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LGBTQIA+ Is Not My Cause Célèbre, OK?

Almost daily, my inbox and RSS news feeds bear LGBTQIA+ advocacy articles. Television, theater, movies, news feature stories. Everything.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who played Mitchell in the long-running Modern Family comedy series) quoted Ty Burrell (who played Phil Dunphy):

[Ty] calls shows like ours “Trojan horses” because you sneak in there and make people feel comfortable [about homosexuality in society]. And then maybe you show a little bit of an [LGFBTQIOA+] agenda. But the audience is acclimated to it at a very comfortable rate.… Obviously, our main objective is to be funny and make people laugh, and whatever comes out of it, comes out of it. But there were certain times, especially in our first season, when we didn’t have any gay writers, when it was harder. Then in our second season, we acquired … our two gay acquisitions.

It indeed is an agenda, a Trojan horse aimed at sneaking something into my guarded environment that I prefer not admitting for entrance. The thing is — and no offense meant here — but lesbian-gay-homosexual issues are not part of my agenda, OK? Are they part of yours? I am an Orthodox Jew, a rabbi also, and I don’t ask and don’t want to know. I don’t want to know what LGBTQs do behind their closed doors, and frankly I don’t care about what heterosexual marrieds do. That is personal stuff, none of my business. I do not appreciate “Trojan horses” working to make it my business.

Only last month two “Conservative lesbian rabbis tied the knot.” (There is nothing “conservative” in the denomination of “Conservative Judaism” except for a historical quirk that gave it that inapplicable name merely because it is less radical-left than “Reform Judaism.” I explain that more here.) In Israel a colleague whom I knew once to be a sensible Orthodox rabbi when he practiced in Southern California thirty years ago, stepped beyond everything that normative mainstream Orthodoxy holds dear when he ordained a fellow whose flaming  homosexuality-centric public writings, focus, and public behavior even transcend what a left-wing ordaining body could bear.

Contemporary sensitivities are such that the LGBTQIA+ subject barely can be discussed safely by faith-based Christians or Jews in the secular world from our Bible-based perspective. Right away, the LGBTQIA+ Lobby erupts, and the epithets start flying: “Homophobe! Gay basher!” Just say the word “Bible” or “Torah,” and the invective flows. Ironically, I probably have pastorally counseled and stood by more LGBTQ men and women than have 99 percent of the general population. Most of those whom I have counseled have been colleagues in secular law practice or law students whom I have taught the past two decades.

(Because most non-Jews, at least in Southern California, are not acquainted with the nuances of Orthodox Judaism, just as the typical Orthodox Jew does not know a Presbyterian from a Methodist to a Lutheran — and certainly not a Missouri Synod Lutheran from a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran — and because people like me do not dare discuss or reveal our religious views at secular work because of “cancel culture” (and also because of simple propriety and rudimentary common sense) — many in pain just naturally assume that a rabbi will be more sympathetic than will a regular law professor or big-firm litigation associate. And they are correct. Then word of mouth spreads from those whom I helpfully have counseled, giving rise to more individuals privately seeking my guidance and caring.)

I don’t like being pushed with others’ “Trojan horse” LGBTQIA+ agendas. Here are some of my much deeper concerns when it comes to the priorities that resonate with me regarding personal matters impacting people’s lives:

  • Teens reared very successfully in good religious, socially conservative, centered families who will become brainwashed politically and ruined morally for the rest of their lives, beginning in only a few years when the American secular colleges get their hands on them.
  • Hard-working struggling parents who have devoted eighteen years of their passion, love, money, time, and have sacrificed all they ever held dear and precious, just to create a home where their children would grow up with the right values — only to see it all ripped away when their children leave for college and end up as described in the bullet-line above.
  • Single women — whether long-term singles, divorced, or widowed — over age 40 or 45 who desperately want to marry but cannot find a suitable husband, so (i) live desperate lonely lives, and (ii) sometimes ultimately will marry outside their faith community because they just can’t bear the loneliness anymore, even as unhelpful “friends” tell them cruelly they better get married fast because (i) they are developing wrinkles and (ii) the odds are more probable for a woman to get blown up in a terror attack than to marry over age 50 or 60.
  • Married couples facing an unexpected relationship crisis because once, early in their years together, they each had been secularists but now — ten or twenty years later — one wants to devote his or her life to a religious path and a life of faith while the spouse is holding him or her back and even threatening divorce if a religious awakening unfolds.
  • People diagnosed with terminal diseases like cancer or end-stage organ diseases, needing incredible amounts of encouragement and reassurance just to go on — to do their chemo, to sit for hours during infusions living with bouts of nausea, to take their meds, overcome the psychological impact of hair falling out, and to focus on doing meaningful things every forthcoming day of life.
  • And their families and loved ones …
  • People who have lost their jobs or incomes or never really have had enough income, and maybe never will, and face losing their homes or marriages for financial reasons . . .
  • People with someone autistic in their lives whom they love deeply …
  • And people with all kinds of other needs — physical, spiritual, emotional — that deserve and demand at least as much time and focus as do the LGBTQIA+ population.

We live in a world of so much goodness, but life also includes aspects of hurt and pain. College professors and The Woke and “Influencers” throughout the social and cultural Left have decided that the LGBTQIA+ cause needs to be among our society’s priority issues in this generation’s fight for freedom and social justice — along with others of their prioritized causes: aborting living fetuses, funding and marching with the Marxist-founded-and-based “Black Lives Matter” organization, teaching boys they may be girls … and girls they may be boys, defunding police in America’s inner cities as crime rates surge … while securing rights for undocumented people who break into America illegally unlike the way our grandparents entered at Ellis Island.

In the face of the LGBTQIA+ “Trojan horses,” no matter the personal cost, we Bible-based Christians and Jews of faith must not allow others to coerce us to adopt their alien values and priorities. We should do (i) what is right (ii) when it is right (iii) because it is right. Not because of external social pressure to adopt causes that are not compatible with our values. No virtue-signaling here.

We are so hammered by coarse liberal Western culture that we lose sight of how alien from our values so much around us is. Did you read recently of a “music” band that staged a sold-out concert at which the lead woman “singer” invited a man onto the stage so that she could urinate on him? And a man came on the stage. And she did it. It is on YouTube — over one million views watching her micturate on him and into his mouth. Similarly, a moral degenerate who goes by the name “Cardi B” has emerged in America as a major “influencer,” did a Zoom session with Joe Biden during his 2020 presidential campaign to help him attract younger voters, and recorded a song called “WAP” that was the #1 hit-song in all of America in 2020. It debuted atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, with the largest opening streaming week for a song in country’s history, topping the digital, streaming, and hip hop charts, and giving Cardi B her fourth number-one single in the U.S. The “song” has been met with widespread critical acclaim, as though it were Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony composed while he was deaf. There was a time when such a person with such a “song” would have been sent to reform school or had her mouth washed out with soap. Now, instead, presidential candidates vie for her endorsement, and she is lauded as an artist with vision, an “Influencer” among college and teen-age students. This is the revulsive, repugnant alien culture of woke filth that surrounds us.

As of this writing, Mayo Clinic still lists gender dysphoria as a mental illness with symptoms and complications: “Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnose mental conditions. This term is intended to be more descriptive than the one that was previously used, gender identity disorder. The term gender dysphoria focuses on one’s discomfort as the problem, rather than identity. A diagnosis for gender dysphoria was created to help people get access to necessary health care and effective treatment.”

Sexuality is personal — and the same for “straight” heterosexuality.

Take careful note the next time you read an article or view a television show or movie or play advocating for LGBTQIA+. Indeed, literally every few months, a new dimension is added to the acrostic that began once simply with “Gay and Lesbian.” Soon, “T” and “Q” — “transsexual” and “questioning” — were added, along with “bisexual.” Then the “T” was modified also to include “transgender” and the “Q” to include “Queer.” This website is one among many that now explains for newcomers and outsiders what else has been added to the acrostic:

LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two- spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, A-gender, Bi-gender, Gender Queer, Pansexual, Pangender, and Gender Variant. Keep an open mind because this is continuously evolving.

Not for me, it ain’t.

We still must be respectful of all people. Never use derogatory language, certainly no epithets. Know that many in our orbits may have a close relative or coworker or neighbor or acquaintance who identifies among the LGBTQIA+ population. Our plates always will be full with so many other more urgent causes who deserve so much more of our focus and time … and who lack the backing of Broadway, Hollywood, and the Left media.

Not every cause is our cause. The right of women to drivers’ licenses in Saudi Arabia is a good issue, but not ours. Political freedom in Venezuela, another compelling issue, does not draw us away from our daily thoughts. I care more about freedoms being denied in Hong Kong or in the heart of China, about LeBron James and the NBA selling out oppressed Uighurs, about Hamas terrorism stemming from Gaza, the Hezbollah build-up for war in Lebanon, and Iran preparing to engage in nuclear war. I care about record crime surges in our inner cities, the lives of police officers and their loved ones who pray they return home alive every night, and artificial racial tensions drummed up with Critical Race Theory to divide and destroy our country. I care more about the brainwashing of kids in our public schools, where they are taught to pick non-binary pronouns and to consider changing genders without telling their parents.

In such a world, the LGBTQIA+ cause is not my cause. This law school exemplifies the way that Leftists go off the charts and try to impose their woke causes on people around them. No one will shove his or her cause célèbre down my throat. Guard your throat, too.

Dov Fischer
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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., is Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values (comprising over 2,000 Orthodox rabbis), was adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years, and is Rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before practicing complex civil litigation for a decade at three of America’s most prominent law firms: Jones Day, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. He likewise has held leadership roles in several national Jewish organizations, including Zionist Organization of America, Rabbinical Council of America, and regional boards of the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. His writings have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Federalist, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, and Israel Hayom. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit. Other writings are collected at
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