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Haiti: United Nations calls on political and religious leaders to tackle homophobic violence

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  1. Well done United Nations! The UN is really speaking out on equal rights these days, all over the world!

  2. Ha! Asking RELIGIOUS leaders to take a lead is like asking a lion to become vegatarian. It’s because of religion that anti-gay hatred exists AT ALL! Until the inhabitants of backward nations reject orgainised religion as the ‘opium of the people’ we will always have homophobia. It is significant to me that, in those countries where ‘deference’ towards religion has disappeared, peace and personal happiness has been greatly enhanced. Places which cling to ‘traditional relationships’ as defined by religion continue to persecute and marginalise gay people. I rest my case.

    1. That’s certainly true of countries under Christian and Islamic sway, but at the same time it’s worth noting that China, one of the most aggressively anti-religious societies of the 20c (and containing over a sixth of the world’s population), criminalised homosexuality early in the century and didn’t decriminalise till 1997. It still has a long way to go, despite there being little or no religious influence in Chinese politics, than many ostensibly Christian countries.

      1. Maybe so for those under Islamic sway which are widely backward and homophobic, but the vast majority of the world’s Christian nations have voted for gay rights at the UN, for example.

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