Since there is currently no way and/or need for Jews to administer capital punishment to gentiles who violate the 7 Noahide laws, is there any halachic reason for a Jew to care whether or not a non-Jew engages in homosexuality?

I am asking if there is any halachic basis to mandate that a Jew care (if you prefer 'actively object') about non-Jewish homosexuality today. If no such mandate exists, that does not necessarily mean the inverse is true (i.e. that you may actively accommodate this behavior).

To be clear, this is not related to chinuch or the desire not to be exposed and influenced by practices that are antithetical to the Torah. I am asking this in a purely halachic context.

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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8477/…
    – jake
    May 10, 2012 at 16:37
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    To the same extent that we care if a non-Jew eats meat from a living animal, right? May 10, 2012 at 17:47
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    רבי הונא בשם רבי אמר: דור המבול לא נימוחו מן העולם עד שכתבו גמומסיות לזכר ולבהמה
    – sam
    May 10, 2012 at 17:50
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    @Fred I would collapse the two and say that actively objecting = caring. Not objecting = not caring.
    – prophecy
    May 10, 2012 at 18:19
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    @prophecy, please edit your answer in accordance with clarification[s] made in the comments.
    – Isaac Moses
    May 11, 2012 at 14:42

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Rambam writes in Hilchos Melachim 8:10 that Moshe Rabeinu commanded us to force all humans to follow the 7 Mitzvos (and if they refuse, we must execute them).

It is quite clear that in our times we don't have the power to enforce the penalty, but that doesn't mean that we are less obligated in trying to convince all people to follow the 7 Mitzvos voluntarily.

Some would argue that this obligates Jews to actively promote observance of the 7 laws among gentiles. Others would argue that although this is theoretically true, as a matter of priorities we should expend such energies on Jewish outreach first. But I can't imagine a justification for "not caring". It is quite clear that G-d cares so obviously we should care.

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    @AaronShaffier - Your quotation of the Rambam is out of context. Notice that it is found in Hil. Melakhim Umilhhamoth. This means (and the direct surrounding context dictates) that we are not to "force" all humans to follow the Sheva` Misswoth Benei Noahh. Instead, any non-Jewish person who desires to dwell among the Jewish people in their Land as ger toshav needs to be compelled to strictly follow the misswoth that apply to him under penalty of death at the hands of the Jewish court where he dwells.
    – user3342
    Jul 5, 2015 at 18:27
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    @AaronShaffier - You do not EVER see ANY of the Hakhmei Bavel - or even the hakhamim of Eress Yisra'el - forcing all non-Jews around them to follow the Sheva` Misswoth. This is because the non-Jews around them were not dwelling in the land under Jewish jurisprudence with the permission of Jewish courts as gerei toshav. These types of generalizations make Judaism look like a "convert or die" religion of the sword, which it is certainly not. All that the halakhah requires is that those who want to live in EY without converting submit themselves strictly to the universal laws. Kol tuv
    – user3342
    Jul 5, 2015 at 18:32
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    Does homosexuality breach one of the 7 Mitzvot Bene Noach? Jun 2, 2017 at 10:50
  • @El Shteiger According to Torah law, male-male anal sex is a capital sin, regardless if the people involved were Jewish or non-Jewish. Mar 21, 2021 at 17:52

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