Burning churches kosher? ‘Halachic nonsense,’ says Torah professor

With his inflammatory statements in favor of burning churches, Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein spoke not only against democratic values but also against Jewish values, said Dean of the Shaarei Mishpat Academic Center, Professor Aviad HaCohen on Thursday.

Professor HaCohen dismissed as "halachic nonsense" comments by the extremist leader of the radical Lehava anti-assimilation and anti-missionary organization, made during a panel debate Tuesday on idol worship. Citing Maimonides’ ruling that due to various aspects of Christian practice and theology, Christianity is idolatry, Gopstein asserted that idolatry needs to be destroyed in accordance with the  commandment in Deuteronomy to destroy idol worship in the Land of Israel. Thus, in theory, Gopstein said he was in favor of burning churches in Israel.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Torah-prof-rejects-extremists-comments-about-burning-churches-as-halachic-nonsense-411377

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