This is a tad confusing, but bear with me for a moment.

A Jewish man, by the name of Farber, marries a non-Jewish woman. Together they open a landscaping business called Garden Guy (yes, apparently they are gifted and very creative businesspeople). Either prior to or after opening said landscaping business, the Jewish man decides to take on Christianity as his faith. He becomes devout enough that he quotes from the Christian Bible (aka the “New” Testament) on their website.

So far so good, right? Another soul lost to the Jewish people, but praise D-G, at least he didn’t become a Conservative Jew because we all know that’s the group which is truly destroying the Jewish people. Or is it the Reform Jews? Um, Reconstructionists? Tel Aviv Secularists? I forget, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, a gay man in a committed relationship with another gay man, both with non-Jewish last names if you must know, came across the Farbers’ website and noted that it had the following assurance: “Treating you with respect and honesty are the cornerstones of our reputation.”

Said gay man, Mr. Lord, who has or does not have a sense of humor, called Garden Guy to order some services. During the conversation, Mrs. Farber was apparently her usual pleasant and professional self. All was going smoothly until Mr. Lord mentioned his partner, Mr. Lackey. We don’t know whether he referred to Mr. Lackey’s looks or apparently luscious, er, equipment, but the mention of a male partner did not go unnoticed by Mrs. Farber.

She ended the conversation politely, but then did what a true red blooded American Christian Orthodox/Jerusalem/Yesha Jew person who read the part of the Bible prohibiting anal sex and believed it literally would do, she sent Mr. Lord an email saying, “I need to tell you that we cannot meet with you because we choose not to work for homosexuals.”

Weird, huh? On the one hand, they’re not Jewish, but the husband was a Jew, and they are Christians, but you don’t have to be a Christian to be “grieved” over gay people living as gay people. That’s right, that can also happen to you if you’re Jewish. In other words, there’s no need to convert.

Gosh, what to think?

I have to admit that when I read the story I chuckled to myself a bit. You see, I have a little bias in my heart and believe I share it with most North Americans. I often assume that all types of designers – landscape designers among them – have a disproportionate number of homosexuals among their ranks. In fact, other than those homosexuals who make a living as Senators, clergymen and Hollywood movie stars talent agents , I believe most North Americans assume that all these gay guys can afford cool cars and spiffy clothes because they all make a living as designers and unaffordable hairdressers. In fact, if they aren’t making a living doing these things, they’re on TV doing reality shows that might enable them to join their fraternity. I also have to add that since this is the default expectation of most North Americans, one must expect that some of those who design but aren’t gay may simply be latent homosexuals who deny their own nature or evade their proclivities for various reasons. Of course, they might also be the ones who voice contempt for gay lifestyle – think about the recent controversies with Mr. Ted Haggard and Rep. Mark Foley where two of the most vocal opponents of homosexuality were apparently discovered engaging or seeking to engage in homosexual acts. Surely there’s a chuckle to be had when one considers these ideas.

In their favor, I will add that Mrs. Farber explained that she and her husband, Garden Guy, did not wish to offend homosexuals. In fact, she was very candid:

“We’re sinners, Todd and I…My husband made a personal choice, according to something he felt in his heart. It was never a judgmental choice or a hating choice or even a choice that said, ‘Well, we’re better than them.’ ”

Nope. The problem was that he was “grieved” by seeing homosexuals living as homosexuals and simply didn’t seek to engage them as customers any more. Fair enough. But then, how is it that their business website contains the comment:

The God-ordained institution of marriage is under attack in courts across the nation, and your help is needed. Go to: www.nogaymarriage.com to take action.

That website, nogaymarriage.com, by the way, kinda buttresses (get it?) my point a bit. It says in big bold letters on the home page: “Please Help Preserve the Traditional Judeo-Christian Institution of Marriage.” You can also buy their lovely bumper stickers which say “Marriage: One Man One Woman” (25 for $15 and 50 for $27 – a real bargain!).

By the way, since this story broke, the Farbers have had to change phone numbers and have received messages of support as well as hate. Their business, however, is experiencing a small boom with two customers cancelling about a thousand dollars of business and new customers providing about forty thousand dollars in business. No worries, the wusses who canceled their accounts were probably gay lovers anyway.

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