India's Health Minister Calls Homosexuality A "Disease"
By Flash Steinbeiser
OK, we admit it: we're guilty of many embarrassing exports -- The Jersey Shore, Michael Bay films, and fast food come to mind -- but we never thought sexuality would be thrown on the dubious list.
Yesterday India's Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that being gay was an imported "disease" from Western Culture. Our bad.
What's worse, is that Azad took the time to make these comments at a special HIV press conference in India's capitol. Instead of discussing how to slow the disease's migration, what did he do instead? Blamed the gays.
"Unfortunately this disease has come to our country too ... where a man has sex with another man, which is completely unnatural and should not happen, but does," he said at the conference.
Oh, but wait, it gets better. Sitting right next to Azad, was the straight-faced Indian Ministry, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -- who refused to comment on Azad's claims.
According to Azad, however, his quotes were taken out of context, and it unfairly made him a villain. "I, in fact, spoke of their favour," he responded.
Might want to get a second opinion, Doc.
-- FLASH STEINBEISER
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