By Terry Vanderheyden

BEIJING, February 10, 2006 ( – 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.”

See related coverage:
  Dominican Leader “Highly Recommends” Homosexual Cowboy Film


Commenting Guidelines

LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.