“We take pride in targeting the entire LGBTQ contingent” and the group was “a carefully chosen target,” according to Jewish Voice for Peace.
A 38-minute visit of five members of the Westboro Baptist Church three blocks south of Yeshiva University stimulated a discussion on LGBTQ issues within the school’s community, resulting in hundreds of dollars being donated to an organization for Jewish queer youth at risk. The hate group, which targets Jews and LGBTQ people altogether, announced in February that it would stop by Yeshiva University in March during its “God Hates Your Idols Preaching Tour” because it “encapsulates the perverse state of both modern Judaism and the American university system.”
The Church members also sang, “wrath will soon pour on you, for your harmful sins, your great affliction, it will soon begin,” to the tune of the Israeli national anthem.
Half a dozen Westboro Baptist Church members protested outside Yeshiva University Monday, holding signs that proclaimed the Jews killed Jesus.
When we perpetuate stereotypes about gender, religion and society, we don’t benefit anyone. We just freeze our world into a sad, unrealistic picture of what some wished it were but will actually never be.
When Levine is criticized for the openness of his community, he replies that people come to his shul to pray to God, not to be judged by other people. “No one should be excluded,” he said.