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Muslim majority Malaysia has announced that all food outlets are to rename hot dogs or risk being refused halal certification reports RT.

The ruling was requested by Malaysian Islamic Development Department and was approved by the government because dogs are considered unclean according to Islam.

The director of halal division in the Department of Islamic Development, Sirajuddin Suhaimee said to AFP, “Any [halal] products that make consumers confused, we have to change- In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certifications.”

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The ruling has received wide ridicule from citizens and lawmakers alike.  Nazri Aziz, Minister of Malaysian Tourism and Culture called the law “stupid and backward.”

“Hot dog is hot dog lah. Even in Malay it’s called hot dog – it’s been around for so many years,” he said “It comes from the English language. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward.”

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Scotland to Overturn Homophobic Convictions

by admin on October 26, 2016

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The Guardian reports Scotland has announced that all convictions made under archaic homophobic laws will be overturned.

The announcement was made by Holyrood justice secretary Michael Matheson to the chamber on Tuesday. Matheson said that a Scottish “Turing law” would be brought forward that will give automatic pardon to gay and bisexual men who have been convicted of sexual offenses considered no longer criminal.

Alan Turing was an English computer scientist who was charged with gross indecency for same-sex relations after he helped break the German Enigma code during WWII. He was granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 and a law has been put forward in England to grant pardons to all men who have been charged for the same.

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Consensual sex between men was decriminalized in Scotland in 1980 while the age of consent for same-sex sexual activity was equalized for sexual activity between men and women in 2001.

Although gay rights are being recognized in most countries around the world, same sex relations in Middle Eastern countries and Muslim dominated ones are still illegal and taboo. In Thailand, marriages between people of the same gender are not recognized but same sex relations are legal.

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LGBT Lawsuit against Utah’s “No Promo Homo”Law

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Public school kids not allowed to learn about ‘homosexuality’  An LGBT advocacy group filed a lawsuit on Friday following Utah’s decision to pass the so called ‘No Promo Homo’ law that prohibits public schools from educating students about homosexuality reports Salt Lake City Tribune. The suit which was filed by the National Center for Lesbians Rights […]

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