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Sexual orientation not relevant

Published: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It is indeed extremely unfortunate that President-elect Paula-Mae Weeks was essentially forced to declare her sexual orientation after social media trolls began spreading propaganda and hate asserting that she was a lesbian.

How exactly does the sexual orientation of the President-elect have anything to do with the competency of the individual elected? Is that a new standard that the society is being asked to now adopt?

Are our colonial hang up and archaic societal constructs so ridged and prejudiced that we cannot see beyond a person’s sexual orientation to determine if they are competent to perform a task for the benefit of the nation.

To suggest that the sexual orientation of a person would affect their job performance, is akin to stating that the sexual orientation of a Chief Justice would affect the justice dispensed by the courts.

Sexual orientation has no place in the selection of a candidate for any job subject to very rare and extraordinary exceptions.

Our nation’s common law and constitutionally guaranteed rights make provision for equality of rights of all citizens irrespective of creed and race as well as sexual orientation.

Previously I had expressed concerns that the Government could not have found a single qualified Hindu for the position of President and thereby make history.

Having regard to the election of Paula-Mae Weeks, as a nation we must respect the appointment and make no attempt to sully the good name of the President-elect.

The Hindu view is that we reincarnate several times, also switching gender as we are born again and again.

Hindu astrology also points out that in one of these births, while the body may have an assigned gender male or female, the person will have to choose their sexual orientation.

Discrimination under any guise such as race, religion and sexual orientation is offensive and reprehensible.

It is time that the Parliament debate the issue of protection of rights of all citizens who may have a different sexual orientation and keep up with the rest of the modern world.

PUNDIT SATYANAND MAHARAJ,
SPIRITUAL HEAD, SATYA ANAND ASHRAM, ARANGUEZ

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