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Why Atheists and Gays go hand in hand in the western world?

After I moved to Canada, I was really surprised at how many gays I met who claimed to be non-believer. It almost felt like being an atheist is a prerequisite to be gay.

The hundreds of gays I met back in India, hardly any if at all, were non-believers. Although I grew up among two non-believers in my family. My Dad’s brother and his wife. Their general attitude or reasoning behind being atheists were that, they were too learned and scientifically inclined to believe in God. Which was perfectly fine. Every human being has the right to choose what they want and don’t want to believe.

But here it is different. I generally get a very vague reasoning or nothing at all. “I don’t believe in God.” It starts and ends in that one sentence. That’s when it got me thinking, whether it has something to do with how the religion is taught.

Could the constant preaching in the church about homosexuality being an abomination, and how every gay man or woman would burn in hell, have anything to do with this?

In our religion, I have never been told or heard any discussion relating to sex or sexual behavior of humans. This could be because Indians think sex in general is taboo (gay or straight) and not something to be discussed in public. The priests and saints who we meet in our day to day life do not discuss sex. So we had no idea as kids that sex and religion were connected.  To us they were two totally different entities.  Till ofcourse, when homosexuality was decriminalized in 2009 and made headlines, that’s when religious honchos (muslims, christians and hindus) sat at the same side of the table and started their anti-gay campaign. Never before have they been united this way. We made it possible, (pun intended).

Another reason could be, how it is preached. There is a marked difference between how we learn whats right and whats wrong in our childhood through religion and how the west does, in my opinion.

The negative or the positive approach, which would have the same result in the end, anyway. Let me elaborate:

I can say: If you steal, you will burn in hell.

OR

I can say: If you never give in to temptation and stay honest, God will reward you.

As a child if I hear the first, I would feel, God is someone to be afraid of. HE is strict, and punishes you the harshest way possible for your mistakes. On the other hand, if I hear the 2nd version, I would see God as someone who rewards you for your good deeds, appreciates you and someone who is full of love and compassion. At the sametime it is understood that if I am not honest, I will not be rewarded. The way I see it, I would rather do something to get rewarded than not do something in fear of being punished. Although both would acquire the same result.

Lastly, in hindu mythology, there are so many references of gender queerness, that even someone who hasn’t read religious books in depth, knows, homosexuality, did not spring up out of the blue in the last century but has been there since the existence of the human race. A few that I can think of right now:

1) Shiva’s another avataar Ardha Narishwar (ardha= half, narishwar= woman and man)

 ” To Create the Universe, Lord Shiva separated his power (Shakti) from himself. Shiva represents the Masculine power, while Shakti the feminine. Since both masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) are part of him, shiva is known as Ardh-Nar-Nari-shwar (God who is half male and half female).” (SHIVALAYA: author VIVEK)

2) Shikhandi:  Born with female genital organs, Shikhandi was raised a son, taught warfare and statecraft. He was even given a wife. On his wedding night, the wife, was horrified to discover that her husband was actually a woman. and left him. A distraught Shikhandi went to the forest, holding himself responsible for the crisis, intent on killing himself. There he met a giant  who took pity on him and gave him his manhood for one night. With the giant’s manhood, Shikhandi made love to a concubine sent by his father-in-law and proved he was no woman. The wife was therefore forced to return. Now, it so happened, the king of the giants, was furious with what had happened and so cursed the giant that he would not get his manhood back so long as Shikhandi lived. As a result what was supposed to be with him for one night remained with him till death. So Shikhandi, born with a female body, acquired a giant’s manhood.

3) Vichitravirya: Another character in Mahabharata which means (queer masculinity).

4) Bhangashvana: A powerful king who was cursed by God to be a woman. As a man he had a wife and children and as a woman he had a husband and bore him children. Hence he was a man to his wife and a woman to his husband.

There are hoards of other references which I can tabulate, but this should do for now. This clearly indicates, although India as the rest of the world had a very pro-hetero patriarchal society, it did not condemn or sweep under the floor boards the existence of non-heterosexual, alternate sexuality.

Even with so many evidences, if Indians find it so difficult to accept homosexuality, I can imagine a religion which apparently explicitly says “Man should not sleep with mankind, as womankind”,  would be hard pressed to accept gays.

So maybe, growing up learning about these mythological characters, we sub-consciously know that we are not freak of nature. There were gays before us and there would be gays after us and finding the references in religious books, we don’t grow up being anti-God. When we struggle as youths to accept our alternate sexuality, we find solace in these characters. Something I guess, the west don’t have the luxury of doing.

Indian Health Minister… An embarrassment to the country

Gay sex is a disease, spreading across the world” are the words of the Health Minister of India Ghulam Nabi Azad.

A bigoted, uneducated, ignorant man has no business to be in a high position of Health Minister of a country. He is a danger to the country’s progression and health issues of the LGBT community.

Its funny how he says, ” Hamare desh me bhi aagayee, jaha aadmi aadmi se sex kerta hai.” ” The disease has come to our country too where a man has sex with a man.”  In that one sentence every single word used is wrong, bigoted, ignorant and downright unscientific and against our own history.

If we break it down, “Hamare desh me bhi aagayee” … No you moron, homosexuality didn’t travel from another part of the world to India, it was always there from the ages of Mahabharata and Ramayan. But he wouldn’t know because he is a muslim, so most probably never read our hindu mythology.

“Yeh unnatural hai, nahi hona chahiye..” ” Its unnatural and shouldn’t happen…” Oh really??? Well…last time I checked homosexuality is found in 1500 animal species. So how unnatural is it? Whats unnatural here is, someone like you in  such a high-profile job.

And finally he says ” Usko dhoondna bara muskil hota hai. Kaun kerta hai, kiske saath kerta hai, eh pata nahi chalta.” ” Its very difficult to identify these men. Which man is having sex with another man and with whom is very hard to find out.” And what are you going to do if you do find out?

This man should publicly apologize and then resign from his post. He should do some course on homosexuality, read some medical journals and get familiarized with the Hindu mythology, where 1000s of years back there were mentions of transgenders, half man half woman (Shiva himself).  There are countless references, Shikhandi as one, comes to my mind, in Mahabharat.

I am outraged at this unabashed homophobia. Now the question is, what’s being done about this?

Gay Agenda?

I will keep it short.

Just one question to all those who believe homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and everything about us is the GAY AGENDA that we shove down the throat of society… what made thse animals choose the homo lifestyle?

What’s their GAY AGENDA?

Who does the social policing for these outrageous acts in the animal kingdom?

There is no Christ or Shiva or Allah, then which God hate these animals? So there is an animal hell where they are destined to go when they die?

We always were told, humans are the only species in the animal kingdom who have sex for pleasure. The rest all do for reproduction.

Looks like even animals have discovered the pleasure of the backdoor. There is no reproduction involved.

What does NOM ( National Organization of Marriage ) has to say about this? These animals are destroying the age old definition of family. They should act fast before the entire animal kingdom becomes extinct.

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