There has been a lot of talk lately about Uganda and their laws which
criminalize homosexual behavior. This is not a position that I
understand or support. And as I have been in touch over the course of the
last month with numerous church officials in Uganda I have shared my thoughts
on that–some agree with me and others do not. Thinking about Uganda and
talking with people there about this caused me to wonder what the laws are like
in other deeply religious countries. My friend Randy Thomas did a quick
search and found the following:
One LGBT Person Killed Every Two Days in Brazil
Videos Reveal Ongoing Death Campaign Against Iraqi Gays Iraqi Gay Men Face
Lives of Hell
Iraqi Militia Killing Gay Men with Painful Anal Glue Torture
A life or
death decision – Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran.
sanctuary in Britain after his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality. So why
is Britain so determined to send him back to Tehran – to almost certain
So, while some
others are only talking about Uganda—probably because they want to
link it to Exodus–I was grateful that www.Towleroad.com was covering a
multitude of stories on the atrocities being carried out against gay or
perceived-to-be-gay people around the world.
So what's the answer in these countries? I don't know. Sadly, there seems to be no good way to respond because coming at this from a Christian viewpoint in Muslim countries is pointless. And while others jump on the bandwagon of the United Nations and government sanctions I cannot support going in to a country and forcing them to deal with this issue as the gay activist community would suggest.
Like what is needed with the issue of bullying in the public school, can't a broad coalition of non-like-minded people band together and say, despite our agenda (and we all have one), "violence against people who are different from what is considered normal is wrong and must end." No religious or social cause is promoted, just love and respect for our fellow man.
Is that possible in today's agenda driven society? I'm interested. I really am.