Friday, July 16, 2010
It's interesting to note how certain things which we now take for granted are actually very new, at least in the United States.
Searching the archives of the New York Times:
The New York Times first mentioned a homosexual residing in New York City in 1944.
The New York Times first used the phrase "genital herpes" in 1969.
The New York Times first used the word "pedophile" in 1974.
The New York Times first used the phrase "serial killer" in 1981.
The New York Times first mentioned the HIV virus in 1986.
It would seem that along with, or perhaps because of, all the sexual liberation and freedom of recent decades, America has also developed a very dangerous, secretive subculture of perversion, disease and death which was entirely unknown only a few decades ago.
How fortunate we Orthodox Jews are to still be almost completely free of this decay, and how fervently we must recite each day the blessing "Blessed are You who has not made me a gentile" (Tosefta Berakhot 6). In the midst of a growing putrid swamp, we are a small, beautiful garden preserved by our Torah .
Posted by jewish philosopher at 5:08 AM