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  • Why Obama must act on LGBT rights overseas

    Why Obama must act on LGBT rights overseas
    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God. Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed of a demonic urge to destroy civilization. Ten years later, the characterization of homosexual desire in Orthodox Judaism moved from a portrayal of vicious evil to a serious, but ordinary sin. Later, the language shifted from active sinfulness to sickness, as putative reparative therapies claimed to offer cures to what was deemed a mental illness. Recently, a majority of Orthodox rabbis have rejected these bogus therapeutic claims and some are beginning to describe homosexuality "as simply a part of the human condition."
  • Congress should stand up for the world's women

    Bravo to The Times editorial board for speaking truth to power on violence against women globally. It's nothing short of inexcusable that Congress has yet to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. ("Want to help protect women worldwide?...

    White House mulls new global food aid approach: send cash

    White House mulls new global food aid approach: send cash
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House may soon propose the biggest change in U.S. food aid since the programs were created during the Cold War - donating cash for hunger relief instead of shipping American-grown food thousands of miles to global...