Sunday, 2 June 2013

Egypt's gutless health minister

In what I consider to be utterly outrageous, LGBT people have been removed from the World Health Organisation's agenda. How this could happen beggars belief. How can you stop an organisation like the WHO including LGBT people in their plans for improving their health? I mean, would you even treat a dog like that?

Well, it's like this. Take a few countries that link improved health of LGBT people, and the agenda to gain improved health outcomes for them, to the so called morality of the church.
LGBT health issues were removed from the agenda of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) board meeting, after Egypt and other member states of the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa objected.
Egypt's Health Minister Mohamed Mostafa Hamed boasted yesterday (30 May) that his country ‘succeeded’ in deleting an item on improving the health of LGBT people from the agenda of the WHO’s 133rd Executive Board meeting that was held in Geneva.

In his speech to WHO’s board meeting, the minister said that Egypt's opposition to the inclusion of the topic was becasue being gay is ‘contrary’ to religious, cultural, moral, and social values.
‘Egypt believes that it is not right to involve the organization in any issues that are contentious and incompatible with recognized religions, values, and principles,’ he said. more
What a fuckin insult. What a slap in the face. Not even the WHO will stand up for us. Yep darlings, we don't live up to Egypt's idea of religious morality, so therefore we shouldn't be offered any health initiatives by the WHO. That's the situation as it stands right now.

This is a stark example of the church's immorality. They would rather not help fellow human beings. That is so immoral. "We don't want the WHO to help you because you're gay", is pretty much what they're saying.

WTF is Egypt's health minister, of all people, bowing down to what the fuckin church says FFS? Gutless.

Further in the article there's also this about the rates of HIV in such countries that persecute gays.
‘Even worse, by instigating such a move he’s not only aiming to hurt LGBT people across the world, particularly in the developing countries, but contributing to ignorance about how repression leads to higher HIV infection which is a growing problem in Egypt, the Arab world and Africa.’ 

Joseph Aoun, manager of Beirut’s Bardo gay bar, slammed Hamed, stating: ‘when governments are of such magnitude failure, they consider doing such things as success. 

‘The new Egypt is struggling under the rule of ignorant, they perceive not taking care of the health of LGBT people as a triumph, under the name of religion and morality, while morally even a dog is the interest of human health... more
So what are they going to do when the HIV rates in their countries explode because people with it can't get the education or help they need? Will they deny the situation exists, or import that wacko herbal "cure" from African witch doctors?

I've got this vision in my head now. The sanctimonious religious walking past a gay person who's considering suicide because of how much hatred they're experiencing, getting help from a counsellor, and the church people taking the counsellor away from them because they're gay.

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