbian
How can she not be if she is born Jewish and lesbian? Or if she is a Jew-by-choice and she is naturally attracted to women?

The ultra-orthodox will likely be hostile to Jewish homosexuals but the vast majority of Jews won't because the non-orthodox and some of the more modern orthodox have embraced the 21st century.



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