Human rights professor invited to teach at NYU calls homosexuality “a gross indecency”

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Dr. Thio Li-annYes. You read it right. Dr. Thio Li-ann, a law professor from the National University of Singapore, who has been invited to teach a “Human Rights in Asia” course at New York University in the fall, doesn’t believe human rights extend to gays and lesbians. While serving in Parliament in 2007, Dr. Li-ann gave an empassioned speech advocating for the continued criminalization of homosexuality, which she called “a gross indecency.” She went on to say “You cannot make a human wrong a human right,” “Diversity is not a license for perversity,” and compared in intimate act between men to “shoving a straw up your nose to drink.” Watch the speech below:

Since NYU extended Dr. Li-ann the invitation, many students and faculty members have expressed outrage that she will be on campus teaching in the fall. In a comprehensive 18 point diatribe Dr. Li-ann responded to her critics, complaining of the abuse she has received since accepting the invitation. In the lengthy letter, Dr. Li-ann objects that her moral opposition to homosexuality has been characterized as “bigoted, ignorance or hatred,” and finds it “ironical” that those who claim to be oppressed are in fact the oppressors. Li-ann also said that most homosexuals in Singapore “lead quiet lives which is what most of us want.”

Let’s hope that when Dr. Li-ann arrives in New York, she gets the “proper” welcome she deserves. And no, I’m not being ironical.

Post by ILO on 07/13/09 at 9:09 pm
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5 Responses to “Human rights professor invited to teach at NYU calls homosexuality “a gross indecency””

  1. Donaldson Tan Says:

    Dear Americans,

    As a Singaporean, I resent that my country is grabbing international attention for the wrong reason. Thanks to Dr Thio Li-Ann for shaming us.

    However, please note that Singapore is not island nation of homophobes. We recently had a successful LGBT support event in Singapore. 2,500 Singaporeans (LGBTs, friends and family) turn up to support the freedom to love. This is as close as it gets to Pride March in Singapore.

    Just like any civil rights movement, fighting for LGBT equality is always work-in-progress.

  2. InLookOut Says:

    Yes, the Pink Dot rally. This site proudly reported on that event at the links below:

    You are right. The fight for our rights will continue to be struggle, but rest assured our voices will eventually drown out those like Dr. Li-ann.

    Good luck to you and your fight.


  3. Chad Says:

    What’s up with NYU’s process of selecting their faculty?? It’s a good thing she’s not coming to San Francisco or to any Bay Area universities in general. If she was, she’d never get to leave her place without a protest meeting her head on.
    The most atrocious or laughable part of all of this, is that she’s being considered as a human rights faculty. Seriously!

  4. H Says:

    Get over it. If she feels that way fine. I personally find homosexuality disgusting. Every damn show wants to rub your face in it.

  5. ILO Says:

    Not as disgusting as your homophobia.

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