Malawi gay couple faces harsh jail sentence for getting engaged

I’m still amazed any rational, intelligent person can doubt as to whether or not religion still causes all sorts of harm in this world. I think the problem is few people actually bother to find out what is going on in parts of the world where religious fundamentalism is still prominent. There are countries around the world where the toxic effects of religion are being felt by innocent men and women. The latest story of misery and dread comes from Malawi, where two men were arrested after they took part in an engagement ceremony.

For their crime of loving one another, they face about a decade of hard labor, and considering they refuse to appologize or back down, they’ll probably end up serving the full sentence. Why are they taking a stand? Because the plight of other gays is at stake, and when countries like Uganda try and pass “kill the gays” legislation, there are some with the moral fortitude to put the wellbeing of others ahead of their own:

Gay sex is still illegal in 37 countries in Africa. A recent poll by the Pew Research Centre found that 98% of people in Cameroon, Kenya and Zambia disapprove of homosexuality. But encouraged by legal advances in South Africa, a new wave of activist movements are making a stand and pushing the boundaries in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and other countries in ways unthinkable a generation ago. Gay and lesbian lifestyles are also much more visible.

This assertiveness is apparently being met by a ferocious backlash from religious fundamentalists and politicians determined to preserve the status quo. It has been described as a proxy war between US liberals and Christian evangelicals, both of which pour in funding and support to further their cause.

As far as religious fundies are concerned, homosexuality is an abomination, and no amount of broken lives (or in some cases, deaths) will stop them from continuing to advocate their seething hatred of gays. As far as they are concerned, their invisible sky-daddy has commanded same sex attractions are morally wrong. It doesn’t matter if someone is born that way; why would they worry about something as inconvenient as reality interfering with their beliefs? It’s never been a problem before…

(props to the Freethinker for the find)

Comments (7)

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    Gauldar

    @Isaac

    One way discrimination like that is very Far-Reich Christian thinking. Is that the impression you want to give of yourself?

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    alastair

    that is just sooo utterly depressing. Somewhere away from the comfort of my little island of new zealand ppeople are seris a tlot of work to be done. I wouldnt say “fuck africa” i would say they are supressed by complex issues that are stifling huge potential. All humans are valuable

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    alastair

    my last post is munted! wow. Replace it with this:

    that is just sooo utterly depressing. Somewhere away from the comfort of my little island of new zealand people are being jailed for being gay, this shows there is a lot of work to be done throughtout the world. I wouldnt say “fuck africa” i would say they are supressed by complex issues that are stifling huge potential. All humans are valuable

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    Lee(f)

    Those poor guys will either do really well… or really bad in jail. I don’t imagine the prisons there are quite what they are here.

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    Lee(f)

    Ha ha, I just read ‘invisible sky-daddy’, good one!

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    Light1

    To the individual talking to us about “jesus saves” —-God’s existence is logical. But MYTHology in the bible is fiction & parables written by MEN. It is their OPINIONS thousands of years ago of what God would say regarding animal sacrifice & plague & other such chaos around them. God is impossible to even be parially understood in a human mind…Population is 6 billion & shall hit 9 BILLION by 2050. Totally unsustainable & 100% a recipe for WWIII….. Gays have their place in the scheme of things per GOD’S PLAN. in terms of population control (obviously we don’t contribute to population) & as we begin to adopt some of the 180 million starving orphans worldwide, God will be happy with that…  Do not reply about Leviticus- nonsense written by MEN. The bible also approves of horrors like slavery in several passages. Look Abraham’s polygamy etc. ( if God had decided to intervene in the world, he would’ve picked the PUREST person in the world to speak to “Father of Judism/Christianity/Islam”. Abraham doesn’t even fit…. Biblical belief is that Earth is 6,000yo & dinosaurs didn’t walk around MILLIONS of years ago & that Adam & Eve existed- how could Chinese & Native ppl came into existence? Magic? Evolution is the only LOGICAL answer. Science will smash down existing religions within the next 100 years. Look at scientific accomplishments in the past 100 years. There shall be a new religion that mix FAITH & SCIENCE: (Loving God/prayers to God yet celebrating Science &MODERNITY; instead of being Anti-Science which is exactly what fundamentalists currently do).. ALL fundamentalists in ALL religions will be weeping as science errodes the old MYHTHOLOIGIES. But then they will realize it’s beautiful to pray&love God. but the endless debates&wars over whose relgion is the “1 and only” will be obsolete & the world will be more peaceful & loving <3 (-:

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