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Kenya’s ‘gay panic virus’ infection rides false gay marriage rumors from religious supremacists, politician bigots and media to police participating in public mobs beating suspected gays and arresting them

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False Gay Marriage Rumor Enough To Spark Riots By Hets In Kenya

Gay City News
Thu Feb 18 2010
By Doug Ireland

Original story
(Edited, emphasis added)

In the coastal town of Mtwapa in Kenya’s Kilifi district, media hysteria and outrage by clerics over a non-existent gay wedding whipped up mob violence that began on February 12, 2010, unleashing a house-to-house witch hunt by anti-gay vigilantes and police, street attacks targeting gay men, the sacking of an AIDS-fighting medical center, and a widening wave of ultra-homophobic national media coverage.

Many gay men have gone into hiding or fled the area.

From Nairobi, the nation’s capital, Denis Nzioka, a prominent 24-year-old gay activist, told Gay City News, “Ever since the outburst of violence in Mtwapa, gay people have had to fear for their lives. Vigilante groups are hunting down gay men, going door to door, and anyone who is overly flamboyant is attacked in the street.”

According to an internal report jointly prepared by on-scene representatives of both the leading Kenyan Queer group, the two-year-old Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), a non-governmental organization formed two decades ago, the wave of anti-gay violence had Kafkaesque origins in a false rumor about a gay wedding supposedly planned for February 12.

“There is even a suggestion that it was a planted story,” said the GALCK-KHRC report, adding, “In any case, the most repeated version is that about two weeks ago a well-known and popular gay man in the Mtwapa area went to a barbershop for a haircut. When one of the barbers commented that his hair looked really nice and asked him where he was going, he responded jokingly that he was going to get married. However, the barber took it seriously and went to his local mosque and reported that there was a planned gay wedding set for Friday, February 12 in Mtwapa.”

That mosque’s imam then announced the so-called “wedding” to his congregation and instructed his flock to begin monitoring any community gatherings to insure that no gay weddings could take place.

After this, “a local radio station, Kaya FM, picked up the story and started a series of programs on gays,” according to the GALCK-KHRC report, which Nzioka told this reporter included phone-in talk shows filled with homophobic discourse and incitements to violence.

“Kaya FM presents in Swahili and many of the Minikenda languages, and therefore has a real grassroots reach,” the report said, adding, “The main focus of the discussions was the impending ‘wedding’ of two men in Mtwapa. Other local radio stations also picked up the story, including Baraka FM, Rahma FM, and ultimately national radio stations including Kiss and Classic FM.”

Sunday, February 7th, five days before the date of the alleged wedding, “many of the muftis and imams discussed the impending wedding during Friday prayers and asked the community to be vigilant against homosexuals. They told their congregants to demonstrate and to flush out homosexuals from the midst of Mtwapa and to ensure that no gay wedding took place,” the GALCK-KHRC report declared.

Nzioka told this reporter, “Mtwapa is predominantly Muslim, and the imams have a lot of power and influence there.”

Kenya is roughly 10 percent Muslim. Some 60 percent of Kenya’s minority Muslim population lives in the coastal area where Mtwapa is located. According to the country’s entry in the CIA World Factbook, Kenya is 33 percent Roman Catholic, and 45 percent Protestant.

That’s at least 78% Christian and 10% Muslim. And this is allowed to happen.

As a harbinger of things to come, on the evening of Sunday, February 7th, following anti-gay preachings in Muslim mosques, a group of young men invaded Kalifornia, the main gay club in Mtwapa, and while dancing warned in the form of a song, “Gays have no joy and this time round they will have no joy or happiness for them.” In the days that followed, calls were heard from rioters to burn down Kalifornia.

On Monday, February 11th, a homophobic press conference condemning the next day’s purported wedding was held by Ali Hussein, regional coordinator of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), together with Lawrence Chai, regional representative of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

According to a story in the Daily Nation about the press conference, “The clerics claimed that a large number of youths were being recruited into gay clubs and warned that ‘God is about to punish the fastest growing town in the Coast region. Come night, come day, we shall not allow that marriage to be conducted in this town tomorrow. We shall stand firm to flush out gays who throng this town every weekend from all corners of this country,’ the religious leaders said.”

The two clerics “said they had given the government seven days to close down night clubs they accused of fuelling homosexuality in the town,” the Daily Nation reported, adding that the two “asked the government to ‘save the country from the shame of being used to conduct a marriage between people of the same sex.’ They also warned the owner of a building in the town, who was allegedly renting rooms only to homosexuals, to evict them or face their wrath. They gave him a seven-day ultimatum to throw out tenants.”

The two clerics also denounced the Mtwapa clinic run by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), a large national organization with 750 staff members nationwide that runs a research program co-sponsored by Britain’s Oxford University. The clinic has an AIDS program for counseling and treating men who have sex with men.

Sheikh Hussein and Bishop Chai demanded that the government investigate the KEMRI clinic for providing services to homosexuals.

“How can a state institution be involved on the pretext of providing counseling to these criminals?,” the two clerics said, according to the Daily Nation, and they added, “We ask that the government shut it down with immediate effect or we will descend on its officials.”

The day after this inflammatory press conference, a well-organized mob of some 200 to 300 people armed with sticks, stones, and other weapons, and led by a vigilante leader named Faridi surrounded the KEMRI clinic, which was alleged to be the site of the non-existent wedding, and demanded that all the “shogas” come out of the building. “Shoga” is a Swahili word used as a pejorative against homosexuals — the equivalent of “faggot” — but also used by women when referring to their close female friends.

Faridi, the vigilante leader, entered the clinic accompanied by police officers and confronted a staff member wearing a World AIDS Day T-shirt with a pink triangle that read “Condoms prevent AIDS” in Swahili. The vigilante is reported to have said, “This man is a shoga,” and at his demand, the police arrested him. Another KEMRI staffer was arrested later, also at Faridi’s insistence.

Nzioka told Gay City News that the KEMRI clinic was subsequently sacked, with material including computers destroyed, and was forced to shut down. This disruption of the clinic’s work means that many HIV-positive people who access care and treatment there have not been able to get their medications for days, which has serious health consequences for them.

Later that same day, “after Friday prayers” in Mtwapa’s mosques, “mobs of individuals went to the homes of suspected homosexuals looking for them,” said the GALCK-KHRC report, which also recounted speeches to a large mob that had gathered outside the local police station. Sheikh Hussein addressed the crowd in a manner “that was inciting, and he kept talking about Sodom and Gomorrah and the need to root out all homosexuals from the Mtwapa area,” the report said.

A former member of Kenya’s parliament, Omar Masumbuko, was one of several politicians who also addressed the mob. “He said that homosexuality must be stopped and every means used to make that happen,” according to the GALCK-KHRC report. “He told the crowd they should not even bother to bring the homosexuals they find to the police station but should take care of the issue themselves.”

Sodomy and sex “against the order of nature” are crimes in Kenya, punishable by ten years in prison, under a law inherited from the period of British colonial rule, which ended in 1963.

February 12 was punctuated by numerous attacks on gay people. At 8:00 a.m. that morning, before leading the mob attack on the KEMRI clinic, Faridi was joined by police in storming and ransacking the home of a gay man, who was arrested along with a friend who was visiting from abroad. While searching the guest’s luggage, they found jewelry that included some rings. Faridi immediately said that these were the rings for the intended wedding.In a separate incident, a 23-year-old security guard was descending from a bus heading toward the center of Mtwapa when he was set upon by a mob that threatened him with death and beat him senseless.

A female sex worker tried to protect him with her body and yelled at the crowd that they can’t kill people like that and that the man had not done anything, but the mob doused the man with kerosene, preparing to burn him alive. At this point the police arrived, but instead of arresting anyone in the mob, they arrested the man it had attacked. The bloodied, dazed man was incarcerated and denied medical attention.

The following day, a volunteer at the KEMRI clinic was attacked by a mob, which chanted that it was actually his wedding they had disrupted. The man was severely beaten and burnt with cigarette butts. As the mob prepared to douse the man with kerosene, he too was arrested. After his arrest, a mob attempted to attack the Mtwapa police station but was repulsed with tear gas.

In total, six men presumed to be gay were arrested, some of them forced to undergo medical examinations for evidence of sodomy, and all were scheduled for a court appearance on February 15. But Nzioka told this reporter that, after intervention by an attorney provided by KHRC, all six were released from custody, and have now fled the area.

Nzioka also said that the wave of anti-gay violence and protests in Mtwapa had received “huge” publicity in all the national media, particularly radio and television, but that “all of it was, sadly, very, very homophobic,” and that the media had utterly failed to reach out to representatives of the gay community. Instead, he said, gay-baiting commentaries and reactions from imams and other religious and anti-gay leaders were featured.

Asked by Gay City News if the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) was sending a staff member to Kenya from its branch office in Johannesburg, South Africa, the organization’s executive director, Cary Alan Johnson, replied in an e-mail,

“We are not sending a staff member to Kenya at this point, as we have full confidence in the local LGBT movement, which is grouped together under the banner of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) to respond to the situation. Also, a number of national and local mainstream human rights partners, particularly the Kenya Human Rights Coalition, are engaging with the clear recognition that an attack on the rights of individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is an attack on the freedoms of all Kenyan citizens.”

GALCK is not a membership organization but an alliance of five other groupsIshtar, a health group for men who have sex with men; Gaykenya.com, a web site; Minority Women in Action, a lesbian group; the Gender Education and Advocacy Project (GEAP), a group for transgendered and intersex people; and The Other Man in Kenya (TOMIKI), a social network of gay professionals in the medical, legal, and other fields, most of whom, Nzioka said, are “very discreet.”

The consciousness informing at least some in GALCK’s leadership has raised concerns. In a statement demanding government protection for gays published on the group’s website, its general manager, David Kuria, wrote,

“We also call upon the religious leaders in Kenya to appreciate that compulsory heterosexuality is not the way to enforce their religion. GALCK members are willing to enter into dialogue with them, and if they truly have a cure for homosexuality, then we are most happy to take it, BUT NOT UNDER CONDITIONS OF DURESS.”

Since the American Psychiatric Association and most of its Western peer groups have not only completely discredited the notion that there can be a “cure” for homosexuality, but also affirmed that attempting to inflict such a “cure” on those with a same-sex orientation can be extremely harmful psychologically, it is quite disturbing to see the leader of a gay group like GALCK say that his members would be “happy to take” such a so-called cure if available.

Kuria could not be reached for comment by press time.

GALCK has five paid staff members and, Nzioka told this reporter, receives the bulk of its funding from LLH, the Norwegian LGBT Association.

There is no immediate prospect of repeal of the anti-gay sodomy statute in Kenya. Nzioka told Gay City News that Kenya’s gay community has “copiously” inundated the experts drafting a new national constitution with documents supporting the repeal of anti-gay laws and the extension of human rights to LGBT people, but that the committee has turned a deaf ear, and “has even buckled under to homophobia by removing a section which said that ‘every person has a right to start a family,’ which was interpreted as giving gays the right to have or adopt children.”

Moreover, said Nzioka, while there are a handful of friendly elected public officials and politicians with whom Queer groups are in contact, “all are secretive, very discreet” about their support for gay rights and there is no organized evidence of that support in the national parliament.

Meanwhile, the Mtawapa witch-hunt shows no signs of letting up: at the beginning of this week, Sheikh Hussein launched radio appeals for a mass anti-gay demonstration in Mtawapa on February 19.

The web site of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) is at http://galck.org/index.php.

Gaykenya is at http://www.gaykenya.com.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission is at http://www.khrc.or.ke.

Doug Ireland can be reached through his blog, DIRELAND, at http://direland.typepad.com.

 

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I’m gay in the USA: Execute me as your religions order or STFU

I’m gay in the USA: Execute me as your religions order or STFU
'Pedophile Priests Raping Kneeling Boy'' Stained Glass Window In A Catholic Church

Seriously Disturbing Stained Glass Window In A Church. NO Common Sense, Or Designers, Installers, Church Members, Priests Are Barely Sentient. The Pederastic, Child-Molesting Nature Of This Window Is Hard To Overlook.

Leviticus 20:13

Leviticus 20:13 is almost identical to Leviticus 18:22. In transliterated Hebrew, the verse is written: “V’ish asher yishkav et zachar mishk’vei ishah to’evah asu shneihem mot yumatu d’meihem bam.”

However, it adds a compulsory death penalty for the participants.

In various translations the passage has been translated:

  • ASV: (American Standard Version, 1901) “And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
  • Darby: (J.N. Darby Translation, 1890): “And if a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall certainly be put to death; their blood is upon them.
  • ESV: (English Standard Version): “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
  • HNV: (Hebrew Names Version): “If a man lies with a male, as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
  • KJV: (King James Version): If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
  • LB: (Living Bible): “The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have brought it upon themselves.
  • NASB: (New American Standard Bible): “If {there is} a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
  • Net Bible:If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed an abomination. They must be put to death; their blood guilt is on themselves.1
  • NIV: (New International Version) “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
  • NKJV: (New King James Version) “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
  • NLT: (New Living Translation): “The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act, and are guilty of a capital offense.
  • RSV: (Revised Standard Version): “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.
  • Webster: (Noah Webster Version, 1833): “If a man also shall lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
  • Young: (Robert Young Literal Translation, 1898) “And a man who lieth with a male as one lieth with a woman; abomination both of them have done; they are certainly put to death; their blood [is] on them.

Christian “Reconstructionists”; Christian hate groups; conservative Roman Catholics; Muslims worldwide; “religious” opportunists taking advantage of several East European and African nations’ continuing lack of modern education, including mis-educated, superstitious, swindled governments, leaders and people — several nations in the West Indies have similarly been kept ignorant, intentionally mis-educated by “religious” opportunists in turn manipulated into opening the way for imperialists, corrupters and thieves — they are working hard to grow the number of nations executing gay, lesbian, intersex and transgender people.

The rest of the heterosexual supremacists and religious supremacists simply do not say out loud that “Death to All Gays!” is what they want.

Along the way, for their entire lives, they apparently feel justified by those same extremely incorrect supremacist beliefs to obsessively and publicly demean and psychologically torture all GLIBT people, to sabotage and ruin the lives, the quality of life of all GLIBT people, on behalf of their god and their religion. If they followed any of their religions it would not be dragged out.

If you are too cowardly to carry out what your religion orders — the execution of GLIBTs — then shut the fuck up completely about what you interpret that your religion says about me, because it does not matter.

Rational adults would pay less than no attention to your obviously questionable interpretations of your religions’ ancient and obviously questionable local Middle Eastern “laws”, especially when it’s revealed that you — billions of “true believers” — refuse to obey your god regarding this very same inconvenient belief?

Rational adults would not continue to allow you to mistreat them based on your hypocritical “do as we say, not as we do” choice and practice of your barely humane het and “religious” supremacist beliefs?

God damn you naggers.

I volunteer. Either execute me face-to-face and publicly for “being gay” or “acting gay” or “being accused of being gay,” or “promoting homosexuality” or even “recruiting hets to turn gay” — or else shut the fuck up about anything to do with GLIBT people, because you are a merely a common, everyday anti-gay U.S. bigot.

You ARE prejudiced. You WILL continue to discriminate against and arrogantly and irrationally repress human beings whom you perceive or know to be GLIBT. You’ll discriminate and repress long after you stop publicly bragging about it to help recruit others like you, but you won’t admit it if asked.

If you do not carry out YOUR part of Leviticus 20:13, the apparently magical half of the sentence following the comma, then you are dismissed. You have demonstrated your lack of integrity and credibility. You are proven irrelevant, out-dated; a selfish, lapsed religionist abusing others to hide your own failings.

Come, mighty cowards! Let the streets run with Queer blood. Stand up and be counted among the godly executioners.

No more invisibility, whether in Baghdad, Iraq or San Francisco, California, U.S.A., where a few of you do filthy “work” in secrecy, making your “religious” beliefs in “light and love” into plainly visible “dark religions.”

Stack our bodies up and burn them publicly again in such high numbers that we resemble burning bundles of sticks (“faggots”). Follow your gods’ instructions.

Redeem the shallow shells of your former religions, and earn back your lost integrity.

Demonstrate the profound depth of your belief and trust in the god you describe who requires our obedience but not yours, who will surely demonstrate (“his”, always) pleasure with your ongoing efforts to damage, diminish and destroy some or all of his evidently most-favored creative creations.

My sober, serious challenge to you (don’t lie to yourself; you know by now if I’m talking to you) is to follow the same anti-GLIBT rule that you clearly and outlandishly expect us to follow.

This is it, we are permanent. We’re going to keep taking equality whenever we collectively want it enough to will it. Worldwide, we will never again surrender any of our lives, which will be “fleshed out” and enriched by all of the exact same rights you are enabled to exercise — in all of the same countries where you live.

Lev. 20:13 or STFU!

Follow what so many of you say that in each of your many Bible versions your god (himself, always) orders you to do to me — an “unrepentant” gay man — without shame about your choice of gods over the obvious barbaric stupidity that act neatly exposes and permanently attaches each time.

1Also without a level of fear of Earthly prosecution that would prevent you from completing your required actions according to god, you say, “Saint,” or shut the fuck up about yours or any religions have to say about us Queers.

The “religious” god profiteers (these are motivated by the appearance and exercise of even petty amounts of personal power over other peoples’ lives) are executing us frequently in most Islamic countries, even against national, Muslim and international law.

Why not something more ritualistic and regular than the random, repeated idiots’ parade of fucked-brain, opportunistic lone wolves committing post-coitus overkill?

Otherwise, cowardly hypocrites, whether or not you admit it, you have no right to even try to control the lives of other human beings according to your choice of rulebooks (including any and the Islamic version).

When you refuse to follow it yourselves, especially, while claiming you really believe these books were written by your own selection of god and your own selection of religion.

 

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