Religious Gurus of all hues have claimed homosexuality to be unnatural and against the “will of God”. Many such religious leaders and evangelists have even come up with their own explanations of the causes of homosexuality.
We list down such bizarre theories by religious gurus/leaders of different religions.
Pregnant Woman Enjoying Anal Sex Creates Gay Babies
A bishop has recently claimed that when pregnant women have anal sex, and if they enjoy it, it leads to the birth of homosexual kids. The Most Reverend Metropolitan Neophytos (Masouras) of Morfou of the Church of Cyprus said that, “gays are created if a straight couple, that happens to be pregnant, perform anal sex and only if the woman enjoys anal sex. Then if that occurs, such desires are transferred to the foetus.”
Having Sex With 40-50 Girls Leads to Homosexual Tendencies
This one is by Muslim televangelist D. Zakir Naik, who also runs Peace TV. Dr. Naik is known to make controversial statements (and is currently absconding from India fearing arrest). On Homosexuality, he has a bizarre explanation. According to him, men “turn gay” when they start intermingling with girls and have sex with too many women, because now they want to experience something different! So Dear Straight Men, don’t sleep around too much, lest you become gay too!
You Retain Taste From Previous Birth, or Are stuck in 7 to 14 Years Age
Controversial guru Nityananda, who has a knack for explaining everything under the sun starting from E is not equal to MC2 to making softwares that will enable animals to speak human languages, has an explanation for homosexuality too. According to this “enlightened being”, every person takes birth in the gender opposite of their previous birth’s gender. But if you “jump” to the other gender, but the taste (sexually) from your previous birth doesn’t change, you will yearn for the same-gender. He gives another explanation for homosexuality based on Tantra. According to this “Tantra . theory”, between the age of 7 to 14, a person enjoys company of same-gender (though non-sexual). From 14 to 21, of opposite gender, and after 21, of everyone. So if a person “gets stuck” in the 7 to 14 age group mentally, he will be attracted to same-sex. Nityanada also claims such people can be “turned” straight.
And if you thought these “Gurus” are from the conservative or extreme side, think again. Many “spiritual leaders” with a wide following or acceptance too have said some bizarre things. For eg, Sadhguru has claimed that “homosexuals are a product of the social situation rather than if any kind of physiological or inner need.” Similarly Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, at an event in JNU had said that homosexuality is a “tendency” and is not permanent: “This is your tendency now…just acknowledge it, accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay later turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal, who are called straight people, end up being gay later in life.”
There’s another bizarre explanation that was given by a Kuwaiti “academic” on Television, that there are anal worms which feed on semen and these worms lead people to have homosexual tendencies.