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Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in International, Politics, Religion, Society | 8 comments

Kenya Saves Gays by Arresting Them; FRC and AFA Say Lock Up Gays in the USA


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.