The attempt to legalise homosexuality is nothing but the continuation of the same series of worldwide developments in which every human susceptibility is first given a legal and social sanction, then it is glorified in the media as a victory of “Freedom of Choice” and “Human Rights” and then with all the obstacles removed it is commercialised at huge level. The time has now come when the debate should focus on the very concepts of “Freedom of Choice” and “Human Rights”, the concepts popularised by the economic fundamentalists for the benefit of the market.
Freedom of choice is a dangerous principle if it implies exposing masses to dangerous choices, the choices that kill them and destroy their peace, so that market forces can reap on their susceptibilities. “Human Rights” are of value only for criminals, perverts and merchants of evils unless they are supplemented by “Fundamental Prohibitions”; the rights to life and freedom are of no value if they threaten the lives of others.
It is needless to say that the rise in the demand of legalising homosexuality in the world has intensified with the rising fortunes of gay market. It is already a big market in western countries. The truth is that sex market as a whole is the largest growing market, and gay market is the largest growing sex market. A report entitled, “Gay-Friendly Vancouver as a Billion Dollar Industry” says:
“At present, Vancouver is hyping the 2010 Olympics above all. The pride of a city has turned into its most lucrative business. Now the tourism industry has founded a new market, which has always existed but its potential as a distinct market was not realised: the “gay market.” According to Canada.com, gay tourism in Vancouver has been a lucrative and loyal sector within recent years. Gay tourism in the U.S. alone is estimated to be $55 billion annually (Constanineau, 2007).
A survey conducted by San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc, ranked Vancouver as the fourth most popular gay destination outside of the U.S., ranking Montreal and Toronto fifth and sixth respectively, which shows how well Canada’s gay tourism industry is doing overall (Constanineau, 2007). Constanineau also says that tourism Vancouver uses media to draw in a lot of its gay market from U.S. locations such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. One of the possible reasons suggested for Vancouver’s gay tourism industry is due to the fact that BC legalised same-sex marriage in July of 2003. …Boyd (2008) mentions that there was a Canadian boom in gay tourism right after same-sex marriage was legalised. She suggests this is because it produces homo-normativity: “a set of ideologies and behaviours that asserts citizenship rights for gays and lesbians via neo-liberal politics and conspicuous consumption” (Boyd, 2008, p. 224.
Boyd (2008) also mentions how weddings are huge businesses; a $70 billion industry in 2005 in the U.S. alone, with an average of $30,000 per wedding. Even Forbes in 2004, estimated that same-sex marriages in the U.S. could have drawn in $16 billion (Boyd, 2008). In order to promote “corporate gayness” sites have to promote their destination as “gay friendly” since “social disapproval of homosexuality many gay men are forced to find gay space” (Puar, 2002, p. 103). In fact, organised gay tours began in the 1950s by the “grandfather of gay travel,” [Haans Ebensten (Puar, 2002)], long before the mainstream travel industry caught wind.
“They claim since same-sex marriage has been legalised in British Columbia in 2003, Whistler has been the ideal place to get married. They even advertise their own wedding planners, called ‘Two Dears and a Queer’. And nothing is complete without a full advertisement to honeymooners as well, so after having the wedding, the couple as well as guests can stay to celebrate. Whistler then becomes a one-place stop for every wedding need, and they have event planners and organisers to prepare everything for you, enabling visitors to just be there to escape and have a fun relaxing time. It’s an extremely clever marketing scheme: since the queer community comes here for two main reasons, to visit Whistler or to get married, why not get everything done at one spot?”
Another article, “The Income Tax Consequences of Legalising Same-Sex Marriages,” describes why legalising gay marriages is lucrative for the governments:
“James Alm, M.V. Lee Badgett, and Leslie Whittington estimate that legalising gay marriage would lead to an annual increase in federal government income taxes of between $0.3 billion and $1.3 billion. Remember those Medicare and Medicaid woes the DOMA proponents were concerned with? These added revenues could be used to help offset the costs of other economic advantages to marriage.
Besides, weddings are great for the economy. The 2000 U.S. Census Bureau reported 601,209 unmarried same-sex partner households in the United States living in 99.3% of all counties in the nation. The Urban Institute claims that the census data is low and suggests that gays and lesbians make up about 5% (10,456,405) of the total U.S. population over the age of 18. …We can estimate that some portion of the same-sex partners already living together (the 2000 U.S. Census Data figures) along with some portion of the total gay and lesbian population would wish to marry if same-sex marriage became legal. For the sake of convenience we’ll say 500,000. According to Bride’s Magazine, the average wedding costs $19,000. Two hundred-fifty thousand more marriages at the average wedding rate would result in wedding costs of $4.75 billion! Mind you, this doesn’t include the amount spent on wedding gifts. As a bonus, the first states to allow gay marriage will likely experience an influx of tourism and tourist-related economic activity. For the short time that San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, issued wedding licences to same-sex couples, more than 3,000 gay and lesbian couples from more than twenty states and Europe flocked to the city to be married.
Of course, weddings are just the tip of the iceberg. For some marriages there is even the coup de grâce: divorce. As the majority of divorcés will tell you-the most expensive part of getting into a marriage is getting out. While divorces can range anywhere from several hundred dollars to millions, divorce is a multi-billion dollar-a-year industry. Assuming that gay couples divorce at the same rate as heterosexual ones, I am surprised the legal battle is not fully endorsed by Divorce Lawyer Associations everywhere!
A Media financial report says, ““In the six short months since Chicago was selected as host of Gay Games VII, we’ve made dramatic progress toward our financial goals and achieved fundraising benchmarks months, or in some cases, years ahead of schedule,” said Tracy Baim, CGI Board Co-Vice Chair and Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “Once broadcast rights are assigned, we will have raised more than US$3 million in cash and in-kind resources.” CGI announced a million-dollar sponsorship deal with PlanetOut Inc. on 20 September 2004. …. In a recent edition of the “Advocate,” a national publication for the gay and lesbian community, there were three pages of ads promoting Palm Springs’ hotels and attractions that cater to homosexuals. Murrell Foster, executive director of tourism for Palm Springs, said it is the first time the city has been promoting itself to the gay market. Los Angeles County travel agents said they have become more active in pursuing the market largely because of the recession.”
In short, according to a commentator, “The US has made a billion dollar industry off of homosexual media – HBO shows, movies, books, magazines. Like most things in the US anything that has the potential to generate profit will be considered.”
The Delhi High Court judgment trying to legalise homosexuality is shocking. This is like legalising murders, terrorism and rapes. Homosexuality is in fact much more dangerous than any of these, as it has led, leads to and can lead to huge loss of life. Out of all forms of unhealthy sexual practices, homosexuality is the unhealthiest and has been the cause of the beginning of the epidemics of both Syphilis and HIV/AIDS. Here are excerpts from a report on the impact of homosexuality on health:
“Early reports in the 1980’s suggested that male homosexuals had an average life expectancy of less than 50 years - more than 20 years less than the overall male population. With the push for “safe” sex and improved treatments for AIDS, one would expect that the life expectancy might have increased since then. However, a Canadian study in 1997 found that male homosexuals have a life expectancy of 20 years less than the general male population (based upon a prevalence of 3% of the male population). Using several different measures, including life expectancy determined from obituaries, two large random sexuality surveys (in the USA and Great Britain), and a survey of those never married in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, indicated an average age of death of less than 50 years old. A third study, published in 2002, found that the median age of death of 88 homosexually partnered men was 45 years, while for 118 unpartnered homosexual men it was 46 years. This latter study put the average life expectancy of male homosexuals nearly 30 years less than the general male population. Another study showed that, on average, ever-married men outlived the ever-homosexually-partnered by 23 years in Denmark (74 yr. v. 51 yr.), and 25 years in Norway (77 yr. v. 52 yr.) Ever-married women outlived the ever-homosexually-partnered in Denmark by 22 years (78 yr. v. 56 yr.), and in Norway by almost 25 years (81 yr. v. 56 yr.)….How does the average homosexual lifespan compare to the average life expectancy of smokers? On average, a lifetime smoker can expect the smoking lifestyle to reduce his life expectancy by only 10 year. However, smoking is vigorously condemned by the medical community and press, although it reduces life expectancy by less than half of that caused by a gay lifestyle.”
Obviously, homosexuality is a threat to the whole mankind, and it is the biggest threat to the life of homosexuals themselves. In India, HIV prevalence among homosexuals, according to NACO surveys, is almost eight times more than that in the normal population. If legalising it helps anyone it is the market. Hardly any gays are punished by the courts in India. Legalising helps the big market bosses to float companies. Gay literature, gay clubs and gay porn will mushroom with the result that more and more people will fall victim to homosexuality. To argue that it will help in the control of AIDS is absolutely nonsense. A little change in the law that ensures care of gay of HIV patients would have sufficed for that. AIDS cannot be controlled unless there is an effective campaign against prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and promiscuity.
It is to be noted that sexual misdemeanors have a much larger depressing effect on life expectancy than other evils like smoking, drinking and gambling. This is because sex related problems affect fetuses and men and women of younger age groups. “Sexual Revolution” is killing either fetuses and infants or the young people of 20-45 years in such big numbers that it is bound to reduce life expectancy by 20-40 years.
To say that homosexuality is natural is like saying that criminal tendencies are natural. These are not natural but human aberrations of most dangerous kind. Such aberrations are present in notorious criminals also. Can the crimes be legalised to help them? Can they be given protection by the law on the ground of not discriminating against persons? Even otherwise, homosexuality is a relationship that does not produce any progeny. So genes if any related to hardcore unadulterated homosexuality cannot be transmitted. Homosexuality has been there in almost all societies. But the homosexuality in West is very much different from that in Asian countries, and this is because Western countries chose to legalise, institutionalise and glorify it. In Asian countries, homosexuality is more often than not an opportunist encounter. Denied marriage after puberty, and girls hard to find, some men would lure young boys into having sex. Once they get married, most if not all of them would sooner or later give this up. Family pressures, fear of law and society and the desire to have a good family life keep people away from a long term homosexual life. Moreover, in Asian countries, this is normally a one way relationship. There is one who penetrates the other. In the Western world, with the institutionalisation and commercialisation of homosexuality, and the availability of porn literature and films, a homosexual acts both ways; they penetrate and get penetrated. They are made to believe that the kind of sex they are enjoying is not possible in a heterosexual relationship. Soon they become addicts. The relationship between sex and homosexuality is the same as between nutrition and alcohol/drugs. Alcohol/drugs are not part of natural nutrition, but if someone is exposed to them, he or she may soon become addict of it. Homosexuality is an addiction that should be treated both through punishment (corporal punishment along with boycott and detention) and medical treatment for those who seek to change their behaviour.. Homosexuality has already become the harbinger of the death of at least 40 million people that have died of AIDS so far. Its legalisation will surely lead to more people succumbing to it with greater spread of AIDS and other sex related diseases. There is a need to sexually isolate the HIV infected rather than legalising homosexuality in the name of AIDS so that they do not spread HIV to others.
1. Time has now come when an all-out onslaught against economic fundamentalism must be launched: ideological, legal, political and social. Markets cannot be allowed to become the Leaders of the World. Markets cannot be given the authority to decide what is right and what is wrong. Markets cannot be allowed to influence our educational, health, legal and social setups. Markets cannot be allowed to hijack our scientists, politicians, health experts and media.
2. There is a need to wage a full-fledged fight against the evil-friendly media. Media must choose to become people friendly rather than continuing to be market friendly, to work for a healthier, purer, morally more correct and more peaceful world rather than helping in the creation of a chaotic, dirtier and immoral world, in the name of “freedom of choices” and “human rights”
3. “Fundamental Prohibitions” must be incorporated in the constitution along with “Fundamental Rights” and Fundamental Duties”.
4. “Right to Health” must be made a fundamental right, which means that no commercial or social activity that endangers the lives of the people can be allowed.
5. Our campaign must be an international campaign. I do not agree with those who are fighting against Homosexuality on the basis of “Indian Cultural Traditions.” What is bad is bad for the whole world, and it is our duty to safeguard the whole mankind against the onslaught on their peace by the economic fundamentalists.
6. All religions must combine. In particular, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists must unite against the evils, because these are the largest religions.
We Muslims believe that God sent successive messengers to all parts of the world to fulfil his plan of the establishment of a Comprehensive System of Peace in the world. While other books and founders of religions were the important milestones in that journey, Muhammad and Qur'an were the Final Destination. Bible and Qur'an are complimentary to each other. There are several parts of the stories of great personalities like those of Abraham, Mary and Jesus, which are there in Qur'an and not in Bible. Similarly, there are several verses in the Qur'an that only indicate a part of the story, the complete version of which can be seen in the Bible. A verse of the Qur'an tells that Abraham (Ibrahim AS) argued with God regarding the fate of Lot’s People. Bible tells us what this argument was. And the interesting part of this story about the Natural Stoning of the Homosexual Community of Sodom and Gomorrah to Death is that it also appears, albeit a little differently, in Valmiki’s Ramayana under the story of Shukra Acharya. Stage is all set for the grand alliance of religions against immoralities and their commercialisation.
[DR JAVED JAMIL is Chief Editor, “Islam, Muslims & the World”, and is the author of several books including “The Killer Sex”.]