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In a resolution adopted by the association’s governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of so-called reparative therapy, a concept espoused by a small but persistent group of therapists, often allied with religious conservatives, who maintain that gay men and lesbians can change."
Well, it's about time.
ON a related topic, a Haartz survey found that half of the population in Israel believes that homosexuality is a perversion. According to the paper,
"A Haaretz-Dialog poll, conducted under Prof. Camil Fuchs finds that 46 percent of the people surveyed answered the question "Do you see homosexuality as a perversion?" in the affirmative, while 42 percent answered that it was not a perversion. Twelve percent said they did not know.
The survey also finds that 71 percent of the ultra-Orthodox population believe homosexuality is a perversion. So do 67 percent of the religious (Orthodox), 64 percent of the Arabs, 57 percent of the Russian-speaking immigrants, 44 percent of the observant (traditional) Jews and 24 percent of the secular population."
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
Lubna Al Hussain, the Sudanese journalist accused of wearing "scandalous" clothes in public, will receive, if convicted, up to 40 lashes and/or be fined. The "scandalous" clothes in question consist of long pants, a loose shirt, and a headcover. Apparently, according to the enlightened views of the Islmaist Government of Sudan, pants are a no-no!
Al Hussain, a widow in her thirties, works for a leftist newspaper. She was arrested along with 12 other women. According to her, ten of the women received lashes at the police station, most of them were not Muslim. She is using her trial in order to publicize the injustice of the Sudanese law that allows beating women and humiliating them because of what they wear. Al Hussain insists that nothing in Shari'a allows for such laws. She also says that not even 40 thousand lashes will deter her from her cause.
A disturbing (if not surprising) detail reported in Al Arabiyah article is that since the case became public, a man threatened Al Hussain by yelling: "Your fate will be like that of Marwa al Sharbini." Al Sharbini is the Egyptian woman stabbed to death in a German court a few weeks ago.