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Below are all the articles contained in the latest issue of The Pink Humanist with links added.
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  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE hits out at those who insist that terrorists such as Omar Mateen, above, who killed 49 people at the gay club, are ‘aberrant’ Muslims, and who flatly refuse to acknowledge the fact that Islam itself is an aberration, a ghastly, inhumane ideology bent on destroying
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  • YANG Tuck Yoong, senior pastor of Singapore’s Community Church, earlier this year expressed outrage over a promotional video released by Pink Dot SG – a non-profit LGBT organisation – featuring lesbian pastor Pauline Ong, right, of the Free Community Church. The video infuriated Yoong, who said in a blog post
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  • US District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez, who decided earlier this year that Puerto Rico should maintain it gay marriage ban, has been overruled by the federal appeals court which stated that the ban was “unconstitutional”. “The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know
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  • THE LGBT humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), publishers of The Pink Humanist, has warmly welcomed the French gay activist Louis-Georges Tin as a patron. Louis-Georges Tin is a professor of literature at the University of Orléans. In 2005, he launched the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), now celebrated
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  • MUCH to the fury of the Catholic Church, Italy voted to allow civil unions on May 11. This prompted Archbishop Michele Pennisi, a member of the Italian Bishops’ Conference to say “there is a large part of the country that did not want this law passed”. The new law was
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  • Victor Pemberton. Photo: Barry Duke   LET me tell you about something about the sonic screwdriver. Of all the contraptions conceived in 20th century science fiction, Doctor Who’s gizmo was the one single object that ignited in me a lifelong passion for all manner of technological doohickeys. To prove my
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  • STILL bathing in the afterglow of Benidorm’s Pink Weekend in May, on June 10 I hooked up with Sammy Kruz, a member of the team that organises Pride and other related events in Benidorm. I needed some information from him to complete an article I was writing about the event
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  • At the beginning of 2016, the Kenyan authorities took a bold step by registering the Atheists in Kenya Society as a legal entity. But in the face of religious opposition, within months they suspended the registration. In this article, LEO IGWE, prominent Nigerian sceptic and human rights campaigner, reports on
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  • FOR the summer 2001 edition of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist, BARBARA SMOKER, now 94, penned an article entitled ‘From Would-be Nun to Atheist’ Oh, yes – I once had an orthodox creed. I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family, and had an old-style convent education –
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The Pink Humanist is a 16-page quarterly magazine launched by the PINK TRIANGLE TRUST in 2011 and edited by veteran gay journalist and photographer, Barry Duke, who lives in Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca.

The Pink Triangle Trust was established as a UK registered charity in 1992 – and is the only charity of its kind in the UK.

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Amsterdam's Chief Rabbi sacked

FURY erupted among young Jewish Amsterdammers this week after Aryeh Ralbag, the city's nominal Chief Rabbi, signed a statement saying that homosexuality was “sinful” and could be "cured".

And today it is reported here that the homophobe has been sacked by Amsterdam's Orthodox Jewish community.

Ralbag, who lives in New York and visits the Netherlands once or twice a year to rule on legal matters, signed the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality using all his official functions, including that of chief rabbi of Amsterdam.

FURY erupted among young Jewish Amsterdammers this week after Aryeh Ralbag, the city's nominal Chief Rabbi, signed a statement saying that homosexuality was “sinful” and could be "cured".

And today it is reported here that the homophobe has been sacked by Amsterdam's Orthodox Jewish community.

 

Ralbag, who lives in New York and visits the Netherlands once or twice a year to rule on legal matters, signed the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality using all his official functions, including that of chief rabbi of Amsterdam.

 

That part of his signature has now been removed.

 

Ralbag will remain suspended until he and community leaders have spoken about the issue.

The declaration, signed by 162 rabbis and mental health practitioners last year, states that "homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle” and that “behaviours are changeable”.

 

A press release by the community’s board, NIHS, said:

 

Rabbi Ralbag’s signature may give the impression the Orthodox Jewish community of Amsterdam shares his view. This is absolutely untrue. Homosexuals are welcome at the Amsterdam Jewish community.

 

The Dutch Israel information centre CIDI has also called on Ralbag to stand down from his Amsterdam position.

 

Meanwhile, it was reported here that Dutch medical organisations and health insurers are unhappy over having to pay for “gay-cure” therapies.

 

The treatment is offered by the orthodox Christian organisation Different, a recognised provider of therapies in mental health care. Because it is officially recognised, health insurers cannot refuse to pay for the treatment.

 

However, doctors and insurers say the treatment is damaging and even dangerous, and want the health inspectorate to look into the matter.


Hat tip: Marco & Remigius


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