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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

On "Hang Them" African Style

We all know this photo

The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 "top" homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: "Hang Them." Alongside their photos were the men's names and addresses.

In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.

Surely this morning when you woke up you gave thanks to the Gods for having been born in the West. That, under the circumstances, is priceless. Okay, we agree that it is not always a bed of roses here in our neck and there is a lot to be done when it comes to Human Rights.  Need we say more?

Our (relative) freedoms afford us a certain degree of peace of mind for when we walk down the street we will not face a raging crowd bent on stoning us to death... Or newspapers urging their readership to hang us by our expensive necks. Okay, there are some poised and ready to drop us down a shaft into the smoldering fires of hell... We all know....Aren't those the ones that bite the dust first?

Spirit Day in the U.S. - In Memoriam
Oh Gods, let those rolling stones pass us by and protect us from such malignancy. There will come a day, we pray, and words fails us, that all the Children of This Earth, will have no need to read of such unwitlessness in world papers and that in lieu of such pestilence we read of green prairies and little houses with white fences and apple pies and nectar and honey and ice-cream and breathable airs. 

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