LGBT rights are largely unrecognised in Malaysia. The government retains the colonial era penal code criminalising sodomy. Social attitudes towards the LGBT community are also shaped by Islam, the official religion in Malaysia.
Human Rights Watch states that "Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia
The Malay Mail Online noted similarities between the flyer and a 2010 brochure by the Family Research Council, a Christian lobby group in the US that opposes gay rights, abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research and pornography.
That's the last line in the article and throughout reading the article I was thinking that American Christian fundamentalism had a hand in this so that last graph did not surprise me.
As important as it is to understand where their thoughts come from so that we might know how to address them, we also have to be careful of our own thinking, of how we come to what we think especially with regard to how those thoughts are then projected back into the world.
This is why in Buddhism there is the 8-fold path, of right view, right intention, right speech, right mindfulness, etc., that we might avoid the traps of deluded thinking and the ramifications of that.
Because even when our thinking is very good it's so easy to be drawn into one of those traps, that we must be forever on guard, even about ourselves. Thus...
Doctor9 saidEven better - is anyone but myself amused by the concept of "Religious Authorities" having any authority over the laws of biology?
"Religious authorities say no one is born gay"
No doubt autism is also a lifestyle choice, or diabetes, or leukemia - all things that come up sometime after birth, but not necessarily noticeable *at* birth.
...we find ourselves comparing in efforts of justification even if just for dramatic affect, as lifestyles as you note in pointed jest, our quality of being gay with defect and disease rather than more benign yet equally natural characteristics of, say, being short, or having a certain color hair or eyes or skin.
Yet how quick are we to cite disease & defect even though that thinking bolsters their claims against us. That our comparing being gay as natural as being born with a disease opens the door for them to claim that being gay is as natural as pedophilia or alcoholism or any other personality disorder or defect. So you see the danger in that.
Of course I agree completely with your main point as to which authority ought to rule over the other but even in this country is still sometimes debate in our courts: example, Christian Scientists et al.