Israel Holds Its First Homosexual Beauty Contest
“Israel has emerged as one of the most progressive Middle Eastern countries concerning LGBT rights, letting openly gay people serve in the military and recognizing gay marriages from other countries,” said AOL News.
Thirty contestants strutted down the catwalk in skinny jeans at a Tel Aviv club on Thursday, vying for a chance to enter the first “Miss Trans Israel” beauty pageant taking place in May.
Tel Aviv is today one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations, standing in sharp contrast to the rest of the Middle East, where gays face persecution and death.
Among the contestants was Talleen Abu Hanna, a 21-year-old transsexual from a Catholic Arab family in the northern city of Nazareth.
As AOL News noted, with this homosexual contest, Israel emerges as a progressive nation. “Progressive” is a favorite term used by liberals and left-winger activists to label the advance of their own cause. But actually modern Israel was born progressive, by the hands of its mostly left-wing founders.
Israel is generally tolerant toward homosexuality. Gays openly serve in Israel’s military. In 1998, an Israeli homosexual singer, Dana International, won the popular Eurovision song contest.
Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Facebook to address the LGBT community, as Tel Aviv kicked off its annual Pride Week celebrations.
“The struggle for every person to be recognized as equal before the law is a long struggle,” Netanyahu wrote on his social media page, “and there is still a long way to go.”
“As Pride Week continues, I want to send my blessing to the LGBT community,” he said.
Israel has also been open to international homosexual activists. Last January, Brazilian gay militant Jean Wyllys, who is a representative in the Brazilian Congress, gave a lecture on “homophobia” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Wyllys has built intense popularity among Brazilian socialists with uncompromising defenses of liberal issues: introducing bills promoting marijuana legalization, homosexual indoctrination of schoolchildren, full legalization of sex work (prostitution), etc.
Yet, homosexuality is rejected in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel.
The Jewish Bible has treated homosexuality as an “abhorrence” for over 3,000 years. One of its verses says:
“Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence.” (Torah: Leviticus 18: 22, Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition, Oxford University.)
So when Netanyahu sent his “blessing” to the Israeli homosexual community, he contradicted his right-wing stance and, much worse, denied his Torah, where God clearly wants the Jewish people to treat homosexuality as an “abhorrence.”
King David, the most prominent political figure in the Jewish history, said:
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalms 29:2, King James Version)
This Psalm was originally directed to Israel, which was the first people called to worship the LORD in the beauty of His holiness.
Yet, today Israel has preferred often to worship not the Lord, but socialism and other politically correct ideologies and treat homosexuality as “beautiful.”
This “beauty” is an abhorrence to YHWH, who created Israel not for homosexual glories, but for His own glory.
Israel is God’s Land, but the God of Israel also needs a place in this Land and in the hearts of its inhabitants.
With information from AOL News, Associated Press and Jerusalem Post.
Portuguese version of this article: Israel realiza seu primeiro concurso de beleza homossexual
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