LGBT: Is It Only A Problem For The Muslims/Malaysia?
The world is changing, and nobody can deny it but I don’t think anybody could guess what it’s changing into, and whether it’s for the better or worse. Some say, it’s getting better - with this deafening call for freedom, equality and ‘human rights’ being heard by more and more countries.
While some, express their worries and doubts over the threats that the freedom, equality and human rights may posts, to the religious beliefs, cultural values as well as human and family virtue.
Some, however, just decided to not think at all, but accept anything that comes from the ‘voice of the world’ or more accurately, the westerners, which they look up as more civilized, more informed or the ‘smarter’ race. They believe that anything that comes from there must be good and the right things, even though it defies their religious beliefs.
There is a strong evident that psychology plays quite a role in the way we see the changes in the world today. The uprising Islamophobia seems to have influenced some judgment. In other words, their ‘phobia’ that now turns into ‘despise’ , has caused some of us to believe that anything or everything that spells ‘Islam’, has to be backward, wrong and unwise and everything or anything otherwise, must be right or better. To the extent that it clouded the facts some of the teachings in Islam are also taught by other religion.
The most similar religion to Islam must be Christians as both share the same history of the prophets. Although similar in its history and some of the teachings, but it is as far apart as it can be in its core, which is the subject of God where Islam worships Allah SWT and nothing but Allah SWT, and Jesus is human who is just another Prophet, while Christians takes Jesus as God or God’s son or partly God.
However, whatever similarity that the two religions might have is now vague as the Bible has gone through many amendments and changes, whereby the AlQuran remains the same and unchanged since the day it was sent. While the Bible now is a book that tells the tales of Jesus and Christianity, AlQuran is basically guidelines and information of life for the future, as from the day it was sent. For example, it tells in details of the condition of a baby in the womb and the facts of the universe even before human could figure them out.
The striking similarity that remains is that both Muslims and Christians love to preach to each other which is evident in the social network - at least in Malaysia. And through this, I notice that while the ‘good Muslims’ are constantly calling for their brothers and sisters to go back to basic, the AlQuran and Sunnah, but the ‘good Christians’, however, are going the opposite way from the Bible. Many Christians seem to be calling for liberalism or pluralism and many of them are openly supporting LGBT while at the same time, condemning the Muslims or Islam for condemning the group.
Then again, this may only be the case for the Christians in Malaysia because, as far as I know, LGBT is incompatible with the beliefs, sacred texts, and traditions of many religious groups, not just Islam.
The Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, National Association of Evangelicals, and American Baptist Churches USA all oppose to it and same-sex marriage.
July 31, 2003: Statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope John Paul II, stated that “marriage was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman”.
Therefore, I find it weird for Malaysian, especially, Malaysian Christians to support gay rights as it not only defy the eastern culture and value, but also their religion. These Malaysians seem to believe that it is this conservative, backward, stupid Islam that is discriminating LGBT, and often ridicule all statements made by Islamic bodies on the subjects. It seems to never occur to them that their religion opposes the group too.
It is important to note that while Islam acknowledges a person with two-sex condition (khunsa) where the person may choose to live as one of either sex that strongly makes his/her personality, but Islam, nor Christians acknowledge a ‘natural attraction or desire towards same sex’ simply because there is no such thing.
Gays and lesbians weren’t born as gays or lesbians. All of them only become one after a ‘try-out’ either voluntarily or by force. In an Islamic country such as Malaysia, it is easier to prove so, whereby all the gays that were ‘caught’, admitted that they only become gays after one little experience somewhere in their teens or early adult. Most reported cases stated the first experience as, ‘forced or raped by their seniors in college’. Those aren’t strong enough to get over it, would be the ones most probably end up living as gays or bisexuals. So, it’s not a natural condition, in fact, it’s a psychological problem and no wonder, the Islamic religious department happened to have ‘cured’ quite a number of them.
The lesbians are less credible in their argument of being a ‘born-this-way’. Most of them admitted of having bad experience with men and chose to just give up on them. This proves that it is not about natural sexual desire, but simply a crave for attention and affection.
Transexuals or in Malaysia, is called Mak Nyah, Pondan is a case of men with the heart and mind of a woman. They see themselves as a woman and dying to be one. This is a psychological confusion which may have caused by a traumatic experience, environmental influence or even hormonal imbalance since born - which can be treated with hormonal drugs and proper counseling. However, some of them, whom many of them and the society might not realize, might also fall into the group of ‘khunsa’. In such case, they should get a medical evident whereby, they can practice their right to choose a sex which they are comfortable with, and nobody should deny them of this right.
The point is, if Islam condemning LGBT is considered by these so-called open-minded, educated Malaysians as stupid and backward, they must also admit that Christians too, is stupid and backward.
And so are the half a million French who marched down the streets on 14 January on another series of an anti-gay demonstration in the country and protest of same-sex marriage bill. The Vatican had acknowledged the success of the demonstration in its website.
And what about the Russians who marched down the street on 22 January for the same reason as the French? Or the Russian government for banning what is called ‘Gays Propaganda’ which includes spreading information, no matter how insignificantly small about LGBT.
Are they as stupid and backward as the Muslims in Malaysia too?
Facts about LGBT today: There are 55 countries opposing LGBT, 93 supports, 27 refused to vote and 17 were not present to vote. However, as of Sep. 12, 2012, only 11 out of 194 countries allow same-sex couples to marry: the Netherlands (2000), Belgium (2003), Canada (2005), Spain (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Argentina (2010), Iceland (2010), and Portugal (2010).
Are all the 194 countries stupid and backward too?
In America itself, only 9 out of 50 states legalized gay marriage. Are all the Americans in the 39 states stupid and backward too?
This is a fact which I believe all educated, open-minded Malaysians would agree, regardless of their religious beliefs that, LGBT and its objective of gay marriage will lead to more children being raised in same-sex households which are not an optimum environment for raising children because children need both a mother and father. Girls who are raised apart from their fathers are reportedly at higher risk for early sexual activity and teenage pregnancy. Children without a mother are deprived of the emotional security and unique advice that mothers provide.
An April 2001 study published in American Sociological Review suggested that children with lesbian or gay parents are more likely to engage in homosexual behavior. In the 1997 book Growing up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development, Fiona Tasker, PhD, and Susan Golombok, PhD, observed that 25% of sampled young adults raised by lesbian mothers had engaged in a homoerotic relationship, compared to 0% of sampled young adults raised by heterosexual mothers.
And I don’t think that I need to remind any of you that HIV and AIDS are originated from homosexual activities.
Allah SWT has created the world with rules which we called ‘nature’. The moon and the earth moves around in exact timing and route, just as our blood flows and heartbeat has its rhythm, timing and certain rules to ensure of a perfect function. This is nature. Should the earth be shifted only a few mm., it would be doomsday. Nature also sees that everything is created in pairs just like man and woman which are created for each other, blessed them with love and children, and therefore live in peace.
Allah SWT then promised that, should the nature be defied, things would be ruined. While defying nature is stupid, condemning Islam for condemning LGBT, is pure hypocrite.
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