This week read about Malaysia seeking stricter laws against people who "promote the LGBT lifestyle," and Canada passing a bill that will criminalize conversion therapy.

Malaysia Seeks Stricter Laws Against ‘Promoting LGBT Lifestyle’ 

On June 24, a Malaysian government task force recommended changes to Syariah law that would allow action to be taken against social media users insulting Islam and “promoting the LGBT lifestyle.”  

According to CNA, sodomy and same-sex acts are illegal under Islamic law, but convictions are rare.

Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, the deputy minister in charge of religious affairs, stated in a statement that the revisions to Syariah criminal law were proposed in response to social media posts celebrating the LGBT community during Pride Month in June. 

"We have found that certain parties uploaded statuses and graphics that insulted Islam on social media in their efforts to promote the LGBT lifestyle," Shaary said, according to CNA. 

According to Shaary, the proposed legislation would allow law enforcement to take action against any Muslim "who insults the religion of Islam" and commits other Syariah criminal crimes "by using network facilities, network services, or application services."

Canada Passes Bill Criminalizing Conversion Therapy 

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Canada’s House of Commons passed a bill criminalizing LGBT conversion therapy June 22 with a vote of 263 to 63.  

Conversion therapy, which aims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, could involve talk therapy, hypnosis, electric shocks, and fasting. The practice has been denounced as "harmful and ineffective" by the American Medical Association. 

The vote occurred as the House attempted to complete its legislative agenda before the start of the summer recess June 23 and the possibility of elections later this year. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. 

The bill marks a victory for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minority government, which had promised to eliminate the practice, which is considered a human rights violation in much of the Western world.