Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ken Wilber on Rabbi Marc Gafni's Sexual Misconduct

[If you are linking here from another site, please also see my update on this topic. Thanks.]

Apparently things have been moving quickly on the Rabbi Marc Gafni case, so much so that I just heard about it this morning on the Ken Wilber blog. Yet these allegations seem valid and, more importantly, they are not new (see below).

Here is Ken Wilber's response, which seems about as balanced and compassionate as humanly possible, given the situation.

On Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, three women from Bayit Chadash, a spiritual community in Israel headed by Rabbi Marc Gafni, filed complaints of sexual misconduct against Gafni with the police. Upon reviewing relevant testimony, the steering committee of Bayit Chadash decided to remove Marc Gafni from the Bayit Chadash staff. (See below for the formal announcement.)

Subsequently, rumors have been rife. After long conversations with many of the concerned parties, I have come to the following conclusions. At this time, these are my personal opinions, and are open to immediate revision in light of any further evidence. Marc Gafni is a close friend of mine, but in circumstances like this, friendship decidedly takes a backseat to ethics and justice. In my opinion, the viewpoint that takes the most number of perspectives into account is the more likely to be the better moral judgment, with the Basic Moral Intuition the ultimate guide.

These are my conclusions at this time:

1. There is substantial truth to some of these allegations.

2. This has caused something of a feeding frenzy for the mean green meme, which is understandable but I believe inexcusable. Frankly, some of these have reached pathetic portions.

3. Nonetheless, there is some truth to these allegations because of grave wrongdoing on Marc’s part, and I believe this wrongdoing is due not just to bad judgment on Marc’s part, but to a pathology or dysfunction affecting Marc.

It goes on from here. Read the rest.

Here are some links that suggest Rabbi Gafni has a history of questionable behavior, which would be obvious to anyone who thinks about it. Sexual predators develop over time.

The Awareness Center: It's hard to say how much of this is true -- they are really out to get Gafni.
Luke Ford: An in-depth look at Gafni's life.
More from Luke Ford's blog: Gafni's questionable claims of education.

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