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Saturday, February 26, 2005
No Gays Allowed


The China Post reported our Deputy Defense MINIster as having said that Malaysia will never allow gays to join its military because homosexuality is illegal under Malaysian law and forbidden by Islam.
"We will never allow these type of characters to join our family (the armed forces) as this behavior is against Islam and also against the laws of the country."


Malaysia's naval chief, Mohammad Anwar Mohammad Nor, made similar comments to Malaysian reporters Wednesday while launching a book he has written on Islamic education. He said ::
"The Royal Malaysian Navy will never accept them (homosexuals) as we have to protect the image of the navy."


Homosexuality has also cause a big wide rift in the Anglican church. Following earlier leaks to the GUARDIAN and other newspapers, the primates of the 78 million-strong Anglican church, attending a meeting in Northern Ireland, agreed to call upon the US and Canadian churches to withdraw voluntarily for at least three years. The US and Canadian churches precipitated the split because of their progressive stance on homosexuality, still regarded as anathema in many other parts of the communion, particularly in the developing world eg in Africa.

Excerpts from the GUARDIAN report ::
In 2003, the US Episcopal Church (Ecusa) endorsed the election of an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in the diocese of New Hampshire. At the same time, the diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver, Canada, became the first in the communion to introduce a service of blessing for same sex couples.
Conservatives and traditionalists had been demanding that the liberal North Ameri can churches be punished unless they withdrew or publicly repented their actions over the gay issue.
It appeared clear that, although the statement does not go that far, it represents a victory for those demanding that the church should stick to its agreed, Bible-based line on homosexuality.


Church attendence in the UK has fallen in the recent years but of late the Alpha Course has been credited for bringing many of the lost flock back and new members too. Newsweek called it a course which " uses modern marketing methods to promote and explain Christian teachings around the world". Many have been impressed by this Alpha course and its originators, Nicky Gumbel and Sandy Millar; but there are detractors too, see here and here and here. Charismatic Nicky Gumbel, a former lawyer, old Etonian, keep-fit fanatic, and a lapsed atheist, has reportedly turned agnostics into true, speaking-in-tongues believers and have reaped a large number of converts and born-again. For the Alpha course views on homosexuality, this rather long article in the GUARDIAN regarding Jon Ronson's experience of the Alpha course may provide us some idea. In the meanwhile, in view of the Anglican Church split on homosexuality, i have e-mailed Alpha.org regarding Alpha's stand on homosexuality and am awaiting its reply.




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