A prominent religious leader who said homosexuality becoming more accepted was “a fantastic development for humanity” has to quit after being aggressively criticized. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the head of the Sephardi movement which is Orthodox and bans homosexuality. Dweck said that society was “moving in the right direction,” and that this had allowed fathers to show more affection to their sons without feeling rejected by society. But in respond he received a backlash from both UK and Israeli Jews which forced him to step down. “The continuing activity of our Sephardi Beth Din is of the utmost importance to me, and I will step aside whilst we resolve the matter,” Rabbi said. Dweck has endured criticism from Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, who condemned his “empty and heretical words”. The Chief Rabbi, who is an uncle of Dweck’s wife, Margalit, said his remarks go against the rules proclaimed by God to Moses and it means Jewish faith cannot accept them. And they were joined in admonishing Dweck by Sephardi Rabbi Aaron Bassous, who called Dweck’s comments “dangerous” and “poisonous” as well as “twisted, misguided and mistaken”. British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis called on his colleagues to cease the attacks on Dweck, which he said had been “deeply divisive and damaging” for the community.