It seems that the more you read and learn, the more you are astonished at the behavior of individuals and countries. I recently read something about India, a nation continuously striving to finally extricate itself from old British colonial rules and join the leading modern nations of the world. They just reverted back to an antiquated statute which convinced me that they had taken a huge step backwards. Read this and let me you what you think.
I borrowed liberally from the lead article written in the December 11, 2013 issue of the Guardian. The whole headline read “Reinstating India’s gay sex ban is a huge step back for the country.” The author of the article, Priyamvada Gopal went on to say in the subtitle that “The Delhi supreme court’s decision to uphold a law criminalizing homosexuality is a servile adherence to colonial bigotry.”
In 1950, with the making of a new and relatively progressive constitution, the Indian state had the opportunity to revise the British Colonial statute books entirely. Unfortunately, this did not happen. Many colonial laws stayed on the books including ones against “sedition” and “offending religious sensibilities.” This ruling has meant, that as the high court pointed out, it has violated the egalitarian ethos of independent India’s constitution, which other wise explicitly upholds equality before the law and prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
This law that targets and criminalizes homosexuality makes for an untenable contradiction; there can be no contest as to whether the Indian state should uphold its own constitution or keep jerking around over the nonexistent merit of vicious 19th century disciplinary frameworks. As long as India continues to adhere to this sexual hierarchy it cannot be said to be fully culturally independent of Victorian Britain. No boasting about being an economic “powerhouse” can cover up the scandal of a submissive adherence to colonial bigotry.
While it is true that the legislation has rarely been used to prosecute homosexuality, its existence allows for intolerance and harassment. It also leaves the gate open for a future Hindu religious chauvinist government (80.5% of Indians are Hindus), not at all an impossibility in India’s near future, to exercise state violence against those it deems to be outliers.
One of the significant factors left out of the article is the matter of scientific determination whether being homosexual is a choice. Recent studies acknowledge that 1 out of every 20 males born is “physically and genetically different” than the other 19.
To take it even a step further, one would concur that all major religions in the world agree that God creates each of us. Why would God make 5% of us “different and have to suffer for it”? Why in his wisdom did he make the gay 5% sexually lust for men and not women and now possibly be jailed for 10 years in India? Modern scientific discoveries have not been spread around the world quickly enough and unfortunately we still revert back to the “good old days” when we knew so little; old wives tales, miss-information and religious dogma controlled our mores and morals. Ignorance reigns supreme around most of the world and Gods 5% suffer the consequences.
In America, two extremely well funded organizations that have been working on “praying away the gay,” have recently shuttered their doors finally realizing and admitting their stated goals were unworkable.
“Gay people are born that way. They have NO CHOICE but to be gay, but to be punished for it is morally unthinkable.”
“I truly believe that people have the right to engage in any behavior they choose behind closed doors, so long as they do no harm to others. Consensual sex and living a gay lifestyle between Adults causes no harm to others.”
“Sexual preference is biologically determined by genes; as is height, hair color, skin color, athletic ability, certain unique skills, or a myriad of other tendencies they inherited. Government’s job should be to protect all its gay citizens under anti-discrimination laws, because homosexuality is an unalterable aspect of their identity.”
India is the largest Democracy in the World. Now what’s wrong with a free nation whose people refuse to accept almost unanimous, top-level scientific knowledge that Homosexuality is not a choice?
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