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Gay fetish: the infinite shelf life of homo-distraction
Katy McKy — Raw Story Columnist
Published: January 30, 2006
The sky isn't falling, but it's fraying.

The ozone, that blanket of O3 between oblivion and us, dissolves when we spray fluorocarbons.

The oceans rise.   Divorce rates also rise, as more and more Americans, especially in the red states, emulate Britney Spear's matrimonial habits.

Burn us off the global body

Then there's more.   According to Sir James Lovelock, the original Gaian guy, the Earth is treating us like a virus, raising the temp to burn us off the global body.

With every factory closing, we become more a nation of consumers and borrowers rather than producers and savers.

And we're borrowing 2 trillion dollars to fund our Iraqi imperialism.

Via that imperialism, we've cultivated a fresh crop of terrorists.

We're running out of oil, but we're running high on gluttony.   And so on.

Gay people are taking over

And what worries the Right?   Brokeback Mountain!   And gay marriage.

As a college class exercise, a friend of mine recently interviewed a classmate.

My friend asked, "What don't you like about America?"

The 18-year old classmate said, "Off the record, gay people are taking over."

Homosexualizing of America

What has taken over is the discussion of gay people.   Whereas I consider the civil rights of gay people to be fundamental to the American dream and a requisite for Constitutional integrity, I consider the Right's ad nauseam appetite for gay-themed diatribes to be a deadly diversion.

Janet Parshall, the talk show host, said on the January 17th edition of Larry King Live, "After all, I think what we're witnessing, Larry, is the homosexualizing of America."

What most recently wadded up Parshall's panties and shoved them so far up her rectum that it'll take a proctologist to remove them is Brokeback Mountain.   It's a semi-mainstream movie and it has Parshall squawking that the sky is falling.

Well, Ms. Parshall, the sky is fraying.   The oceans are rising.   So is the temp.   And what worries you?   Make-believe amour between a couple comely sheepherders?

The hunky horror, the hunky horror.

Homosexuality is sin

Parshall and others assert that homosexuality is sin.   Thus, if one is straight and frames homosexuality as sin, it's the sweetest sin, for it's not one's sin.

This gives homosexuality an infinite shelf life.

It's never grows stale, for whereas it demands change of others, it requires no personal change.   No sacrifice.

So long as one is straight and heterosexuality demarcates purity, one is permanently pure.

Delivering healthcare to all children

Thus, such Right-thinking straight people can use homosexuality as their fetish object for moral masturbation.

It would be merely creepy if it didn't keep the Right from the work of weaning ourselves off oil, decreasing the production of gases that accelerate global warming, equalizing education, delivering healthcare to all children, and so on.

On a personal level, the gay moral fetish distracts from Biblical adherence.

As long as Rush Limbaugh rants about queer folk, he's distracted from returning to his first wife, as the Bible demands.  

As long as Parshall squawks about Brokeback Mountain, she won't have to forsake her family and her fortune, as the Bible also demands.

As oil prices rise, the oceans, and the temperature rise

Perhaps the homophobe should pay gay people for their perpetual diversion.   One pays a cable provider for the television shows that distract us from the work of our time and the deprivations of the future, for as oil prices, the oceans, and the temperature rise and rise, quality of life will fall and fall.

So, shouldn't the homophobes of the Right pay gay folks for distracting them from their patriotic duties and their Christian duties, since those duties are hard and their distraction means that their children and grandchildren will bear the brunt of massive debt and monstrous drought?

Like the 18-year old who believes that what's wrong with America is that "gay people are taking over," when you can hold back your rising worries with a sturdy dyke, life is good.   For now.

Queer people are the divine other

But gay people do more than distract.   They pander to our inveterate desire for an other.   Queer people are the divine other, for homo-bigots believe that they have Biblical clearance to hate.

"Yes, uh, Flight 2002," they imagine God saying, "you have clearance to land on the civil rights of your fellow homosexual citizens.   On final approach, you might run into some Constitutional interference, but tune that out and when you taxi over to the tarmac, we'll, uh, amend that Constitution."

The homo-fetish also serves an ancient purpose.

It's no longer safe to publicly articulate racial hatred.

But there remains a deep desire to define and elevate oneself by what one isn't.

With God's green light, the fundy Right references gays everyday.

However, with only 3 gay references in the Bible, and a hundred times that number of warnings against wealth, the arithmetic suggests that the real work of being a Christian is casting off wealth.

Jesus told one story

Jesus told one story about a man going to Hell.

That man was a rich man, a man who lived on the sweet side of a wall while a poor man suffered on the other.

But walking away from wealth would be Hell on Earth for those that love manna more than their fellow man.

So, thank God for gay folks.


Katie McKy is the author of It All Began With a Bean, which answers a child's true query: "What would happen if everyone in the world passed gas at once?"   Her work can be found regularly on Raw Story.   You can visit her online at www.KatieMcKy.com






 
Monday, 13 March 2006
Being gay, Christian and African
A 32-year-old Kenyan student, angered by a campaign in Cameroon "outing" top personalities for their alleged homosexuality, speaks anonymously to the BBC News website about his struggle to accept his sexuality.
Men holding hands.

Homosexuality is banned in many African countries
Men holding hands.

Homosexuality is banned in many African countries



When I was as young as 10 or 11 years old I realised that I was drawn more to boys rather than girls.

For a good chunk of my post-adolescence years I put it at the back of my head — I switched off that part of my life.

I have really struggled to accept my sexuality because I am Christian.   A few people do now know that I am gay but I've never come out openly.

I told my mother two years ago and more recently my brother and they've accepted it, which is a great relief as there is a great fear when you come out to someone.

I'm hoping to tell the rest of my family this year — Africa being Africa people expect you to be at a certain point in your life when you're settled down and married.


The first time I went to a gay bar in the UK I realised I could be who I wanted to be without any lies

Although there are laws against sodomy in Kenya, there is a secretive gay scene in Nairobi — certain pubs and clubs.

However, because my faith is so pivotal to me, I've chosen to be single and to be celibate.   I can't say I've always been successful — I am a human being, not perfect.

Guilt

For the last two years, I've been studying in the UK and the church in the West is a lot more accepting and has taught me to accept myself for who I am.


African leaders that believe homosexuality is unAfrican are like ostriches sticking their heads in the sand



It has been a sense of liberation, not only with the church.

The first time I went to a gay bar in the UK I realised I could be who I wanted to be without any lies — not having to pretend to pull some bird or something, I was just me.

Even so there is no denying that there is a feeling of guilt, which comes from the fact that you almost feel it's your fault, something that you did that made you gay.

It has been easier to come to terms with being gay in the UK because Nairobi is a much smaller society and people talk — the stigma associated with homosexuality does cut.

I really hate the way people run to the Bible just to justify their biases and fears.   If they knew more about Christianity they would accept homosexuals or anyone else for who they are.

Personally, I wouldn't condone gay marriages because of my beliefs, but I must confess there are times when I really would like to be in a long-term relationship.

Seeking acceptance

As I prepare to go home, I've decide I'd like to come out openly because I would like to tell people that homosexuality is real.
Former president of Kenya Daniel arap Moi

Kenya's ex-President Daniel arap Moi denounced homosexuality
Former president of Kenya Daniel arap Moi

Kenya's ex-President Daniel arap Moi denounced homosexuality



You don't have to embrace it, but acknowledge the fact it's there and that they're Africans — all races, all colours — who are gay.

If I've learnt to accept myself for who I am, other people will just have to learn to deal with their own struggles and their own challenges.

The same goes for African leaders that believe homosexuality is unAfrican.   They are like ostriches sticking their head down in the sand and oblivious to the world around them.

After the outing campaign in Cameroon, I thought there was no way I would see acceptance of homosexuality in Africa in my lifetime.

But I am hopeful: when you look at how things have changed in Africa in the last 50 years, it will happen — it'll just take a long time.

Perhaps these laws banning homosexuality are a government's form of accepting it, but accepting it in the wrong way.



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30 Sep 99 | Africa


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December 23, 2005
Bush's Hypocrisy, Radical Holiness and Woody Guthrie
Gospel Truth
By CHRIS FLOYD
C ountless words of condemnation have been heaped upon George W. Bush and his hard-Right regime — a crescendo growing louder by the day, with voices from across the political spectrum.   But the most devastating repudiation of the Regime's foul ethos was actually delivered almost 2,000 years ago by the man whose birth is celebrated at this season of the year.

We speak, of course, of Jesus of Nazareth, whose Sermon on the Mount, as reported in the Gospels, called for a revolutionary transformation of human nature — a complete overthrow of our natural instincts for greed, aggression, and self-aggrandizement.

This radical vision — erupting in the turbulent backwater of a brutal world empire — is the true miracle of Jesus' life, not the primitive fables about virgin births, magic tricks and corpses rising from the dead.

The vision's living force sears through dogma, casts down the pomp of church and state, and gives the lie to every hypocrite who evokes the name of Jesus in pursuit of earthly power.

Bush professes to believe that Jesus is the son of God, whose words are literally divine commands.

Yet anyone who compares what Jesus really said to Bush's actions in power — the abandonment of the poor, the exaltation of the rich; the dirty insider deals, the culture of corruption, the politics of smear and slander; the perversion of law to countenance murder, torture and predatory war — can readily see that this profession of faith is a monstrous deceit.

But it ain't Jesus

Bush — and his politicized, pseudo-religious "base" — may well believe that some divine being approves of their unbridled greed, aggression and self-aggrandizement; but this mythical godling in their heads has nothing to do with the man from Nazareth who, as Matthew and Luke tell it, went up into a mountain one day and began to preach:
"Blessed be ye poor; for yours is the kingdom of God.   Blessed are ye that hunger now; for ye shall be filled.   Blessed are ye that weep now; for ye shall laugh."

"But woe unto you that are rich!   For ye have received your consolation.   Woe unto you that are full!   For ye shall hunger.   Woe unto you that laugh now!   For ye shall mourn and weep."

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but I say unto you: Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.   And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.   And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.   Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away."

Love your enemies

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy.   But I say unto you: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.

Thus you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.   For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?   Do not even publicans the same?   And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others?   Do not even publicans so?"

For where your treasure is

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.   For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

"No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.   Ye cannot serve God and mammon.   Therefore I say unto you: Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.   Is not life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?"

Judge not

"Judge not, that ye be not judged.   For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

For this is the law and the prophets

"Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets."

And what would happen today if a swarthy Middle Eastern man without wealth or political connections suddenly appeared in front of the White House proclaiming such a radical doctrine of mercy, forgiveness, charity, self-denial and love — love even for the "evildoers" who "want to destroy our way of life"?

Would he be targeted by the lawless spy gangs that Bush has personally loosed upon the nation, as the New York Time revealed last week?

Would he be condemned as a terrorist sympathizer and expelled from the country?

Would he be seized and "rendered" to some secret CIA prison or Bush-friendly foreign torture chamber for "special interrogation"?

If Jesus was to preach here like he preached in Galilee

Or perhaps Woody Guthrie saw the truth years ago, as he sat in a cold boarding house in New York City, transfiguring an old folk song about an outlaw into a gospel for modern times: "If Jesus was to preach here like he preached in Galilee, they would lay Jesus Christ in his grave."




Chris Floyd is a columnist for The Moscow Times and regular contributor to CounterPunch.   A new, upgraded version of his blog, "Empire Burlesque," can be found at www.chris-floyd.com.








 
Monday, 27 February 2006
SA couple look forward to gay wedding
Mpumi (left) and Asanda are keen to get married.
Mpumi (left) and Asanda are keen to get married
Gay marriages are to become legal in South Africa by the end of this year, after a Constitutional Court ruling that the current marriage laws were discriminatory. The BBC News website's Justin Pearce spoke to one young couple who are delighted at the news.

Mpumi Mathabela and Asanda Mjobo are the kind of couple who finish each other's sentences even when they're disagreeing with each other.

"I'd like to be pregnant..." says Asanda.

"... and I'm like: 'Yippee'" Mpumi chimes in.

"But when we're older," Asanda says.   "You can't have a baby in a flat."

"When we have a secure future," agrees Mpumi.   "I wouldn't want a child to be asking for something when I couldn't buy it.   So as soon as we've sorted that out — we'll have one."

Gay and lesbian couples are allowed to adopt in South Africa, but Asanda and Mpumi will instead be looking for a donor father.

Asanda gets a wistful look in her eye: "Such an experience, that cute little thing growing inside you."

Mpumi shudders: "I'm scared of having a child inside me.   I'm glad she made that decision."


If God intended you to be lesbians, then who am I to judge?
Asanda's grandmother

They have been living together for almost two years and have always thought they would get married one day.

"Even if the court ruling had been different we would still have gone ahead with it," Mpumi says.

"Not necessarily in a year, but as soon as we're ready.   Maybe in two years, maybe less."

Asanda works as an office administrator — Mpumi produces the website for Behind the Mask, a group that works for the rights of gays and lesbians in Africa.

Families

In contrast to many other lesbian and gay couples in South Africa, Asanda and Mpumi have enjoyed the support of their own families in their relationship.
Mpumi works on gay and lesbian rights issues throughout Africa
Mpumi works on gay and lesbian rights issues throughout Africa

"My mother calls Asanda 'Mrs Mathabela'," says Mpumi — she in turn said she was treated like one of the family when she visited Asanda's parents' home in the Eastern Cape.

"My family — they love me," Asanda says.   "My gran said when I told her: "If God intended you to be lesbians, then who am I to judge?"   They know I'm living a clean life, not doing any drugs and working hard."

Mpumi had a similar experience: "My mum and dad are very open minded.   Mum always said: 'Stand up for what you believe in'."

Discrimination

Despite laws that are favourable towards lesbians and gay men in South Africa, discrimination remains common in wider society, and black lesbians endure the worst of the abuse.


If They always say we contribute to moral degeneration — they blame that on us, as if the whole beautiful thing of marriage and family values is going to disappear
Mpumi

Earlier in February, a young woman called Zoliswa Nkonyana was murdered by a group of 20 men in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, for being a lesbian.

Asanda and Mpumi recognise that they are luckier than most, and say they would not always advise another lesbian to be as open as they are about their sexuality.

"She must be sure she wants to come out," Asanda says.   "It's not always safe to be an out lesbian."

"You need introspection," Mpumi says.   "You need to face your fears."

Harassment

Mpumi recalls harassment when she was a student in Durban:  "Guys at the Technikon always said we take their women — like all these women who they don't know belonged to them, or women are some kind of prize."

Asanda tells of the time when she, her former partner and some female friends were out at a cafe one night — a group of men kept calling to them, followed them out when they left, and beat up some of their friends.

The couple enjoy the support of their families
The couple enjoy the support of their families

"They were jealous because we were with beautiful girls who didn't give them any attention.   We don't do public places a lot — we prefer to chill at a friend's house or go to safer places and get a cab home."

In their neighbourhood, people either accept or ignore them.

"One time the painter who was painting the flats came in while I was watching TV," says Mpumi.   "He asked if I had a boyfriend, and I said: 'No, a girlfriend'.

"He looked at me — there was that blank look for a second, and then it was: 'I didn't hear you say a word'."

Love

"This gay marriage is something they don't want to hear about," says Asanda.   "As if all heterosexual marriages are working OK, and as if when they legalise gay marriage everyone will become gay."

"They always say we contribute to moral degeneration," Mpumi adds.

"They blame it on us — as if the whole beautiful thing of marriage and family values is going to disappear.   But family values have already disappeared and we have nothing to do with it.   I want to ask one of them what's so perfect about their hetero world the way it is now?"

"Fathers are raping children," Asanda says.

"Brothers rape sisters."

"And we just love one another, but it's a problem for them."



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