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UN condemns Brunei over new law allowing gays to be stoned to death

Hassanal Bolkiah has been the Sultan of Brunei since 1967

Hassanal Bolkiah has been the Sultan of Brunei since 1967

The United Nations has condemned Brunei for adopting a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for same-sex sexual activity.

It has long been a crime in Brunei, but the maximum punishment had been a 10-year prison sentence.

However, Brunei, a predominately Muslim state, has now adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for consenting same-sex sexual activity, adultery, rape, extramarital sexual relations, and for declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

The new penal code will come into effect on 22 April.

“Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, insulting any verses of the Quran and Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, and murder are the other offences for which the death penalty could be applied under the revised code.

Noting that Brunei has maintained an effective moratorium on the use of the death penalty since 1957, OHCHR urged the government to establish a formal moratorium and to work towards abolishing the practice altogether.

“Under international law, stoning people to death constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is thus clearly prohibited,” Mr Colville stated.

He added that the criminalisation and application of the death penalty for consensual relations between adults in private also violates a whole host of rights, including the rights to privacy, equality, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention.

Hassanal Bolkiah has been the Sultan of Brunei, head of government and state, since 1967.

Brunei gained independence from the UK in 1984.

Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of ‘lake of fire’
 
 
 
 
Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of 'lake of fire'
 

PC MLA Ken Lemke (second from left) was among those who attended the official unveiling of the Prairie Christian Academy modernization last November.

An Alberta school funded fully by taxpayers and answerable to a public board requires teachers to abstain from “homosexual relations” and warns students that the unjust risk everlasting torment in the “lake of fire.”

An opposition critic expressed shock Sunday that the Conservative government recently committed to spending $7 million to modernize and expand Prairie Christian Academy (PCA), despite the fact the Three Hills facility displays policies on its website that “fly in the face” of both the province’s human rights legislation and the country’s Constitution.

“Fifteen years after the Supreme Court outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it is unbelievable this is still happening,” Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said.

“I am starting to question what oversight Minister Jeff Johnson and his education department are providing to the system.”

A private religious school founded more than seven decades ago, Prairie Christian Academy joined the Golden Hills School Division in 2003, a decision the school’s website says allowed it to get increased public funding.

While parents still pay nominal fees for religious education, the regular program of study, busing and even lease and utility costs are fully covered by the local board.

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Saudi Arabia police arrest 35 for having a ‘gay party’
35 men allegedly dressed in women’s clothes were entrapped by the religious police and could face a life of blackmail, jail or even death
Saudi Arabia have arrested 35 men for being gay.

Saudi Arabia police have arrested 35 people and accused them of being gay.

The men, allegedly dressed in women’s clothes, were arrested at a beach resort in the western city of Jeddah.

According to local reports, neighbors contacted the religious police complaining of the loud music being played at the party.

The police took the arrested men to the station and kept the dresses and music equipment until an investigation is complete.

LGBTI rights in Saudi Arabia are non-existent. Homosexuality is taboo and punished with jail, flogging, chemical castration or even death.

Trans men and women are considered gay and suffer the same fate.

Entrapment by the religious police does not necessarily lead to prosecution, but often results in life-long financial and/or sexual blackmail.

Ali, a 31 year-old gay law student in Jeddah told Gay Star News: ‘Once the Hay’ah [religious police] have your identity on record for being gay, you are very likely to face financial and even sexual blackmail.

‘If families hear that a member is gay it is not unheard of that they would attempt to kill the person in order to avoid being “shamed”.

‘If word spreads to employer or the wider community, then not only the person is likely to loose his job but become a social pariah.’

Homophobia is a first step toward dictatorship! Putin is a dictator who condemned to death thousands of orphaned children by banning foreign adoptions. Putin is a corrupted thief who invents scapegoats and deflects attention from his crimes. His latest invention is the anti-gay law, so gays in modern Russia feel like jews back in the USSR. Declaring support for Putin means denying the democracy and demanding racial segregation. This is what Putin doing in Russia now in regards to gays and migrant workers from Central Asia.

"On Sunday afternoon, Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North confirmed that Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the nation’s most vocal and vociferous Catholic anti-LGBT voices, must testify about covering up child abuse within the church in Minnesota. Sunday’s ruling, which mirrored his decision early last week, came in response to the Twin Cities archdiocese’s appeal to stay the testimony.

"Firstly, homosexuality is not un-African, but homophobia is. The persecution and criminalization of gay people in Africa can be traced directly to imported religions and colonization.

Secondly, homosexuality is not un-natural, a ‘lifestyle choice’ or ‘curable’.

And thirdly, until the UK, the US, the Catholic and Anglican churches and other foreign influences take responsibility for their part in breeding intolerance and hatred towards LGBTI people in Uganda and Africa, fighting the legacy they have left us with will be so much harder.”

No matter what platitudes Pope Francis offers LGBTQ’s his minions actions speak louder than the Pope’s words.

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“The term love is a very loaded term. I would hope that as a priest, someone charged with teaching morality and what the church considers to be morality, that what he was talking about is the right to love everyone and anyone. I hope he was not talking about love in the sense of sex because again, the church has said very clearly that homosexual acts are against natural law,” Harris said.

The gay Ugandan church seeks to spread an alternative gospel of love and acceptance for all. On this particular Sunday, it is the memorial of David Kato, a gay rights activist who was murdered in 2011. So the numbers are bigger than usual. When the church was started by Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (who has since been thrown out of the Anglican Church for ministering to gay people), the gay community in Uganda attended devotedly. But with arrests and growing anti-gay sentiments, threats to their lives and arrests, fewer and fewer people come to the church.
Angelique Kidjo speaks out against homophobia in Africa
Benin born Grammy winning recording artist Angelique Kidjo has spoken to CNN’s Christiane Amanpore about her dismay about homophobia and religious intolerance across the African continent – saying it wasn’t how she was raised.

‘God becomes a brand – I know that. A lot of people make a lot of money and here you have churches that have billions of dollars and they can care less about the poor people that come to their church – that is another discussion we can have another time.

‘But faith has nothing to do with violence and I refuse to be put in the position where somebody would tell me, “Well, you [have to] hate those people because they are so and so, that religion is this and this.”’

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/afrobeat-star-angelique-kidjo-speaks-out-against-homophobia-africa040214#sthash.fDfyOSSC.dpuf
Epprecht’s book looks at the pre-colonial history of homosexuality in Africa. “Homosexuality [was] well understood in African contexts and, largely speaking, [was] accepted as part of … normal human behaviour,” says Chris Brown, professor of political science and interim director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton. “The deep irony is that if we talk about an influence … the idea of homophobia … originates in the West, and it’s brought to Africa by Christian missionaries.

Sexuality and social justice in the shadow of colonialism | Daily Xtra

'Homophobia is a western import, homosexuality is not.'

"A sign on the door of the close bakery vowed: ‘This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.’"

Maybe if they ‘practiced’ their faith a little harder they would learn to do unto others and not cast the first stone.
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'Don't bow to gay pressure' - Crusaders urge Jamaicans to stand by buggery law

TW: religiosity, fundamentalist hubris

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Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, speaks to the audience during a presentation at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Saturday. - Photo by Gladstone Taylor
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, speaks to the audience during a presentation at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Saturday. - Photo by Gladstone Taylor

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

Peter LaBarbera, president of the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), in the United States of America (US), has encouraged Jamaicans to be grounded in their Christian beliefs and not to be lured by other countries in repealing the buggery law.

"The United States has no business lecturing anybody about sexual morality. America has rampant abortions, rampant promiscuity, and I stand wholeheartedly with Jamaicans and encourage you all to hold to your beliefs, " LaBarbera told The Gleaner.

LaBarbera made the comments Saturday following The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society International Human Rights conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

"We are all watching Jamaica to see what happens (buggery law), and I believe if Jamaica can stand up and not bow to the pressure, you can be an example to the world. There is no need to follow anybody," LaBarbera said.

Christian lobbyist

Similarly, Andrea Williams, a Christian lobbyist in the legal public policy arena in the United Kingdom, told The Gleaner that family values should be prioritised.

"When we begin to make normal something that is contrary to proper family standards, that is social engineering, and we are in serious trouble, " she said.

"What Jamaica needs to understand is that the homosexual activists have an incremental agenda; because this is where its starts, by them asking for rights, and then our society’s morals become redefined," she continued.

Several US states have lifted the stay on gay marriage, including California earlier this year and Illinois in November.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has promised to have the Parliament engage in a conscience vote on whether or not to repeal the buggery act.

Minister with responsibility for information Sandrea Falconer said the debate “will certainly be within this parliamentary year”.

During a leadership debate on the eve of the December 2011 general election, then Opposition Leader Simpson Miller said her administration was committed to the protection of human rights.

Simpson Miller declared that it was time for a review of the buggery law, saying she believed the issue should be put to a conscience vote in the Parliament.

Until Pope Francis reins in his minions, none of the platitudes he professes have any meaning.

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"The Vatican may have instructed the bishops to circulate the questionnaire as “widely as possible” but in America, the bishops have decided it is only possible to send the questionnaire to clergy and a few hand-picked lay leaders. Other countries have decided they have the ability to review feedback from the survey, and include it in their report to the Vatican, but American bishops just can’t find the time."

The results of the referendum means Croatia’s constitution will be changed to ban same-sex marriage.

Catholic-backed conservative groups, including Croatia’s HDZ party, have demanded the constitution be amended to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

'Marriage is the only union enabling procreation,' Croatian Cardinal Josip Bozanic said in his message to the followers, according to ABC News. 'This is the key difference between a marriage and other unions.'

Croatia referendum votes for gay marriage ban | Gay Star News

What the fuck does a (presumably celibate) Cardinal know about procreation, let a lone marriage? The hubris of the holies.

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(via Kenya Christian pastors start gay rights group and fly rainbow flag | Gay Star News)

Christian leaders in Kenya have launched a movement to champion gay rights.
The pastors say some religious people have ‘gone against God’s love by condemning gays’.
And one church has now put a rainbow flag above its door and is inviting LGBTI people to come and experience ‘liberated worship’.
Reverend Michael Kimindu, president of the Kenya chapter of United Coalition of Affirming Africans, vowed his new group of over 50 pastors would fight for gay rights.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kenya-christian-pastors-start-gay-rights-group-and-fly-rainbow-flag041113#sthash.tRy8d1TB.dpuf

(via Kenya Christian pastors start gay rights group and fly rainbow flag | Gay Star News)

Christian leaders in Kenya have launched a movement to champion gay rights.

The pastors say some religious people have ‘gone against God’s love by condemning gays’.

And one church has now put a rainbow flag above its door and is inviting LGBTI people to come and experience ‘liberated worship’.

Reverend Michael Kimindu, president of the Kenya chapter of United Coalition of Affirming Africans, vowed his new group of over 50 pastors would fight for gay rights.

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kenya-christian-pastors-start-gay-rights-group-and-fly-rainbow-flag041113#sthash.tRy8d1TB.dpuf