As an orthodox Rabbi who reveres the Bible I do not deny the Biblical prohibition on male same-sex relationships. Rather, I place it in context. Does not the same Bible also say, "It is not good for man to be alone?"
Ravi and Wei didn't just want to harass and bully Clementi. That they could have done any time, in person, in private. They were not even trying to out him. It's just life in the online world where everything is fair game and privacy is just a Facebook option.
Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.
What if the authors of this fable intended the mob's behavior to be understood as symptomatic of something far more ominous -- that is, a breach in the social contract that could threaten the fabric of desert culture?