Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Today, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks addressed a conference on marriage and the family at the Vatican. Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth. He is
currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of
Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family
University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. According to Sacks:

… our compassion for those who choose to live differently should not
inhibit us from being advocates for the single most
humanizing institution in history. The family, man, woman, and child, is
not one lifestyle choice among many. It is the best means we have yet
discovered for nurturing future generations and enabling children to
grow in a matrix of stability and love. It is where we learn the
delicate choreography of relationship and how to handle the inevitable
conflicts within any human group. It is where we first take the risk of
giving and receiving love. It is where one generation passes on its
values to the next, ensuring the continuity of a civilization. For any
society, the family is the  crucible of its future, and for the sake of
our children’s future, we must be its defenders.

Obviously sexual orientation is not a choice. Nor is it a “lifestyle.” Sacks completely overlooks the fact that gay couples are raising children. Most importantly his reasoning for “defending” marriage applies equally to gay and straight couples. I am reasonably sure that he does not see it that way. By the way, he received a standing ovation.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.