A prominent anti-gay Rabbi in the US has blamed this week’s East Coast earthquake on “transgressions of homosexuality”.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who is an ally of the National Organization for Marriage – a US group opposing marriage equality, made the comment in a video posted online.
“We saw today an earthquake. The Jerusalem Talmud tells us that one of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgressions of homosexuality,” he said.
“The Talmud states, ‘You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn’t belong. I too, will shake the earth,'” he said.
The video was subsequently removed from YouTube for violating the site’s policy “prohibiting hate speech”.
Last month, in a similar video, Rabbi Levin said that the murder of an eight-year old-boy, Leiby Kletzky, by a former security guard came about because Jewish society had done nothing to stop the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the state of New York.
“…first [gays] wanted rights, then they wanted adoption, they wanted special protections, and ultimately they wanted marriage – and we all know that we did precious little.
“This came in the very aftermath of the marriage bill, my dear friends, and not doing anything,” he said at the time.
Levin is the Rabbi and founder of the Congregation Mevakshei Hashem Synagogue in the Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.