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from India Insight:

Reactions on Twitter to the Supreme Court judgment on gay sex

The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalised gay sex in India, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world's largest democracy. For full story, click http://reut.rs/18TsR0U

Here are some reactions from India on Twitter (lightly edited for clarity):

Shashi Tharoor, Congress minister
The Supreme Court has urged Parliament to delete Section 377 from the statute book. As an MP, I am strongly in favour of doing so.

Shruti Haasan, actress
Second 377, it’s frightening how someone else decides how, when and who you should love - basically freedom of choice isn't legal anymore.

Taslima Nasreen, writer
India banned love. Shame! Shame! India celebrated Human Rights Day yesterday. Today India passed the verdict against Human Rights to have consensual sex.

from Felix Salmon:

Niall Ferguson’s history with Keynes

Brad DeLong has found a 1995 article by Niall Ferguson which pretty much puts the lie to Ferguson's claim about his take on John Maynard Keynes. Here's what Ferguson now says:

My disagreements with Keynes’s economic philosophy have never had anything to do with his sexual orientation. It is simply false to suggest, as I did, that his approach to economic policy was inspired by any aspect of his personal life.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

The continued slur against Keynes

Harvard professor Niall Ferguson’s belief, caught on the hop, that John Maynard Keynes’s homosexuality and lack of children led to recklessness when it came to the effects of his economic theories is widespread among conservatives, though few are foolish enough to express it out loud. At a conference in California last week, the prolific contrarian Ferguson “asked the audience how many children Keynes had. He explained that Keynes had none because he was a homosexual and was married to a ballerina, with whom he likely talked of ‘poetry’ rather than procreated.” Keynes’s lack of children and grandchildren, Ferguson implied, is why he blithely proposed large-scale long-term debt.

After a barrage of complaints, Ferguson – an economic adviser to John McCain, a conservative Newsweek/Beast blogger (typical headline, “Hit the Road, Barack”) and, between book tours and big-fee speaking engagements, sometime history professor at Harvard – was obliged to issue an abject apology. “It is simply false to suggest, as I did, that [Keynes’s] approach to economic policy was inspired by any aspect of his personal life,” he bleated. “My colleagues, students, and friends – straight and gay – have every right to be disappointed in me, as I am in myself. To them, and to everyone who heard my remarks at the conference or has read them since, I deeply and unreservedly apologize.” Brenda Lee could not have sung it better.

from The Observatory:

Sex and sensationalism

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in the journal Nature.

A pair of biologists from Australia and the UK surveyed 48 newspaper, magazine, and online articles written about 11 scientific papers on the subject, and concluded that journalists have a tendency to produce tawdry coverage that is inaccurate and can feed negative stereotypes about homosexuality. According to their report:

from The Observatory:

Sex and sensationalism

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in the journal Nature.

A pair of biologists from Australia and the UK surveyed 48 newspaper, magazine, and online articles written about 11 scientific papers on the subject, and concluded that journalists have a tendency to produce tawdry coverage that is inaccurate and can feed negative stereotypes about homosexuality. According to their report:

from India Insight:

Indian health minister invents queer “disease”

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By Annie Banerji

As if the Congress-led coalition government hadn't already cut a pitiable figure in recent times, the Indian health minister stirred up a storm of criticism on Monday with his comments on a "disease" called MSM -- men who have sex with men.

"MSM is unnatural and not good for India. It is a disease which has come to India from other countries where men have sex with men," Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a national convention on HIV and AIDS, a meeting that should have fostered compassion and created awareness about the virus.

from FaithWorld:

Report says U.S. Catholic sex abuse “historical”, critics see coverup

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(Victims of sexual abuse by priests outside the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC, March 25, 2010/Hyungwon Kang)

A church-sponsored study on Wednesday blamed poorly trained priests and a deviant society for the Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis, but victims dismissed it as a whitewash of an institutional coverup. The largest study ever done on youth sexual abuse by U.S. Catholic clergy concluded that priests were no more likely to abuse than anyone else, gay priests were not more likely than straight priests to abuse, and the priestly vow of celibacy was not directly to blame.

from Africa News blog:

Ugandan court gags anti-gay paper

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ugandaThe latest twist in Uganda’s hang the ‘homos’ saga was played out last week when the High Court in Kampala ordering Rolling Stone newspaper to stop publishing the names, photographs and addresses of people it says are gay. Alongside the photos, the paper urged the government: “Hang them.”

The court order came too late for the 26 already featured in two issues of the young newspaper that most people in the East African country have never heard of.

from Tales from the Trail:

NY governor candidate Paladino says he only opposes gay marriage (and doesn’t like the parades)

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Carl Paladino, the Tea Party backed Republican candidate running for New York governor, says he is not against homosexuals, only gay marriage and taking children to gay pride parades.

News reports quoted Paladino, in remarks to Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, saying: "I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.” USA/

from FaithWorld:

Swedish Mohammad cartoonist’s house targeted in latest attack

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Lars Vilks in Stockholm March 10, 2010/Bob Strong

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who angered Muslims by portraying the Prophet Mohammad as a dog, has suffered a failed arson attack on his house, but was not home when it happened.

Vilks told Reuters on Saturday that people smashed windows at his house in the small town of Nynashamnsvage in southwest Sweden and tried to light petrol that they threw inside. But the attack resulted only in small damage in the kitchen and on the facade.

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