November 19, 2005

This is happening in Houston?

From AP via Yahoo!

Jewish Leader Blasts 'Religious Right'

HOUSTON - The leader of the largest branch of American Judaism blasted conservative religious activists in a speech Saturday, calling them "zealots" who claim a "monopoly on God" while promoting anti-gay policies akin to Adolf Hitler's.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said "religious right" leaders believe "unless you attend my church, accept my God and study my sacred text you cannot be a moral person."

"What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on God?" he said during the movement's national assembly in Houston, which runs through Sunday.

The audience of 5,000 responded to the speech with enthusiastic applause.

He used particularly strong language to condemn conservative attitudes toward homosexuals.


"We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations," Yoffie said. "Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry."

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I can't believe this kind of thing is happening in Houston. A "liberal" movement's national assembly is being held in Houston? I'd fear for their safety, but they're 5,000 strong, so I think they'll be safe from the assholes around here that might actually do something.

It may be a religious assembly but at least they know what they're talking about, thats rare in Houston.

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