Is There Any Hope For LGBT Malaysians?

 

The battles for equality our community fight look toward winning social acceptance, but the main goal for years has been for the legal recognition of human equality.  No matter how many cake makers, florists, county clerks, churches are against us, we look toward the legal system to "give" us our rights and protect them from being taken away. 

In Malaysia, religion is above State and not separate as it is supposed to be in the United States. We think that our LGBT community has issues with religious groups in our nation, but our "family" members in predominantly Muslim nations have it much worse.   

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 ― The Federal Constitution accords equal protection to all citizens under the law but Malaysia’s lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) will never be able to lead the life they want, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has said.

The former de facto law minister claimed that this was because the “lifestyles” the LGBT community ostensibly leads goes against the teachings of Islam, adding that Islamic principles supersedes the the rights protected even by the country’s highest law.

“LGBT people, I am sorry but even though you argue that it your human right to lead your [life] but it will not be allowed here because it is not allowed in Islam,” Nazri told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.

“The Federal Constitution expressly mentions Islam as the religion of the federation, so there is no way for the LGBT to be given equal rights even though they may argue that human rights should be the rights of everyone,” the tourism and culture minister explained. – m.themalaymailonline.com

Malaysia’s LBGT community has been hopeful that change may come one day, inspired by the US Supreme Court decision in June this year to allow gay couples to get married across the country.

But Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said that Islam and its followers are still being tested by the threat of liberalism, and that advocates of liberal ideas have been posing “tough” challenges to Muslims here.

“This threat will ruin the Muslim identity because the liberal ones will take the easy route in matters of religious principles, and from there, groups such as liberal Muslims, LGBT, human rightism and many more will be born,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Malaysia Wasatiyyah Institute in his official residence in Seri Perdana back in May.

In June, Najib also said that gay parades and events of such nature are unsuitable for moderate Muslim Malaysia, and that Islam in the country was incompatible with extremes, be they conservative or liberal.

“Islam is a religion that promotes peace. Islam does not promote violence and teaches us moderation. It is not extreme nor it is too open.

“There is no need for events like a gay parade because it is too open,” Najib had said then. – m.themalaymailonline.com

Our nation is just over 200 years old and religious law as well as religious freedoms were what we were founded upon.  We've changed so much in that little amount of time. 

Is there any hope for LGBT citizens in Muslim nations if religion is above the written and amendable law?

 

 

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 ― The Federal Constitution accords equal protection to all citizens under the law but Malaysia’s lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) will never be able to lead the life they want, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has said.

The former de facto law minister claimed that this was because the “lifestyles” the LGBT community ostensibly leads goes against the teachings of Islam, adding that Islamic principles supersedes the the rights protected even by the country’s highest law.

“LGBT people, I am sorry but even though you argue that it your human right to lead your [life] but it will not be allowed here because it is not allowed in Islam,” Nazri told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.

“The Federal Constitution expressly mentions Islam as the religion of the federation, so there is no way for the LGBT to be given equal rights even though they may argue that human rights should be the rights of everyone,” the tourism and culture minister explained.

– See more at: http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/lgbt-community-will-never-have-equal-rights-in-malaysia-tourism-minister-sa#sthash.O3LtASvO.dpuf

2 thoughts on “Is There Any Hope For LGBT Malaysians?”

  1. ““Islam is a religion that

    "“Islam is a religion that promotes peace. Islam does not promote violence and teaches us moderation.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha  ha….who the fuck is he kidding….shitheads one and all!…

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