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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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  • 'Gay Cures'
  • Audre Lorde
  • BBC
  • Bigotry
  • Brazil
  • Christian Institute
  • Christianity
  • Cinema
  • Conservative Party
  • Cuba
  • Donald Trump
  • Education
  • Evangelicals
  • Gay Marriage
  • Hate Groups
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • India,
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Neo Nazis
  • Peter Tatchell
  • Section 28
  • South Africa
  • Transsexuals
  • United States
  • Pink Humanist editor BARRY DUKE reports THE man pictured above is Paul Dorr, a Christian extremist living in Ohio and an ardent devotee of Donald Trump. A few weeks back he inadvertently boosted the stock of gay-themed books at a his local library by posting a video on YouTube which
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    • Bigotry
    • Christianity
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
  • IN SEPTEMBER, 2018, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, above, backed same-sex marriage. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raúl Castro on April 19, said he was in favour of recognising “marriage between people without any restrictions.” In an interview with TV Telesur, he said doing so was “part of eliminating
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    • Christianity
    • Cuba
    • Evangelicals
    • Gay Marriage
  • By ANDREW SPITZNAS WHAT a difference 150 years make! The former party of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, stands behind a prison system that disproportionately shackles people of color and puts brown children in cages. The erstwhile party of Ulysses S Grant, a hero of Reconstruction who prosecuted the KKK and
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    • Donald Trump
    • Hate Groups
    • Homophobia
    • Homosexuality
    • Neo Nazis
    • Transsexuals
    • United States
  • Thirty years after the UK government banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality, TERRY SANDERSON reflects on the hysteria that prompted Section 28, the fear it caused and the backing religious fanatics gave it. Artwork by Vicky Boylan THE struggle for gay rights in this country over the past 50 years
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    • Conservative Party
    • Homophobia
    • Margaret Thatcher
    • Section 28
  •   SIMON Calvert, above, Deputy Director of the conservative UK advocacy group – the Christian Institute – has reacted angrily to the news that Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed LGBTI equality and inclusion in all state schools. Calvert was quoted by The Christian Post as saying
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    • Christian Institute
    • Education
    • Homophobia
  • MARCUS ROBINSON reports on Christian fascism's arrival in Brazil BRAZIL'S far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, above – known as “the Trump of the Tropics”  – won a decisive victory in October’s presidential election, and when he takes office at the beginning of 2019 the country will, in the words of one commentator, will
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    • Brazil
    • Evangelicals
    • Homophobia
  • Human rights campaigner PETER TATCHELL takes courage from this landmark decision IN SEPTEMBER, 2018, India’s Supreme Court amended Section 377 of its penal code to decriminalise homosexuality. Peter Tatchell reacted by describing the ruling as “historic”, saying “it sets free from criminalisation almost one-fifth of the world’s gay people. That’s
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    • Homosexuality
    • India,
    • Peter Tatchell
  • EARLIER this year, a row broke out in South Africa following the release of a gay-themed movie called Inxeba (The Wound). Cinemas were forced to cancel screenings and among its detractors was musician Loyiso Bala, who said he wanted it banned. The singer took to Twitter to express his disapproval,
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    • Cinema
    • Homosexuality
    • South Africa
  • WHAT I like about BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives programme, writes CALLUM O'CONNOR, is that your get to hear erudite people discussing outstanding individuals – some dead, some very much still with us. One recent episode I particularly enjoyed was an examination of the life of Audre Lorde by Professor Laura
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    • Audre Lorde
    • BBC
  • ALAN SMITH reports GBENGA Samuel, a UK pastor, was the subject of the lead report on ITV News on November 12 about the extent of abuse suffered by members of the LGBT at the hands of Christian “pray-away-the gay” zealots .   Pastor Gbenga Samuel via YouTube The Winners’ Chapel pastor
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    • 'Gay Cures'
    • 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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