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Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU | World news | The Guardian
2019-04-22, by Daniel Boffey,

"Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, claiming convictions will be rare as it requires two men of “high moral standing and piety” to be witnesses. (...)

“The penal sentences of hadd – stoning to death and amputation – imposed for offences of theft, robbery, adultery and sodomy, have extremely high evidentiary threshold, requiring no less than two or four men of high moral standing and piety as witnesses, to the exclusion of every form of circumstantial evidence.” (...)

Such is the required “standards of piety of the male witness” that the kingdom writes that it is “extremely difficult to find one in this day and age, to the extent that convictions of hadd may solely rest on confessions of the offender”. Confessions, it added, may be retracted. (...)

Homosexuality has been illegal since the country broke from British rule, but before the recent move to a more conservative interpretation of Islam, it was punishable by jail.

Britain, France, Germany and the UN are among those who have condemned the hardening of the kingdom’s laws."
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56 minutes ago by eric.brechemier
Double consciousness
"It’s a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others … two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being asunder"
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Jordan Peterson | ContraPoints
Nice attempt to characterise and deconstruct JP's generalising picture of a postmodernist neomarxist ideology
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TFC Blog | spotlight on global film distribution platform FilmDoo
@FilmDoo enables #filmmakers to reach global audiences; strong in global, #humanitarian #LGBT #crosscultural #FiveMillionFilm ^cr
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5 days ago by csrollyson
In their first hearing on equality for same-sex marriages, couples tell the Tokyo District Court that their f…
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6 days ago by dannypage
Born This Way; Now That Way – Almost No One is Evil. Almost Everything is Broken.
So let’s compare this to some other traits: you’re “born with” your sexuality (~35%) less than you’re born with your height (60-90%), IQ (45-85%), conscientiousness (~45%), happiness (~65%), or weight (75-85%) (percentages are best estimates of heritable contribution to variance). And I feel like these are all things where society keeps screaming “You can change this if you believe in yourself! You can be happier, or smarter, or harder working, or in better shape! You can do it! Come on! Why aren’t you trying?!” And pretty much everyone (+/- I-live-in-a-bubble) now recognizes how insane and harmful it is to say these things about sexual orientation, and understands that it’s better to build a society that accommodates a wide variety of orientations and identities than torture people into trying to be something they’re not.
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