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Definitions of Homophobia

Definitions of Homophobia

Homophobia happens on many levels. The dictionary describes homophobia as a fear or hatred of homosexuality, homosexual people, lesbian, gay and bisexual identity, and refers to the values and behaviours which express this fear and hatred. Homophobia is any action, attitude, or behavior that discriminates against or unfairly limits same-sex attracted people because of their sexuality (e.g. preventing a same-sex …

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Hinduism and Homosexuality

Hinduism and Homosexuality

The Hindu stance on the issue of homosexuality is not clear. There is conflict in the Hindu scriptures. The first and foremost injunction in the Bhagavad Gita is that all of us are individual souls who are eternal. Thus, we are not our bodies. To actually come to this realisation, we must act in accordance with our true nature. That …

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Christianity and Homosexuality

Christianity and Homosexuality

Christianity is further divided by many denominations such as Anglican, Catholic and the Uniting Church and many smaller sects and denominations. Within the Christian church there exists a wide diversity of opinions on the question of homosexuality. While nearly all agree with the need to accept homosexual persons, there is no agreement regarding how to regard homosexual behaviour – what …

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Buddhism and Homosexuality

Buddhism and Homosexuality

There are many schools of Buddhism, such as Zen or Tibetan. Overall Buddhism does not condemn homosexuality. Buddhist countries also tend to have few social and legal prohibitions against homosexuality. Some, such as Thailand, are relatively free of homophobia. The Dalai Lama, the most respected leader of a Buddhist sect, is ambiguous on the subject of homosexuality. All in all, …

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Islam and Homosexuality

Islam and Homosexuality

There is no doubt that in Islam homosexuality is considered ‘sinful’. Homosexuality as far as Islam is concerned is a profound mistake (as are all sins if they are not intending to do wrong). Islam believes that humans are not homosexual by nature and that people become homosexuals because of their environments. The Holy Koran and Homosexuality There are five …

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