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 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.
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