Nairobi (AFP) – Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, has told worshippers at a church service in Nairobi that homosexuality had no place in the east African nation. This is in direct contrast to Jesus who never made a homophobic comment, in fact, he never made comments against gays. When he spoke of immoral acts, like the apostle Paul, he was referring to temple prostitution to gods and goddesses. Leviticus 14, which is quoted by many right-wing fundamentalists and homophobes prohibits a man sleeping with a man, but there are about 100 abominations. Is Ruto practising these. Does he eat shrimps, lobsters or pork? Does he wear two different fabrics on his body? Is he willing to stone a bride who on her marriage night is found not to be a virgin? These are all in Leviticus.
Homophobia in Africa: Shows Ignorance of Scientific Facts.
Homophobia is on the rise across much of Africa and homosexuality remains illegal in many countries, including Kenya where it was outlawed under British colonial legislation.
“We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs,” Ruto was quoted as telling a cheering congregation at the Jesus Winner Ministry Church on the outskirts of the capital.
“We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and our beliefs,” he said. “There’s no room for homosexuality in this country. That one I can assure you.”
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Ruto’s comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kenya. Asked to react to the reported comments, Kerry reiterated Washington’s position.
“The US believes that all people are created equal and all people have rights, that includes people of every faith, every gender, every choice of partner, no matter who you love,” he told reporters.
Ruto, who is on trial at the International Criminal in The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, said his stance was about morality not politics.
In conservative Christian and Muslim countries in Africa, homophobia is a vote-winner.
In Uganda legislators sought the death penalty for homosexuality and although the anti-gay bill has since been watered down, ruling party MPs remain eager to see it passed.
Nigeria and Gambia have passed tough new anti-gay laws in recent years, with Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, calling homosexuals “ungodly, Satanic… vermins [sic]” in a speech last year.
Homosexuality in Africa
Homosexuality is illegal in 36 out of 54 African countries and punishable by death in four, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
Binyavanga Wainaina, a prominent Kenyan writer who last year came out as gay, took to social media to attack Ruto’s comments.
“Our Deputy President Ruto is building himself to be the most dangerous man in Africa. If his strategy works much will burn,” Wainaina told his 18,000 followers on Twitter.
The Jesus Winner Ministry Church – Ugh
Ruto spoke at The Jesus Winner Ministry Church specialises in prophecies and describes itself on its website as “an oasis” for people “under the yoke of curses, witchcraft, stagnation, ancestral spirits and other evils brought by Satan.”
It is probably a waste of time to point out that the majority of psychological and psychiatric associations world-wide state that “homosexuality if NOT a mental illness, evil or perverted and they state that it CANNOT be reversed hence a person is born this way.” paula.
Ignorance can cause such hatred and pain.