Say a man is a homosexual like me. Then, because of religious conviction, he or she becomes a gay basher, like Ssempa and Bahati et al. Now, supposing I find out that this guy is a homosexual, and, me being me, in my outrage at that person’s gay bashing, I ‘out’ that person…
The scenario is not uncommon. The most rabid gay bashers turn out to be gay.- having gay sex on the side, or ‘struggling with same-sex-attraction’ (the politically correct term), etc, etc. I am talking about the Ted Haggard and Larry Craigs of this world. And many others. So, should we, or should we not ‘out’ them?
A question of philosophy, for many. Here are two articles on the same case, a gay bashing Christian pastor who was found to be attending a ‘gay therapy’ self help group and here too. What may be most interesting are the comments, as different people weigh in. Should it, or shouldn’t it be done?
In the hypothetical case of Ssempa or Bahati being found in a compromising position, I am afraid the world I live in is a harsh reality. I would have no compaction exposing his hypocrisy, in the same way that I have exposed the lies that Ssempa tells in the name of his god.
Scandinavian countries, in truth, have a huge history of tolerance. Its just ‘not cool’ to be intolerant. And, so what if one is gay, or another loves cross-dressing? So what if the Prime Minister is openly gay and marries her long term partner?
Beyond cool, that is MY reaction. But, many don’t think so. But, the Prime Minister of Iceland did take the step and tied the note. Yes, she did. And, know who is incensed at that little detail and cant help commenting? Why, someone in
. Here is the quote. Uganda
Ugandans were shocked to hear of Sigurdardottir's marriage to her partner with whom she had been in a registered relationship since 2002. The partnership was converted into a marriage on Sunday, when a new law legalizing same-sex marriage went into force.
"Their society is finished, they have no morals," said
's ruling-party spokeswoman, Mary Karooro Okurutu, described the marriage as "disgusting." Uganda
The East African nation frowns on homosexuality and is considering proposed legislation that would impose the death penalty for some gays. The bill has sparked protests in
London, New Yorkand . Washington
My reaction is bemusement at the 'Ugandan' reaction. I have gotten way past the thinking that the world thinks like I do, or that it MUST think like I do. I don’t have to force my world into squares or circles. That leads to madness. And, I don’t have to condemn another person because I believe in my morality above their morality.
Sigh..., Ugandans will always be asked for their point of view with regards to homosexuality. Wonder why the reporters didn’t ask dear Pastor Ssempa? I am just curious about the wordage that he would have used, the sentiments that he would express is beyond doubt condemnation.
And, check out some of the contrasting points of view relative to gay issues and gay nuptials.
Europe, the situation varies.
Several top-level politicians are openly gay, including
's Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, considered a possible contender for the 2012 presidential elections. Sweden
But a gay head of government would be impossible in strong Catholic nations.
"We will never see a gay prime minister in
. The power of the Catholic Church is too strong," said Giuseppina Massallo, 60, from Italy Sicilywho lives in . "We have institutions that make us believe that ... being homosexual is simply not the right thing to do." Rome
The 32-year-old Federley occasionally swaps his parliamentary suit and tie for heavy makeup and revealing dresses as drag queen Ursula. Federley has been openly gay for nine years and his sexual identity has never been an issue in politics.
His cross-dressing only hit the headlines when critics in February questioned which Federley accepted an alleged media junket to the
Canary Islands: Fredrik the lawmaker or Ursula the drag queen?
Gays in politics would be inconceivable in Africa, where 37 countries have anti-gay laws and where
's leader Robert Mugabe has described same-sex partners as "lower than dogs and pigs." Zimbabwe
Know what my gay agenda is?
No. It is not defined by those who think me less than human.
It is simply to be taken as human as my straight neighbour. Equality. That will suffice.