Homosexuality in Africa

In Uganda, people were celebrating that anti-homosexual laws, voted in the Parliament came into law. People even involved children in the celebrations, thus indoctrinating them to become dangerous towards gay people (and those they think are gay). This because some people spread rumours that gays are evil.

A poster promoting a film about gay love in Africa.
In January it was Nigeria where president Goodluck Jonathan signed an anti-gay bill into law while recently also Uganda got its laws after president Yoweri Museveni signed them. But also in many other African countries the situation is bad. These laws include imprisonment for everyone who is gay but also for everyone who doesn't report homosexuals to the police (and thus prisons may fill with homosexuals but also with those who look gay or those who do not report but even with those who are suspected of not reporting homosexuals such as parents and other family or friends; in summary only the worst people may remain free: those who betray others) while the laws are supported by many religious people. The laws were signed because it now seems that it is even proven people are not born as homosexuals but choose it while one can then wonder why people may even consider to be gay if it may cost them their freedom or even their life. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South-Africa (friend of Mr Mandela who was a moral example for many African leaders) condemned these laws (but I doubt whether ambitious black people will listen to a black man from Africa and not to white (male) preachers from the mighty Western world while also the poor may think the white seem to be blessed with wealth by their god for spreading hate although some Western religious leaders criticised the law (and it seems one small church is courageous enough to help gays, knowing they are taking a great risk)). But, as this article shows, it may be the incompetence to protect his people from the killings by mad people belonging to Boko Haram that drives the Nigerian president and other parliamentarians to prosecute those who have done nothing except demand equal rights for themselves (and many don't even ask that and accept to live in the closet). And thus it is sad that these poor people are being attacked from different corners although, if people celebrate that innocent people are prosecuted, should one still feel sorry for what may come to everyone? Still, I support previous PM Gordon Brown who says we should help the country finding the girls after the kidnapping although I find we should only after the country asks for our help and I think by sending people from Intelligence Agencies so they can help with the investigation while we should also demand that the politicians stop increasing religious divisions by blaming homosexuals. And indeed, it seems the UK and USA are thinking of helping the country.

Here a video in which a man talks about how white evangelical Christians try to convince black people to believe them, and many do while they condemn for instance a black president in the USA or Archbishop Tutu from South Africa when they call for the protection of gay rights, although some people will pretend they follow those preachers to stay alive. Uganda claims they are a sovereign country that can have its own laws. This is correct, Uganda is a sovereign country as are other countries and thus it should accept the consequences when other sovereign countries decide to withdraw aid to another sovereign country when those countries decide a country behaves badly: each country acts as it thinks it should but should also accept the consequences of its actions. On the other hand, the West should also act against those from their own country who spread hate as abuse of freedom of speech can't be tolerated.

And it seems already people are starting to treat gay people badly as judges sentenced some men to receive lashes while some people even wanted to stone those men. It seems that some men suspected of being gay were forced to walk naked through the streets or even to have sex in public (thus straight people forcing others to have same-sex sex and often these people don't mind raping women too) while one extremist newspaper published the names of people they believe are gay, in the hope people will act against them. And in Uganda the first men are facing trial under the new laws.

The love that in many countries still can't show its real face in public and even is prosecuted.
But while people are now celebrating these laws, one day these laws may return like a boomerang and punish the people who celebrate such bad laws: in the beginning mainly gay people may be arrested and trialled, maybe even murdered when governments continue to blame gay people, but there may be some errors when some straight people may be arrested or killed by accident because people think they are gay. But the fewer gay people will be around and the longer people are indoctrinated by these laws, the more paranoid people may become so they start thinking that someone who claims to be straight is in reality gay, e.g. after toughing a friend or for holding his hand in a certain way or for wearing certain clothes. People may even start thinking that certain children are gay and thus arrest or kill them. Other people will betray people because they don't like them by claiming they are gay and should be punished. That moment people will start cursing themselves that they ever celebrated that innocent people were victimised. Then people may fear each day because each day they may become a victim themselves. Then people's eyes may open and see that gays are not evil except a few, and that they are human like everyone else. Then people will hope the nightmare will stop. However, for now, it may unite people from different religions and even non-believers until most gays are no longer visible and fights between religions and within religions may return as each religion may try to receive most praise for the evil done. Then people may also turn against their leaders. In the end, only evil people may survive, those who don't mind betraying their own family and friends.

And to demonstrate the absurdity: the presidents of these mainly black countries don't want that their society becomes corrupted by the decadent white Western society (thus there is also an element of racism against white people). Therefore, it seems, the Ugandan president threatens to change direction by turning away from the black US president who supports gay rights towards the white Russian president who recently strengthened anti-gay laws. Indeed, people with little respect for human rights often turn to those who have little respect for human rights. Homophobes also often claim homosexuals are a threat to humanity for not having children while killing gays will certainly result in a decline in numbers of humans.

Other countries

But not only Uganda and Nigeria, also other countries around the world limit gay rights such as most religious countries while in other countries some use the crisis to gain power and try to reduce human rights, including gay rights. But equally, in most of these countries, the rights of women are also restricted as they too are considered to be Untermensch.

For instance, it now seems also Egypt is limiting the freedom of gay people, although the military rulers claim to fight religious extremists by arresting many Muslim Brotherhood supporters and sentencing hundreds to death. How the evil part of religion really infiltrated most people's DNA, even when they claim they are not religious. It now also seems that Brunei will increase its punishment for gays from imprisonment to stoning; indeed, hate laws always result in harsher punishment. Also gay rights in Russia have been limited as the Russian president seeks approval from the Russian Orthodox Church (if some in the West were not so anti-Russia, they too would support Russia for its anti-gay laws but that is maybe something for the (very-far?) future).

On the other hand, in a number of other countries, mainly those in Europe but also America and even Africa, people start to evolve to accept people who are different, even allowing them to marry (although if some in those societies could, they would reverse time).

And the West - guilt-free?

No, because in the past Western countries introduced in their colonies the idea that gay people are evil and although probably societies existed where gay people already suffered, in others they didn't until the coloniser came who oppressed people in their god's name. Indeed, colonisers often enforced their religion upon the people so they could justify occupying others.

But as I already mentioned above, even today there are extremist preachers from the West (thus non-Muslims) still trying to gain power by preaching in countries where people have little education while many in the West know this but rather ridicule the uneducated for listening to these preachers. Why are those preachers not condemned for spreading hate? Some preach they have to stop the gay agenda (this is: the possibility for gay people to live in the same way as other people). But as Hitler who feared the prediction that Jews may one day rule the world and thus tried to prevent this, these preachers spread hate because they want to prevent that one day gay people may rule them. And of course, poor, hungry and little educated people will listen to people who became very successful by preaching hate. But by spreading hate, they may win in the short-term but one day it may turn against them and indeed, in the West many despise these preachers who spread the message to hate others to gain for themselves (power and heaven). Why should people fear gay people unless they are hurt by them? Indeed, the numbers of people who are tolerant towards people unless they behave badly is growing and this angers those with issues in power.

But even in the West we still have people at positions of influence whose policies are influenced by religion and not by human rights. Indeed, after major storms battered the UK in January and February, an MP said it was a punishment from God for allowing gay marriage, and although he was ridiculed, others may believe him or like his attack against gay people (others claimed after a powerful earthquake killed tens of thousands in Haiti that it was a punishment by God because people ones liberated themselves from slavery). Even many non-religious people agree with religious people that gay people should not have the same rights as others because they fear them. In Greece, the Golden Dawn party now even dare to say openly before the elections in May that they fight gays, immigrants but also other religions such as Islam as they hope this will increase their chances during the next elections as people suffer as a result of the financial crisis (and for this, many Orthodox (priests) support them). It also shows how a society can change from openness (before Christianity) to gay haters (today). In addition, many major players in religions refuse to condemn homophobic violence and thus seem to approve it, although there are exceptions.

Recently news reported that it seems a network of gay priests exists within the Vatican although this probably always existed. Some claim these networks are harmless as gay people are nice people and only try to change the system from within. Indeed, some may try to change the system but probably would never have reached that level if they were open while even if a gay person may become pope, "real" believers probably wouldn't accept him. Nevertheless, I don't like these kinds of underground networks of powerful people, pretending in daylight to have no sex or even preaching against openly gay people to remain influential, spreading misinformation and hate against those who do not lie while they anger many. Their behaviour is often the same as those who abuse their position to rape children, then claim gays are evil: some even abuse their powers against other adults who are in a minor position as the Swiss guard testified. And then we wonder why some people start hating gays. Those priests are like straight men who misuse their powers towards women. Because today, openly gay people go to (gay) bars and don't need the darkness and closed doors of Abbeys to hide what they are doing. Indeed, people sometimes need the love of others and when this is denied they will take it in secret. However, those in networks, to remain in power, they have to deny everything and will threaten those who dare to speak as that will undermine their position. Often, they are the worst enemies of homosexuals. Of course, not all priests are like this and some try to be themselves but often the resistance from the others become very big and many become very unhappy within the Institution because in our open society, honest people don't want to live a hidden life anymore.

But I can also understand the anger of a Church when people who want to join and promise to obey the rules, break them or even try to change them. Indeed, in the West people who want to play priest can start their own church without trying to change an old Institution and awaking even more homophobia. As long as bigots grumble inside their own buildings without causing damage to others, let them grumble and ignore them while if they misbehave report them with the police. The problem is that they cause troubles because many people want to belong to them and thus they remain powerful while if they are ignored as many do in the West, they become less important and fewer people will listen as long as the institute is against human rights. Nevertheless, let's wait how the current pope will react to the growing numbers of homophobic countries as he may be different. For instance, forcing churches to accept gay weddings can open a can of worms and may result in a battle because conservative religious people see it as their duty to fight the enforcement to accept people they regard as devils. I even wonder why gay people want to marry in an institution where main players wish them the worse possible. On the other hand, it is the duty of governments to ensure that all people are treated equally in society, including the possibility that all people can marry or have a civil partnership or stay single on identical terms (thus no more advantages for those who marry, it should be out of love, not for the benefits) while private organisations such as churches should be allowed to offer the services they want to offer, including the possibility not to provide certain services to certain people although those people should then be sure their tax money is not spend on those institutions (why should religions receive tax money? People will more then happily pay their priest if they want them or we don't need priests). Thus governments should be sure everyone can use the same facilities such as town halls as everyone pays taxes while fire civil servants who refuse to marry people for religious reasons as those people can choose to become priest. In the longer run, religious' intolerance will result in the collapse of the Institutions they want to defend and keep important, even when not immediately and thus they become insignificant and can continue to exist as something small that attracts only some eccentrics. If they want to earn more, they will need to accept the money of larger proportions of society by e.g. organising gay weddings. Indeed, money can do wonders.

In conclusion, I hope all people in Africa (and outside) can unite against the evil forces of some religious extremists, thereby including gay people in the battle against these extremists. Religions should be regarded as private organisations without the need to receive tax money. Finally, I agree with Mr Campbell, former adviser to PM Blair, when he said: "We don't do God". Indeed, government should do people, not God, and thus not prosecute people in the name of God. When humans do humans, they respect each other and do God's business: look after fellow humans. It is a pity I need to discuss God, for the reason that humans don't always respect humans. And as the West is not guilt-free, we should help the people who have to flee their country and punish those who impose those laws as many countries already stopped any help.


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