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

Juletta M. Larrison, 89

first_imgJuletta M. Larrison, 89 of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Aspen Place Health Campus. Juletta was born on July 21, 1930 in Greensburg, the daughter of Delbert and Bertha (Phelps) Critser. She married Max Larrison on December 12, 1957 and he preceded her in death on November 26, 2010.She is survived by her son Jason Hull of Greensburg; four grandchildren – Jarrod (Kristin) Hull, Brent Hull, Jesse Hull and Isaac (Elissa) Larrison; five great grandchildren and her former daughter-in-law Della Hull. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her siblings – William Critser, Rose Ella Johnston, Louise Hettmansperger and Mabel Robbins.A graveside funeral service will be held at South Park Cemetery on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10am. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be made to the family at read more

Brown assigned as Lindsey Blansett’s court appointed attorney; first hearing set for Thursday; memorial fund set up

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County District Court Judge has assigned Mike Brown as Lindsey Blansett’s court-appointed attorney today. Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Blansett.Lindsey BlansettBlansett’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. under the court docket of Sumner County Judge William Mott. This has been a change of schedule said County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. Blansett’s first hearing was originally set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. under judge Scott McQuin.Spencer said McQuin will eventually be the presiding judge but Mott will need to assign the case to him first.Mike BrownWhether Blansett will make an appearance in court Thursday morning will depend on Brown, Spencer said.Blansett is accused of murdering her son at their house late Sunday evening at 902 W. 7th in Wellington. In the District Court complaint, Blansett decided that Caleb’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven. She allegedly took a rock and knife into the bedroom striking him with a rock and stabbing him with a knife multiple times until he was dead.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said there were at least three people at the residence during the incident including a 9-year-old sibling of Caleb. The girl was taken into protective custody but was eventually turned over to the family, Heath said.Blansett’s charge is an off-grid felony which carries a life sentence without parole if convicted. She is currently in Sumner County jail and has a $500,000 bond set for release.Spencer said he does not anticipate she will be able to make bond.Her arrest came after the WPD received a 911 call at 11:45 p.m. Sunday evening. No details of who made the 911 call has been released. At a press conference, Heath told reporters he did not know if there was a specific incident that precipitated Caleb’s death, who had been sleeping at the time.Caleb was a Lincoln Elementary student. Counselors have been called to the school to be available for students.Heath said no drugs were involved during the incident.The incident has received international attention. The news has been featured on the London Daily Mail (see article here) as well as the New York Daily and others.•••••A Caleb Blansett Memorial Fund has been set up at the Impact Bank in Wellington at 206 East Harvey Avenue for those wishing to donate.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Juanita M. Avalos · 295 weeks ago How can a so called MOTHER do something so cruel to their child??? Why didn’t she see what it would be like in HELL first??? RIP Caleb you may be gone, but your spirit will always be with your 4th grade classmates @ Lincoln! Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 295 weeks ago From what I’m reading on Kake, the SRS had been called out several times. Something was obviously wrong!! Why was she screened out? It cost this young child his life! Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +31 Vote up Vote down voodoo child · 295 weeks ago You know we all at times think we have it bad but manage to struggle through it regardless. We now as a town have a small boy gone forever at the hands of a mother that somehow someway lost all hope and felt the only answer was the action she took. A little girl now has her brother gone and her mother as well. And the father who must be thinking thoughts that only a parent that loses a child thru violence could feel and think. If we proclaim to be believers in Jesus as we all or most do, and by the number of churches in this town, then we need to put our prayers and faith in what we say we believe in. This pain will last a long time…for all of us. But the pain the family suffers from has to be the deepest. May God bless this family and our town. Report Reply 5 replies · active 294 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 295 weeks ago It seems to me that the hell had already started or she wouldn’t have done it. Wouldn’t it be nice if our small town was more compassionate than judgmental. There has been a lot of tragedy in recent years. Is that our fault for the gossip and clicks in this town? I knew her several years ago when she was in an abusive relationship I am ashamed I wasn’t there for her then, maybe if she had someone to talk to things could have been different. There are ribbons for all kinds of diseases and conditions Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Tootightofshirt · 295 weeks ago It was her responsibility to get help nobody elses. She knew something was wrong with her. The father said she had a mental health screening scheduled for that day but never went. Poor family. Nothing we can do will help other than to show love an compassion. An eye for an eye. I hope she gets stoned to death as her punishment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 295 weeks ago I find myself out of compassion for the boy identifying with him and trying to imagine the horror he went through in his final seconds and what his thoughts were when she struck him in a sound sleep and repeatedly slashed him in this completely unprovoked attack and as his soul went home to Jesus trying to determine what he did to deserve it. My stomach and heart can’t handle it. I am not in good health, it has been on the decline gradually several years. I found out I have COPD last year, but I started being afraid of things that I didn’t use to be long before I knew. I have experienced several incidents where I nearly choked to death inhaling spit or drinks at the wrong time. Knowing you are going to die when you still have things you want to do is terrifying enough, but I have come to terms with it and accepted it. I still have the will to live and I want God to choose when I die. I have dogs that hear everything and have taken steps in which I have acquired weapons for my defense. I can only imagine what could have been if a few more weeks had passed and someone that had been chosen on a mission from God could have brought needed healing to that family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest2 · 295 weeks ago I know we have now lost at least two children due to “child abuse” in the Wellington area in a short time. AND both cases were turned into SRS prior to the deaths. Something wrong here? I know if we have this issue in a small town the number only grows as the area does. Maybe we should look into how well these “SRS” people are looking into things. I cannot imagine the pain that Caleb’s family is going through. That poor little boy did not deserve this. That lady (I will not EVEN call her his mother, a true mother would NEVER do something of this sort), deserves nothing less than the acts she took upon her innocent child to be taken onto her to end her “suffering”. This is sickening. This woman deserves NO compassion. NONE AT ALL! Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Melissa · 295 weeks ago This is such a shock! I am just flabbergasted… Something does not sound right here. I could not see her doing this without being under the influence of something. She was to caring of a mother to do something like this. Designer drugs are meant to give same effects as street drugs, just bc an analysis says no doesn’t mean she wasn’t under the influence. They are designed to give same effects but stay hidden on tests. Furthermore, Her sin may be dramatically worse than others we have all committed but a sin is still a sin and no one has the right to judge her except God. I pray for Cadence, Clint, Nicole’s mental health, & all of their family and friends. RIP Caden! You will always be remembered. Much love to you up above! Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mike Aughenbaugh · 294 weeks ago Ta da! It is still zero days since ‘real America’ exhibited moral superiority or values. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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