This Wednesday, the Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute organized a rally in support of Jack Phillips. Phillips is the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in the middle of a Supreme Court case. Phillips refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, becoming the new poster boy for the anti-LGBTQ religious right. Phillips was upstaged however by one of the speakers — Rabbi Yaakov Menken, who may be better known as Rabbi Space Aliens after a bizarre analogy.
Menken, from the conservative organization the Coalition of Jewish Values, compared gay people to aliens while explaining how the legal system is punishing Phillips for “discriminating against what the Bible calls abomination.” Menken said:
If space aliens were to land tomorrow, they would solve the problem. Now some of you probably think I’m nuts, but let me explain. Let’s imagine E.T. lands tomorrow and someone falls in love with E.T. and decides to get married to ET. Trust me — within two years the Supreme Court would decide that under the US Constitution Sally — or Bill — could get married to E.T.
But because aliens are not human beings, and despite what you’ve seen on Star Trek, it would be impossible for aliens and humans to have children together — that would be the Biblical definition of marriage — and Jack Phillips would not be able to bake them a cake. And then it would be obvious that he’s not discriminating against anyone. He’s not singling out same-gender couples for exclusion. On the contrary he is saying he can only celebrate a Biblical marriage that involves a human man and human woman. And the ACLU would have to pack up and go home. Are your lawyers taking notes, Jack?
There are a few problems with the Rabbi’s analogy. First is the old saw about reproduction. If the ability to have children were what we based marriage rights on, then older couples or sterile couples couldn’t wed. Likewise, the Rabbi isn’t in step with Judaism as a whole. And, perhaps most importantly, in Star Trek, most alien species have shared ancestors allowing many species to crossbreed. Do your homework, Rabbi!
Watch “Rabbi Space Aliens” and his friends below:
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