Making Sodom ‘Great Again’ Worldwide: Thousands March in Jerusalem Pride Parade. Record Number of Israeli Locales to Hold Gay Pride Events for the First Time.
Haaretz Jun 06, 2019 8:57 PM
Undercover police arrested a man who had a concealed knife near the Jerusalem’s Pride Parade’s route on Thursday, according to a statement, as thousands marched through the city streets under heavy security.
A total of 49 people were detained or arrested by officers guarding the parade, police said, while several dozen demonstrators gathered outside the parade’s compound to protest the march.
Jerusalem’s 18th annual LGBT pride parade kicked off on Thursday afternoon. This year’s theme is “One Community – Many Faces.” Police have been on high alert ahead of the event in recent years after the 2015 parade ended tragically when an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed to death a 15-year-old participant.
Far-right politician Itamar Ben-Gvir accused police of lying when they said they had found a knife in possession of a suspect, alleging a conspiracy to smear counterprotesters.
“The police’s spin continues in full force, and this is for a clear goal: to defame the protesters against the march and to create a public delegitimization of them,” Ben-Gvir claimed. “The police is not a political body, and it had better hurry up and realize that.”
The procession began marching at the city’s Liberty Bell Park at 3:15 P.M. concluding at Independence Park.
The march was introduced by Ofer Erez, executive director for the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, accompanied by the ambassadors of Canada and the European Union. “The march in Jerusalem is the spearhead of the Pride struggle,” Erez told Haaretz. “This is a parade with local, national and international significance. It’s important for public opinion inside the country and because it is Jerusalem it is also important to people around the world.”
The Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade is one of the city’s flagship events for Israel’s liberal public. Tens of thousands of people from across Israeli society are expected to take part in the march.
The 2015 stabbing rampage claimed the life of 15-year-old Shira Banki. Five other people were wounded in the attack.
The attacker, Yishai Schlissel from the West Bank settlement of Modi’in Ilit, stabbed three participants in the 2005 Gay Pride march and was released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence.
Banki was a high school student from Jerusalem, studying at the Hebrew University High School. She took part in the parade to show solidarity with her LGBT friends. She was survived by her parents and three siblings; her family decided to donate her organs.
Following Thursday’s march, on Friday Jerusalem’s religious gay community and several nongovernment organizations will host a Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony to usher in the Sabbath. Unlike most gay pride events abroad, this gathering will not be a massive party with loud music, but a candlelighting ceremony and an evening prayer followed by a celebratory Shabbat meal.
Ahead of the parade, police arrested two men suspected of planning to disrupt it.
“The Israel Police will act with determination against any element that intends to disrupt Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade,” the police said in a statement.
On Tuesday night, The Jerusalem municipality ordered the removal of posters opposing the gay pride parade that had been hung around the city, on the grounds that they are hurtful to the public.
The posters, which were posted on dozens of municipal billboards at the start of the week, read: “Father and mother = family. The courage to be normal.”
The head of the city’s department for public advertising, Hagar Achdut, announced on Tuesday night that the decision to take down the posters stemmed from the many complaints the municipality had fielded on the matter. “The content of the campaign in question could hurt the feelings of some members of the public living in Jerusalem, so I am ordering all the ads to be removed within six hours as of receiving this notice,” she wrote.
Behind the posters is Hazon, a conservative group with ties to the religious Zionist movement and its rabbis. According to its members, it works to bolster Jewish and family values. On Wednesday morning, the High Court of Justice rejected an urgent motion by Hazon to repeal Achdut’s directive.
Record Number of Israeli Locales to Hold Gay Pride Events for the First Time
May 28, 2019 11:52 PM
Gay pride events in Israel will be held this year in 12 locales that have never held them before, the Aguda – Israel’s LGBT Task Force announced Tuesday, setting new a record following a year that has seen mass protests led by Israel’s LGBT community, calling for equality.
Pride events are slated to be held in Tiberias, Beit Shemesh, Zichron Yaakov, Ramat Gan, Ra’anana, Petah Tikva, the Jordan Valley, Pardes Hannah, Netanya, Yavne and Kiryat Bialik, with most of the events scheduled for various dates in June.
There will also be pride parades in cities that have held them previously – Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kfar Sava, Rishon Letzion, Rehovot, Haifa, Be’er Sheva and Ashdod. In Tel Aviv there will be some 40 different pride events over the coming month, including a mass wedding. There will also be dozens of pride events at universities and colleges throughout the country.
According to Ohad Hizki, CEO of the Aguda, “The many pride events prove that LGBT people can be found everywhere. This isn’t just a celebration, but an enhanced call for equality. It’s not an issue just for LGBT people in Tel Aviv, but for Israelis from all parts of the country and all strata of society.
“After the historic protest last year we are continuing to struggle for full equal rights for all human beings. Most of the community’s rights were received from the Supreme Court, that maligned authority which is under heavy attack. Our struggle for equality is also a struggle for the court, which protects individual rights in the State of Israel.”
The events in Tel Aviv are being held under the slogan, “The Struggle Continues.” The first national conference of the gay community will convene and there will be an education and health conference, performances and community activities all over the city.
Etai Pinkas Arad, who holds the pride portfolio on the Tel Aviv City Council, said, “The pride events this year are of a more protesting character, as is fitting less than a year after the large protest for equality that brought hundreds of thousands of people out to the streets, topped by the first LGBT strike in Israel.
The community demands equality now, and the pride events will give broad expression to this demand, as well as deal with important issues within the community.
“We are expecting a record number of attendees at pride events this year, both locals and tourists, because of the positive influence of Eurovision, among other things,” he said. “And above all we are reminding the government that the community isn’t just an Israeli showcase, that citizens deserve equality in law, policy, resources and daily life.”
Avihu Mezan, director of the Tel Aviv Municipal LGBT Community Center, added that “Along with the big celebration we are seeking to convey a clear message and an uncompromising demand for security for members of the community, appropriate services, education toward tolerance, equality under the law and the allocation of resources.”
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Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
10 Things Jesus Had to Say about the Sexual Sin Debate
Shane Idleman | Contributor to ChristianHeadlines.com.
My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God’s will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity.
In case you don’t continue reading, let me offer some encouragement: if you’re hopeless, depressed, and confused, look to the One who created you. He has the answers. No matter what you have done, you have the ability to turn to Christ and start anew: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
1. WE NEED A REVIVAL OF THE TRUTH.
It’s no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” to awaken, convict, and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about “the fall of America.” America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation reflected in our laws, lives, families, and children. America’s moral heartbeat has ceased because we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal, and revival of the truth.
2. WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.
When people, groups, denominations, or movements depart from absolute truth, and thus, quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts “like a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9), but relative, powerless, and debatable. This is what we see today.
Unfortunately, those who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted, and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won’t confront, correct if we won’t challenge, and and contend if we won’t question? We must speak the truth in love…the Bible is crystal clear on sexual sin, including homosexuality.
3. PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL.
Why is there a lack of conviction today? The reason may not be in the pew, but in the pulpit. Much depends on the prayer life of the preacher. Pastors, preachers, and teachers must spend extended time in prayer to be truly effective—God prepares the messenger before we prepare the message. Luther’s motto, “He that has prayed well has studied well,” rings true.
4. WE NEED REPENTENCE.
I’m convinced that the majority of the churches in America are seeking to please the masses rather than convict. Judgment is never mentioned; repentance is rarely sought; and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart; be politically correct rather than biblically correct; coddle and comfort rather than stir and convict. This leaves people confused and deceived because we teach and live a form of Christianity void of repentance…void of truth.
5. BIBLICAL STANDARDS OF MORALITY ARE STILL VALID TODAY.
The “moral” laws in the Old Testament such as killing, stealing, lying, adultery, sexual immorality, and so on are all valid today. Jesus referred often to the Old Testament, and said that He didn’t come to abolish it, but to fulfill it. Although many of the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament do not apply today, the moral laws do. They are as significant today as they have been throughout history. For example, Leviticus 20:13 states, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination….” To suggest that this verse is invalid today is to advocate the dangerous practice of redefining or deleting what God has said. Jesus referred to the Old Testament often in regard to moral behavior.
The consequences of wrong actions may have changed, but the moral implications remain the same. For instance, even though we no longer stone to death those who commit adultery, this does not mean that adultery is acceptable or any less dangerous. Adultery is wrong even though there aren’t legal consequences.
6. WE ARE ALL BORN SINFUL.
Jesus condemned “all” sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and woman when He said, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications…these defile a man” (Matthew 15:19). Jesus was implying that all sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is harmful and immoral. The word “fornication” in the Greek is porneia; where the word “pornography” comes from. We cannot say, “But I was born this way,” because we were all born to lie, cheat, lust, and deceive, but this doesn’t make it right…it makes us sinful and in need of a Savior.
7. SILENCE DOES NOT EQUAL APPROVAL.
An argument cannot be based solely on silence. To suggest that Jesus approved of homosexuality simply because He did not use the term “homosexual,” is to imply that He approved of necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality. But, of course, we know better.
8. PEOPLE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND FROM DOING GOOD.
Other passage in the New Testament are clear on this issue as well. Romans 1:18-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:1-20 are good places to start. In short, mankind did not see fit to acknowledge God and they suppressed the truth; therefore, God gave them over to a depraved mind—to do those things which are not proper. Homosexual behavior, and sexual sin in general, is comparable with dishonoring the body and turning from God. “The sexual disordering of the human race is a judgment of God for exchanging Him for the creature” (John Piper).
9. MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.
Jesus said that since the beginning of creation, God created them male and female in order that they would be joined together and become one flesh. He adds, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s plan since creation. No matter how many laws are passed in favor of gay-marriage, it will not change God’s mind. Man often rebels against God; this is nothing new.
10. JESUS OFFERS ABUNDANT LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.
In closing, Jesus would often speak out against sin, but His love and mercy also reached out to those who regretted and hated their condition. Forgiveness is a mark of genuine faith. We should have compassion for those who struggle with same-sex attraction because we all struggle with sin, but at the same time, we should not condone or excuse this type of sin any more than we condone or excuse any other sin.