The homophobic slippage of Saadeddine El Othmani

The homophobic slippage of Saadeddine El Othmani

The former head of government and ex-secretary general of the PJD seems to be unable to differentiate the psychiatrist from the fqih Saadeddine El Othmani. In the middle of a debate on high prices, fuel and the campaign calling for the departure of Aziz Akhannouch, he thus chose to address the spread of monkeypox among homosexuals, on the occasion of publishing a study in the scientific journal New England Journal of Medicine.

Easy mixing of science and religion, he assured that “the majority of current cases of Monkeypox are sexually transmitted”, while “the majority of those infected are homosexual men”. But above all he added that “the lesson learned is to abandon Fitrah (referring to the original nature of man according to Islam, editor’s note) is a danger to man, to his health, to his life and even to his existence”.

As experts around the world warn of a stigmatization of homosexual people and a devastating effect on the prevention and treatment of monkeypox as the virus continues to spread around the world, psychiatrist Saadeddine El Othmani seems against the grain.

As a reminder, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses since… 1992.

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