Submitted by Elie Chalfoun
I don’t usually endorse events by people I don’t already know, but I really think this event is worth it. Why? I’ll break it down into points for you lazy people:
- Nemr Abou Nassar
- Allo Taxi to-and-from the event thanks to Kunhadi, included in the ticket
- Ameen the Illusionist
- Two DJ sets, one RnB one House
- 32USD for 3 drinks, and don’t forget the taxi rides
To be honest, this event had me at the Kunhadi sponsored Allo Taxi transportation. I absolutely love it when organizers take the time to arrange for affordable transportation so no one drinks and drives. Also, the lineup is super-diverse and impressive, I mean, it’s the pegasus-lover, Nemr, along with Ameen the Illusionist and a mix of music that can please most clubbers.
For all the rest, check their Facebook event, and see you all tomorrow.
I’m a person who believes in humans. As a result, I believe in virtually unlimited personal freedoms, so long you don’t actually harm someone else. I can partly credit my alma mater for that, but I was shocked to read the article I’ve posted below in the AUB newspaper, Outlook. The sheer ignorance, arrogance and homophobia makes me embarrassed to say I probably shared a few classrooms with the writer. Granted anyone can post a letter to the editor, I’ll choose to address the writer himself and anyone who thinks like him.
The other day, I saw a couple holding ands along Hamra Street. Normally I would never look twice, but something was not right. They both had short hair, facial hair, and rough voices. The sight was disturbing. Call me sexist, call me whatever you like, I couldn’t get that image out of my head for the whole day. I couldn’t believe what I saw, I know that Lebanon aims to be an ideal ‘secular’ country, but if this is what ‘secular’ is then maybe it’s not such a good idea.
Thank you kind sir, for admitting that you are against a fair and free society where old men in robes don’t have a say in what you do and what you have the right to do. Secular does not mean Lebanon becomes homosexual, secular means everyone is the same under law. It means no one can rape their wives because the sheikh said it’s ok. It means that people like you cannot have a say in the lives of others because it “insults” your own religion. I took the liberty of wikipedia-ing “secularity” for you, I hope you know how to read this.
Homosexuality has always been a controversial subject in the world, not just Lebanon. In the United States some states have legalized sexual marriage while others have outlawed the act. Almost every holy religion has condemned it. Islam condemns it to a point where the culprits are to be stoned to death. The bible States “if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13). Judaism also condemns those who commit such an ‘abomination’.
OH! “Holy” religions condem them?! (so, the other religions aren’t holy?). Very persuasive point, after all, all of us adhere completely to scripture written centuries ago by illiterate goat herders. Also, as a former Christian, I’m pretty sure Leviticus is not a Christian text, it’s in the Old Testament, which means Jewish, Thanks though for further elaborating your ignorance and inability to use even Google or Wikipedia (much less a proper paper). Might I also add some protestant churches not only accept homosexuality, but ordain priests who are openly gay. So, even though I don’t care much for what religion says, in itself, the religious argument fails miserably.
Even if I were to put religions aside, our cultures, logic, morals, and humanity have and hopefully always will condemn such acts whether in public or in private. Some have previously asked the question: ‘Why would God create people like that if he didn’t want us to do it?’ People are not born homosexual, usually one changes as he is growing from the infant stage up until puberty, some even later than that. This is, according to psychologists, due to certain factors during infancy and homosexuality can be treated in various ways.
Really? I don’t condemn them. Does that mean I’m immoral? And I love how the thousands of studies that point to the biological roots of homosexuality, such as its existence in virtually all known sexual animals, was completely disregarded by the writer, who cited “psychologists” as a whole pointing out something so vague that’d fit with the weak argument. I also love how it’s a given that “God created us”, but then he supposedly cites scientists, who usually work on real stuff and studies, not what God says.
I have seen the protests all over the world on the news, and it wasn’t something I saw to be logical, or human for that matter. I mean, let’s stop for a minute and say that it was okay to be gay all over the world and have a chain around a man’s neck and have him dragged around. How would that serve mankind any good? It obviously wouldn’t. The pair (if not more) would never have offspring, the rate of STDs would skyrocket, and any morality that society still had would disappear amongst a myriad other plights. In that logic, if homosexuality is legalized world-wide, ten let’s legalize marijuana as well. If homosexual’s excuse is ‘it’s what makes us happy’ then what will stop others from taking the same stand?
Have you seen the gay parades? They’re happy and jolly. Have you seen the anti-gay parades? They’re savage and angry and use slogans like “God hates fags” and “kill the fags”. I’d choose the gay parade any day over religious zealots who never got a proper education and think we walked with dinosaurs and that women are inferior to men.
So, gays aren’t human? And if a guy sticks his penis into another anus, we lose morality? I don’t know about you, but what business gay people do, won’t make me beat up children or spit on beggars, I’m pretty sure we’d all still be really moral, no matter where a penis is inserted. And plenty of civilized countries legalize marijuana, and their results are more impressive than the ones that criminalize it, so I doubt anyone will see this as one of a “myriad of plights” (nice use of thesaurus.com btw). And if it makes them happy, and other people do the same, how is that a problem? Maybe you should spend less time thinking about where gay man put their penises, unless you’re gay too of course…
The point is, religion has done well in keeping society working well and efficiently in a respectable manner. God has set the rules for us to abide by, not to make life hard on us, but to make it better and easier.
God is your own belief. Don’t shove it down the throat of others. From where I stand, religion has done plenty to blow up cars and people, murder “witches”, start wars, justify rape and make people act like brutish savages with no brains. I’ve never seen a dog blow itself up, or burn a woman for learning how to read, or stoning a man for practicing a religion different that the given majority’s. Also, the same God you’re talking about asks for foreskins from battles, allows pedophilia and necrophilia, and you expect me to take that as a standard for morality?
‘homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with other men. There is a three year waiting list’ Yakov Smirnoff.
The lust, the hunger, the addiction. Men hungering for gay pleasure are willing to withstand the freezing environment of a metal cell in Russia just to pleas e their insides. Is this what the human race has become?
Yes, the country where the current president got 140% of the votes, is definitely an example we should follow. But, ironically, it is, given how Russia has abolished the law you’re so proud of
My two cents
This article was nauseating. Especially since I used to be part of Outlook. It is a disrespectful, naive and bigoted article which I believe deserves no place in a reputable publication. But, given my strong belief in freedom of speech, I’ll acknowledge the right he had to say whatever he wants. However, I like many, many others reserve the right to ridicule him accordingly.
Who the hell are you to judge what other people want and like to do? What gives you the right to impose your beliefs on others? What makes you think you can decide what morality means? How can you quote a book that sanctifies marital rape and consider it moral, books which contain references to necrophilia and pedophilia?
My advice to you, is go focus on “benefiting society” as you so dearly care about and let other people be. Your ignorance, though scary, is unfortunately a reality we cannot escape in a country where religious sects run our schools. As a heterosexual man, I have no problem with gays or lesbians doing whatever the hell they want if they enjoy it. If you’re a heterosexual man too and comfortable with your sexuality, I see no reason why it should offend you, or occupy so much of your attention. This post was just a reply, a far more detailed, emotion-free, properly cited and more developed article will be published here next week with a little help from a friend of mine in Harvard. Till then, why not check out the conversation happening on my Facebook timeline, or better yet, starting another one here.