government of India
to rethink its stand on gays. Treatng this change like the apocalypse,
these learned men
looked completely distraught and earnest when they said legalizing
would destroy the institution of the family, Indian values and culture.
Some said homosexuals can be ``cured''.
Both Jain monk Acharya Lokesh Muniji and yoga guru Ramdev have said
homosexuality is against nature and that the Delhi High Court's judgement
reading down Section 377, which penalizes sex even between consenting,
adult gays, is ``a challenge to the design of God''. Other `people of God'
were not lagging in their articulation. Father Dominic Emmanuel of the
Delhi Catholic Archdiocese said when he was asked why the court's verdict
on Section 377 was being opposed by Christian leaders here: "Here people
take and practise religion seriously. In the West, churches are empty."
Muslim clerics are equally vehement in their condemnation of the
`monstrosity'. Imam Ahmed Bukhari of the Jama Masjid and Maulana
Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli, member of the All India Muslim Personal
Law Board, have said homosexuality is against all religions and
also against Indian culture. In Punjab, the Akal Takht said no
gurdwara, neither in India, nor abroad, would solemnize gay
weddings, meaning Sikhism has no place for homosexuals.
Regarding the Times of India blogs, I have noticed that many traditional
comments have not been approved on these blogs. I am a Traditional Zoroastrian.
I want to ask these blog writers just one question. Why are so many
religions and holy men saying the same thing? Why do they all agree
that homosexuality is wrong? Why have all saints asked man to marry
woman and live a moral righteous life? I ask these writers to honestly
ask themselves this question.