RUSSIA’S “traditional values” exclude human rights for lesbians and gays. This was made clear again yesterday when the Russian Parliament backed a draft law banning “homosexual propaganda”.
United Russia Party’s deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber:
We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah. Russia is a thousands-years-old country founded on its own traditional values – the protection of which is dearer to me than even oil and gas.
LEADING Nigerian newspaper, the Guardian, today carries a letter from the UK gay charity, The Pink Triangle Trust, regarding the country’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
Under the heading, Promoting citizens’ universal human rights, the letter reads:
The international community and human rights activists are urging Nigeria to reconsider the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage. But Senate President, David Mark has maintained that the bill would be passed.
A MOSQUE in East London has earned itself a lot of brownie points over the last few days following a statement it issued condemning attempts to impose sharia (Islamic law) on random individuals walking through “a Muslim area” in east London.
Comments below various reports of the activities of a vigilante group calling itself the “Muslim patrol” commended the East London Mosque (ELM) for taking a stand against the fanatics who first targeted ads depicting “naked women” then began harassing people they assumed were gay. Videos of the “Muslim Patrol’s” bullying tactics were posted on YouTube.
REGARDED by millions in America as a hate group, Focus on the Family, which devotes much of its time and resources to demonising LGBT people, slowly seems to shifting its position.
After admitting in 2011 that it was way out of step with public opinion, and had effectively lost the war on same sex marriage, FOTF President Jim Daly said this week that:
Homosexuality is not a super sin.
THE folk who run the Kill The Bill Uganda blog are appealing to people to mount a protest against the Oxford Union, which has invited one of the world’s leading gay hate-mongers – US evangelical pastor Scott Lively – to join a debate on gay rights on January 17. Lively, a pastor in Massachusetts, stands accused of “crimes against humanity” for his homophobic activities in Uganda.
TWO reports this week indicate that Christians and Muslims are increasingly aligning themselves over the issue of same-sex unions.
In Nigeria, Senate President David Mark told the Catholic faithful and guests at a recent civic reception in honour of Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan in Abuja that a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage would definitely be passed.
FOLLOWING reports that UK pastor Paul Shinners had attended a Christian rally in Uganda, which was was used, according to this account, to urged the Parliament to speed up its planned anti-homosexuality bill, Shinners, owner of the Cornerstone cafe in St Neots, Camb., issued the following statement, which appeared today on his Passion for Souls Ministries site:
GAY but CELIBATE men in civil partnerships have become acceptable to the Church of England, but they must abide by a rigid set of guidelines.
According to the Independent today:
• Gay Bishops and their partners are allowed to hold hands on the sofa when watching Downton Abbey but snuggling on the sofa is forbidden.
• When greeting their partner, gay Bishops may only kiss them once on the cheek. To kiss them twice on the cheek is too European and therefore too gay.
FOLLOWING the revelation in the Freethinker yesterday that a Christian coffee shop in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, serves as a base for anti-gay activity – specifically in regard to Uganda’s notorious “Kill the Gays” bill – reaction to the news has been swift.
George Broadhead, of the UK gay charity, the Pink Triangle Trust, said he was appalled that Cornerstone, ostensibly a social organisation for Christians in the UK which claims to have been established “to love the Father, love one another, love our neighbour, and even to love our enemy” should be a hub of hatred towards gay people.
IN the bad old days when homosexuality was regarded as an “illness”, health professionals, mainly in the first half of the twentieth century, often resorted to behavioural aversion therapy with electric shocks to affect a “cure”. These, and other “gay cure” treatments rarely worked and were subsequently abandoned because of the harm they did.