- Subjectivism II
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: My name is --------. We have arranged for Dr. Alan
Keyes to speak to our community in November. A number of influential
members of our community are "up in arms" about our
decision, noting Dr. Keyes' anti-Gay and anti-abortion stands. They
have threatened to write letters to all board members and to write an
article in our local Jewish newspaper.
Would you have any suggestions as to how to best handle this delicate
situation. One of the most vocal opponents of our decision is a Jewish
member of the local school board who has one son who is homosexual.
Thanks for your help and the work you are doing
- Mesora: I recently wrote my
thoughts on how the Torah approaches morality. Please have a read at
the article below. I think you will understand from here how we must
approach all areas of morality. God alone determines what is morally
correct, and what is not. God determines reality. Our benefit is not
to argue, but to understand God, and the reality He designed. Do we
argue that gravity should have been created differently? Do we argue
that the human body should have two hearts instead of just one? No. We
strive to understand the wisdom enveloped in the perfect design of
nature, and we find that wisdom only after years of study. In similar
fashion we must approach God's Torah. It too is His creation,
containing even finer marvels.
- God teaches that homosexuality is a deviation, as is abortion. Our
attitude should be to study God's wisdom in these areas too, learning
what the deviation is, and not contest them simply because they oppose
our subjective preferences.
- Realizing what and why God opposes offers unique insights into
tremendously wise precepts. Opposing them cheats us out of such pearls
- The Torah must determine all our actions.
- Read this article:
Free Speech vs. Objective Morality