Harsh cure for ‘sick­ness’

Ex­or­cisms used to cleanse LGBTQ

Winnipeg Sun - - CLASSIFIED - BRAD HUNTER [email protected]­media.com

In­done­sian re­li­gious fa­nat­ics are car­ry­ing out ex­or­cisms in a twisted bid to erase ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

Is­lamic cler­ics are re­fer­ring to LGBTQ peo­ple’s ori­en­ta­tion as “their sick­ness” in the Mus­lim ma­jor­ity na­tion.

In re­cent days, there has been a flurry of can­ings and rhetoric tar­get­ing the gay com­mu­nity.

Re­li­gious cops have also busted 18 cou­ples — 10 les­bians and eight who iden­tify as trans­gen­der — for “psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion”, ac­cord­ing to ABC News.

And now, re­li­gious lead­ers are per­form­ing ex­or­cisms.

They blame ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and trans­gen­derism on de­monic spir­its they call di­jinn and only an ex­or­cism can “cure them.”

ABC News footage shows a num­ber of distressed men ly­ing on a floor be­ing or­dered to “re­pent” and “God can forgive them.”

Backed by In­done­sians

And, ap­par­ently, many In­done­sians agree: Thou­sands marched in the streets of Jakarta in a ra­bidly ANTI-LGBTQ rally.

The na­tion’s largest Mus­lim group with 80 mil­lion mem­bers wants a crack­down on same-sex re­la­tions.

A re­cent poll re­vealed that nearly 90% of In­done­sians feel “threat­ened” by the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

“This sit­u­a­tion is alarm­ing as the hate­ful abuses by law en­force­ment bod­ies ... are seen as a nor­mal prac­tice by many peo­ple,” said Us­man Hamid, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional In­done­sia’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Mean­while, an Ir­ish univer­sity lec­turer was stabbed to death by one of his for­mer stu­dents in Paris for al­legedly “in­sult­ing the Prophet Mo­hammed.”

Pak­istani na­tional, Ali R., 37, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing aca­demic John Dowl­ing, 66.

Cops say he was stabbed 13 times out­side the univer­sity where he worked. Flunk­ing his fi­nals last year ap­par­ently did not leave the sus­pect in a for­giv­ing mood.


A man is pub­licly caned in Banda Aceh for hav­ing sex, in a first for the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, where there are con­cerns over mount­ing hos­til­ity to­ward the small gay com­mu­nity.

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