[Rick] Warren’s man in Uganda is a charismatic pastor named Martin Ssempa. The head of the Makerere Community Church, a rapidly growing congregation, Ssempe enjoys close ties to his country’s First Lady, Janet Museveni, and is a favorite of the Bush White House. In the capitol of Kampala, Ssempa is known for his boisterous crusading. Ssempa’s stunts have included burning condoms in the name of Jesus and arranging the publication of names of homosexuals in cooperative local newspapers while lobbying for criminal penalties to imprison them.
Arab Times is reporting that Kuwaiti police raided several restaurants, cafes and other establishments on New Year’s Eve and arrested several youth, both male and female and at least 22 gays.
Under instructions from the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Lieutenant-General Ahmed Al-Rujaib and Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Affairs Lieutenant Ghazi Al-Omar, the Criminal Investigation Department raided a number of restaurants on New Year’s eve and arrested several youngsters — male and female — for drinking alcohol and taking part in ‘wild’ parties. During the raid police also arrested 22 gays, reports Al-Anba daily.
The places targeted included cafÃ©s and restaurants inside commercial complexes in Salmiya.
Both homosexuality and cross-dressing are illegal in Kuwait, a Muslim nation; however, many anti-gay laws are rarely or severely enforced. No civil rights legislation exists to protect LGBT Kuwaitis. If convicted of homosexuality, LGBT people can face up to seven years imprisonment. If the acts involve anyone under 21, the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment.
What happens when you take one of the most powerful, most influential world-wide “governments” with unfettered access to all the accumulated knowledge of Western Civilization and allow them to speak on the environment, nature’s “law,” sexual orientation and gender?
They ignore it, trash it, squander it — and sound like they’ve never taken a serious look at human biology in their entire 2,000 year existence.
Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said, “[The church] must defend not only the earth, water and air as gifts of creation that belong to all. It must also defend the human person against its own destruction. What’s needed is something like a ‘human ecology,’ understood in the right sense. It’s not simply an outdated metaphysics if the church speaks of the nature of the human person as man and woman, and asks that this order of creation be respected.”
Yesterday, a statement on the decriminalization of homosexuality and protection of LGBT human rights was presented to the United Nations. The statement called on countries to protect LGBT from discrimination in hiring and housing, as well as a most important call to repeal laws the criminalized homosexuality or put a death penalty on it.
Among the Western nations that didn’t sign it, one name sticks out: The United States of America.
A report from The AP by writer David Crary tells us why:
According to some of the declaration’s backers, U.S. officials expressed concern in private talks that some parts of the declaration might be problematic in committing the federal government on matters that fall under state jurisdiction. In numerous states, landlords and private employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation; on the federal level, gays are not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Oh, so it was a technicality. That makes me feel much better. On a day chock full of political B.S. — from Obama’s pick of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation to the news there’d be no openly gay cabinet posts — this story only adds to the frustration.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Pop star Madonna’s antics are lustful, a stain on humanity and offensive to God, a retired Roman Catholic cardinal said Wednesday during a mass for the late Chilean military dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Madonna performed in Santiago on the Latin American leg of her Sticky and Sweet Tour to promote her album “Hard Candy.”
“The atmosphere in our city is pretty agitated because this woman is visiting and with incredibly shameful behavior provokes a wild and lustful enthusiasm,” Cardinal Jorge Medina told the congregation.
“Thoughts of lust, impure thoughts, impure acts, are an offense to God and a dirty stain on our heart,” Medina said in his homily marking the second anniversary of Pinochet’s death.
The conservative prelate is reviled by some Chileans for his close ties to Pinochet, who died in 2006 without facing trial for the fate of 3,000 people who died or disappeared during his 1973-1990 rule.
(Writing by Simon Gardner, Editing by Anthony Boadle)
Is Russia ever going to join us in the present? Or will they continue to live in their Soviet past?
This is why Russia is despised in the free, democratic world:
The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the streets. Yuri Luzhkov was receiving a set of symbolic keys from the Mayor of Belgrade, Dragan Dilas, in recognition of Russia’s success at this year’s Eurovision in Serbia. The winning country usually hosts the contest the following year.
Speaking at a press conference after the ceremony the Mayor, who has banned every gay rights march in Moscow since 2005, gave some advice to gay people coming to the city for Eurovision: “Entertain yourself, no problem, but not on the streets, squares, marches and demonstrations. We never introduced any limitations in their respect except public actions. We do not allow gay parades.”
France’s UN declaration on the universal decriminalization of homosexuality is being considered this week. If passed, the resolution would call on all nations of the world to stop penalizing homosexuality, which is illegal in 86 countries. In at least seven of those, death is the sentence.
According to Peter Tatchell, it is going to be presented tomorrow, on the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights.
In the meantime, the Vatican and the Organization of Islamic States are teaming up to lead the fight against the resolution. While the Holy See teams up with Islamic fundamentalists (many of whom have supported muderous terrorists), the U.S. sits idly by while watching the rest of the civilized world speed past them on a path to recognizing the right to human dignity and life, regardless of sexual orientation.
While most Americans, and even gay folks in the U.S., have no idea what it means to be transgender, Thailand has not only known its meaning, but for ages allowed gender reassignment surgeries and castrations for men of any age.
Bloomberg reports that will be changing. New rules from national health officials will prohibit castrations for boys under the age of 18. Gay rights activists were at the forefront of the push for a change:
Paiboon Marvin started wearing dresses and makeup before he became a teenager. Now 16, he wants to be castrated as the next step toward becoming a woman.
Until recently, that wouldn’t have been a problem: Boys of any age in Thailand could have their testicles removed for as little as 5,000 Baht ($150) with no questions asked. Now Paiboon may have to wait two years because the procedure will be outlawed for those under 18, after pressure from gay rights activists who say youngsters may follow a trend and regret it later.
But, perhaps, putting the genie back in the bottle will prove difficult:
Even so, some doctors in Thailand are unhappy with the proposed age rule.
Boys should be allowed to “express their feeling,” says Thep Vechavisit, 55, who has castrated patients as young as 17 with parental consent and is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the new guidelines.
“They’re in a very stressful situation, psychologically and socially,” says Thep, who charges 5,000 baht for a castration at his Pratunam Polyclinic in central Bangkok.
Paiboon, who first had to overcome opposition from his mother, can’t wait. He’s turned to the Internet to find a surgeon prepared to operate in secret.
“It’s my own money, my own body,” he says. “It’s nobody else’s business.”
Originally posted at OutCarolinas.com
Why is Queer so…queer?
by Amanda Harris | OutCarolinas.com Contributor
Queer. What is it? Really? I can hardly think of a week that passes where I don’t explain Queer identity to somebody, and yet I am finding new ways to think of it now as I embark on a summer-long Queer research project in Prague, Czech Republic. You see, the Czechs have no word for Queer. If they use it, they just say it in English-mostly in the context of Queer studies or some other academic usage. But there is no Czech word for it. Why is this? What is it about the identity of Queer that makes it seemingly nontransferable in Eastern Europe? What is it about the Queer identity that still makes it confusing in America and elsewhere in the West? Why is Queer so… queer?
Let us first start by getting over the mental block that many have already put up after reading the first word of this piece. Queer… isn’t that derogatory? Or, “I don’t want to be called that, it’s ugly”… “it has been used in degrading ways in my past and present, and I want nothing to do with it.” So on and so on. I have heard countless reasons why Queers should forget Queer identity and stick with something more practical that everybody can understand. “Can’t you just call yourself a bisexual, Amanda?”
‘Fraid not. Because I am not. What many seem not to understand is that those who self-identify as Queer have often put much thought into claiming a Queer identity.
But the real reason I bring up this story is to point out the grossly homosexualised hypocrisy and blatant propaganda seems to be endemic in so much of the mainstream media coverage of cases of sexual assault or abuse. Take a look at the following headlines.
Scout Leader Accused of Abuse – The New York Times
Female coach jailed in sex case – Calgary Herald
Sexual exploitation draws 18 months; Teacher had affair with 14-year-old girl – Edmonton Journal
Canadian sought for Thai sex crimes; Man born and raised in region allegedly abused kidnapped boy – The Kitchener Record
Abused – by a trusted teacher – Montreal Gazette
Former P.E.I. girl’s soccer coach convicted of sexually exploiting player – Canadian Press
Judgment day for soccer coach – The Halifax Daily News
Verdict near in soccer sex trial – Calgary Herald
Man avoids jail after trading for sex with teen; Cadet leader offered boy, 15, computer – Calgary Herald
Every single one of the headlines I just mentioned is about a case of homosexual sexual abuse. Yet where do you see the word “gay” or “lesbian” in the title. Even in the three titles that reveal that the case is same-sex in nature (in each case, in the 2nd half of the title, or what might appear as the sub-title in the hardcopy version of the paper), they do not use the word “lesbian” or “gay.”
It appears to be an unwritten – or maybe it is written somewhere – code among Canada’s homosexualised mainstream media, that they must do whatever is in their power to do to protect the image and reputation of homosexuals. Therefore, one has to avoid any kind of link at all between a homosexual sex abuser and his “sexual orientation.”
Ignorance. Pure and simple. I guess he hasn’t stopped to think that when we report male-on-female rape, abuse or sexual assault we don’t label it as a “heterosexual crime” either.
Ignorance. Pure and simple. Really… people believe this… yeah, they really do.