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Burundi Makes Homosexuality A Crime!

The parliament of Burundi in a quick move passed a law making homosexuality a crime and said same-sex acts could result in prison terms between three months to two years. It is expected the Senate will agree to this action and the bill will be signed into law by President Nkurunziza as early as tomorrow. The action of the government of Burundi is in accord with similar laws being passed in the east African region. It is estimated two-thirds of African nations have laws making homosexuality a crime. In recent years, other nations such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Uganda have threatened to strengthen laws against gays and lesbians.

The laws are not being pushed by any groups within these nations but appears to emanate from members of the government who are reacting against drives for gay and lesbian rights. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission(IGLHRC) argues “imprisoning people simply because of who they love offends every principle of human rights.” Paula Entelbrick, who represents the group, says anti-homosexuality laws arise less from people engaging in homosexual love and more from the emergence of gay and lesbian activist groups.

The only result of such laws is to drive people underground and to increase the probability of the spread of HIV.

Fight For Gay Rights In Anglican Church Goes On

The Reverend Richard Kirker of the Anglican Church in England has been waging a fight for many decades to recognize the rights of gays and lesbians, but has decided to retire and allow others to continue the struggle for equal rights for fellow Christians. He has endeavored to promote torance and respect for gays and lesbians while directing the Gay and Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. The Anglican Church has been torn apart by the fanatic anti-gay stance of Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria who has become a world wide leader in the movement to suppress any gay rights in the church. Even Rowan Williams, the Archlbishop of Canterbury, has come out against the ordination by American Episcopalians of a gay bishop.

Anyone who engaged in such ongoing struggles for human rights is bound to become weary and a bit pessimistic as the forces of intolerance marshall their forces in pursuit of hatred. A fatigued Kirker noted: “The situation is appalling. Life for gay priests is immeasureably worse than when I s tarted doing this job because of the obsessive scrutiny of those who hate us.” We suspect he underestimates the success that has been achieved over the past twenty years in pursuit of gay and lesbian rights. At least now, there are gay bishops and the Anglican Church is finally confronting the issue. Silence m ay be golden and peaceful, but it never results in action.