Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM
Subject: Zoroastrians protest against the Delhi High Court's ruling
HUMATA HUKHTA HAVARASHTA!
9 July 2009
Dear Zarathushti humdins,
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Dear Zarathushti humdins,
it was a sad day for India and Indian society and Indian moral values
when the Delhi High Court legalised homosexuality.
Homosexuality is a wrong against Nature and God's Laws and that is why
it is considered a "crime" in all major religions.
Some people argue that decriminalising homosexuality and prostitution
is so that police officers do not persecute these people, but trhat is
taking a very secular and material-based view of a serious crime.
Legally forbidding a moral crime gives moral strength to society, else
once these sins are legalised, society indulges in them wantonly with
a feeling that "It is legal so it must be right".
A secular constitution like ours in India obvoiusly has some disadvantages.
In western countries when homosexuality ceased to be legally wrong,
the gay groups became more and more bold and today they are canvassing
for gay priesthood and even the ultimate irony of all - gay
"marriages". How can a male be united with another male in holy
wedlock when the very institution of marriage is to unite a man and a
woman so that they go forth and multiply.
The sexual act is primarily for procreation and homosexuality is a
blatant disregard for that fact in nature. That is why they say "God
made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve".
The so-called gay or sam-sex "marriages" participants than get bolder
and ask for adopting children. Two men unite to look after a child, no
mummy for that poor child and when two women "marry", no daddy for the
Our religion Zoroastrianism too condemns this unholy practise.In fact,
our religion was the first in the world to clearly say in the ancient
Avestan scripture Vendidad, that homosexuality is the worst sin
possible on this earth, for which there is no repentance possible. All
other sins can be absolved, but not this worst sin which goes against
the law of nature itself.
Yoga teacher Swami Ramdev minced no words. ''Do the people behind this
verdict consider homosexuality natural? Is it something they will
themselves do? If our parents had been gays, would we have been born?
Freedom doesn't mean licence. Our family system is the only ideal we
can show to the world. Sadly, this judgment will end up corrupting it.
I will be part of every protest against the judgment.''
A Times of India report a few days ago mentions how disgusted the
Muslim clergy were with this ruling.
" Amid government moves for a re-look at criminalising homosexuality,
several Muslim leaders have said any attempt to legally permit
unnatural sex is an attack on religious and moral values."
"Legalisation of homosexuality is an attack on Indian religious and
moral values," over a dozen prominent Muslim religious leaders said in
The statement has been endorsed by Maulana Jalaluddin Omari, President
of the Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Muhammad Salim Qasimi, Rector of
Darul Uloom Waqf, Deoband, Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam of
Jama Masjid Fatehpuri, among others."
"We are shocked to see reports in the media that the Union government
is considering the repeal of Section 377 of the IPC, which means
making homosexuality legal," the statement said on Tuesday.
"It said that homosexuality is a sin and a social evil which will only
lead to societal disintegration and break-up of the family. "
"Appealing to the government not to be influenced by the "decadent
trends of the Western culture" and not to give in to the demands of a
minuscule minority, the statement said the government should not test
the patience of the silent vast majority of the country which abhors
The Sikh leaders too have spoken out against this:
"Even as Amrit and Jeeta — possibly the first gay couple in India to
marry after the Delhi High Court read down section 377 that penalizes
sex between homosexuals —spent a day in marital bliss, an
uncomfortable and angry Sikh clergy issued directions to all gurdwara
management committees of the world to not solemnize such unions ''as
it is against Gurmat and has no place in Sikhism.''
"The censure came after a meeting at the Akal Takht secretariat on
Wednesday of Sikh high priests, among them the jathedar of Akal Takht,
Giani Gurbachan Singh, jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Balwant
Singh Nandgarh, and Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, Giani Tarlochan
"Gay marriages are not acceptable in Sikhism and have no place in
Gurmat," said Gurbachan Singh, adding that the five Sikh high priests
have issued strict directions to all gurdwaras across the globe to
abide by the diktat.
''The heads of other religions and faiths also have a similar opinion
on gay relations,'' he said, finding brotherhood in the group of
enraged Hindu, Christian and Muslim leaders who have condemned the
court's rethink on the anti-gay section of IPC."
Harnam Singh Khalsa, head of Damdami Taksal, too, echoed the
anti-homosexual chorus, protesting India's inclusion in the list of
150 countries, including South Africa, China, Nepal, Australia, Canada
and Argentina, where homosexuality is legal. ''Gay marriages,'' he
said, ''are not acceptable and we strongly oppose it. We may even
begin an agitation against such relations.''
"Going a step further, Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal has asked the
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the state
government to take legal steps that would prevent gay marriages in the
state ''which would only lead to moral degradation in society.''
We hope our dear Vada Dasturjis too come out with a statement against
homosexuality and thus prevent both our youngsters and adults alike to
be further brainswashed by these senseless and immoral liberal
propaganda in society today.
Fellow Zarathushtis, let us lead clean decent moral and religious
upright lives and put an end to all these sinful values not only from
our individual lives, but also from our families and our community.
Of course, the Delhi High Court judgement could be later overruled by
the Supreme Court, but even if it does not happen, deep down in our
hearts and minds let us recognise that homosexuality as a moral and
religious wrong. This way we can gain strength and moral courage to
stand up against these ill winds blowing in our societies.
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