What’s Going On in the non-Western World?

Today is Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Cruising the internet and youtube for interesting points of view on any topic, I came across these two pieces of information, one from Kuwait the other from Russia. I’ll provide the links so you can watch them as well. But, this is the issue:  as we in North and South America and Europe culturally move towards accepting and honoring gay people and their relationships, welcoming them as full citizens with all the rights and benefits of citizenship, places like the Middle East (other than Israel), Russia and many places in Africa are rejecting and attacking gay people.  Kuwait has just this last week announced that it will now conduct ‘homosexual’ screening of ex-patriots, who are returning to the Gulf States. They have not said yet how this ‘screening’ will work, or what methods will be used, but they are trying to bar all homosexuals from being admitted to any of the GCC, where in all member countries, homosexuality is a crime and punishment can include execution.   Here’s the news link for this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJxiAIUwTrI

The other related story comes out of Russia, where it has been announced that research is being conducted to create a medicine that will ‘revert homosexuals to heterosexuals.’  There is a political problem, apparently, as ‘gay politicians’ are fighting against legitimizing the research and the use of any such medicine. And once again, the Russian spokesperson reiterated the position that all of this is to protect young boys from being recruited into a homosexual lifestyle.  The Russian perspective on homosexuality apparently hasn’t changed since the turn of the 20th century!  They apparently haven’t read or studied the research in human sexuality that has been conducted in the West since the 1940s that rejects the notion that homosexuality is a choice on the one hand, or on the other, a neo-Freudian problem of ‘latency’ that only requires a little recruitment and propaganda to turn young boys ‘to the dark side.’  The Russians claim they are not ‘anti-gay’–same sex behavior is not illegal–you just can’t discuss homosexuality or display any signs, symbols or positive views of homosexuality in public. In other words, they have a legal requirement that all gay people stay locked ‘in the closet’ and the State has the key. And as long as they are held psychologically and physically captive in that legal closet, the State now wants to administer ‘medicine’ to ‘heal’ them. This is unbelievable!   Here’s the link with the interview:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybEsJNDvG_E

I’d really like to read some of your reactions to these two news items!

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