It saddens me that a school in the 21st century can still uphold blatantly discriminatory policies.
Here are the highlights:
Student group tries to form a panel on "Being Gay In The Orthodox World." Yeshiva President Richard Joel issues the following statement:
In light of recent events, we want to reiterate the absolute prohibition of homosexual relationships according to Jewish law. Of course, as was indicated in a message issued by our Roshei Yeshiva, those struggling with this issue require due sensitivity, although such sensitivity cannot be allowed to erode the Torah’s unequivocal condemnation of such activity. Sadly, as we have discovered, public gatherings addressing these issues, even when well-intentioned, could send the wrong message and obscure the Torah’s requirements of halakhic behavior and due modesty.
I know, I know, so there was a student backlash and the President backtracked on his statements but the damage is already done. Seriously, maybe people will take the school more seriously if they stop living in 2000 B.C.E. and worrying about "halakhic" behavior and due modesty.
Here's a rainbow for President Richard Joel. Maybe he should hug one...