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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Gay Cockroaches


God Bless Peter Tatchell, the only man man enough to attempt to make a citizen's arrest of Robert Mugabe, for oh-so-many-reasons, but in particular laws that result from speeches like this:

"If we accept homosexuality as a right as is being argued by the association of sodomists and sexual perverts," he told the assembled crowd. "What moral fibre shall our society ever have to deny organised drug addicts, or even those given to bestiality, the rights they might claim."

Those comments are getting a bit of an echo in Africa, with one Rev. Michael Esakan Okwi saying that not even “cockroaches” who are in the “lower animal kingdom” engaged in homosexual relations - 'cockroaches' is how tutsis were labelled before the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The Independent had a fine report both on African discrimination against homosexuals and those who are fighting for their rights and against imprisonment, rape and execution. I like the idea that homosexuality is Un-African (just as it is Un-American, Un-Chinese, Un-Islamic, Un-anywhereish). It makes one wonder what other Un-African things one could come up with and when these are going to be legislated against - Mercedes, BMWs, LandCruisers, Kalashnikovs, rolexes - oh dear, it's back to How to Write about Africa.

More anti-gay fare reported from the Box Turtle Bulletin. I love the idea that the Nazis was a big, gay movement as reported by US Evangelist, Scott Lively (Come on Scott, what's your real name) in his book, The Pink Nazi.

“The Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history,” he writes in his book, which is available online for free, and would be made available to conference attendees. He also adds that  “There is no question that homosexuality figures prominently in the history of the Holocaust,” saying that German gays were eager to target Jews for extinction because of Judaism’s traditional prohibition against homosexuality.

You couldn't make it up - oh yeah, he just did.

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