Minister Research &Technology controversy about LGBT

Minister of Research and Technology Republic of Indonesia, Dikti Mohamad Nasir , forbids LGBT (Lesbi, Gay, Bisex, and Transgender) enter university. To be honest, for the first time I read news, it didn’t clear to me whether he forbids LGBT to continue study or forbids LGBT groups enter campus.  This statement caused pro and contra among us. The pro with him said his statement is correct because the LGBT culture is not in accordance with the values and morals of Indonesia. The contra said it’s against human rights.

The minister statement is at risk of violating human right, especially academic freedom and the right to education. Nasir said “The LGBT community should not be allowed to grow or be given room to conduct its activities. Even more serious is those LGBT members who go into universities with scientific study”.  He added that educational institutions were seen as moral guardians, and as such were responsible for upholding the country’s values.  However, he forgot some technology evangelyst are LGBT. He  appears ignorant of the fact that the biggest technology corporations are supportive of LGBT rights. Alan Turing, a  computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist, is a gay. Timothy DonaldTimCook, Apple’s CEO, also is  a gay. I can find more LGBT scientists in Internet just in 2 minutes.  If you don’t believe me, you can try googling it too 😀 (Wikipedia also lists  from A-Z :D). He may also forgot such famous quote “Knowledge and education belong to the world“. Even Pasteur said ” Knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence“.

Although my heart agree with him, but my mind disagree. I don’t care if some one is LGBT as long as she or he doesn’t disturb me. I agree any activities that caused trouble or disturb academic conducitivy : not only LGBT, but also free sex, and another activities (even kissing :d) that caused chaos must be forbade. We that call ourselves as believer must not reject, but tolerate them. Moreover it is our duty to help and guide them. I think Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies (SGRC) idea to give counseling to the LGBT is very good. This even according to our country motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means  “Unity in diversity“. Also our constitution “UUD 1945“, especially Article 28, states every citizens are entitled to education.

As Drake state in his song “Right Above it“- We walk the same path, but got on different shoes. Live in the same buildin, but we got different views.  Yes, I agree with him 😀

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