A prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Daniel Asor, instructed his followers that the coronavirus vaccine “can make them gay,” according to Israel Hayom. Rabbi Asor contradicts three of the most senior rabbis of the ultra-Orthodox faith: Kanievsky, Edlestein and Cohen, each of who advised those who can get the vaccine should do so.
In December, Kanievsky, together with Rabbi Gershon Edelstein and Rabbi Shalom Cohen recommended that those who can receive the coronavirus vaccine should get vaccinated.
Rabbie Asor, with thousands of followers on social media, is inclined to controversy. In his recent virtual homily, he asserts that “any vaccine made using an embryonic substrate, and we have evidence of this, causes opposite tendencies. Vaccines are taken from an embryonic substrate, and they did that here, too, so … it can cause opposite tendencies,” the Rabbi said, seemingly referring to homosexuality.
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The conspiratorial Rabbi spins various unfounded theories in addition to falsely professing a link between vaccines and homosexuality. He embraces ideas that the coronavirus — and the vaccine created to prevent it — are both the scheme of a “global malicious government,” which includes the Freemasons, the Illuminati, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and others who are “trying to establish a new world order.”
He further argues that the virus was released to "cull the global population" and that the vaccines seek to further this agenda.
Further spinning his conspiracy theory, Rabbi Asor asserts that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (a department of Homeland Security) collaborated with Israel's National Emergency Authority to fight the pandemic by maintaining a secret “brutal army” embedded within local law enforcement. He believes this will further the government’s international agendum.
An LGBT+ organization, Havruta, mocked the Rabbi in a statement saying they were “gearing up to welcome our impending new members” following the vaccine's wide-scale rollout in Israel.
Many LGBTQ people lit up on Twitter with satirical taunts regarding Asor’s peculiar and possibly harmful medieval conspiracy theories. Some have indicated that Asor’s wild idea could effectively vaccinate straight people against being heterosexual.
Many also questioned if it is possible for Asor’s logic to work the other way around. For instance, what happens when gay people are vaccinated against COVID-19?
Obviously, there is no evidence whatsoever to support any of Asor’s wild claims.
Unquestionably, vaccines do not “turn” anybody gay. No proof has ever surfaced to show the coronavirus vaccine can cause a person to change their sexual identity. Homosexuality is not a choice. Nor is it a side-effect of the vaccine, as Asor proposed.