Posts Tagged ‘Homophobie’

Uganda: Homophobie (Radio-Tipp)

Sonntag, Juni 2nd, 2013

“Warum musste David Kato sterben?

Das gefährliche Leben der Kuchus von Uganda

Von Georg Roloff

Am 26. Januar 2011 wurde in Ugandas Hauptstadt Kampala der prominente Schwulenaktivist David Kato in seinem Haus mit einem Hammer erschlagen. Im November desselben Jahres verurteilte ein Gericht den geständigen Hilfsarbeiter Sydney Nsubuga in einem beschleunigten Verfahren zu 30 Jahren Haft.

Kein Grund, den Fall zu den Akten zu legen, meinten nicht nur Menschen, die David Kato nahestanden. Doch die Aufklärung des Mordes und seiner Hintergründe lassen auf sich warten.

Wenige Wochen vor dem Attentat hatte Kato einen Prozess gegen das lokale Boulevardblatt Rolling Stone gewonnen. Es führte eine beispiellose Hetzkampagne gegen Schwule, mit Fotos, Adressen und Telefonnummern der “100 Top Homos” und titelte: “Hängt sie auf!” In Uganda gilt die Homosexualität als Kapitalverbrechen.

Lebenslänglich erhält, wer schwul ist und homosexuelle Handlungen begeht. Drei Jahre Gefängnis, wer einen Homosexuellen kennt und ihn nicht binnen 24 Stunden der Polizei meldet.

Das Feature berichtet von einem Klima des Hasses gegenüber “Kuchus”, Angehörige sexueller Minderheiten, in einem Land, in dem der prominente evangelikale Pastor Martin Ssempa predigt, dass Uganda von Gott selbst auserwählt sei, bei der Lösung der Schwulenfrage voranzugehen.”

Sender:     Deutschlandfunk

Sendedatum: 11.06.2013

Sendezeit:   19:15 – 20:00 Uhr

 

(Quelle: Deutschlandfunk.)

UN: Menschenrecht Religionsfreiheit

Montag, Juni 25th, 2012

“Religionsfreiheit ist nicht das Recht auf die Hegemonie bestimmter religiöser Vorstellungen”

Am 10. Mai 2012 war der UN-Sonderberichterstatter über Religions- und Weltanschauungsfreiheit, Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, zu Gast in Berlin. Im Veranstaltungsort "Jerusalemkirche" referierte Bielefeldt über "Ein umkämpftes Menschenrecht: Die Religionsfreiheit im Kontext der Vereinten Nationen". Matthias Drobinski von der Süddeutschen Zeitung befragte Bielefeldt anschließend zum Thema. Rund 80 Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörer waren gekommen, um den Sonderberichterstatter zu hören und mit ihm zu diskutieren. Begrüßt wurden sie von Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf, Direktorin des Deutschen Instituts für Menschenrechte. Das Institut hatte im Rahmen seiner Reihe "Debatte" zu der Veranstaltung eingeladen.

Zu Beginn beschrieb Bielefeldt, der auch Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Menschenrechte und Menschenrechtspolitik an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg ist, was unter dem Menschenrecht "Religionsfreiheit" zu verstehen sei: "Wir haben es bei den Menschenrechten zu tun mit Rechten, die dem Menschen zukommen, weil er Mensch ist, nicht weil er Mitglied in diesem oder jenen Verein ist, weil er dieses oder jenes glaubt." Der für Religionsfreiheit zuständige UN-Ausschuss habe betont, die Religionsfreiheit sei so breit zu interpretieren, dass sie theistische, nicht-theistische, atheistische Überzeugungen umfasse, und auch die Möglichkeit, gar keine Überzeugung im klassischen Sinne zu bekennen. "Die Religionsfreiheit ist ein Recht auf Freiheit", so Bielefeldt, "die Freiheit, nach Sinn zu suchen, nach Wahrheit zu suchen oder auch nicht zu suchen, die Freiheit dabei zu unterschiedlichen Resultaten zu kommen, vielleicht auch zu gar keinem, und die eigenen Überzeugungen zu kommunizieren". Als Individualrecht sei sie daher gerade auch ein Recht von Minderheiten innerhalb von Religionsgemeinschaften.

Anschließend nannte Bielefeldt zahlreiche Beispiele für Verletzungen der Religionsfreiheit aus aller Welt und berichtete von den ideologischen Debatten über die Religionsfreiheit. Zum Schluss seines Vortrages sprach er an, was er als "große Schlachtlinie der Zukunft" kommen sieht: "Religionsfreiheit als Hindernis entschiedener Antidiskriminierungspolitik." So habe er von ultrakonservativen religiösen Organisationen die Aussage gehört: "Unsere Religionsfreiheit wird dadurch verletzt, dass in unserer Gesellschaft Lesben und Schwule leben und Positionen in der Gesellschaft innehaben." Bielefeldt betonte: "Kategorial ganz falsch, denn die Religionsfreiheit ist natürlich nicht das Recht auf die Hegemonie bestimmter konservativer religiöser Vorstellungen." Umgekehrt warnte er Menschenrechtsaktivisten davor, als Reaktion hierauf die Religionsfreiheit als antiliberales Recht zu verstehen, das einer Antidiskriminierungsagenda entgegenstehe. Dies setze die Unteilbarkeit der Menschenrechte aufs Spiel. (IS)

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(Quelle: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte.)

BRD: Kampagne gegen Diskrimierung

Freitag, September 10th, 2010

LesMigraS-Kampagne zu Gewalt und Mehrfachdiskriminierungserfahrungen von lesbischen, bisexuellen Frauen und Trans*Menschen in Deutschland


 


 

Mehr Informationen zur Kampagne finden Sie hier.

 

(Quelle: LesMigraS e. V.)

Uganda: US-Kirche unterstützt Homosexuellen-Hatz

Samstag, Juli 17th, 2010

“U.S. Church Lends Help To Anti-Gay Ugandan Pastor

by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY

Martin Ssempa, who pastors the evangelical Makerere Community Church in Kampala, has become the face of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality movement. He has organized anti-gay rallies. He preaches that many homosexuals are pedophiles who deserve severe punishment, and he wants to ensure that ‘sodomy and homosexuality never sees the light of legality in this land of the people of Africa.’

‘This is sick, and it is therefore deviant,’ he told a large church crowd. ‘We do not want it.’

He even shows hard-core gay pornography in churches and conferences — images that, critics say, whip up sentiment against gay men and lesbians.

‘Martin Ssempa makes no bones about going around to churches, to community centers, to different neighborhoods and saying things like gays and lesbians should be put in prison, they should be killed,’ says Michael Jones, a gay-rights activist in the U.S. who has been following Ssempa’s activities.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill — which criminalizes homosexual practice — is working its way through the legislature. President Yoweri Museveni has asked the authors to ‘soften’ the bill — but that hasn’t happened yet. Among other things, the bill imposes the death penalty for gay sex with a minor, or having sex with your gay partner if you are HIV-positive. Two consenting adults can get life in prison. A straight person who knows someone is gay, and doesn’t report it, could get prison time as well.

So why does Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas — a megachurch with some 6,000 congregants each week — financially support Ssempa?

Kevin Odor, the senior pastor there, says Ssempa has been ‘misrepresented.’

‘His heart is not to kill people,’ Odor says. ‘He is a pastor of the Gospel that believes in redemption and his heart is to redeem people.’

Odor says Canyon Ridge began supporting Ssempa’s huge campus ministry, which preaches abstinence to college students, in 2007. Odor says he does not ‘personally’ endorse the death penalty or life sentences for gay men and lesbians. Asked why he would support someone who does, he sighs.

‘We want to help the AIDS problem in Africa, and we found somebody who is making a difference,’ he says. ‘So we support him.’

Odor says in March — after Canyon Ridge leaders talked to Ssempa — the Ugandan minister reversed himself and now says he favors removing the death penalty from the bill, though he still wants to criminalize homosexuality. As recently as February, Ssempa told a television interviewer: ‘If you do not want the death penalty for pedophiles, what punishment do you want otherwise?’

Ssempa’s turnaround satisfied Odor, and he sees no reason to condemn the minister. Nor does he think he should denounce the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

‘Why do we, as a church in America, need to say something about a bill in Uganda?’ he asks.

‘They’re engaging in Ugandan politics whether they like it or not,’ says Jones, the gay-rights activist. ‘Calling Martin Ssempa, who is one of the foremost religious and political figures in Uganda, a strategic partner is automatically engaging in Ugandan politics. There’s just no way around that.’

Odor says his church has ‘a heart’ for homosexuals. He notes that Canyon Ridge participates every year in a march for people with AIDS, and for the past two years the church opened its campus for HIV Testing Day.

‘We love everybody, including people with AIDS,’ he says. ‘There are two things: how you got AIDS and that you have AIDS. That you have AIDS is a matter of compassion. The church should be compassionate for people with AIDS.’

Warren Throckmorton, a professor at the evangelical Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., says Odor is trying to have it both ways.

‘What we have here is a church that wants to be viewed as moderate and outreach-minded and compassionate, and yet they’re supporting a set of values and principles elsewhere that are very harsh and deadly, frankly, to the very community you say you want to reach,’ he says. ‘If you preach compassion here, you have to support compassion elsewhere.’

On Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District severed its ties with the church, saying it was ‘profoundly concerned’ about the relationship with Ssempa. For his part, Odor says the church is only trying to help people with AIDS — and because of that, he says, ‘we are being crucified.'”

 

(Quelle: NPR.)

Europa: Wirtschaftskrise fördert Rassismus, warnt amnesty international

Mittwoch, Juni 16th, 2010

“Economic crisis fuelling racism in Europe, report warns

By VALENTINA POP

The economic downturn has led to a rise in discrimination, racism and xenophobia in Europe, particularly in EU countries such as Italy, Slovakia and Hungary, the latest Amnesty International report on human rights shows.

‘The marginalisation was heightened in 2009 by fears of the economic downturn, and accompanied in many countries by a sharp rise in racism and hate speech in public discourse,’ the annual report reads.


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Roma people are Europe’s hardest hit by racism and segregation

It cites Italy for having passed new legislation as part of a security package establishing as a criminal offence ‘irregular migration’, which would deter irregular migrants from accessing education and medical care for fear of being reported to the police.

This is especially the case given existing provisions in the criminal code obliging teachers or local authority employees to report all criminal acts to the police or judicial authorities.

The UK government is criticised for having put behind bars Iraqis who were rejected by Baghdad when flown back to the country, an expression of the ‘encroaching prison culture’ when dealing with irregular migrants. In December, the Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and Child Health, General Practitioners and Psychiatrists issued a joint statement calling for an immediate end to the administrative detention of children under Immigration Act powers on the basis that it was ‘shameful’, ‘damaging’, and ‘permanently harmful to children’s health’.

In Germany, irregular migrants and their children have limited access to health care, education, and judicial remedies in cases of labour rights violations.

Segregation of Roma continues to be a serious problem in central and eastern Europe, but also in Italy, where ‘unlawful forced evictions’ drive them further into poverty. Italy also passed new legislation enabling local authorities to authorise associations of unarmed civilians not belonging to state or local police forces to patrol the territory of a municipality, a measure which ‘may result in discrimination and vigilantism’, especially against Roma.

Slovakia stands out particularly for Romani children segregation, with the Roma Education Fund reporting that almost 60 percent of them are put in special classes for mentally disabled, although they were not diagnosed as such. Local authorities are criticised for engaging in forced evictions and even erecting walls to separate Roma settlements from the rest of the community.

Bratislava is also suspected of turning a blind eye to sterlisation of Romani women, even though it has announced legislative measures requiring health workers to seek informed consent for such procedures and introduced the new criminal offence of ‘illegal sterilisation’. However, according to the Centre for Civil and Human Rights,the Ministry for Health Care failed to issue any implementing guidelines on sterilisations and informed consent for health workers.

Eight Romani women lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human rights claiming their infertility is a result of a sterilisation procedure performed on them during delivery in an eastern Slovakian hospital. A similar case was finalised in Hungary, after eight years of national and international legal proceedings, with the Ministry of Social Affairs announcing it would provide financial compensation to a Romani woman sterilised without her consent in 2001.

Hungary’s political and economic ‘upheaval’, with an IMF lifeline translating into public sector wage and social programme cuts, has proved a fertile ground for the far-right party Jobbik, with its strong anti-Roma and anti-Semitic agenda.

The Hungarian police beefed up its special task force to 120 officers to investigate a series of attacks against Roma, which cost the lives of at least nine people, including women and children.

In July, the Budapest Court of Appeal issued a legally binding ruling banning the Magyar Garda, a paramilitary organisation linked to Jobbik. The court ruled that the Magyar Garda’s activities overstepped its rights as an association and curtailed liberties of the Roma. But later in July, Jobbik announced the relaunch of Magyar Garda, and one of its newly elected members of the European Parliament wore a Magyar Garda uniform to the first parliamentary session in Brussels.

Authorities in a number of countries continued to foster a climate of intolerance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, making it harder for their rights to be protected. In August, the Lithuanian parliament adopted a controversial law that ‘institutionalised homophobia’, by potentially prohibiting any discussion of homosexuality, impede the work of human rights defenders and further stigmatize LGBT people.

‘Member states of the EU continued to block a new regional directive on non-discrimination, which would simply close a legal protection gap for those experiencing discrimination outside of employment on the grounds of disability, belief, religion, sexual orientation and age,’ the report notes.

Italy and Malta are also singled out for their anti-immigrant stance and the practice of pushing back boats coming from across the Mediterranean, sometimes without assessing the needs of the people on board.

‘In May, the lives and safety of hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers on three vessels in the Mediterranean were placed at risk first by a squabble between the Italian and Maltese authorities over their obligations to respond to maritime distress calls, and then by the Italian government’s unprecedented decision to send those in the boats to Libya – a country with no functioning asylum procedure – without assessing their protection needs,’ the report reads.

Countries such as Greece and Malta ‘routinely’ detained migrants and asylum-seekers, and in inappropriate conditions.

Amnesty International also criticises the ‘effective and transparent accountability’ for human rights abuses in the context of the secret rendition and detention program of the CIA after 2001, in which scores of EU countries were involved.

A German parliamentary inquiry into German involvement in renditions concluded in July 2009, but exonerated all German state actors, despite compelling evidence to the contrary.

The methods, evidence and findings of an investigation into the existence of an alleged secret prison in Poland, finally begun in 2008, still remain secret.

Several European states ignored the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights against the return of suspects of terrorism to countries where they were at risk of torture.”

 

(Quelle: EUobserver.)

Kenia: Heizt religiöser Fundamentalismus Menschenrechtsverstösse an?

Montag, Juni 14th, 2010

Religious fundamentalism in Kenya: Fuelling human rights abuses?

Audrey Mbugua

2010-06-10, Issue 485

Religious fundamentalism in Kenya has played a central role in the orchestration of gross human rights abuses against transsexuals and other minorities, writes Audrey Mbugua. Urging people to change their mentality, Mbugua argues that ‘we need to respect the human rights of others whether we – or our holy books – agree with how they live their lives or not. At the end of the day, the important question is whether the other person’s acts cause harm to others or not.’

Fundamental religious doctrine, executed by more than a single religion, is a threat to individuals who lose their lives to the dogma, and to the peace and stability of the whole of society, writes Audrey Mbugua. Laughable literal interpretations of holy books lose their humourous sheen as religious leaders proselytise fundamentalism. In the Kenyan context, the danger of pandering to such doctrines looms before the constitutional referendum in August. Instead of gagging before the implacable wall of religion, citizens of Kenya should speak out against the alternative – persecution of minorities.

‘To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.’[1]

In February 2010 we witnessed what would have been a fête at par with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Two priests from Kingdom Seekers Fellowship in Kenya died in a road accident. An ‘apostle’ from the same sect heard a voice of God in his head revealing that the pastors were not actually dead but merely sleeping, or hibernating. God gave him strict orders to have the burial arrangements put off and for the church to pray for their resurrection – apparently God told him the two had not completed their homework here on Earth before their untimely departure. The faith heads in this church fasted for three days and on the D-day, 21 February 2010, two caskets bearing the remains of the two sleeping priests were brought forward. The apostle first rebuked Satan for trying to stall the work of God, then went ahead to ask God to raise his disciples from their ‘sleep’. After fervent prayers, nothing out of the ordinary had happened. They tried harder and louder; maybe God was running other errands like curing cancer patients. After an eternity of negotiations with God, the apostle threw in the towel and the circus was over.

This is not a platform to argue whether God exists or not. First, it’s one of those many incidences when religious people are not right – or extremely wrong. This apostle heard a small voice in his head telling him the two were not dead and if prayed for, would wake up and move on with their lives. That didn’t happen. What other scenarios are these clowns wrong about but they don’t have the decency to admit to?

Secondly, it’s a wake up call for everyone who is tired of having some particular brand of religious rubbish shoved down their throats by some self-anointed God’s sidekick. Religions in Kenya play a vital role in the orchestration of gross human rights abuses against minorities like transsexuals, impeding effective realisation of socio-economic development in such sub-populations. It’s time to end this morbid and divine charade.

It’s not going to be easy. One of humanity’s greatest follies is to surrender their ability to query long-held, pre-medieval superstitions and myths simply because they fear something bad will happen to them – or because they are too caught up in their faith. The few rationalists who are quick to point out the ludicrousness of these superstitions don’t speak too loudly, mostly because they would loose their income or would be torched in their neighbourhood. The religious community in Kenya is one such sad lot and it would behoove us if someone was to challenge the assertions and mediocrity propagated by these faith heads.

In tandem with this tragedy, we have witnessed a collapse of democratic rule and the respect of human rights in Kenya as a result of people imposing their religious beliefs on others. This is how it goes – you people are not supposed to do a list of things: you are not supposed to change your sex (god was not a fool to have created you the way he did), you are not supposed to terminate a pregnancy (that is murder and you will burn in hell), Steven, you are not supposed to love Adam and Jane is not supposed to love Anita (its unbiblical and every time a man mounts on another the throne of god shakes), and you women need to be submissive and not question your husbands (if he slaps you, its because you are not acting the role of a woman written in the Bible).

It’s time to stand up and challenge this nonsense and the assumption that the respect of human rights comes second while first, my religion has to validate your existence. If you don’t meet my standards of a good person, I have the obligation to chop your head off and gladly hand it over to you. A time has come when the sane and rational ones have to do something and end human rights abuses inflicted on people just because their actions are sins to Jehovah.

It’s time to trash that small voice inside our heads that tells us we cannot do without ‘the alpha and omega’; a voice that tells us to kill anyone whose practices are unworthy in the eyes of a big daddy in the sky. Religion seems to be protected by a thick wall of undeserved respect. An Arsenal fan is free to criticise a referee’s decision to award Manchester United a penalty but religious matters are not to be subject to criticism. Members of the queer and transgender community in Kenya have often criticised my intolerance to religious fundamentalism. Apparently, the argument is that people have the right to have an opinion. Also, one was quick to remind me that just because religion has sponsored all the suffering that sexual minorities in Kenya have faced, it does not make religion a terrible bed fellow.

I have a problem with that: First, that’s not the sole reason why I don’t have the capacity to tolerate Stone Age superstitions. The Bible says that snakes can talk with human beings. Well, that’s a lie. The Bible says that people can walk on liquid water. That’s a lie. The Bible says that the universe was created in six days; that is also a lie. The Bible says that a walking stick can turn into a snake; that’s a fundamental lie. But, I guess one could say that you don’t interpret the Bible and Koran literally – but then which parts do you interpret literally and which are symbolic? Could it be that Adam was a transgender man and Eve was a shoe? Who sets the rules of engagement for the Bible?

If we are to base our lives on them, and allow religious books such as the Bible and Koran to be our operating manuals, humanity stands to loose its dignity and its existence. The Bible is littered with acts of genocide that any rational Kenyan would agree makes our post-election violence death list a pale shadow. Samson the Nazirite is one person who didn’t give much thought to his murderous proclivities when it came to people of divergent views and tribe. On one occasion, Samson kills 30 Philistines for their clothes. When a damsel turns down his demands for marriage, he captures 300 foxes and sets their tails on fire. As they scatter for fire extinguishers, they end up burning all the wheat fields of the Philistines, resulting in a famine. Afterwards, he kills an ass and uses one of its jaws to kill over 1,000 Philistines. Superman in action.

A religion such as Christianity practices very disturbing if not morbid rituals. There is the crucifixion of people in the name of marking the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah. Then, there is the Holy Rosary with the crucified Messiah attached to it. Then a devout Christian has to chain him/herself to that rubbish. Once again religion abusing the human rights of Jesus and others who go through the same rituals occurs during Easter holidays. Dawkins once mentioned that had Jesus been killed during the 20th century, these Christians would have tiny electric chairs chained to their necks.

Not to forget Islam. A recent incident set Islam apart as one of the most intolerant, idiotic and murderous institutions in the world. A South African news paper recently published a cartoon of Mohammed. Hell broke loose and management at the media house were receiving threats (‘you've got to watch your back’ and ‘this will cost him his life’). A few years ago, a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Mohammed and it’s a tragedy lives were lost – people who would not even have a clue there was a country by the name Denmark. We saw people carrying slogans like ‘slay those who insult Islam’ and ‘behead those who insult Mohammed’. What is the world coming to? Would I get away with ‘behead those ethnic tribes that don’t circumcise their girls’? I have the right to an opinion, don’t I? This is the kind of oppression we reap for granting religious beliefs undeserved respect.

At the moment, Kenyans are polarised in the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Constitution referendum camps. The ‘No’ campaign is spearheaded by the church and in a dramatic move, Christian applicants succeeded in having the Kadhis’ courts declared unconstitutional. Reason? They extend preferential treatment to one religious group – Muslims. This is a remarkable and commendable move; a move towards separating the church from the state. But, it would have been exemplary if they had also declared our national anthem unconstitutional. It has the word God littered throughout and of course on page five of the draft Constitution there are the words ‘God bless Kenya’. Why should we have such rubbish in state documents? Why should my tax be used to proselytise a particular brand of a god? And is God that desperate? Isn’t it enough to have his name in some 2,000-year-old scrolls? Why does he need his name to be inserted in a Constitution? The faith heads of this country will never cease to amaze me.

The there is the thorny issue of abortion. The draft Constitution gives room for the termination of pregnancy if a medical practitioner can prove a pregnancy is a threat to the health of the mother. The church doesn’t like the smell of that. Life begins at conception and abortion is murder of babies. This is an epitome of hypocrisy considering that these faith heads have actually murdered sexual minorities in Kenya. They have incited the members of the public to attack sexual minorities simply because their holy books don’t agree with one or two things sexual minorities do, but that doesn’t cause harm to anyone. Changing sex is unbiblical – but so what? It’s my body and my choice. If God does not like it then he should share his views – in person. If he doesn’t like who Joan dates, then let him argue his case. If God deems death to be the wage of people changing their sex, he would better do it at a personal level – a heart attack or an electrocution will do. Why do Christians have to attack transsexuals, raping them before hacking them to death? Do we have to accelerate their journey to Hell?

If you look carefully at the history of religion you would realise that religion is the most wicked and useless institution on our planet. Under the guise of salvation, religion works well by intimidating the gullible mass and numbing the ‘sheeple’ from any feelings of compassion and pity. Kiefer said it better:

‘Fundamental Christianity with its defilement of self-image, unwavering demand for obedience to authority, and sole reliance on faith diminishes the individual by eating away at the heart of human dignity. It entraps its followers by obliquely instilling in them a sense of powerlessness under the guise of salvation, and it holds them fast to the fold through intimidation of the soul.’[2]

Religion is inconsistent with the human rights concept. Human rights apply to all irrespective of color, gender, sex, religion, health status, dress, socio-economic status and any distinguishing attribute among human animals. On the contrary, religion caters specifically for those who want to control the dimwits of this world. Those with the cajoles to question ‘orders from above’ – by word or by action – don’t deserve to live dignified lives. The human rights discourse does pull the rug from under the feet of the privileged religious mouth piece out there. I guess that’s why several human rights organisations championing the rights of sexual minorities in Kenya are an anathema to these apostles.

I urge Kenyans to change their mentality. We need to respect the human rights of others whether we – or our holy books – agree with how they live their lives or not. At the end of the day, the important question is whether the other person’s acts cause harm to others or not. Religious people need to stop listening to those diabolical voices in their heads telling them to kill innocent civilians just because their acts contradict some Stone Age shepherds. There are 100s of documented gods and you could imagine if all humans were eager to create pandemonium and murder innocent people just because a god was unhappy with their mating partners or similar harmless peccadillo such as pulling a donkey out of one of our many potholes on a Sabbath. Our planet would be like a bar full of drunken monkeys.

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* Audrey Mbugua is a member of Transgender Education and Advocacy, a Kenyan organisation formed to address social injustices committed against the country's transgender community.
* Please send comments to editor@pambazuka.org or comment online at Pambazuka News.

[NOTES]

[1] Richard Dawkins, 2006: Religion’s Misguided Missiles,
http://richarddawkins.net/articles/97
[2] Kiefer, J., 2000: The Strategies of Christian Fundamentalsim,
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/features/2000/kiefer1.html

(Quelle: Pambazuka News.)