Religion and Politics News Shorts: November 2014

November 1, 2014 in General

Ankara: ¬†A Turkish man who already has thirty two children with four different wives has said he wants fifty offspring. According to BBC News, polygamy is illegal in Turkey. However, ¬†Halit Tekin has unofficially married three women since legally tying the knot with wife one in 1982.¬†¬†Tekin ¬†(54) ¬†lives in Turkey’s southern Hatay province and his most recent child is ¬†a baby boy named Ahmet with his first wife. The wives all live in different houses with their children “as we cannot fit in a single house”, although everyone gets along “quite well”. Despite being illegal , in 2013, a study by Turkey’s Parliament discovered that 372,000 men practised polygamy in Turkey.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

¬†Amman: ¬†Jordan has banned citizens from taking part in¬†Halloween celebrations this year after Muslim extremists in the Arab nation labelled the festival ‚Äúgay and satanic‚ÄĚ.¬†The country‚Äôs¬†Interior Ministry announced that all activities associated with Halloween have been outlawed, in an effort to prevent a repeat of the rioting that has occurred in the city of Amman for the past two years running.¬†An Interior Ministry¬†spokesperson said¬†the government had taken¬†the decision to ban the festival¬†after receiving¬†a number of requests to hold celebrations, reported local Jordan news media.¬†Last year, a cafe in the city of Amman experienced an arson attack over Halloween by extremist group the Muslim Brotherhood, after they accused those inside of performing ‚Äúhomosexual and satanic‚ÄĚ rituals.¬†On their website following last year’s ¬†attack, the Muslim Brotherhood explained their actions: ‚ÄúWe watched with disgust and shame last night ¬†homosexual and Satanic rituals in an Amman cafe. This presents a challenge to the values of the Jordanian people and their Arab and Muslim identity, as well as a violation of religious laws.‚Ä̬†Although Jordan is one of the few Arab states where homosexuality is legal,¬†discrimination and harassment of the LGBT community is also commonplace.

Source: http://www.attitude.co.uk

¬†Chicago:¬†Mark was preparing to meet with detectives in Chicago after allegations he failed to disclose his alleged HIV-positive status from ¬†a partner, but cops didn’t want to wait for him to show up with his attorney. They sent in the Fugitive Apprehension Team to detain and jail him for 48 hours. ¬†¬†Chicago cops picked him up on what is called an investigative alert.¬†The thing is, the alert is extrajudicial and therefore possibly illegal. How much so? It requires only that a detective sign off saying they have found probable cause you committed a crime. There is no review by a prosecutor. There is no review by a judge. It‚Äôs all about what one cop thinks. That‚Äôs it. ¬†The legal status of these alerts are so bad, the¬†Chicago Tribune¬†reported, ¬†that¬†¬†the FBI refuses to file them in one of its national databases. An Illinois appellate court judge in 2012 slammed and refused to sanction them.

Source: http://www.hivplusmag.com

Little Rock: Antigay NOM (the National Organisation for Marriage) is ¬†targeting conservative Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor for not being strongly enough opposed to marriage equality ‚ÄĒ despite the fact that Pryor is one of only two Democrats in the U.S. Senate who haven’t publicly come out in favor of marriage equality. ¬†Pryor, a two-term senator from Arkansas, is in a close race for reelection against Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

Nebraska:¬†¬†One Jesuit university‚Äôs decision to offer health benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees has drawn the ire of the ¬†Catholic Archbishop of Omaha.¬†Nebraska bans marriage equality at present, so Creighton University‚Äôs decision to recognize the spouses of employees who wed in marriage equality states isn‚Äôt legally mandated. Notre Dame University, also¬†¬†a Catholic institution, has announced that it will also extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees (though it did so with the note that it still opposes the right of same-sex couples to wed). In Notre Dame‚Äôs case, it is now located in a marriage equality state (Indiana). Still, it also garnered a less-than-enthusiastic response from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the ¬†Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne‚ÄďSouth Bend.

Source: http://www.advocate.com

 Rome:  The progay Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino  has said he will refuse to obey  a direct order from Italian Internal Minister Angelino Alfano  to invalidate several same-sex marriages through non-recognition and refusal to reciprocally recognise legal equal marriages conducted elsewhere in Western Europe.

West Hollywood: The West Hollywood City Council in  Los Angeles has hired an artist to design an AIDS memorial to remember those  650,000+  Americans who have lost their lives throughout the epidemic.

London: Right-wing UK tabloid columnist Richard Littlejohn has attacked Nicky Morgan for ¬†kowtowing to ¬† “diversity Nazis”, after she spoke at UK LGBT news website PinkNews‘ annual ¬†awards.

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk

Kampala: Obviously they didn’t learn their lesson the first time, as Uganda’s Parliament has returned to fast-track the second incarnation of ¬†its Anti-Homosexuality Bill, struck down by a constitutional court and invalidated earlier this year:

‘We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.’¬†Kawempe South MP Latif Ssebaggala ¬†and several other legislators, including Vice President Edward Ssekandi, have been meeting since August with the intention of reintroducing such a bill. These lawmakers will have to clear several potential obstacles before the Anti-Homosexuality Act can officially return.¬†It must be signed back into law once again by President Yoweri Museveni, who may delay the bill by forcing it to face the financial committee.¬†Other lawmakers may also wish to amend the bill, forcing another delay. For example, another Ugandan MP, Nabila Naggayi, ¬†has said she wishes to ban all anal sex ‚Äďstraight or gay‚Äď as she believes it is against Ugandan culture.¬†Ugandan LGBT activist Edwin Sesange ¬†told Gay Star News he was confident that the bill will fail in parliament.

Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uganda-lawmakers-return-fast-track-new-anti-gay-bill311014

Manila: In another tragic Philippine transphobic hate crime, another Filipina transgender woman has been murdered less than a week after the killing of Jennifer Laude by a US marine.¬†Mary Joy A√Īonuevo, 55, was stabbed at least 33 times all over her body at her bar in Lucena city last week.¬†A√Īonuevo was found dead at about 9.30am on Monday 21 October in the basement of Koozy Resto Bar.¬†Residents called police after they heard screaming at 11pm the previous night and said the bar had been left open.¬†Dindi Tan, a board member for the Association of Transgenders in the Philippines ‚ÄĒ and a staff member of the office of the Mayor for the Quezon City Pride Council -wants the Phillipines legislature to criminalise transphobic hate crimes.¬†There have been 164 cases of LGBTI homicides in the Philippines between 1996 and June 2012, according to¬†Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch.

Source: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/philippines-trans-woman-stabbed-33-times311014

¬†Delhi: ¬†Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised the civic-minded anti-pollution drive of a group of transgender hijra women who have been cleaning the streets of east Delhi where riots have been taking place.¬†The media has reported that the 15 hijra ¬†women have been clearing stones and glass shards and giving brooms to residents.¬†Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out on Diwali for unknown reasons in the Trilokpuri area of Delhi. As a result, the woman’s actions have been lauded by the Prime Minister and rewarded by local police after they cleared obstacles and dangerous litter from local streets.

Source:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/india-pm-lauds-trans-vigilantes311014