Major Religious Leader OKs Homosexuality, Gay Marriage

We must never forget that while the countries outside of Europe and Nothern America appear to be “behind” the rest of the world in LGBT equality, this is deceptive. It was the European missionaries and colonial authorities that introduced homophobia and criminal penalties for behaviour that is entirely natural and non – pathological. In recent times, it’s  been some groups of Western evangelical Christians that have been inciting intolerance in Africa, and in Russia. But outside the three monotheistic religions, other world religions in their original forms were indifferent or supportive of sexual and gender diversity, and of the only eight countries that have never criminalized homosexuality, all are in Africa.

The Dalai Lama. head of Tibetan Buddhism, has endorsed this traditional Buddhist view that sexuality is a personal matter, and that in his view, gay marriage is “okay”, as long as it is mutually agreed by both parties concerned – but homophobia and bullying, are not.

 

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhism, has said that he approves of gay sex, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

In a sit down interview for “Larry King Now,” he says same-sex marriage is fine—it’s really bullying and homophobia that is morally wrong and against human rights, reported instinctmagazine.com.

The Dalai Lama is currently on a three-week visit to the United States where he gave his interview for the TV show “Larry King Now” in Los Angeles on February 26.

When asked about homosexuality in general and gay rights, the Dalai Lama responded: “That’s a personal matter. People who have a special tradition, you should follow according to your own tradition. … But non-believer, that’s up to them. Different form of sex? So long as it’s safe, okay! And fully agreed, okay! Bullied? Abused? That’s what is wrong. That’s a violation of human rights.”

When asked about same-sex marriage rights, the Dalai Lama said: “That’s up to the countries’ laws. It’s okay, I think individual business. If a couple really feels that way, practical, satisfaction … if both sides fully agree, then okay!”

The Dalai Lama is head and spiritual leader of the largest and most influential Buddhist tradition in Tibet. He is recognized as the world’s leading religious figures with influence far beyond his community.  He belongs to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

via GayAsiaNews.

 

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3 comments for “Major Religious Leader OKs Homosexuality, Gay Marriage

  1. David J Martin
    March 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Homosexuality is considered “evil, sinful ” solely because we allow our citizens to be dominated – controlled – threatened with eternal damnation – by “Christian” principles/teachings. Yet there is not a single word in the four Gospels in which Christ even mentions homosexuality. The incident between the Centurion and his beloved “pais” (by definition in Christ’s time as a sexual relationship of love) was known to Christ. Yet He did not chastise the Centurion nor rejection . Quite the opposite – Christ looked upon the Centurion with LOVE and cured the “pais”. We can benefit from the Dalsi Lamas words of acceptance for all persons – who love each other and express it. No one Faith has the full knowledge of our Creator’s plan for us. There would be less violence in our world if we allowed religious beliefs – though varied – to unite us in the pursuit of Truth. Religions as we know them divide and separate us and have been the sowers of hatred and inhumane treatment of humanity through the ages. Only we can end the power of religion to injure.

    • March 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Correct, David. We’ve been bullied by centuries of textual abuse. Not only is there not even a whiff of opposition in the Gospels, there are numerous supportive passages, in the Gospels, in the rest of the Christian Testament, and in the Hebrew Bible. To appreciate this, we need to “practice safer texts”: understand how a handful of verses have been allowed to terrorize us by a combination of mistranslation, misinterpretation and misapplication out of context, so that we fail to see the extensive Good News that the Gospel is all about.

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