India’s Top Televangelist Also Claims Gay Cure

Timothy Kincaid

July 13th, 2009

Some things are the same the whole world over. And it seems that religious cures for homosexuality bring in the bucks no matter what television network you use to spout your dogma. (Dispatch Online)

India’s top television yoga expert has challenged a landmark court ruling legalising gay sex, claiming it is a “disease” that can be cured by yoga.

Swami Baba Ramdev filed the petition on the grounds that the Delhi High Court “erred” in decriminalising “unnatural sex acts” and that homosexuality was an illness which could be treated, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

“It can be treated like any other congenital defect. Such tendencies can be treated by yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises) and other meditation techniques,” he said.

I suspect that the Swami hasn’t been to a yoga class in Hollywood (or Seattle).

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July 13th, 2009

Hmmm, I wonder if that swami ever heard of Sai Baba.

http://www.nndb.com/people/281/000050131

Burr

July 13th, 2009

Well at least the method he’s advocating doesn’t involve physical or emotional abuse..

I suppose that counts for something.

Ben in Oakland

July 13th, 2009

He looks like the reincarnation of Richard Simmons. and we all know he isn’t one of us.

Burr

July 13th, 2009

Apparently this guy thinks you can cure anything with breathing exercises, even cancer and genetic diseases.

Yep.. complete nutjob.

He also needs to eat a sandwich.

TJMcFisty

July 14th, 2009

I bet it’s that blasted Krounchasana (Heron) pose. I felt very un-gay and un-pretty attempting it last week.

Penguinsaur

July 14th, 2009

Who else wants to see NARTH and abunch of Yogi’s fighting to the death over who’s pseudoscience is better?

Pvoid

July 14th, 2009

[Comments Policy prohibits the copying and pasting in whole of materials published elsewhere. The following is a selection of the article from The Guardian on June 14, 2008 which is reprinted on another site.]

…the swami defended his more extravagant claims that yoga could cure terminal illnesses such as cancer. He also said he had evidence that breathing exercises could help Aids patients recover by enabling a rise in the number of cells that the HIV virus destroys.

Ramdev has an explanation for his success with cancer – that yoga oxygenates the blood which kills the tumour. “Yoga is self-healing and self-realisation. I have many cases of cancer which I can provide where patients have recovered. We have cured blood, throat, ovarian, uterine and throat cancers with yoga.”

In the case of HIV, he says scientists “have not understood [it] properly”. He says that “through yoga and lifestyle changes people increase their CD4 count [the cells the HIV virus attacks]. The truth seen for the first time does appear like a miracle.”

fannie

July 14th, 2009

LOL, I guess I’ve been doing yoga wrong all these years!

snj

July 14th, 2009

Is there a cure for striaght people as well? It’s funny how humans religion is dictated to us from humans and they leave out all of the good things God has done for us all. God made me this way and I would not change a thing no matter how oppressed humans are toward me. It is Gods will that we are who we are and humans think they can change God’s will.
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