https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-homophobic-bigot-threatens-gay-man-yarmukle-20190910-4fwmwjhtvzefrmelf7fedfi7dm-story.html in case the article url isn’t included.
So basic story, a gay jewish guy in Manhattan has a pink kippah/yarmulke. Someone else decides to follow him and hound him and tell him his pink kippah is a “chillul hashem” (a sin against god in Hebrew).
Now personally, I think the man’s abhorrent hounding someone minding his own business over stupid homophobia, but I’m not religious. So let’s ask questions and hope some religious people answer.
- The harassed party claims that he was told for 18 years he could not be gay and jewish. Is homosexuality prohibited in jewish practice?
- The harasser seems to use a hebrew term to chastise the harassed party. So let’s assume the harasser is also jewish. Is a jewish man telling another jewish man how his religion works somehow valid or is it just as antisemitic as when a christian, atheist, or islamic person does it?
- Given how many sects of judaism and christianity there are, why do so many practitioners believe that their version is the only version anyone can practice?