What is discrimination??? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • e l pratt
    • 24.02.11 | 19:03 (IST)

    Everybody discriminates. Some girls like short boys. Some men want to be surrounded by blond women. Virtually all arabs hate Jews. Republicans don't like Democrats and vice versa. Rich people don't like to be surrounded by poor people so they build enclaves called gated communities and price them so high that ordinary working people can't afford them. It is quite natural to want to be surrounded by people who share your values. But what values? All sets of values tend to breed isolationism. So, if the writer wants to live in a community that is exclusively Shabbat observant, let him. On the other hand, if his child falls down the stairs on the way to the bathroom, will he just let the child lie there until sundown Saturday night? And what of his Shabbat-observing neighbor who wants to come over and engage in homosexual sex on Shabbat. Can he do 'work' by resisting the homo's advances or must he just sit there without resistance because to resist might involve 'work'. Shabbat was made for man, not man for Shabbat. Works of necessity are always permissible on Shabbat. Those would be driving an ambulance, fighting a forest fire, manning a radar station, resisting unwanted (and unholy) advances from a homosexual. You cannot be observant of one part of the Law without being obligated to be observant of all parts of the Law. The Law (of God) says that homosexuality is an 'abomination unto the Lord'. Therefore, it must be resisted even on the Shabbat. Keep one part of the Law, keep all parts of the Law or be a hypocrite and be a condemned before the Lord your God. Shabbat Shalom!

    from the article: Can't we all just get along - separately?
    First published 14:53 24.02.11 | Last updated 14:53 24.02.11
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