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Which religion changes its stand from something being wrong once and then deciding that it is right? The answer is obviously an emphatic 'NO''" Having said this has any religion I repeat has any religion condoned homosexuality which is now legalised?

Asked by gem mina, 03 Jul '09 08:50 am
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Why is it necessary for any religion to condone homosexuality? Homosexuality exists. No legal persecution has stopped its continued existence.

Only foolish incompetent religions condemn what Nature has created!
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 03 Jul '09 06:55 pm

 
  
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I do not think in an place in the Vedas have they condemned or condoned homosexuality. My religion is more concerned about spriritual evolution and moksha from the cycle of birth and re-birth.
Whatever laws are there concerning Hindu marriage, divorce, adultery, adoption, inheritance etc, etc, are ALL man-made and hence I do not give them any weightage. Hindu personal laws are neither divine nor the gospel.
Answered by joyoti sen, 03 Jul '09 09:26 pm

 
  
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I have a limited knowledge on this but to the best of my belief the Christian religion has not changed its stance on Homosexuality but the UK Government has in as much as the Governments Equality Bill states all people should be treated equally. This caused conflict between the Church and Government because the Church was forced to employ Homosexual Youth Works whereas their policy has been to employ Christians whose private conduct is consistent with the Bibles teaching on sexual ethics. This Equality law will affect all religious groups. The subject of religious tolerance to homosexuality is a hot topic generally everywhere. I do not think any religious group actively condones homosexuality but break away groups undoubtedly do and push for Gay Rights, Same sex marriages and the like - but maybe I am wrong. Nobody has rewritten the religious teachings so how can any religion now condone homosexuality.
Answered by Janis, 03 Jul '09 01:43 pm

 
  
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I dont think any religion has acknowledged the recent verdict of the Delhi high court on legalizing homosexual acts among consenting adults holding that the 149-year-old law making it a criminal offence is violative of fundamental rights and not punishable.

We can take the following reactions of different religious leaders which clearly show their strong disapproval against the verdict.
The Director of Naz Foundation which filed the case in the High Court said that the judgment indicated a change in attitude towards homosexuals.
However, religious leaders were not so enthusiastic about the High Court judgment which legalized gay sex among consenting adults.
It is absolutely wrong to legalize homosexuality. If the government attempts to scrap the Sec 377, we will oppose it strongly, Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhis Jama Masjid said.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli said that homosexuality is not allowed by any religion.
It is ag ...more
Answered by joyesh chakraborty, 03 Jul '09 12:55 pm

 
  
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Whats with religion and homosexuality? Ones sexual orientation is not defined by ones religion. It is absurd to even think so. Besides those who link religion with the same or those religious tenets who criminalise homosexuality can keep it within the confines of their religion. Religion has and should always be something private and close to ones persona belief. Its not something to be linked with social-political and biological aspects. GOD never deemed that mans biological orientation is dictated by ones religion. Therefore religion has not place in dictating the biology of a person.

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Answered by Saj Sierra, 03 Jul '09 10:39 pm

 
  
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The very fact that homosexuality is mentioned as such itself points to the fact that gays have been a part of every single human culture (sic!) at all points of time, at least at the birth of those religions that have condemned it.
Having said that, ever so many religions and beliefs, predominantly Christianity, condemned the likes of Galileo, Copernicus and others like him for pointing out inconvenient truths like the heliocentric theories and just the fact that earth was flat. Having had to eat humble pie centuries down the line, they have had the temerity now to 'exonerate' and forgive the Galileos of their times. Darwin may or may not have been right, but there is outright condemnation both from Islam and Christianity against the theory of evolution.
Unless and until it is totally proven beyond any reasonable doubt that some beliefs and conventions are totally false, NO religion is going to change its stance,
If it is irrevocably proven that homosexuality is a genetic deviation ...more
Answered by Satish Kamath, 03 Jul '09 02:22 pm

 
  
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Well, certain factions in the Christian church (A selection of Methodists and Episcopalians, etc) don't seem to mind it so much. Of course, these are primarily American elements (believe it or not). The American Episcopalian church, for example, is an embarrassment to its much less liberal African counterpart. By and large, it seems that most of the movers and shakers in Christianity will be coming out of Africa, Southeast Asia and Brazil in the not to distant future.

Islam is much stricter with homosexuality than is Christianity. Judaism...depends on who you ask.

Buddhism doesn't really condemn anything.

Wicca and various Pagan groups I think most are outright pro-gay.

Does one become homosexual by choice or is born into it?
Answered by Jack Johnson, 03 Jul '09 10:37 am

 
  
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Homosexuality is immoral activity of some crazy sexual people in the society. It is immoral act which is against laws of the Nature & the God. Religions esp Christianity and Islam oftenly condemn the immoral acts. According to interpretations on various verses in the Bible & Quran, God has forbidden the homosexual acts. But Religions are helpless in this case and no use of their condemnation. They can only take action against them by expelling them from their worship places and mostly these homosexuals are not belonged to any religious attachment and they are well-organised.
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 03 Jul '09 11:38 pm

 
  
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It is now the talk of the country.
Section 377in Indian Penal Code was introduced by Lord Macaulay in 1860. According to this, it punishes 'carnal intercourse against the order of nature' with either imprisonment of 10 years or life and fine. The provision reads, Unnatural Offences: Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
The impugned judgment of Hon'ble Delhi High Court says - "We declare section 377 of Indian Penal Code in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private is violative of Articles 21, 14, and 15 of the Constitution,"
Now the interpretation of the judgment in the public relates to one's acceptability homosexuality or otherwise.
Art. 14 ensures that all citizens are treated equally. It enshrines the principle of "Eq ...more
Answered by soumyen sarkar, 04 Jul '09 08:07 pm

 
  
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I dont know much of religious connotations...but the current debate due to the recent ruling of supreme court did bring up some interesting facts :

# Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of time.. khajuraho and kamasutra do talk of sex between the same genders.
# Ancient Greeks, Romans believed SEx as a form of love and believed that one can engage in acts of love irrespective of gender ...this was until the birth of christianity
# Christianity condemns homosexuality as it is against the very reason for the birth of man.. God's command ."go forth and multiply" will be nullified if homosexuality prevailed. Homosexuality in Europe was not condemned until christianity spread..in the middle ages
#In certain ancient cultures, women were considered inferior, there fore having sex with a man was revered..
# hinduism talks of third gender...the eunuchs, transexuals and homosexuals may come under this category..mythology is full of stories where even God like forms change ...more
Answered by sumitha, 03 Jul '09 06:29 pm

 
  
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