More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

Cricket News Kuldeep Yadav surges to second in ICC Twenty20 International rankings

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav has surged to second spot in the latest International Cricket Council rankings for Twenty20 Internationals. Kuldeep was the only bowler who escaped punishment in the Hamilton Twenty20 International against New Zealand by taking the wickets of Colin Munro (72) and Tim Seifert (43) to finish with figures of 2/26 from four overs. India lost a high-scoring thriller by four runs to lose a three-match Twenty20 International for the first time. New Zealand prolonged their pain in the shortest format as they won their eighth encounter against India in 11 games. Kuldeep’s great show in the Twenty20 International in Hamilton continued his good form in New Zealand where he was impressive in the ODIs.In the first two games in Napier and Bay Oval, Kuldeep finished with figures of 4/39 and 4/45 as India won an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009. Kuldeep is the only Indian bowler in the top 10 of the Twenty20 International rankings and he is behind Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan.Kuldeep’s spin bowling partner Yuzvendra Chahal after an indifferent series against New Zealand, dropped six places to be 17th while Bhuvneshwar Kumar maintained his 18th rank. In the batsmen’s list, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma swapped three places with compatriot KL Rahul, who didn’t feature in the recently-concluded series.  The batting chart is headed by talented Pakistani batsman Babar Azam while Rohit Sharma is in seventh. Rohit, who captained the side for the last two ODIs and in the Twenty20 International series, recently became the leading run-getter in T20Is. During the Auckland clash, he smashed his 16th fifty and became only the third player after Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle to hit 100 sixes in this format. Azam, on the other hand, recently became the fastest to 1000 runs in T20Is and in the series against South Africa, he top-scored with 90 but Pakistan still managed to lose the series 1-2 to the Proteas.India will now play two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia in Vizag and Bangalore on February 24 and February 27. After the end of the two-match series, India will play five ODIs which will be their last international assignment before the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England on May 31. Rohit Sharma is currently in seventh in the list for batsmen.Kuldeep Yadav took two four-wicket hauls in New Zealand.India have not yet won a T20I series in New Zealand. highlightslast_img read more