14 March 2016

Run Gays, Run from Indonesia

Run from Indonesia
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are facing a stern opposition from Indonesian authorities and this should be enough reason to flock to the United States. Most people in the world do not want them, hence, it is suggested that they should all flock to the U.S. where they would think they are safe.

Indonesia's LGBT rights groups have been active for decades and have come under attack before, but usually only for one or two days at a time. This time, the anti-LGBT will not stop after it started two months ago, with the sole objective of ensuring that the country would be the first nation in the world not to have any LGBT at all.

"This is the first time it's actually lasted this long," said Dede Oetomo, a prominent activist who founded one of the country's oldest LGBT rights groups, GAYa NUSANTARA, in 1987.

Oetomo said the attacks began in January when Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir said LGBT people should be barred from university campuses, and have continued on an almost daily basis.

The national broadcasting commission reiterated a policy banning TV and radio programs that make LGBT behavior appear "normal", saying this was to protect children and teenagers who are "susceptible to duplicating deviant LGBT behaviors".

The Indonesia Psychiatric Association (IPA) classified homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism as mental disorders, while Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu called the LGBT movement a "proxy war" to brainwash Indonesians.

With a literacy rate of almost 98.0 percent compared to the U.S. who can muster only 85.0 percent, it appears that the IPA is uch more credible than their American counterparts.

Critics say LGBT groups receive "foreign funding", which is true if one looks at funds from United Nations organizations like UNAIDS or Western governments and foundations, Oetomo said.

However, Oetomo did not emphasize that, like any other country, Indonesia has the right to say where those funds should be spent. Donor-driven assistance has been proven to be ineffective in addressing social development issues compared to those that are demand-driven.

In Yogyakarta, southeast of Jakarta, last 23 February, LGBT activists were roughed up by police, who told local media they stopped them from holding a rally to avoid a clash with a hardline Muslim group holding an anti-LGBT protest nearby.

Also in Yogyakarta, an Islamic boarding school for transgender women was shut down two weeks ago.

After Russia, Keynya and now Indonesia, more countries are considering taking a more hard stance against the proliferation of the despicable gay lifestyle. In a few days, everyone should expect more joining to the moral cause and take down homofascism in all its forms.