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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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  • America
  • Barry Duke
  • Bisexuality
  • Books
  • Dale Claridge
  • GayLiberation
  • Hate Preachers,
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Humanism,
  • Lambda
  • LGBT+ Pride
  • Misogyny
  • Peter Tatchell
  • Politics,
  • Review
  • Serbia
  • St Sukie De La Croix
  • Trump
  • Seventy-two countries still criminalise same-sex relations and there is an anti-LGBT backlash in about 20 countries. But liberation cannot be halted forever. Queer freedom is an unstoppable global trend. It knows no borders, says UK human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL. IN Western countries over the last two decades there has
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    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Peter Tatchell
  • PHILIP FIELDING reports on a growing push by bisexuals for recognition and respect Writing for Slate magazine back in 2014, bisexual Nathaniel Frank, director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School and author of Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America, confessed that he
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    • Bisexuality
  • CHRIS COATES reports on reaction to the Trump administration’s ‘religious liberties’ directive Conservative evangelicals, reported The Daily Beast earlier this month, “handed Trump the presidency when they collectively, and organisationally, agreed to overlook his adultery, sexism, vulgarity, greed, dishonesty, and (to put it mildly) racially coded rhetoric in order to
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    • America
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Politics,
    • Trump
  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE was among the original founders of Pride in Benidorm when he settled in the popular Costa Blanca resort seven years ago. Ahead of this summer’s Pride, he wrote the following piece for Round Town News, a popular weekly newpaper that partnered the event. I ONCE
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    • Barry Duke
    • LGBT+ Pride
  • WHILE Benidorm was celebrating its September Pride week, Ana Brnabic, the first openly gay Prime Minister in the Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job, joined about 1,000 gay activists at Belgrade’s Pride parade. It was the first time that a Serbian Prime Minister joined the
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    • LGBT+ Pride
    • Politics,
    • Serbia
  • Review by DALE CLARIDGE DO religion and its institutions subvert reason and progress in modern life? In his introduction to Secularism: Politics, Religion and Freedom, Andrew Copson presents a holistic and hard-hitting case showing the importance of keeping religion out of politics. The CEO of Humanists UK, Copson is accustomed
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    • Dale Claridge
    • Humanism,
    • Review
  • BARRY DUKE poses the question IN the mid-1970s, shortly after meeting Brian, a lad who was to be my long-term partner, I bought him a silver ring and had engraved on it the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet: the lambda. Puzzled by the symbol, he asked me what it
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    • Barry Duke
    • GayLiberation
    • Lambda
  • By Neil Harrison ROMANIA needs no help from abroad to promote intolerance towards its LGBT communities, yet the Liberty Counsel – a right-wing American organisation officially designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center – has chosen to poke its nose into a gay marriage referendum Romania plans on holding
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    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
  • ST Sukie de la Croix, who wrote for the Gay and Lesbian Humanist, among many other publications, has just published a new book, The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity. He is most widely known for his 2012 book Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. His
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    • Books
    • St Sukie De La Croix
  • SCOTT Lively – a preacher who probably did more to stoke up hatred against gays in Uganda than any other foreign evangelist – is demanding that remarks made about him by a Federal judge be expunged from official records. Lively wants the Boston-based First Circuit Court of Appeals to remove language used
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    • Hate Preachers,
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
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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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Canadian court rules against biblical hate speech

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime.

According to this report, the court upheld the conviction of Christian fundamentalist William Whatcott, who found himself in hot water after distributing flyers regarding the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality throughout the Saskatoon and Regina neighborhoods in 2001 and 2002.


The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime.

According to this report, the court upheld the conviction of Christian fundamentalist William Whatcott, who found himself in hot water after distributing flyers regarding the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality throughout the Saskatoon and Regina neighborhoods in 2001 and 2002.

 

One flyer that was found to be in violation stated, citing 1 Corinthians 6:9:

The Bible is clear that homosexuality is an abomination. Scripture records that Sodom and Gomorrah was given over completely to homosexual perversion and as a result destroyed by God’s wrath.

Another flyer, entitled Keep Homosexuality Out of Saskatoon’s Public Schools, was written in response to the recommendation of the Saskatoon School Board that the subject of homosexuality be included in school curriculum.

The Supreme Court declared the document to be unlawful because it called the homosexual acts that would be taught to children “filthy,” and contended that children are more interested in playing Ken and Barbie than:

Learning how wonderful it is for two men to sodomize each other.

The justices ruled that because the use of the word “sodomy” only referred to “two men” and not also the sex acts of heterosexuals, it was a direct target against a specific group of people.

Whatcott had distributed the flyers over a decade ago to raise awareness of his paranoia about both gayl parades in Canada, as well as the vulnerability of children in a culture that promotes homosexuality.

However, when Canada’s Human Rights Commission found out about the matter, they took him to court, citing him with a hate crime.

The Supreme Court noted in its opinion, among other concerns, that Whatcott’s use of the Bible to target homosexuals was a problem. It ruled:

[Whatcott's] expression portrays the targeted group as a menace that could threaten the safety and well-being of others, makes reference to respected sources (in this case the Bible) to lend credibility to the negative generalizations, and uses vilifying and derogatory representations to create a tone of hatred.

It pointed back to the lower court ruling, which asserted:

While the courts cannot be drawn into the business of attempting to authoritatively interpret sacred texts such as the Bible, those texts will typically have characteristics which cannot be ignored if they are to be properly assessed in relation to … the [Hate Crimes] Code.

The judges did note, however, that:

It would only be unusual circumstances and context that could transform a simple reading or publication of a religion’s holy text into what could objectively be viewed as hate speech.

Whatcott has now been ordered to pay $7,500 to two gay people who took offence at his flyers, as well as to pay the legal fees of the Human Rights Commission – which could cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The bigot moaned:

The ruling and the reasoning [of the court] is terrible,. They actually used the concept that truth is not a defence.

He added:

It’s worse than I expected. What it means is that my life is over as I know it.

According to this report, Whatcott described the ruling as as "rubbish", and said the ruling criminalises a large part of Christian speech on homosexuality and morality.

Unapologetic, he suggested he may put out another flyer on expressing that viewpoint and it will be written in what he calls his usual blunt and forthright manner.

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