Almost exactly a year before I joined my current congregation, West Hollywood’s mostly gay synagogue, Congregation Kol-Ami, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Executive Director Matt Foreman, addressed the membership. And while I have great respect for our rabbi, Denise Eger, we don’t always see eye-to-eye on matters political. Last March, she delivered a sermon advocating U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
That said on matters spiritual and theological, she has proven a strong and effective community leader. She has been a trusted spiritual counselor who has shown a love for Torah and Jewish Scripture and has led spirited and intelligent discussions a great variety of issues, including sexual ethics.
If you were to assume that by dint of my membership in a congregation with a rabbi who invites (in my view) a radical gay activist to speak that I share Foreman’s views, you would ignore everything I have said on this blog about NGLTF.
But, that’s what Andrew Sullivan is doing in writing about Sarah Palin’s views on homosexuality. In a post on Monday, heÂ accused the Republican vice presidential nominee of lying about gays merely because what she says is at odds with what her church has done. She has said (on at least two occasions) that she doesn’t know if homosexuality is choice. Yet, her church has promoted “a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.”
Even as Andrew quotes her words, he concludes that the Alaska Governor doesn’t mean what she says and does in fact “judge homosexuals in as extreme a fashion as you can imagine.” His rationale: her church promoted that conference. If her church promoted it, Andrew argues, she must support it.
By the same logic, based on my membership in my current congregation, I support Matt Foreman and the agenda of NGLTF.
My, how Andrew engages in guilt by association. And this is a guy whose blog was once the first I checked every day. No wonder I only read it now when other conservatives link to it, or co-bloggers alert me to his posts.