Questionable Motives

March 4, 2010

How do religious leaders inspire bigotry?

Two ways in particular: promoting fear and loathing to be directed at a select group of individuals based on some unalterable trait, and by not taking a stand against fear and loathing directed at that select group of individuals. In Uganda, religious leaders aided and abetted by American evangelicals and the Vatican, we have both (See my previous posts about this exercise of religious bigotry here, here, and here).

From the BBC, Religion, Politics, and Africa’s Homophobia, comes this latest religious embarrassment:

Since a Ugandan MP proposed the death penalty for some gay people, homophobia has been on the rise in other parts of Africa. Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama’s criticism of the Ugandan proposals led to huge anti-gay rallies in neighbouring Kenya.

Monica Mbaru, from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, describes these crackdowns as a ripple effect from the Uganda situation. She says many African leaders and communities remain hostile to gay people because of pressure from religious leaders.

Our politicians have great respect for religious leaders and are careful not to disagree with them, especially not on homosexuality,” she says.

The Malawian authorities say gay activists should be more open – but say if they do come out into the open they will be arrested because homosexuality is illegal.

There are small pockets of resistance within the religious community – but theirs is a hard fight.

Reverend Michael Kimundu served the Anglican Church in Mtwapa, Kenya, for 30 years. But recently the Church expelled him because leaders found out that he headed a religious organisation called The Other Sheep, which preaches tolerance towards gay people.

“I am a preacher I should be spreading love, not hate – that is why I don’t believe in treating the homosexual community with disdain,” he says. “My Church didn’t want to be associated with such beliefs. Because of my stance I have had many people accuse me and many of the pastors I work with of being gay because we refuse to let this injustice continue.”

So although a few brave people who happen to be religious are willing to stand up to the religious leaders who support the bullying tactics of bigotry, the battle is far from over.

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5 Comments »

  1. Religion is by fact of deed practice and dogma and this is almost impossible to not notice let alone record in history. As well has its present practice.
    Religion is organized discrimination for purposes of social conformity. What makes this so hard to see or a refusal to see is the types of people whom use it this way, That is to say if you are discriminationing and judgmental, fearful of exposure or have submitted to the forces of peer pressure to conform. It becomes hard to admit it.
    Evidence of it being organized discrimination are examples to name a few.
    1.placing a religion above another religion.(that is not a God belief it is a religious belief ever notice how each religion is divided along either racial lines or cultural rejection)
    2.Placing the role of women as a role of submission to the male (sexism) How many males were stoned to death for adultry,this is evidence of many forms of sexual fear.
    3. judgments of sexuality and sexaul practices that that not un-common in the nature of many species. (homosexuality is not only found in the human race and its been in it long before religion came around ,it is eqaully found in other species,bird,dogs,cats,to name a few)
    This is in direct conflict with religions own idea of a creator of it all, and by doing so is in effect placing itself (religion) above and in judgment of the very being its cliams created it.
    This is very highly evident of religion being organized discrimination.
    Bottom line if a person chooses to believe in a God creator then believe it correctly all of it is a part of the earth not just selective parts.
    The only abominations are the ones we create.
    If a person choose to not believe in a God the same truth all of it is a part of it.
    Give the human race credit for what is does right and trys to do. We have always lived in a heaven and continue to create a hell.
    We human have always had the power to change the only requirement is the willingness to see the possiblites.
    The mind is not a hat rack and humans are not and have never been here to submit to anything.
    Our entire history is evident of that.
    All of existance is a learning process ,the more we learn the more we find we are much the same.
    The only evil to exist on this earth and it has been and continues to be responsible for more war, hate child abuse,torture,and illness is bigotry and it will organized around anything that encourges an ignorance and a discrinimation.

    Comment by steve — March 5, 2010 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  2. http://www.myspace.com/trialofbeliefs this is in answer to your question about my link being broken, the link here is the right one . my fault for not correcting it and thnk you for pointing it out to me

    Comment by steve — March 5, 2010 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  3. I would be interested in your oppinion on my blog. mine is no wear near as nicely put together as yours

    Comment by steve — March 5, 2010 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi Steve,

      I don’t know anything about MySpace or Facebook or other social networking sites so I’m going to assume yours is fine. It looks good and is easy to navigate. That’s what it’s all about for the readers and you seem to have done exactly that. Kudos and best of luck to you.

      Comment by tildeb — March 5, 2010 @ 11:52 pm | Reply


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