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This post was published on 19/12/08 in Ideology and HIV.

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  1. Comment by Lee Rudolph, 20/12/08, 08:32:

    “Needless to say the Vatican”…

    It would be interesting to know nation-by-nation figures for the proportion of homosexuals in the population. Presumably for most nations the proportion is pretty much the same (at least, by some measures). On the other hand, a nation which is 100% a nation of immigrants, with no natural-born residents at all, might have a very atypical proportion. I can only think of one such nation at the moment.

    Do you think we could get a grant to study this?

  2. Comment by Paddy, 20/12/08, 08:43:

    On the other hand, it’s something of a good sign that the issue was even raised at the UN general assembly – even ten years ago, it would be hard to imagine anybody putting this forward, and impossible 20 years ago.

    Also, note the usual weasel words and slippery slope arguments on the part of the opposing document: http://uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE4BH7EW20081219.
    The fact that they are trying to shift the battleground to making this about states’ rights and paedophilia points up that they can’t morally defend this discrimination on its own “merits”.

    Maybe things will be brighter yet in another 20 years…

  3. Comment by elizabeth, 21/12/08, 08:55:

    Hmmm, let’s see. What if we picked a nation with no natural-born residents, with just a single gender that dresses like the other gender? I’ll write to NIH…

  4. Comment by Roger, 22/12/08, 07:42:

    Immigrants tends to takes with them their prejudices. They become exacerbated as soon as they turn “ex-pats”, so what when they become national values?

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