“When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult, it’s an invitation”
19 people like this.
That was the first thing I saw when I looked at the page “Against Rainbow Maldives, (the page has since been deleted by Facebook after being reported as abusive) ” who also call themselves ARM. Something that at the most a death threat, and at the least, a threat to betray them in a society where being outed as something damned in a book as barbaric as the Qu’ran is sufficient basis for being killed in a society as barbaric as any that base their laws on that book. Viewed in the best light possible, their group is a horrendous stain upon our species, and a symptom of a plague that harms the mind.
Indoctrination takes away one’s abilities to think and to question. Replacing the questions asked by every child, such as “Why?” with the rather poor answer “Because it is.” Indoctrination promotes the idea that some things shouldn’t be questioned. To be unable to question a conclusion is horrible, in that it not only prevents us from understanding the reasons for that conclusion, but it also prevents us from improving the situation brought about by some of those conclusions. Conclusions such as the dogmatic concepts of homophobia and ethnocentrism.
How many people have died because sexual orientations other than heterosexuality were thought to be diseases that should be cured? How many people were killed and enslaved because one group viewed themselves as “The Master Race” or “God’s Chosen People“? It’s only when people began to question those concepts during eras such as the European Enlightenment and the Equality Movements in North America that they began to ebb. I’m ashamed to say that concepts such as these which stand against equality still exist, although I’m proud to say that people are fighting against it through education and enlightenment. People such as Fan’diyaaru Kakuni who give a voice to gay rights in the Maldives, and Bjorn EnFiddle who fight against the source of the indoctrination. Those who fight for equality which is being prevented by concepts justified by indoctrination or fight against the source of the inequality will always have my respect because they fight against something that people hold on a pedestal and all too often decorate with unquestioning religious dogma. I have little respect for those who hold positions without questioning the position they hold because they have no chance of holding better reasons for their beliefs and actions, or changing their beliefs to better reflect those improved reasons.
I have lost track of the number of times in which somebody made a death threat on the wall of the group. I’ve posted pictures of comments which have death threats made, and if you want to see more, I’d recommend looking at the photos available through http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-Maldives/139632762755597?sk=photos or ask on the page’s wall for more relevant pics.
I’ll try to provide a translation in a future post.
When I checked last, 21 people liked it. The first comment was “n remember to say “fuk off” @ dat person always ;)” from a kid only seventeen years old. That comment was liked by 8 people. Shortly after that, the page was taken down. It is likely to go back up sometime soon. No matter how many times they try to change their presentation or name, the dogma at the basis of their actions will drive it towards the same goals, and lead to its removal.
- MALDIVES: Religious freedom survey, Oct ’08 (out dated.. but believe me nothing has changed) (maldivianapostates.wordpress.com)