First of all special thanks to thank Mr. Kyamulesire Abaasi who is not a gay but feels touched of how things are trending of late on the African continent with regard to human rights violation on assumption of baseless reasons and his work to change the mindset of Africans on the matter of discrimination based on sexual orientation can be felt in many of his writing. Today we take this opportunity to show you how he sees the status-quo.
Going back to the topic in question, of course it should not be and it’s highly unfortunate that countries like Uganda and Nigeria have anti homosexuality laws in place meant to discriminate and punish others for nothing except their unique natural sexual inclination based on religion and cultural ideologies.
However, any human act that does not step on the freedom of others cannot and should not be criminalized because all of us have the right to do whatever we want and be happy as long as we do not hurt any one’s rights and freedoms in the process of making ourselves happy.
We ought to remember that everybody has their own standards. What appears wrong based on your standards does not necessary mean it is wrong in relation to another’s standards. It is therefore extremely wrong for us to judge and persecute others based on our standards because they also have theirs plus the right to live by them. The only Right all of us do not have is the Right to do what we feel is right based on our standards while we hurt others in the process of making ourselves feel good or happy by some how stepping on their own Rights or freedom.
For instance, it is universally accepted as right for a man to mate with a woman. However, it’s a crime if a man does so by raping a woman because it is certainly not his right to make himself feel good at the expense of a woman’s consent. In the same way, two consenting adults have the right to sodomize themselves if they do not force somebody un interested to do so or if they do not in any way abuse some one minor for that purpose.
We cannot seriously hate and persecute others just because we do not like what they do in private with another consenting adult. It is not all about us and what we want but about others too and what they want. It is therefore wrong to waste somebody’s time persecuting them because we want them to be like us rather than be themselves. You are you and i am me, we can never be each other no matter what. Therefore, rather than persecute others for their uniqueness in nature, we have to let them be themselves as long as they do not hurt other’s rights in the process of being themselves.
We all deserve equal treatment and it is highly inexcusable that most of us hide behind religion and misuse God’s word to justify bigotry and persecution. That is fantastic hypocrisy because religion calls for agape love towards others and these include the homos.
The bible says that love is tolerant, kind and forgiving. It is however a shame that most Christians forget that fact and support plus advocate for systems that persecute others for their un Christian choices. Is that the kind of love God expects from Christians in the law of “love your neighbor as you love yourself?” It is certainly not and in a scenario such as this one, a true Christian should respond by loving the homos through tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness plus praying for them, preaching to them and may be pouring holly water on them.
Even Jesus as the pillar of Christianity did not deal with non Christian behavior by arresting those with it or wanting them dead. Unlike most Christians today, he instead loved them by giving them God’s word, told them to live their sinful nature and follow him so they can be saved. He tolerated them by eating and drinking with them because it was them he came for. He did not also arrest them by any law. How then can Christians of today say they follow Jesus when they can not emulate him in such a fashion?
When Jesus was dying on the cross, he forgave those who crucified him to show his followers an example of how they should treat others whose systems are not Godly. It is therefore pretentious and un Christianly for Christians to advocate for and support systems that persecute, arrest and kill others whose conduct is not Christianly. It is truly an irony that they call themselves Christ’s followers yet they can not follow Christ’s example. They are pretenders and copy cuts of the Pharisees in the bible.
We are all sinful by nature. However, God continues to love us all by tolerating and forgiving our sins rather than hating and destroying us the way we want others like the homos destroyed. Why then do most Christians call themselves God’s children when they cannot love, endure and forgive others like the homos in the exact manner God loves, endures and forgives them again and again instead of destroying them also for their sinfulness just as they want the homos destroyed?
God commands Christians to love others as they love themselves and a true Christian has to respect God’s laws because they makeup the constitution of the Christianity faith. God did not put this law plus others in place so that Christians can disobey them. He put them in place to be followed by anybody who says they are a Christian. You can not therefore call yourself a true Christian while you violate the constitution of the Christian faith by wanting others arrested or killed because of their non Christian behavior instead of loving them just like God loves you although you are sinful too.
Many people against homosexuals especially Christians talk of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as a justification to affirm that homosexuality is wrong. What they forget is that the homosexuals in these two places wanted to sodomize everyone whether interested or not. This is seen in the way they forcefully asked Lot for his two male guests to have intercourse with them and even went as far as forcing themselves into Lot’s house for that matter against his consent.
In this context, they deserved punishment not because they were gay but because they wanted to force others into gay intercourse with them against their consent. They also violated people’s privacy by forcing themselves into their homes to force others into gay intercourse with them as seen from Lot’s story. In other words, it was their right to be gay with anybody willing to be gay but not their right to be gay with someone un willing. It was also not their right to forcefully enter somebody’s home to force other uninterested individuals into gay intercourse with them.
Everyone deserves equal rights despite our differences in color, beliefs and sexual orientation. Homosexuals for instance deserve to have their Rights upheld because besides what i have already said, they are also citizens who pay taxes and vote just like any other. We have to co-exist with others despite the differences in between because this world is not one’s plot of land to limit and persecute another simply because that someone does something you and i don’t like moreover in privacy with another willing adult.
we ought to co-exist and tolerate each other despite our differences and that’s surely what religion also means when it tells us to love one another. It is not love toward others when you hate and judge them for not doing or being like you because they will never be you other than be themselves. Judgment should be strictly reserved for God.
No sin is greater than the other, all sin is sin before God. Therefore before you put laws in place to arrest homos and jail them, first put laws in place to punish you and others for fornication, prostitution, corruption and many others. It is however absurd that people especially the so called good Christians magnify other sins that they do not per take as extreme over others that they per take. That is hypocrisy to the maximum and surely God does not appreciate that because all sin is sin before him and no sin is better than the other.
Selfishness is the key reason why we violate others rights because it makes us assume that everything is about us. However, imagine if you went to sleep and had a dream in which you were gay and i started putting in place laws to limit, persecute and arrest you for doing what is within your nature to do and be happy with other willing people, would i strike you as fair? Would you not want your Rights respected like the homos want theirs respected?
“Let any who is without sin be the first to throw a stone” By James Onen, Uganda. Via Facebook.
“Most people are truly not good Christians. They either do not read their bibles or they do not understand them and here is the proof. Let’s ask ourselves this in the story below. Who are those condemning homos acting like? The Pharisees or Jesus? Replace the adulteress in this story with a gay man and you will see that Christians condemning and advocating for persecution against the homos are basically a spitting image of the Pharisees.”
John 7:53-8:11 New International Version (NIV)
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? ”No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
By Edward Musisi
“From the story above. It is clear that people have serious comprehension issues. Yes it is true that Jesus told the adulteress not to sin again. But he did not order her punished by law for it. No one has said you should stop telling the gays to stop sinning. But don’t kill or arrest them. If you can’t grasp this simple point, then you are seriously mentally challenged.”
“Yeah, so just like Jesus did – tell them to leave their ways but don’t arrest them – in just the same way we tell adulterers to change but don’t arrest or kill them. If this distinction is hard for
you to grasp, I’ll have to conclude that you have comprehension issues. You are playing the part of the Pharisees to a ‘T’. Congratulations, come pick your Academy Award.”
In simple terms, any legislation against homosexuality which suggests death or arrest is a profoundly offensive and dangerous attack on the very foundation of individual liberties and human rights. The focus of true Christianity in a case like this should be to teach that the Word of God is about helping all people, gay and non gay to learn that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives, not put guilt or condemnation on them.
It should be to love them enough by taking the word of God to them such that they get saved from the destruction out of their un Godly behavior and follow God. It should be to tolerate them while praying for them than wishing them arrested or killed the same way God tolerates Christians when they sin over and over instead of destroying them.
Finally, It is not the business of any state to throw itself in the private affairs of two consenting adults. Any human act that does not piss on the freedom of others cannot and should not be criminalized. Homosexuality does not harm us as a society and people. It is instead the hypocrisy, venality, and corruption in our societies that are the true cause of our problems.
By Kyamulesire Abaasi