At the Movies | They Met in Bombay, 1941 by e r j k p r u n c z y k
In times ahead, homosexuality may well cease to bother many people.
And, except the ultra religious or the zealously spiritual, it probably may not rattle many a human cage. A neo-homo-spirituality too is being brought into play by vested interests to muddy the "godly" waters as if. The child-sex-abuse of Catholic priests, with the Vatican covering it shamefacedly but bull-headedly; is making it infinitely easier for non-spiritual practices taking roots among the disillusioned. One man's dirty linen has found itself tethered into somebody else's pristine white dress.
Historically, traditional religions either abhor or abjure homosexuality.
"If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, the two of them have done an abhorrent thing; they shall be put to death - their blood guilt is upon them." - (Leviticus 20:13)
"Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds." - (Qur'an 7:80-81)
To the present, whether in the East or the West, there has never been any acceptability of homosexuality in the religious realm. It may be fashionable now in certain Western countries to find some sort of acceptance of homosexual relationships socially, but on the whole, except when pushed by a personal and profitable political agenda, religious people openly think of it and denounce it as an un-natural act; unacceptable to them, their faith or their this-that god.
"The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies with mankind, is a man that is a demon; this man is a worshipper of the demons, a male paramour of the demons." - (Vendidad, Zoroastrianism)
"Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." - (Romans 1:27)
The Abrahamic faiths are unambiguous in their condemnation of homosexuality in any form. However, modern thinking person finds much else obsolete and objectionable too in Bible, Torah and Quran; especially their retrograde views on women, slavery, killing of their own and people of differing faiths. And, even their concept of a personal, vengeful god who's out to ruthlessly punish everyone for every little reason under the earth. Most of all, educated people find their 6000 year old creationistic belief not only unscientific but laughable, in today's time. So, if the homosexual lobbyists find support among agnostics and atheists, it should not surprise anybody.
Yet, strangely but surely enough, even amongst religious traditions contrary and markedly different from Christianity, Judaism and Islam; at times, there are unambiguousness views on homosexuality. The ancient Hindu scripture, Narada Purana narrates:
"The great sinner who discharges semen in non-vaginas, in those who are destitute of vulva and uteruses of animals shall fall into the hell.. That man has semen for his diet. He becomes the despicable man in the world when reborn."
Similarly, another well known, old Hindu text, Manu Smriti, pours scorn over female homosexuals, holding the view that:
"If a girl does it (has sex) with another girl.. receive ten whip-lashes. But if a (mature) woman does it to a girl, her head should be shaved immediately or two of her fingers should be cut off, and she should be made to ride on a donkey."
And, about male homosexuals, Manu Smriti tersely says:
"Sexual Union with a man are traditionally said to cause loss of (high) caste."
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