Joe.My.God quotes Kenya’s newspaper The Daily Nation*:

Police on Friday rescued three men accused of being gays in Mtwapa town in Kilifi district from hundreds of angry youth baying for their blood. Subsequently, a same-sex marriage that was planned to take place in the coastal town failed to take off as two men who announced the wedding went into hiding. Police were forced to intervene to save the three men who residents had accused of being “notorious gays” who were behind the spread of the practice in the town. Two men suspected of being a couple by residents were flushed out of their apartment within the town and police found wedding rings on their fingers. Police also dramatically rescued a another man and managed to rush him to Mtwapa police post.

The NYTimesreport:

Kenyan police officers broke up a gay wedding on Friday and arrested several wedding guests, saying they had to intervene before an irate mob could stone the wedding party to death… “It’s culture, just culture,” said a Kenyan police spokesman, Eric Kiraithe, when asked to explain the intense feelings about homosexuality. “It’s what you are taught when you are young and what you hear in church. Homosexuality is unnatural. It’s wrong.”

Mr. Kiraithe said the planned wedding between two men had been kept a secret, but that a group of local people found out just before it was to start in Kikambala, a beach town along Kenya’s white-sand coast. A mob quickly formed, and some outraged bystanders even shouted that the people at the wedding should be burned.

And in Uganda:

[Homosexuality] has become front-page news after a lawmaker with the ruling party proposed executing gay people. Most people in Uganda support criminalizing homosexuality, and an anti-gay bill is being debated by the Cabinet. But in recent interviews, many people said they thought imposing the death penalty was going too far.

The anti-gay bill has catalyzed a firestorm of criticism, with many of Uganda’s foreign aid donors voicing concern and some even threatening to cut off much-needed help. In recent weeks, the Ugandan government has indicated it might water down the bill or scrap it all together. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s powerful president, who has been in office for 24 years, recently expressed apprehensions about the bill because it was becoming a “foreign policy issue.”

More on the Uganda bill here and here. Meanwhile, right here in the good ol’ US of A. the Family Research Council and the American Family Association doesn’t want to kill ’em, just jail ’em:

Focus on the Family, sponsor of the Tim Tebow ad at the Super Bowl, isn’t the only conservative evangelical group riling its critics right now.

Some folks are worried about President Obama munching toast at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast with friends of Ugandan homophobe David Bahati. But while the prayer event held the headlines, leaders of the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, made news, too.

They wouldn’t go as far as Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill pushed by Bahati. They would just outlaw homosexuality, like shooting up illegal drugs, here in the USA, according to Tobin Grant’s weekly roundup of the latest from Christian activist groups, for Christianity Today.

Via AMERICAblog Gay. Clickthrough to Christianity Today:

“It’s a simple matter of common sense, sound public policy, and a concern for public health. … Whatever we think we should do to curtail injection drug use are the same sorts of things we should pursue to curtail homosexual conduct,” said Fischer, AFA’s director of issue analysis.

And remember, here’s video of Peter Spriggs from the Family Research Council calling for gay criminalization on MSNBC’s Hardball.

* The story no longer appears on the Daily Nation site as quoted and there is no cache available via Google. The revised story is here. Image above from their photo gallery.

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  • shannonlee

    American Taliban.

  • Some stories are just too depressing. *thinks of impending 3-day weekend*

    • gcotharn

      I was cut off – by TMV’s normal shutting down of comments on aged posts – in our last conversation. Then my town experienced record snowfall in a single day, and my internet connection was crashed by snow. Then internet was restored, and I noticed you here, and thence completed my comments and published them on my blog where you could see them, if you wish: link.

      Had been thinking, during the interim, about how you could believe conservatives are across-the-board ignorant and hate filled re this issue. I suspect three possibilities:

      – you are being indistinct about, and are flip-flopping, the definition of “ignorant”
      – you cannot fathom good faith disagreement about “rights”
      – you cannot fathom good faith desire to deny gay people

      In hope of enlightenment, I address each of these.

  • ProfElwood

    The Christianity Today article was pretty balanced overall, and quoted both sides of the controversy, including a response to Spriggs:

    Brian McLaren responded directly to Sprigg’s comments. “Even if you agree with the Family Research Council …. there’s another slippery slope that’s equally easy to slide down, and that’s the slide into the kind of Pharisaical religiosity that attempts to make people behave ‘morally’ through the threat of exclusion, intimidation, and legislation,”

  • DLS

    “attempts to make people behave ‘morally’ through the threat of exclusion, intimidation, and legislation”

    We don’t need that And that (a typical lefty critique of what social conservatives are portrayed to want) is mild compared to the real-world historical analogue of what that kind of stuff makes people think of when they have a tendency to overreact and they’re used to harrassment and worse. My friend in DC spends a lot of time active with the GBLT community and she cried when she told me of the reaction gays in DC had after the 1994 elections. They feared it would become like 1930s Germany.

    So, Father Time, don’t be so quick to grease the slippery slope, wherever it may be pointed.

  • archangel

    Many ancient tribes recognized gay people and certainly did not kill them, including African tribal people. Depends very much nowadays on esp religious influences. Among the ancient tribes however, when a boy heterosexual or no, sat around, was lazy, had nothing to contribute, his very existence would be in jeopardy… as what is valued is strength, leadership and work, including amongst the elders. Girls too.

  • DaMav

    I very am strongly opposed to any effort to round up and/or imprison homosexuals in the United States (or anywhere else). The very idea is offensive to me.But I can’t help but note the sudden lack of enthusiasm for embracing the glorious pastiche of multicultural diversity with regard to certain African cultures. Where are the anguished cries of ‘cultural imperialism’, or even ‘racism’ that usually emanate from the left when cultural practices in another country are treated as inferior to ours?

  • DLS

    “lack of enthusiasm for embracing the glorious pastiche of multicultural diversity”

    “Where are the anguished cries of ‘cultural imperialism'”

    Amusingly, it’s the same place they have gone when considering industrial development (conventional “carbon-based” development, in the contemporary lingo) as with “food security” or famine or population “explosion” concerns in past years. (Not limited to automobiles or McDonald’s.)