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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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  • Human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL argues that  the Ashers ‘gay cake’ verdict is a defeat for freedom of expression Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast over its refusal to produce a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a gay customer,
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  • Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy. The bill against the practice, which aims to “cure” a non-heterosexual person of their sexuality, was voted through unanimously in December 2016. According to a BBC report, under the new law, anyone who tries to “change, repress or
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  • Report by MARCUS ROBINSON Few people outside Canada will recognise the name Everett George Klippert. Indeed, so many years have passed since he was jailed simply for being gay, most Canadians would, until recently, have asked “who the heck was he?” if you ran his name past them. But thanks
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  • Little has changed since BARRY DUKE first wrote an article for the Freethinker magazine about Islam’s persecution of homosexuals. This is an updated version of his 2004 feature. Trawl Google images for “gay Christians”, and you will find thousands of pictures of that fit the criteria. Do the same for
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  • TED MCFADYEN was the first to go, followed by ANNE DEVESON, RABBI LIONEL BLUE and LORD JENKIN. Report by JOHN HARRIS. Ted McFadyen was a former journalist and broadcaster who contributed reviews to Gay News and The Gay and Lesbian Humanist. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked for a
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  • BRETT HUMPHREYS reviews The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker by Éric Liberge (illustrations) and Arnaud Delalande (text), translated by David Homel (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016, hardback, 287mm x 231mm, 101 pages) Few people will be familiar with the semi-detached Victorian house on
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  • Human rights campaigner LEO IGWE writes that religious forces have led the country down the path of discrimination and hatred Twisted thinking that seeks to use religion to legitimise hatred and discrimination against gays was recently displayed in Chad as the country’s politicians voted to criminalise homosexuality. It is not
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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.

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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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