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September 21, 2022 Special Dispatch No. 10219

Saudi Writer: We Must Provide Parents, Educators With Tools To Combat Homosexuality

September 21, 2022
Saudi Arabia | Special Dispatch No. 10219

In a June 28, 2022 article in the Saudi daily Al-Watan, titled "Elsa and Accusations of Homosexuality," journalist 'Abir Al-'Ali condemned the West for what she called a campaign to promote homosexuality by means of music, cinema and social media, and stated that whoever now legitimizes same-sex relationships may one day legitimize pedophilia as well under the label of "personal inclinations." She called to provide parents and educators with tools to discuss the phenomenon with children and teens, instead of hiding it, so as to eradicate it from the root. This way, she says, parents will know how to reply if their innocent young daughter one day comes and says to them that Elsa from the Frozen movies is gay.


'Abir Al-'Ali (Source: Mobile.twitter.abeeralali)

The following are translated excerpts from her article.[1]

"One of the drawbacks inherent in the cultural openness, the steady development of  media and information [technologies] and the growing cultural influence among peoples in this post-globalization age is the immense upheaval we are seeing in people's natural values. These values impinge on most of our religious and moral principles, especially the ones relating to man's natural and normal sexual orientation and urges. The new discourse brings [these issues] out into the open and grants them social and legal legitimacy in the world.

"The phenomenon of homosexuality has existed since the dawn of time, and was always considered a personal matter. But if it comes out into the public [sphere] it becomes a social and legal issue… All reasonable people agree that this phenomenon must be regarded as a crime, or must simply be condemned and shunned. However, today [this phenomenon] has become visible in the world and is supported by the governments of global superpowers… Declaring [recognition of] a range of [gay] rights means acknowledging the existence [of gays] on the legal and civil [levels].

"The worst thing is that official international organizations concerned with human rights declare their support for homosexuals and call to abolish any oppression against them, while ignoring populations in various parts of the world that are suffering from hunger, disease, ignorance and expulsion.

"This pact [that aims] to spread homosexuality and officially promote it is accompanied by a quiet campaign through various types of entertainment, which incorporates homosexuality without any justification into the plot of every drama series and movie, into every song and video clip, and into apps that are downloaded, for a nominal fee, into the phones of most of the teens in the world. When people become accustomed to this perversion, it becomes legitimate, and one day it may even supersede the normal [sexual] orientation, or will at least be validated in the name of personal freedom, equality, and support for oppressed minorities facing racist discrimination…  

"Along with this [global] openness to legitimizing homosexuality, one can notice a misunderstanding of this concept among some teens, who believe that it also legitimizes pedophilia – which, amid the wave of Western democratic freedoms, may indeed come to be legitimized as part of personal inclinations.   

"Today, amid this declining [commitment to] the system of values, morality and normal inclinations, or at the very least the undermining [of these values] among the teens, the time has come to speak with this generation – that we are so concerned for but also afraid of – about issues we [tend to be] silent about. We must explain about these phenomena, which we know about yet deny and conceal behind closed doors because, wanting to be a decent society, we refuse to recognize the thorns that grow among us even when they tear at our feet until they bleed. 

"Therefore, all the relevant institutions of culture, education and research must clarify the various phenomena [related to] homosexuality, their types, names and characteristics, and, after understanding their causes, start figuring out solutions… Parents and educators must be trained in the best ways to counter these global campaigns for coexisting with homosexuals, and eradicate this phenomenon from the root in our society. Parents must know what to say if, for example, their prepubescent daughter, who likes to play with a doll of the famous Elsa from the movie Frozen, comes to them and says, with innocent laughter… that Elsa is a lesbian, as portrayed in the movie."[2] 

 

[1] Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), June 28, 2022.

[2]  Elsa is not presented in the Frozen movies as gay, but there is an online fan campaign to "bring her out of the closet."

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