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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

No gays, please, we're Indian

Remarkable news from India:
India's health minister has outraged activists by calling homosexuality a "disease" and "completely unnatural" during a conference on HIV/AIDS.

Ghulam Nabi Azad told the conference Monday that it was unfortunate that homosexuality has come to India. He echoed a common refrain in this conservative country that homosexual sex is a Western import.

Gay sex was illegal in India until 2009 when the Delhi High Court struck down the law that made sex between people of the same gender punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Roughly 2.5 million Indians have HIV, making it the country with the largest number of people living with the disease in Asia.
I had always assumed, like so many who are familiar with this sacred country, that there was no sex in India at all, even though sometimes its demographic growth would occasion a crisis of faith. Perhaps this is the Lord's true miracle: that He is able to multiply India's population as He once did the loaves and the fishes, with no assistance from its chaste people.

Today JUSIPER bows in humility before India, its incorruptible elected representatives and a millenarian tradition of religious pluralism tempered by colonial remnants that enable all faiths to unite in such unqualified wisdom.

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