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CA Leaders Ask SF Archbishop To Cancel Participation In Anti-Gay Event Family Research Council And NOM Behind June 19 DC Gathering



We are proud that Rabbi Michael Lerner, co-chair of the NSP– Network of Spiritual Progressives, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls that meets in S.F. and Berkeley, stood with other community leaders in urging the conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco to withdraw from an anti-homosexual group’s rally in Washington, D.C.

This is nothing new for Rabbi Lerner or for Tikkun. Tikkun critiqued homophobia in the Jewish world starting in 1988, kand the famous Rabbi David Hartman, founder of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a champion of tolerance in other respects, resigned from the Tikkun Editorial Advisory Board after telling Lerner that Tikkun’s support for gay rights “might endanger the Hartman Institute’s legitimacy in the orthodox world, given the opposition to homosexuality in the Orthodox Jewish world. Rabbi Lerner officiated at gay and lesbian marriages from the time he was ordained in 1995. “Every form of demonizing or ‘other-iing’ is a violation of the highest Jewish standards of Tora

h, which call upon us to see every human being as created in the image of God, and to LOVE THE STRANGER/The Other as a central Jewish religious duty. Spiritual Progressives of every religion and none stand behind this same Torah command,” said Rabbi Lerner in explaining to a media figure why he had signed this statement in support of glbtq rights. Read the story below.

CA Leaders Ask SF Archbishop To Cancel Participation In Anti-Gay Event

Family Research Council And NOM Behind June 19 DC Gathering

BTL Staff

Originally printed 6/11/2014 (Issue 2224 – Between The Lines News)


*SAN FRANCISCO -* Top California and San Francisco officials, along with faith, LGBT and civil rights leaders, have signed an open letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, asking him to cancel his participation in an upcoming march and rally against civil marriage for same-sex couples. The June 19 event in Washington, D.C. is being organized by some of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT organizations and leaders, including the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Senator Mark Leno, State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros, and Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener are among the more than 70 leaders and organizations calling on Archbishop Cordileone to reconsider his participation in the National Organization for Marriage’s march and rally and, instead, “join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred.”

“We respect freedom of religion and understand that you oppose civil marriage for same-sex couples,” write the diverse group of signers, which includes the Episcopal Bishops of California and Wisconsin; the Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean of the Cathedral at Sacramento’s Trinity Cathedral; Rev. Will McGarvey, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa and Community Presbyterian Church; Rev. Dennis W. Wiley, Pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in D.C.; Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto Sr., Pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco; *and Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine.* “Many people of faith who have different opinions on the question of civil marriage for same-sex couples have come together in respectful dialogue and discernment to discuss those differences. Sadly, the actions of NOM and its invited speakers push us farther apart rather than bringing us together.”

The signers point to NOM’s “long and well-documented history of publishing material that connects homosexuality with pedophilia and incest and falsely suggests that gays and lesbians are trying to ‘inculcate children.'” The Family Research Council, which is co-sponsoring the event, has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The letter points out that the actions of NOM, Family Research Council and several of the invited speakers contradict the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “which states that lesbian and gay people ‘must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'”

Please join or make a tax-deductible contribution to the Network of Spiritual Progressives at http://www.spiritualprogressives.org.

If you live in the Bay Area, come to our July 4th celebtration honoring those who stand or has stood up for human rights, peace, social and economic justice, environmental sanity, etc–at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. Details at http://www.beyttikkun.org/calendar_event.php?eid=20140611150037653

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2 thoughts on “CA Leaders Ask SF Archbishop To Cancel Participation In Anti-Gay Event Family Research Council And NOM Behind June 19 DC Gathering

  1. The Sheer Absurdity of Homosexuals and them thinking they could ever be considered Married is about as Ridiculous as it gets !! Sexual Depravity DOES NOT equate to ANY Human, Civil or Equal right. Its pure Un-adulterated FILTH ! !

    • One of my best friends growing up had two Mom’s. They were great parents. She always had the best of everything, great manners, great grades, totally beautiful personality. Her Mom’s were very involved in school, and her life to make sure she was not hanging out with scumbags, drug addicts and losers. She grew up to be an awesome Mom herself with a regular male husband. I don’t see where the absurdity comes in. They loved one another, were responsible, educated, decent people who made their child’s life and our community better.
      I only wish more heterosexual couples were as proactive and positive. Most of the kids I knew had parents who were divorced or should have been, or only one parent due to death or never married and the few others were mostly drunks or drug addicts. My Mom was awesome and I had two other friends with heterosexual married parents who were normal. To me the lesbians were good examples in a sea of dross.

      What is truly absurd is people who have so little life if their own that they actually spend time attempting to mock and control other people who have nothing to do with them.What is up with that?

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