“Jewish law generally prohibits homosexual behavior, and while YU admits gay students, it repeatedly resisted calls to approve an LGBTQ student club”
Yeshiva University is an Orthodox Jewish school. For the left, LGBT issues trump religious liberty and convictions.
Natan Ehrenriech writes at National Review:
A New York Court Denies Yeshiva University Its Religious Freedom
LGBTQ issues are some of the most controversial and divisive in the country. They touch on difficult questions, generating passionate views on both sides. Accordingly, we should cultivate a space where such issues can be appropriately reconciled through honest persuasion. We should not, however, use the heavy hand of government to force religious institutions into violating their collective conscience.
That is exactly what occurred on Tuesday in a court case involving my school, Yeshiva University. YU, an Orthodox Jewish university in New York City, is the flagship institution of American Modern Orthodoxy, a religious ideology that seeks to meld the richness of Jewish tradition with modern advances in science, technology, and general knowledge.
To me and many other American Jews, YU represents the remarkable nature of the Jewish experience in the United States, a country that has allowed us to participate in public life while representing our faith proudly. But YU’s right to act according to its deeply held religious beliefs took a blow when a New York judge issued an injunction forcing the school to recognize an LGBTQ club on campus.
Jewish law generally prohibits homosexual behavior, and while YU admits gay students, it repeatedly resisted calls to approve an LGBTQ student club, explaining that it could not do so while remaining faithful to Orthodox Jewish tradition. Whether you agree with this decision or not, using the government to force religious institutions into performing actions that violate their conscience does no good for society. On the contrary, it only deepens enmity and division. I worry that Tuesday’s decision paints a concerning picture for the future of religious liberty.
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