LAKEWOOD-June is officially recognized as “gay pride” month, one rabbi in Lakewood is not happy about it and wants to boycott all gay pride events. Rabbi Yehuda Levin called upon “fellow Jews in Lakewood” to protest a gay pride celebration hosted by the Lakewood BlueClaws.
The rabbi’s announcement comes days after the Lakewood Orthodox Jewish community began promoting a “Love Thy Neighbor” initiative across Ocean County where faith leaders were urged to deliver acts of tolerance and kindness to counter the “hate and divisiveness” that currently afflicts the northern parts of the county.
The program was started by former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and is being continued by Bradley Billhimer.
“It is important to spread the message that we are all different people, but our differences do not make us enemies,” Billhimer said in a press release.
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Love thy neighbor, to some in the Ocean County religious circle apparently excludes the LBGTQ community.
Levin has also called for a boycott of the Ocean County Library for hosting LBGTQ themed activities throughout the month.
Further, Levin, cited the landfall of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as being linked to a gay pride parade being hosted, calling the storm “a foretaste of God’s anger” and “courting its final outpouring on the day of judgment”.
“A dire warning: Hurricane Katrina which occurred in 2005 on Southern Decadence Day when a gay pride parade was supposed to be held but was stopped when the dam burst,” Levin said. “Homosexual conduct is the worst form of sinful behavior.”
Levin said the upcoming gay pride event hosted by the Lakewood Blue Claws is totally unacceptable.
“What’s next in Lakewood, white supremacist having rallies at the Center Square in the name of free speech?” he asked. “Where does someone get the chutzpah to sponsor a gay pride night in town?”
Levin was angered because gay pride events are being hosted in family-friendly venues such as the BlueClaws baseball game, bowling alleys, malls, shopping centers and “even Ocean County College”.