Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Crap We (Still) Have to Put Up With

Indonesian psychiatrists label LGBT as mental disorders
The leading Indonesian psychiatric body has classified homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism as mental disorders, which it says can be cured through proper treatment.
Indonesian Psychiatrists Association (PDSKJI) member Suzy Yusna Dewi said that most of the time, the aforementioned sexual tendencies were triggered by external factors, such as the influence of a person's social environment, and therefore they could be healed through psychiatric treatment.
"We really do care about them. What we are worried about is, if left untreated, such sexual tendencies could become a commonly accepted condition in society," Suzy told on Tuesday.
She made comments about the association’s recent statement to address rising concerns about the growing prominence of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, which has drawn sharp criticism from government and religious leaders.
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Member of Indonesia's parliament tweets that gays should be put to death
In the latest incident of anti-gay rhetoric in Indonesia, a member of Parliament from the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party posted on Twitter that gays should be put to death.
Tifatul Sembiring, who is the country’s former Information and Communications Minister, tweeted: ‘A saying of the Prophet [Mohamed]: Whomever you find committing the acts of the community of Lot (homosexual) should be put to death.’
Anti-gay rhetoric has been on the rise in the Southeast Asian country. Gay sex is not a crime in Indonesia but remains taboo in many parts of the Muslim majority.
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Indonesian clerics declare LGBT groups haram
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) announced on Wednesday that it considered individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) to be haram, in the wake of recent controversy surrounding LGBT communities across the country.
The MUI, along with several other Islamic organizations, declared that the existence of LGBT communities was against the Constitution and against religious norms.
"The opinion is based on LGBT activities prohibited by Islam," MUI chairman Ma'ruf Amin said at a press conference at the MUI office in Jakarta on Wednesday, as quoted by
LGBT activities were against the national ideology of Pancasila, the Constitution and the 1974 Marriage Law, he said.
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Indonesia minister wants LGBTI students banned from university
An Indonesian minister has said LGBTI students should be banned from university.
‘There are standard values and moral standards to be maintained. The campus is a moral guardian,’ Muhammad Nasir, minister of research, technology and higher education, said on 23 January.
He made the comments in response to a recent controversy over a poster advertising counseling services for LGBTI students at the University of Indonesia, which went viral last week.
The university has since disavowed the Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC), and a legislator warned that the LGBTI community posed a serious threat to the nation.
‘LGBT groups should not be allowed to develop and be given space to conduct their activities. Even more serious are those LGBT members who go into universities with scientific studies, or hold discussion groups,’ said Nasir Djamil.
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Indonesian Defense Minister: LGBTI movement more dangerous than nuclear war
Indonesia’s Minister of Defense has called the LGBTI movement modern warfare and described it as more dangerous than a nuclear war.
Ryamizard Ryacudu called the growing movement a ‘proxy war’ whose aim it was to undermine Indonesia’s sovereignty, according to
‘It’s dangerous as we can’t see who our foes are, but out of the blue everyone is brainwashed – now the community is demanding more freedom, it really is a threat,’ Ryacudu reportedly said in the Ministry of Defence today (23 February).
‘In a proxy war, another state might have occupied the minds of the nation without realizing it.
‘In a nuclear war, if a bomb is dropped over Jakarta, Semarang will not be affected – but in a proxy war, everything we know could disappear in an instant.’
A proxy war, he added, didn’t need military forces to undermine the country, as its effectiveness and danger came from being based on an ideology.
‘This sort of brainwashing is dangerous, as it skews the mindset of our nation away from our base ideology,’ Ryacudu said.
According to Tempo, the minister claimed the LGBTI movement was forcing Indonesia to interact with states supporting equality.
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