@Lt.Frank, consider the fact, as the original article clearly states, General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, responded personally and immediately to Mikey Weinstein. If the issue were not legitimate, or if it were legitimate but, as you put it, "nothing to see here, (as usual)", I rather doubt General Walsh would have bothered. Of course, that's why he's a general and you, presumably, are a lieutenant.
I suggest you make a point of reading the last comment from @ChrisRodda. She clarifies what you refuse to acknowledge.
@RaelNidess wrote: "I am sorry the gay female cadet's feeling were hurt by the 'kepto' analogy although I'm hard-pressed to think of another that would be less hurtful (but can easily think of many that would be far more so) and I reiterate that, had the Rabbi used the website Mikey listed as 'acceptable' she'd have found that same exact analogy there."
There is no analogy. Being a homosexual does not carry a psychiatric diagnosis. Being a kleptomaniac does.
Your inability to think of a less hurtful "analogy" and ease of thinking up many far more hurtful suggests you have a problem, either with homosexuals or with analogies. This is not meant to be an ad hominem attack. Rather, it is meant to help you see that you need more insight.
@RaelNidess: I think you miss the underlying strategy. Before I get to it, my previous suggestion, that Narrowe create his own Purim write up, to adhere to government and military standards, still stands. You offer no reason why he shouldn't. Indeed, you totally ignore the idea. Since when do University professors and/or field grade military officers get a free pass to plagiarize, even openly, the work of others, without at the very least vetting those others for maintenance of same legally required standards?
This is like a doctor saying to a patient, "Here, go to this webpage, because the title sounds like it's in tune with your complaints," and then claiming no malpractice when the patient dies, because, as it turns out, he had cancer and the webpage is on a site designed to market sugar pills as "alternative treatments" and cure-alls.
About half a century ago, people self-identified as Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, etc. Overtime, they came to self-identify as "a Christian", because their leaders understood: lumping them together gives great political clout.
An offshoot of this strategy is their claim of "Judeo-Christian" unity, used to speak on behalf of Jews and, in time, move as many Jews as possible to their "shared" perspective, reflecting what they want Jews to think, i.e., how extremely conservative, fundamentalist -- indeed, dogmatic -- Jews should be. Translation: Dominionists use subtle propaganda to tell Jews to be equally dogmatic regarding, in this case, homosexuals.
So, when you say this is situation is overblown, you are adding to the whitewash of what's really going on, here.
As for Narrowe, he probably meant to, as the saying goes, "go along to get along." Your defense of him supports his support of Dominionism, dogma and all.
@RaelNidess, you apply one-size-fits-all to anyone connecting him/herself with "the Abrahamic religions." (Poor Abraham. If he really did exist, he's now being blamed for everything.)
The issue in the article is not Judaism, per se. It is about the USAFA, with its chronic history of illegal influence vis-a-vis strongly enforced Dominionist behavior. A chaplain who offers a religious view (albeit indirectly and under someone else's name) that supports the same religion-based intolerance -- as regards homosexuality in this particular case -- is still illegally supporting and promoting hate. It is not the job of military chaplains, Maj (Rabbi) Narrowe among them, to damage or destroy morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion.
The chaplaincy cannot have required the short-cut of an under-researched website produced by a single, civilian amateur. Were Maj (Rabbi) Narrowe unable to find an appropriate website, it was his duty to create a suitable resource and post that online for service members to use. He is a field grade officer, who has been at the USAFA for years, in the USAF many years longer, and probably did a similar project as homework in rabbinical school.
The USAF has three "core values": 1. Integrity first; 2. Service before self; and 3. Excellence in all we do. As chaplain, field grade officer, and possible teacher at the prestigious USAFA, Maj. (Rabbi) Narrowe set a poor example, particularly for his students, the cadets.
@RaelNidess, you quoted what you apparently consider standard Jewish dogma based on Torah: that people genetically predisposed to bloodshed should "become butchers or Mohel's [sic]." By that same standard, kleptomaniacs should be trained for ZAKA and men genetically predisposed to homosexuality should become urologists. (Reminds me of that medical joke: Those who become psychiatrists do so because they need help.)
The real issue is conflating outdated dogma with modern Jewish thinking. Few Jews are orthodox, along the Ashkenazi spectrum, which ranges from orthodox through conservative and reform to reconstructionist, and even the orthodox splinter into groups (i.e., ultra-orthodox to modern orthodox), leaving a scant few in number who are so dogmatic. Sephardic Jews consider all Sephardim orthodox, no matter how much they do or don't follow their version of ancient dogma. These days, compared with both Ashkenai and Sephardi orthodox, there are probably more secular humanists, agnostics, and atheists of Jewish heritage -- who still count themselves as Jews -- and their existence has always been known, even to the rabbis, long before current atheistic great awakening..
Were Jews on the whole so blinded into following a book written thousands of years ago, none would be scientists, much less Nobel Prize winners, nor would they head such organizations as the American Atheists, nor start such organizations as the NAACP. Jews realized, for centuries, that the best protection against antisemitism is to fight all inhumane biases.
Mikey (himself a heterosexual Jew and a patriotic American veteran) continues this fight through MRFF, supporting and defending those in the military who are mistreated based on religious dogma, no matter where that dogma originates, against whom it is applied, nor whether it is overt or covert.. It is an inhumane evil, costing lives, and threatening world war. Hiding behind ignorance or ancient history cannot be tolerated as any excuse for it, nor will Mikey allow it to be swept quietly under the rug. It's time for religious bias to stop. Having religion is a personal choice, legal based on freedom of thought. Using it to subjugate, harass, intimidate, ostracize, or in any other way abuse another human being is immoral, unethical, and illegal, and it shall not be tolerated. Claiming it, in order to treat any LGBTQ as innately imperfect or subhuman, reflects the inhumanity of the biased person doing so.
Rabbi Narrowe has an obligation to behave better, to set the higher standard, and if he cannot, then he is not qualified to fill his post.
@Lt.Frank, "We" don't have to do anything. You disagree because it suits your agenda. You refuse to "do the homework"? No, you did it and refuse to acknowledge it. That is dishonest and manipulative. That is trolling. You're done.
@Lt.Frank, how dare you tell us, "do your homework" when you won't do your own? And, how dare you take a commanding tone with me! The amateur site compares homosexuals to kleptomaniacs. Now, get up there (to the top of this page), and read it. Then read the second paragraph of the comment by @ChrisRodda, followed by the entirety of the comment by @EdithA.Disler.
Anymore manipulative shenanigans from you, and you will prove yourself the troll you are showing to be.
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