You don’t have the right to hate, stop homophobia in Africa!!!

 

     My human rights day digression

 Doing a bit of research on the situation of homosexuality in Africa , I came across some shocking data: it’s illegal in many countries to have a relationships  with someone from the same sex. Yes it is considered as a crime & severely punished in several african countries . I couldn’t believe it, especially when rapists are hardly punished in many of these same countries. People view that intolerance towards the LGBTI community as a way of respecting their religious beliefs whether Muslims or Christians. Who are you to judge your fellow human brother or sister because of his/her sexual orientation? Why do the same people who willfully practice adultery or fornication – sex out of wedlock- are eager to point a finger towards those whose only crime is to love differently. I have read several interesting articles on homosexuality in Africa,  & it will enlighten you a lot on that issue.

 The extreme reactions of President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia who threatened to behead gays in the Gambia as well as sack any homosexual serving in the army really shocked me. Wasn’t that a way of feeding some violent behavior towards these communities? From my understanding the Presidents’ primary motivation was to condone the sex tourism raging in the country which involves pedophiles which are different from homosexuals. But he went too far with his death threats. And I do condone the fact that beaches of Zanzibar , Mombasa or Banjul are favored by westerners for sexual tourism. But where are the laws banning such behaviors?  I haven’t heard any African Head of State stand firmly against that kind of abuses.The reaction of the Tanzanian doctor who  clearly stated that Aids was the result of an “un African lifestysle” blaming clearly homosexuals for the spreading of it & the recent developpement in Uganda have reactivated the debate on the radicalization towards homosexual community on our continent . Even to be homofriendly could be considered as a crime in Uganda.By the way , in recent studies it has been proved that heterosexual married are the most infected these last years in Africa  & guess who is bringing Aids home? Mr Homophobic for sure. Given all the issues we are facing in Africa, such as access to decent medical treatment, water & electricity as well as education, I don’t really see the relevance of legislating against basic human freedom of Loving who you want.

 I do respect your right to disagree or dislike the lifestyle of people who love differently from you but I don’t think it is being a good Muslim or a good Christian to openly support hateful behavior. How does that affect your life? You are just consumed with the fear of difference the same way KKK feared black people & the Nazi started exterminating all those who didn’t fit in their genetics development plans. Remember? Concentration camps were also holiday camps for black people & homosexuals . Just in case you forgot. I am a Muslim but i don’t take the right to judge my fellow people in God’s name. I can hear you thinking aloud  » Abomination » & honestly do you have the spiritual license to qualify what is a sin & what isn’t sinful? Human rights day you said. How many African human right activists are homophobic? You fight for the dignity of all human beings , even those who chose to love people from the same sex. Isn’t it? My cousin L. reacted saying «children should be spared by such people ». To be a homosexual is rarely conscious choice. Believe me! it’s not a disease nor a sickness. You just love differently. But the love is just the same. I just hate the sentence  » it’s not normal ». Is it the norm for a man to have kids & not take care of them? Is it normal for a woman to have a child from another man while married? Is it normal for an 8 year old to work instead of going to school? Does anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone should be labeled abnormal? You tell me! Our fight should be against all discriminations & not just the classic & easy Black against white. We Africans can be so hypocrites. None of those who stand against homosexuality stand against rapes. How many African lesbians have been raped to be given a lesson a contracted STD’s? Is that a normal reaction? We claim with no prior anthropological knowledge that Homosexuality is anti- African. Please, do your research before becoming a hate preacher. And bear in mind that I am not forcing you to accept anything, but at least don’t stigmatize or hate others just because they live differently from you. Would you stop loving your brother or sister or even your child if they made that choice of life? My conclusion is borrowed to my friend Raymond who simply said  » Live & let live ». So mind your own business, let’s concentrate on electricity & water shorter among other problems & give a break to people in love regardless of their sex.

© Naboulove.

7 réflexions sur “ You don’t have the right to hate, stop homophobia in Africa!!! ”

  1. « We in afica are the last frontier in so many domain to the occidental way of life ,and regarding so many ideas you believe that aswelll !! »

    @Cousin L, in view of your above statement, I am surprised that you go on to state that homosexuality is wrong, because the Bible and the Quoran say so. Now tell me, what is African about the Bible? What is African about the Quoran? When you have provided satisfactory answers to these two questions then I can begin to listen to what you have to say.

    However, I cannot finish this comment without stating that there is nothing in what you have said that represents the traditional African way of thinking. Your intolerance was introduced into Africa by the European colonialists. It was the Europeans who came and taught us Africans that homosexuality is wrong.

    Many of us Africans are now so confused. You are claiming to be against homosexuality, which you say is a Western (occidental) import, but at the same time, you’re using the same Western arguments, which the Westerners themselves have discarded. It is ridiculous when an African Bishop announces that homosexuality is un-African because there is nothing African about his bishop’s robes or anything that he represents as a Bishop. Let us leave our colonial legacy behind and move forward, even as the rest of the world is doing.

    1. My dear new friend, thanks a million, your blog is fantastic, & I agree 100% to all you said above, we are the worst copycats of the world.One love.

  2. To my lovely NABOU !!!

    Nabou babe, if there is someone I know who can defend an idea ,even,what I believe is undefendable it is you !!!

    I just wanted to add a couple of point to your nice essay !
    You see ,I believe that unless a person has commited a serious crime towards you and your family and may be to a lesser extent to your livelyhood ,it is not worth  » HATING THEM » !!!
    Now,these elements go much further for many people ,they have this very unclassy feeling towards some people because of their race ,age ,religions and for many other senseless causes.

    Are they right or wrong ?
    It is how they feel sometimes due to ignorance ,or due to their education or simply because of their fear .

    The idea in this debate is to educate people to the point where ,the people who hate HOMOSEXUALS ,through better education of the reason which has brought them to be that way .

    Now there is a saying which states that :
     » Old habit die hard »
    How do you want to change something that has been happening for as long as men have had the luck to say this is right and this is wrong ?
    Now it is a fact that for as long as I can remember homosexuality was hidden as a seriously dark secret !

    Now,with this great idea of human rights some anarchist have managed to spin the whole thing !
    I am sorry Love but it is not about being anormal !
    It is about doing something wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    « WRONG » Because the BIBLE and the QURAN call it that way !
    Are we all more intelligent than the billions of peoples who rely on these holy book to help and guide them through their short stay on earth !!!

    Homosexuality in the Bible

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. — Lev.20:13

    Homosexuality in the Quran

    And Lot! (Remember) when he said unto his folk: Lo! ye commit lewdness such as no creature did before you. For come ye not in unto males?–29:28-29

    1. Homosexual acts are condemned as unnatural. (Will ye commit abomination such as no creature ever did before you?) 7:80-81

    2. Male homosexual activities are condemned as unnatural. 26:165-6

    3. Male homosexuals commit abominations and act senselessly. 27:54-55

    4. Male homosexuals acts are condemned as unnatural. 29:28-29

    As a god fearing woman ,I can not think that you wil disagree with this !!!(you are ,I know you well enough to know that you definetely are one !)

    To spin it,in an other manner You wrote:
    « Is it the norm for a man to have kids & not take care of them? Is it normal for a woman to have a child from another man while married? Is it normal for an 8 year old to work instead of going to school? »

    One more time I beg to differ, all these situations ,which are ,each more pathetic than the other,are each of them a sin !
    But certainly not to the same extent as stealing or killing !
    I do not recall anywhere in the bible or anywhere else where STEALING has been called an abomination !!
    « THOU SHALL NOT STEAL, »
    « THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT FORNICATION  »
    If it is written and not called abomination or unnatural, it is because on this earth the lord or ALLAH knows that at some point he could ask you to do so ,for the beter of mankind !
    My point here is ,for what ever sin which exist ,there can certanly be an excuse,but IN FINE it will still be a sin !!
    And you can not stop people judging according to their belief education,moral or ethical standpoint ,which one is HEINOUS or not !!!!
    And you definetely can not convince some african countries to believe that accepting or encouraging such deviant behaviour is normal !
    We in afica are the last frontier in so many domain to the occidental way of life ,and regarding so many ideas you believe that aswelll !!
    Why this turn around on such a contentious issue?
    I really do not understand you on this one !!
    Anyway, I think most people would not mind if people whom where engaging in such deviant attitude were keeping it to themselves !!!!
    HOMOSEXUALS have always been there ,but the problem now is this « coming out « business !!
    They should keep on doing their staff behind close doors , and well hidden !!!!
    NOBODY sins and goes out openly saying :
    You people should love me because I committed adultery !!
    If that was cool ,TIGER WOODS would not be in the situation he is in now!!

    To conclude sister ,I think that you should be glad that the western society ills, cannot ,should not and I hope will not corrupt us all !!!
    We have to defend our Identity (not like that Eric BESSON in france) our culture and belief and you ought to be at the forefront of the battle lines !!!!

    JOKE:
    And I beg If you are about to take a wife ,send me S & A so as not to traumatize them (lol)

    HUGE KISSSSEESSS & I honestly miss you !!
    ££O

    1. LLO darling as much as I love you , i disagree with you, but still miss you too, thanks for bringing in the fundamentalist vision!! Tolerance is what you need to practice. Bizu.

      1. Hey Babe !!

        The fundamentalist vision !!!???

        Isn’t a mean manner, of calling my views !!

        If I was a fundamentalist I would be calling for gays to be killed or imprisonned ,don’t you think so ?
        I feel like ,I am misunderstood !!
        You could say that it is the way they(homosexuals) feel as well ,but I have only 2 questions :

        *******Should we accept everything in the name of love ?
        (Then see if you could apply it to all the situation where Love has been the main reason why the SINS has committed ?)

        ******To which extent should morals govern our lives nowadays ,in this great century of liberty and human rights ?

        I am sorry ,If I shocked anyone ,that was not my intention !
        In this world of political correctness the truth has to thread on very thin lines !!I never tought I could be called untolerant and a fondamentalist because of my views on a certain subject !

        Anyway a friend of mine ,who read a study on :

        « Are blacks exceptionally homophobic? »

        There is the link:
        http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2008/10/are_blacks_exceptionally_homop.php

        said :

        « Tolerance for homosexuals is part of the white-liberal-guilt complex which causes such people to always root for the underdog.

        Black people don’t feel any racial guilt !!

        May be then ,it is because I am black ,not because I am African that I think that way !!!

        KISSSES

        ££O

  3. I totally agree with you Nabou. People are too quick to judge. It is the most natural thing in the world when two people love each other to be physical. When this love is between two people of the same sex, who are we to make it wrong. It is not for anyone to judge. What about heterosexual couples that engage in anal sex? Don’t make someone or something wrong just because it differs from what you believe or what you do.
    Ask yourself the question – what am I afraid of or what am I afraid of becoming? Some people simply judge homosexuality because it scares them in themselves. Homosexuality doesn’t hurt anyone, pedophiles and rapists do !

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