You are an inspiration to all Jews and people of faith who have seen you prove that a man of principle can succeed in even the most worldly affairs of government.You have eloquently and effectively brought a vision of the ideals of our people into pioneering laws and real benefits to the United States. Your accomplishments as a leader of your constituents, your colleagues and the American people together has put you in a rank that few Jews of any kind have achieved in history.
Senator Lieberman, as an Orthodox Jew, I am troubled and deeply disappointed by the conspicuous role you have chosen to take as an advocate for the public acceptance of homosexual behavior.In particular, the legislation that you have chosen to sponsor to force the public acceptance of homosexuality through the military and through the benefits paid to federal employees is by no means a question of simple discrimination akin to racism or sexism.Your attempt to cast your efforts as some sort of progressive duty carries with it a very real negative consequence.
There are many, many people in this country who object to the idea of unqualified social acceptance of homosexual behavior.Calls to affirm the rights of people who identify as gays and lesbians, has the direct effect of making it un-American to feel that such behaviors are unacceptable.Your public identification as an observant Jew stands at odds with the positions you have taken on this matter.The Torah unequivocally calls for regarding homosexual impulses with disgust and revulsion.As a publicly recognized Jew and Senator you carry a special responsibility to counsel the nations of the world that they should have the clarity to stand by the morals that have served as the foundation for this country for ten generations.
I call on you now today, Senator Lieberman, to follow in the example of the greatest Jewish leaders who have acknowledged their mistakes and when they were wrong, admitted it.Withdraw your support and backing for these measures that threaten to turn people of faith into social pariahs.Please announce publicly that you have had a change of heart, and that you would like to affirm your belief that religious Americans are worthy of protection.People of faith cannot be demonized or made the scapegoats for any frustrations of their gay and lesbian neighbors.
Thank you for the tremendous work you have done to contribute to the peace, stability and welfare of this great country, and for the great hope and courage you have instilled in the Jewish people.