By Terry Vanderheyden
BEIJING, February 10, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – China, despite its poor record on human rights and outright ban on most non-state-run religion, still holds on to some traditional values abandoned by most western nations. These values have led censors there to ban the homosexual propaganda film, Brokeback Mountain.
On Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates followed suit, banning the film. More middle-eastern countries are expected to follow UAEs lead. The Emirates’ Ministry of Information decided to shelter its citizens from the “offensive, abnormal behaviours” depicted in the movie, adding that Brokeback Mountain would “destroy the values and morals of the society.” The Malaysian distributor for the film has not even bothered to ask the country for permission to air the spectacle.
“The film will upset the people of this culture and tradition,” said Dr Abdullah Al Amiri, Chairman of the Committee of Financial, Economical and Industrial Affairs of Sharjah Consultative Council, according to press reports. “The portrayal of the sexual behaviour of its main character is offensive to eastern societies, particularly Muslims and the Arabs since Islam forbids abnormal behaviours like homosexuality.”
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