Tuesday, July 30, 2013

American Ayatollah Pat Robertson Channels Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini Regarding Transgender Communitty

This is the story according to HuffPo:
A viewer named David wrote in asking how he should refer to two transgender femaleswho work in his office and have legally changed their genders. Instead of criticizing the trans individuals, Robertson approached the situation in a seemingly level-headed manner.
"I think there are men who are in a woman's body," he said. "It's very rare. But it's true -- or women that are in men's bodies -- and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It's a radical procedure. I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that."
He went on to say he would "question the validity" of someone who just says, "Well I'm really a woman" because you "don't count somebody as female unless they really are, or male unless they really are."
When his co-host said the viewer doesn't know the intentions or medical history of his co-workers, Robertson rebutted, "It's not for you to decide or to judge."

Years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini, first Supreme Leader of Iran issued a fatwa allowing Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transsexual Persons.

According to Muftah:
Iran’s penal code does not, however, directly target the transgender community. In Iran, transsexuality is officially recognized and is not considered criminal by the state. In 1985, the first Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, reissued his 1967 fatwa “sanctioning sex-change,” in Persian (originally, it was in Arabic).
Khomeini’s fatwa, which is not supported by all Shi’ite clerics, paved the way for Iran to become a global leader in sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and a destination for many individuals from Eastern Europe and the Middle East looking to have these procedures.
In fact, in April 2013, an official of the Iranian Ministry of Cooperative, Labor, and Social Welfare announced that SRS will no longer be considered a cosmetic surgery. Accordingly, insurance companies in Iran are now required to extend their coverage to include SRS for transsexual individuals.
This remarkable development—which would considerably reduce the often-frightening financial burden for transsexual Iranians transitioning genders—has the support of both Iran’s legislature and executive branches.

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