Showing posts with label Death Penalty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Death Penalty. Show all posts

Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Valentine, Patron Saint of Gay Marriages

     Happy feast day of the god Lupercalia!  He's the reason for the season of love that we celebrate today.  Back in ancient Rome (before Christianity), February 13-15 were spent in festival, performing rites to purify the city for health, fertility and love.  In ancient Greece, Lupercalia was known as Pan.  Of course once, the Christians took over, this "pagan" feast was eventually syncretized into St. Valentine's Day.  And thank goodness, because flogging one's self bloody is not very romantic.

     As straight Christian couples around the world glorify their heterosexual love in name of St. Valentine's Day, homosexual couples continue to fight for their right to be civilly married.  The financial disclosure of political donations has shown that the vast majority of the funding for the campaigns to crush same-sex couple's civil rights comes from Catholics, Mormons, and Fundamentalist Christians.  What these "good" Christians don't realize is that they are repeating the history of their very own St. Valentine.  But now, they are the oppressive majority.

     Contemporary celebration of St. Valentine's Day is associated with the romantic legend of a third century Christian priest named Valentine, who broke the Roman marriage laws by performing banned marriages for young Christian men and women.  Yes, he was fighting for the the rights of his young flock to be married.  But don't blame the Roman majority.  Emperor Claudius II's Defense of Marriage Act was only trying to preserve the sacred and historically-founded unions of those who worshiped within the established Roman pantheon (and to keep those peace-loving Christians from dodging the draft).  

     Thus, when Christians gained control of the Roman Empire and usurped the right to marry, they changed what they now claim is the unchangeable institution of marriage.  [If you don't believe me or if you disagree, that's okay.  This is all according to Christian legend, and as I learned in my Catholic scripture classes, it doesn't matter if the scriptures are historically accurate, its the interpretation of the truth within the myth that matters.]

    For losing his life in the name of marriage equality and giving "straight" men everywhere an excuse to wear pink, St. Valentine should be the patron saint of marriage equality.  

Plus, the name, Valentine, is so gay.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Anglican Priest Show's up at David Kato's Funeral to Condemn Gay Mourners

     A gay civil rights leader is bludgeoned to death by a hammer in his own home after a local newspaper outed him and called for the hanging of all gays.  Terrified, shocked, and friends, family, and supporters bravely gather to mourn the assassination of their leader.  What would Jesus do?

     Ugandan police have escorted a priest away from the funeral of a gay rights activist after he told homosexuals to repent, sparking scuffles.  Anglican priest Thomas Musoke told mourners that homosexuality was "evil".
     Hundreds of people had gathered for David Kato's burial in his home village near the capital, Kampala...hundreds of people - friends, family, colleagues and diplomats - crowded outside Mr Kato's family home in the village of Nakawala in Mukono district, 40km (about 25 miles) from Kampala.  Many members of the lesbian and gay community wore T-shirts with Mr Kato's portrait on the front and the words "La luta continua [the struggle continues]" printed on the back.
     They were shocked when the priest started condemning homosexuals.  "You must repent. Even the animals know the difference between a male and a female," he said, before warning that they would face the fate of residents in Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical cities destroyed by God.  Gay rights activists then stormed the pulpit and prevented the priest from continuing.
     An excommunicated priest who has in the past called for people to respect the rights of homosexuals then presided over the rest of the service.
     So, let me get this right.  The practicing Anglican priest, who is supposedly his god's vessel of grace on earth and guide to heaven, berated the mourners with death threats of Biblical proportion.  The excommunicated priest, who has supposedly been cut of from his god's grace and will be punished with an eternity in hell, reached out to the mourners, cared for them, and buried the dead.  It sounds like Anglican hell beats out Anglican heaven as the better place to be. .  

Lesbian Granted Temporary Reprieve from UK Deportation to Uganda; How "Gay" Someone Needs to Be to Seek Asylum Is Also a U.S. Issue

     Here's an update on my last post.  The BBC reports:
     A Ugandan woman who says she is a lesbian has been granted an injunction temporarily preventing her deportation.  Brenda Namiggade says she fears for her life if she is returned from the UK to Uganda, where gay sex is illegal.  Her initial asylum application had been refused. The Home Office said a court had ruled she was "not homosexual" and therefore did not have a genuine claim....  Ms Namiggade's case will now go to judicial review.
     Ms Namiggade's legal team asked a judge to grant an injunction against her deportation, which was due to take place on Friday evening.  The 29-year-old's lawyer told the BBC his client had already boarded her flight at Heathrow airport when the injunction was granted.  Her lawyer, Abdulrahman Jafar, said he would argue that Ms Namiggade should be allowed to remain in the UK regardless of her sexuality.  "The press coverage about her activities certainly expose her to a real risk if she is to be returned to Uganda," he said.
     Ms Namiggade, who was held at a detention centre just outside London, has told the BBC's Network Africa programme she was "shaking" with fear at the prospect of returning to Uganda.  She said she fled to the UK in 2002 after being beaten and victimised because of her sexuality.
     Before you conclude that the United States treats homosexuals, who seek asylum from their native states where LGBT persons are murdered or imprisoned, any better than the UK, read on.  The New York Times reports:
     Amid international outcry over news of the Czech Republic’s testing the veracity of claims of purportedly gay asylum seekers by attaching genital cuffs to monitor their arousal while they watched pornography, some gay refugees and their advocates in New York are complaining that they can be penalized for not outwardly expressing their sexuality. While asylum-seekers and rights groups here expressed relief that use of the so-called erotic lie detector is impossible to imagine in the United States, some lamented in recent interviews that here too, homosexuals seeking asylum may risk being dismissed as not being gay enough. 
     The very notion of “gay enough,” of course, or proving one’s sexuality through appearance, dress and demeanor, can be offensive — and increasingly androgynous fashions and the social trend known as metrosexuality have blurred identities in many people’s minds.
     “Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.”
     So basically, U.S. policy is if you can pass by lying about who you are and living in the closet, then you should.  So much for equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ugandan Lesbian to be Deported from UK and Possibly Face Death; David Kato, Ugandan Gay Rights Leader, Assassinated

     From an email I just received from Get Equal:
     Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan lesbian in the UK, faces deportation TOMORROW back to the life-threatening persecution she fled eight years ago.
     We just found out that one of the leading figures in the LGBT movement in Uganda, David Kato, was murdered yesterday in his home. This awful tragedy makes clear what's at stake for Brenda if she is forced to return.
     Will you join more than 10,000 people in 85 countries and sign this urgent letter pressuring U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to stop Brenda’s deportation?
     Click HERE to sign the letter.

     There was tragic news out of Uganda today.  The Guardian reports the murder of David Kato, gay civil rights pioneer and leader:
     He was known as the "grandfather of the kuchus", as gay people in Uganda call themselves, a brave and fiercely committed activist who led the struggle for gay rights for more than a decade. David Kato went to jail for his beliefs, and to court, winning his greatest victory three weeks ago against a newspaper that had called for him to be hanged.
     But early on Wednesday afternoon he appeared to have paid the ultimate price: he had been battered to death with a hammer in his home in Kampala, shocking the gay and human rights communities locally and abroad.
     Kato's friends and colleagues believe his sexuality and work are likely to have played a role in his murder. Oloka-Onyango said Kato did not appear to have been involved in "shady business or party politics, the things that normally lead to this kind of attack".
     "This is a very strange thing to happen in the middle of the day, and suggests pre-meditation," he said.
     A joint statement from several civil society organisations in South Africa, where Kato lived in the 1990s, paid tribute to "our courageous queer African martyr", and said that certain politicians and religious leaders in Uganda were "at least in part responsible for this callous murder" due to their "fostering of prejudice and homophobia".

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rachel Maddow Interviews David Bahati, Author of Uganda's Kill-the-Gays Bill

     Here's some background on the scientifically-debunked myths still being spun by fundamentalist and Catholic Christians concerning homosexuality:

     Bahati claims to "love" gays, but believes they should be put to death. He goes on to say: "I want to be sure that this law is consistent with god's law."

     Here's part two of Maddow's Bahati interview.   Bahati: "I'm not involved in a hate campaign."  But, he believes that gays should be put to death, because the Bible says, "The wages of sin is death."  He also says that a certain Jewish carpenter agrees.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bad News in Uganda: Paper Outs Homosexual Persons; They Are Under Attack

     The BBC reports:
     Several people have been attacked in Uganda after a local newspaper published their names and photos, saying they were homosexual, an activist has told the BBC.  Frank Mugisha said one woman was almost killed after her neighbours started throwing stones at her house.  He said most of those whose names appeared in Uganda's Rolling Stone paper had been harassed.
     Last year, a local MP called for the death penalty for some homosexual acts.  The proposed Anti-homosexuality Bill sparked an international outcry and a year later has not been formally debated by parliament.  Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and activists say the gay community still lives in fear.
     "We have got people who have been threatened to be thrown out of work, people who have been threatened by their own family members, who want to throw them out of their own houses," said Mr Mugisha of the Sexual Minorities Uganda.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Last Known Pink Triangle Speaks about Being Placed in a Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany

     One myth thrown out by some conservative Christian Americans is that Hitler and the Nazis were gay.  Untrue.  Homosexuals were persecuted by Hitler, marked with pink triangles, and sent to concentration camps.  This is a historical fact.

     In the video below, Rudolph Brazda, who is possibly the last surviving Pink Triangle, speaks of his experience.

     97 year-old Rudolf Brazda is probably the last surviving man to have been deported by the Nazis for being a homosexual. In a video interview for Yagg he remembers his years as a prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He had previously given his precise and moving testimony to Jean-Luc Schwab, of the French organization Les “Oublié(e)s” de la Mémoire (Forgotten from Memory), who turned it into a fascinating book: Itinéraire d’un Triangle rose (Itinerary of a Pink triangle).
     The son of Tcheckoslovaquian immigrants in Germany, Rudolf Brazda was 20 when Hitler rose to power. He had lived his homosexuality freely and openly until the law penalizing homosexuality, the notorious “Paragraph 175″, was toughened by the Nazi regime. On August 8, 1942, after having gone to prison twice, he was sent to the concentration camp of Buchenwald, where he was given the number 7952, and a pink triangle.
     Here is the video of Brazda telling his story:

Thank you to Towleroad for introducing me to Yagg.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Bishop, Hypocrite, and Predator: Homophobic Eddie Long, the Sex Scandal Continues


     Remember, all of this was said while he was sucking off sixteen-year-old boys, who he prayed upon because they came from fatherless households. He had them call him "Daddy."  Praise Abba, God [sic] the Father [sick]!


     And yes, he does say that homosexuals "deserve death."


     "It is the most unattractive thing I have ever seen, when I see women wearing uniforms that men would wear, and women fighting to get in the military!" Long shouted to his congregation then. "The woman gets perverted to turn towards woman … and everybody knows it's dangerous to enter an exit! And everybody knows, lady, if you go to the store and buy these devices [marital aids], it's Memorex! It ain't real!"
     The audience, seated in a congested sanctuary, erupts in laughter. But what Long says next is no joke.
     "God says you deserve death!"
     Long's message is: Hate the sin and the sinner. It's a popular message. His congregation now tops 25,000.
     And Americans wonder where children get the idea to bully other kids who appear to be gay.  All praise, glory, and credit be given to the Gospel According to Hate!

     Postscript:  I wonder if he still supports the death penalty.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mexico's Supreme Court OKs Adoption by Gay Couples (and So Much More)

     Joe.My.God is reporting that Mexico's Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the right of same sex couples to adopt children.


     And we "Americans" think that the United States is the ultimate forerunner in advancing civil rights and equality in the world.

     Canada has had marriage equality since 2005.  Other countries in the Americas with marriage equality include Uruguay and Argentina.

     Despite the Catholic Church's homophobic, anti-scientific, medievalviolent, and hate-based views of gay rights, civil governments in heavily Catholic countries are leading the way in LGBT equality in the Americas. 

     Canada is 44% Catholic.  Mexico is 90%.  Uruguay and Argentina are 66% and 92%, respectively.  By contrast, the United States is merely 23%.

      This map (via Wikimedia) shows the worldwide laws by country concerning homosexuality, ranging from marriage equality for same sex couples to the death penalty for outed or accused gays.  Notice that the United States, "Land of the Free," is the same color as all those communist countries that the Religious Right loves to demonize.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Uganda's Kill the Gays Bill Unlikely to Pass

     From Kampala, Uganda, the Global Post reports:
     Uganda's "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," which raised a worldwide uproar over its death penalty for gay sex, has stalled in parliamentary committee and it is unlikely to be passed in the current session, according to gay activists here.
     The defeat of Bill No. 18, a.k.a. Uganda's Kill the Gays Bill, is a great victory in the battle against those who preach the Gospel According to Hate.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lou Engle Supports Supporters of Gay Death Penalty in Uganda

     Christian Pastor Lou Engle showed his true anti-gay colors (again) in an interview with Religion Dispatches' Sarah Posner.  When Ms. Posner questioned Engle about his participation The Call in Uganda which was interpreted as his supporting the gay death penalty bill in that country, Engle explained his beliefs.  Basically, he believes his bible outlaws homosexuality, thus so should the state, and that his bible opens the door for the gay death penalty, but he does not support that part of the Ugandan bill.

     Oyet and David Bahati, the parliamentarian who authored the bill, met with Engle before the rally and were, according to Sharlet, "ecstatic at what they perceived as Engle's strong support of the bill. They felt his rally and his statements would be a turning point for the bill, reassuring their Ugandan allies that they had support abroad." 
     Engle insisted to me -- as he has in his public statements posted on his website -- that he did not support the bill's penalties. He also maintained that he did not know who the speakers at The Call were going to be, because the arrangements were handled by a Ugandan ministry (although he admitted meeting with Buturo beforehand). But he also made absolutely clear that he supports the criminalization of homosexuality, believes there could be a biblical basis for a death penalty, that the United Nations has promoted the "homosexual agenda" to Uganda's detriment, and he lauded the bill's promoters' efforts to take a "principled stand" against that.
      In this case, Lou Engle is either a liar or an extremely poor leader of his organization.  How did he not know who the speakers were going to be at The Call in Uganda?  He's the leader of the organization, and he spoke, prayed, and denounced homosexuals side by side with the pro-gay-death-penalty speakers.

     What was the definition of false witness again, Lou?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Current TV's New Documentary "Missionaries of Hate" Explores the Anti-Gay Christian Movement in Uganda

     Current TV is airing a new Vanguard documentary called "Missionaries of Hate," Wednesdays at 10/9c.

     The documentary explores how Christian preachers in Uganda are generating support for Bill No. 18, the kill-the-gays bill.  These pastors include Americans that travel to Uganda, as well as well-known locals, such as Martin Ssepma of the "homosexuals eat poop" lunacy.

     Here's the log-line via Current TV:
     Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death. As an anti-gay movement spreads across the continent, gay Africans and their families face an increasingly uncertain future of isolation, imprisonment or even execution.
     Embedded below are parts 1, 2, and 3 of "Missionaries of Hate."


     Current's synopsis of "Uganda Is a Christian Nation: Missionaries of Hate, Part 2":
     Uganda is almost 90 percent Christian, and American evangelicals such as Rick Warren, Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyer are hugely popular. An American-led conference in March 2009 promoted the idea of a "gay agenda" and may have introduced Ugandan religious and political leaders to many of the anti-gay ideas that are now widely held. Mariana interviews David Bahati, the member of Uganda's parliament who introduced the anti-gay bill, and Pastor Martin Ssempa, who is angry that Rick Warren has condemned the proposed law.


     Current's summary of "Pastor Martin Ssempa's Crusade: Missionaries of Hate, Pt. 3":
     The leader of Uganda's anti-gay movement is Pastor Martin Ssempa, a skilled and savvy showman who uses press conferences with international media and church services to present his sermons on the evils of homosexuality. He shows hard-core gay pornography and has a young woman testify to being seduced into being a lesbian by activists.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Death Penalty, the Company the United States Keeps

     What does the United States have in common with Cuba, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Uganda, and other bastions of human rights around the world?

     These maps are from Esquire.
    They are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United States, Venezuela, and Yemen
     There are 71 countries in the world that have the death penalty.


     They are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Iran, Jamaica, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United States, and Yemen
     We, in the United States, like to think of ourselves as an "advanced" country and a democracy, where all are created equal, but when it comes to banning homosexuals in the military and using the death penalty, the company we keep is antithetical to democracy.

     To check out the other maps in the Esquire article, click here.

     Thanks to JoeMyGod for lead.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ugandan Catholic Priest May Get Death Penalty for Raping Girls and Infecting Them with HIV

       While the conservative Christians of Uganda and their allies have been busy praying to their god for the passage of Uganda's kill-the-gays bill, they overlooked a Catholic priest who was raping little girls.  Now, Father Santos Constatino Wapokura, Catholic priest in Packwach, Uganda, may face the death penalty.

     The New Vision reports:
     The Director of Public Prosecution, Richard Butera, has ordered the arrest of a Catholic priest in Nebbi district who allegedly defiled two girls, and possibly infected them with HIV.
     Butera yesterday said evidence was sufficient to charge the Rev. Fr. Santos Constatino Wapokura. “That matter is clear: He should be charged,” Butera said in an interview.
     Wapokura, 45, the parish priest of Pakwach, is accused of defiling a 14-year-old girl who was serving in the church. Wapokura had been in Police custody twice over the same allegations. His latest release was ordered by the resident state attorney, Innocent Obale, purportedly to allow the parties resolve the matter out of court. 
     Upon his arrest last month, the Police said the clergyman tested positive for HIV and upgraded his offence to aggravated defilement. He will be hanged if convicted. The priest dismissed the allegations as a ploy to taint his name.
     One of the complainants told the Police that Wapokura would often ask her to go to his house, where he would follow her and force her into sex. On another occasion, the girl alleged, she was at the priest’s home with other visitors when Wapokura sexually assaulted her after sending away the other people.
     Reason #1,598,647 that the Catholic Church's ban on condoms is out of date, hypocritical, and just plain violent: little girls infected with HIV by their natural family planning practicing priests.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lou Engle's Uganda Gay Death Penalty Hypocrisy

     "Pastor" Lou Engle of TheCall took to the stage Sunday afternoon in Uganda and, in an act of blatant hypocrisy, contradicted a statement he made last week, when he said he didn't support Uganda's gay death penalty bill.

     Sharing his stage with speakers who support the bill and lead the 1,300 present in prayer for its passage, homosexuality was mentioned repeatedly in a list of "sins" including witchcraft, child sacrifice, corruption and terrorism.

     Before the "prayer" rally on Sunday at Makerere University in Kampala, Engle released this statement to the U.S. press:
  TheCall had no knowledge at the time, of the Uganda homosexual bill and the controversy surrounding it...TheCall has been wrongfully marked and vilified as an organization promoting hatred and violence against homosexuals and as one that supports the Uganda bill as currently written...We do not see the character of Christ reflected in some key aspects of the language of the current bill.
     After Engle arrived in Uganda far away from the U.S. press (but not quite far enough), he contradicted himself as all good hypocrites do.  The New York Times reports:
     Before arriving here last week, Mr. Engle came out with a statement condemning the harsh penalties proposed in the bill, and said that his ministry could not support it. But when he took the stage late on Sunday afternoon, with Ugandan politicians and pastors looking on, he praised the country’s “courage” and “righteousness” in promoting the bill.
     “NGOs, the U.N., Unicef, they are all coming in here and promoting an agenda,” Mr. Engle said, referring to nongovernmental organizations. “Today, America is losing its religious freedom. We are trying to restrain an agenda that is sweeping through the education system. Uganda has become ground zero.”
     Politicians here have said no amount of aid cuts or foreign pressure would dissuade them from passing the bill, but the legislation has been stuck in a parliamentary committee since the beginning of the year.
     Moments after Mr. Engle and his entourage filed off of the athletic grounds, Uganda’s minister of ethics, James Buturo, another of the bill’s supporters, came on stage and told those assembled: “These are desperate times, but we will not accept intimidation. It is our business to do what God [sic] wants. Pray for Bahati, and pray for the bill.” 
     Yes, your god wants you to kill the gays.  How loving and Christian is your Gospel According to Hate.

     “We must tell the whole world that Uganda will not accept that nonsense that says homosexuality is a human right,” Buturo added to the crowd of several hundred people. “It is an abomination.”
     Bigots of a feather, pray together.
     For the first two hours of TheCall, homosexuality was mentioned frequently, but in passing, often in a list of sins (including witchcraft, child sacrifice, corruption, and terrorism) that worshipers should pray for or confess to. Shortly after 4 p.m., however, prayers began for Bahati’s bill to be passed
     When Engle himself finally took the microphone at about 5 p.m., he dug almost immediately into the controversy, saying he hadn’t known about the bill and nearly canceled his trip over questions raised by his presence. But at no point did he contest Oyet’s support for the bill.  “We know that Uganda has been under tremendous pressure—the church. We felt that same pressure. But I felt like TheCall was to come and join with the church of Uganda to encourage you that in the nation who are showing courage to take a stand for righteousness in the earth,” Engle said.
     Righteousness?  Yes, killing people you disagree with is so very biblical.

    Image Credits:
Lou Engle's Big Mouth, The Bilerico Project
Lou Engle with Christian and Pro-Ugandan Gay Death Penalty Supporters, Religion Dispatches

Friday, April 30, 2010

Progressive Christian Pastors Protest Lou Engle and Uganda's Gay Death Penalty Law


     On May 2, The Call, a U.S. evangelical ministry led by Lou Engle, together with its Ugandan affiliate, will host a religious gathering at a stadium in Uganda’s capital Kampala. Among other things, the event aims to rally participants around anti-gay sentiments by urging them to "fight vices eating away at our society", and specifically mentions homosexuality as a societal evil. This comes as Uganda’s Parliament continues to debate an anti-homosexuality bill that is one of the most severe discriminatory measures ever proposed. Though homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, there have been reports that this much harsher bill emerged in part as a result of the anti-gay campaigning conducted in recent years by some U.S.-based evangelical groups with an anti-gay message similar to that of The Call. The May 2 event has the potential to inflame intolerance and worsen the situation for LGBT Ugandans, who have, in recent months, suffered from increased instances of public harassment and targeted violent attacks
     A small group of Christian faith leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest Americans' involvement in the discrimination, harassment, and murder of gays in Uganda.  They are joined by an anonymous (for his safety) gay Ugandan man, who was forced to marry a woman, assaulted in school, raped by a policeman, and fired from his job because he's gay. This is the life of gays in Uganda, under the rule of Born Again Christian President Yoweri Museveni.

     Harry Knox, Director of Religion & Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign, sums up the actions of those like Lou Engle (text from the embedded video below):
     It's clear that there is a movement afoot in this country by the right wing unfortunately to export homophobia. We have done a really good job of combating that in this country and the tide is beginning to turn.  They [members of the religious right] feel the sand slipping under their feet.  They're looking for greener pastures and they're trying to export homophobia to equatorial Africa and South America and other places.  It's incumbent on us, now that we have a little bit of privilege as LGBT folks in this country, to be sure to stand with our sisters and brothers around the world and not let homophobia be exported.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oklahoma Legislature: Rape and Incest Victims Must be Tortured before Getting an Abortion


     We should pass a law mandating that all Americans, who voted for George W. Bush and who supported the invasion of Iraq, be sent to the villages and cities of Iraq, the schools and hospitals, where they are required to listen to the beating hearts and laughter of children, to speak to child and adult alike about their dreams and hopes for the future, and to live for a week with them.  Then, those that support the war and voted for Bush (especially those that voted for him the second time) will be handed guns, grenades, or the launch codes to bombs.  They will have to pull the trigger.

     Or how about this?  Those good Christians, who claim that God can forgive anyone who is repentant (unless they blaspheme the Holy Spirit) and still support the death penalty, should be mandated to be spiritual directors to those on death row.  They should be forced to sit in a room and listen to the words of criminals, who have come to conversion and found forgiveness in their Jesus.  Then, those supporting the death penalty are handed the lethal injection needle and shown the vein.

     Or how about this?  Those who support the current Republican filibuster blocking increased regulation of Wall Street, those who support the ability of multinational corporations to strip the middle and lower classes of their dwindling wealth, should be mandated to live with a family who's living on food stamps, to live homeless in the streets with someone who lost everything, and be forced to go without food, a bath, and a bed for a month, before they allow the rich to get richer off the backs of the poor.

     Or how about this?  Let's pass a law allowing the government, especially the President, to lie to the American public about matters of national security and terrorism, so that the President, who is doing his god's will, can get the public to accent to the invastion of another nation and the slaughter of thousands of non-Christian pagans....oh wait.  We don't need a law to let that happen.

    Here's the information on Oklahoma.  The New York Times reports:
     The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
     A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb. Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.
     Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and would allow an unconstitutional intrusion into a woman’s privacy.  Of the other measure, Mr. Henry said, “It is unconscionable to grant a physician legal protection to mislead or misinform pregnant women in an effort to impose his or her personal beliefs on a patient.”
The Republican majorities in both houses, however, saw things differently. On Monday, the House voted overwhelmingly to override the vetoes, and the Senate followed suit on Tuesday morning, making the two measures law.
     Do I want abortions to happen?  Of course not.  But I'm also not a victim of rape or incest, who has my uncle/father/brother/grandpa/priest's sperm growing inside of me.  I can't make the decision for someone else as to whether they have an abortion. 

     The action of these Christians in Oklahoma is vindictive and hypocritical.  They are responsible for the estimated 100,000 civilian deaths that have taken place in Iraq, since their beloved George W. Bush invaded, after misleading the public.   But they would rather pick on victims of rape and incest, than face their own guilt in the murders of children and unborn children in faraway lands.

Image Credits:
Beginning Cheerleading by Y-Coach
Sooners are Bendy by PictureDepot
Oklahoma State Abs by Flickr

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lou Engle's Call to Uganda: Put Gays to Death

     Guess who's taking his hate-filled god-show to Uganda next month?

     Lou Engle

     The month of May will be a very dangerous time to be gay in Uganda, as Pentecostal churches there gear up for a series of crusades, marches and rallies commemorating the 50th Jubilee of the Pentecostal movement there. An anonymous BTB reader in Uganda reports that television is already carrying commercials advertising at least one event, a three-day conference to be held at the sports grounds at Makerere University (Uganda’s largest institution of higher learning) with a march and rally to be held the following Friday, May 7.  In the midst of that expected furor steps yet another American anti-gay extremist, Lou Engle of The Call, who has announced plans to hold a rally in Kampala on May 2, also at the Makerere University Sports Field.
     Engle's "The Call to National Repentance Climax Day" description lists "witchcraft and human sacrifice" right next to "homosexuality" in a list of evils in society that the Call will combat.  You know, because all gays are witches and are into killing people for their gods. 


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Uganda Kill-the-Gays Bill Update: United Kingdom to Ban Ugandan MP

     Finally the government challenges Uganda's kill-the-gays bill.

     No, not the United States government.

     The British government will ban a Ugandan MP from travelling to the UK if he is successful in passing a law that would impose the death penalty in Uganda for being gay.  Civil servants in the Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and the Borders Agency are drawing up plans to block the visa of born-again Christian MP David Bahati if he does not drop legislation that would see consenting adults who have gay sex imprisoned for life and impose the death penalty on those with HIV – which will be called "aggravated homosexuality".  The bill also proposes the death penalty for those having gay sex with anyone under the age of 18, with someone disabled or what the legislation describes as "serial offenders".  It also calls for life prison sentences for those "promoting homosexuality", which could come to mean human rights groups or those who fail to inform on a gay couple.  One senior British government source said the issue could turn into a "major diplomatic incident if the Ugandans do not back down".
     Thanks to Towleroad for the heads up!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Using the Cross of Jesus

     Everybody does it, the right, the left. 

     How can the death of this simple man on a cross two thousand years ago be used to Christians' political advantage?  That is both a contemporary and historical question.

     What hypocrisy!