In opposition to a new British law that requires LGBT issues to be taught in independent schools, including Jewish-run schools, Gavriwl Krausz, a retired religious judge (dayen) in Manchester, said the plan was an "abomination," contrary to the Torah, and added that all Jews were "obliged to give up one's life rather than comply" with the new policy.
Krausz was a judge with the Manchester Beth Din, which oversees Jewish family law, reported the BBC. Under Britain's Equality Law, independent schools are required to introduce students to LGBT issues, even in elementary schools. In Manchester there is "a gay village area" and the town "hosts an annual Pride celebration," said the BBC.
In the Strictly Orthodox community where Krausz lives, Jewish leaders and parents have been negotiating with the British education authorities -- the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) -- to reach some sort of compromise on the introduction of a pro-LGBT curricula.
In February, the Strictly Orthodox Jews throughout Britain issued a statement saying they would not accept the pro-homosexual education policy, which goes into effect in September 2020.
Speaking to the BBC, Krausz said, "Those four letters, LGBT, are an abomination, according to the Torah. It's not just my position. It's the position of the whole orthodox community."
"When it comes to contradicting the laws of our holy Torah we have to stand firm and we can't give in," he said. "We must be prepared to sacrifice our lives."
"The Torah writes about homosexuality, that it is an abomination," he said. "We are just repeating what it says."
Jews must "stand firm" and reject the government's plan as a "terrible decree," said the retired judge.
Krausz also distributed a flyer about his position. It reads, "One is obliged to give up one's life rather than comply as our ancestors did throughout the generations. Even if by refusing to comply with htis shameful law, the authorities will, G--d forbid, close down the schools and imprison those who do not abide by this law, one i not allowed to give in one iota."