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In Brazil a mad judge rules that homosexuality is a ‘disease’

In Brazil a mad judge rules that homosexuality is a ‘disease’

The cartoon above was widely circulated this week after a judge in Brazil – a  country apparently suffering a ‘plague’ of evangelists – ruled in favor of a ‘gay cure’ evangelical Christian therapist.

According to the Independent, federal judge Waldemar de Carvalho ruled that homosexuality could be considered a disease when he backed crackpot psychologist, Rozangela Justino, above, who wants the freedom to “treat” gay people with discredited and harmful sexual orientation conversion therapies.

The Federal Council of Psychology approved a resolution in 1999 prohibiting psychologists from treating homosexuality as a disease. According to Wikipedia, Justino was censured in 2009 for her insistence that homosexuality could be cured. She hit back by saying that the council had buckled under pressure from “Nazi” LGBT activists, and mounted a legal challenge against the ban.

The council said the ruling “opens the dangerous possibility of the use of sexual reversion therapies” and would appeal the injunction.

The council’s chief, psychologist Rogério Giannini, said:

It is not a serious, academic debate, it is a debate connected to religious or conservative positions.

Toni Reis, who heads the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance, told reporters the injunction was a step backward and he planned to appeal it at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Other prominent Brazilians have also voiced their opposition to the ruling.

Brazilian pop star Anitta, above, wrote on Instagram:

People dying, hungry, the government killing the country with corruption, no education, no hospitals, no opportunities … and the authorities are wasting their time to announce that homosexuality is a sickness.

Homosexuals and bisexuals now have a treatment for this ‘sickness’ here. So I ask … who is the real sick person here? I’m praying to God that these real sick people find the cure of these crazy minds and start to look at the real important things here.

Another singer, Ivete Sangolo, echoed this sentiment on social media.

The sick ones are those who believe in this great absurdity.

Also on social media, the hash tag #curagay (“gay cure”) was widely shared, along with messages of support for the LGBT community.

Said Beto Perazzo on Twitter:

There’s no cure for what is not a disease.

Commenting on Independent report, Stefan Blommaert, wrote:

… If you know a little bit, even the slightest bit about the way Brazil works (or, more accurately, fails to work), you would know that evangelists are a plague in Brazil, a dangerous plague, a plague against which it is high time the country starts defending itself. Unfortunately, what these people say resonates with what large parts of the population think (or better feel, because they do not do a lot of thinking).

And “Old observer” asked:

When will there be a cure for the disorder of religion? It causes so much hatred and violent conflict and oppressive actions. Hopefully drugs companies will intensify their efforts to find a pill that frees the mind from the head choppers and women haters.

Hat tip: Angela_K and BarrieJohn

13 responses to “In Brazil a mad judge rules that homosexuality is a ‘disease’”

  1. Broga says:

    Rozangela Justino: what a weirdo and with the toxic religious infection that leaves her insulated from being touched by reason, understanding and compassion. These are replaced by her certainty that she knows best how other people must live and she is entitled to force others to comply.

  2. RussellW says:

    500 years of the Catholic Church and now a ‘plague of evangelicals’. Brazil doesn’t need any more self-inflicted problems. I wonder if the evangelicals are infected with that loony ‘prosperity gospel’ that’s been imported from the US.

  3. L.Long says:

    ALL religions are evil! And they always prove that to be true!

  4. barriejohn says:

    The bishop of the Diocese of Recife of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America, Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti, declared his support to the psychologist, considering that the result of the trial was an “act of heterophobic persecution of the Federal Counsel of Psychology.”

    As Anitta and Ivete say, the wrong people are being referred to the psychologists here!

  5. barriejohn says:

    Just take a look at this – and the comments:

    http://www.jornadacrista.org/psicologa-rozangela-justino-no-fantastico-da-rede-globo-manifeste-seu-apoio-no-abaixo-assinado/

    (I don’t know how to get a link to a translated page.)

    We as Christians should not give up helping people who wish to be happy. Soon, they will soon be demonstrating in support of pedophilia.

    DOUTORA ROZÂNGELA has every right to exercise her professional activity and to take care of the CURE of an ABNORMAL DISABILITY.

    We must express our indignation at this affront to constitutional rights and freedoms. It is unacceptable the Nazi totalitarianism of the pro-homosexual ideology. We must leave our position of comfort and protest with the public authorities, in defense of our rights.

    Facts turned completely upside down, as usual.

  6. Cali Ron says:

    Old Disorder nailed it, “When will there be a cure for the disorder of religion”.

  7. Laura Roberts says:

    I’m afraid it’s going to be generations before we are rid of this particular form of cruelty. The most egregious conceit on their part is pretending to know things they simply don’t (Boghossian’s definition of “faith”).

  8. Tee says:

    See how catholic dogma has blighted the world.

  9. AgentCormac says:

    How ironic that Anitta will be praying to her god on this one.

  10. L.Long says:

    Well Agent I caught that as well, but you could frame that as being her personal faith rather than some religious statement, as faith is personal and religion is a mob of bigots!

  11. Angela_K says:

    To put it simply, in case the usual religious nuts are reading this, you can’t fix something that isn’t broken.

    Anitta is correct, their country is in mess but the religious ignore it to bash their favourite and easy targets,LGBT’s rather than get off their deluded backsides and do something positive.

  12. Tee says:

    I wish that crackpot psychologist, Rozangela Justino,would stand on a railroad track and try stopping an express train with arms outstretched.