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Will the Next Pope Support Uganda’s ’Kill the Gays’ Bill?

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Feb 13, 2013
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One of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI apparently supports Uganda’s controversial "Kill the Gays Bill," Gay Star News reports.

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is a favorite to become the next pope, but many LGBT activists may be concerned over his support for anti-gay measures and that he’s defended Uganda’s dangerous bill. The National Catholic Register reported last year Turkson, 64, said people need to understand why African governments are creating anti-gay bills and the "intensity of the reaction is probably commensurate with tradition." He added that people need respect African culture.

"When you’re talking about what’s called ’an alternative lifestyle’, are those human rights?" he said of U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who has criticized African countries’ anti-gay laws. "There’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified."

"He [Ban Ki-moon] needs to recognize there’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified," Turkson added.

According to the Bilerico Project, when Turkson was asked why homosexuality is a stigma in Africa, he said, "Just as there’s a sense of a call for rights, there’s also a call to respect culture, of all kinds of people. So, if it’s being stigmatized, in fairness, it’s probably right to find out why it is being stigmatized."

There are currently 37 countries in Africa that have passed laws that criminalized homosexuality. Punishments vary from country to country, but gay men can be subjected to whippings, jail time and capital punishment.

According to a 2009 article by Ghana Business News, Turkson defended Benedict’s views on condoms and said they should not be the solution to HIV and AIDS. He added that condoms give Africans a sense of false security and are "helping the disease spread."

It should come to no surprise that the Ghanaian cardinal does not support marriage equality.

"We need to find ways of dealing with the challenges coming up from society and culture," he told the British newspaper, Telegraph, recently. He also said he believes the Catholic Church must "evangelize," people that have "alternative lifestyles, trends or gender issues."

On Monday Benedict, 85, announced that he would resign on Feb. 28 due to health issues, which makes him the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

A number of religious figures are now vying to become the next pope, including Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Gay Star News points out that Arinze compared homosexuality with pornography, infanticide and adultery during his 2003 speech at Georgetown University in the United Kingdom. Arinze even went as far as condemning people who wear rainbow sashes and said they are "showing their opposition to Church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given Holy Communion."

Both Arinze and Ouellet oppose gay marriage. While Canada lawmakers and church officials were debating gay marriage in Canada, Ouellet called homosexuality an "abomination" and later said the gay rights movement was a "black cloud over America."

The Vatican will elect a new pope by the end of March.

Comments

  • BlondieSL, 2013-02-14 07:02:09

    Hunny, if anyone is going to hell, it’s going to be all those hate mongering, murderous BASTARDS!!! How DARE these fucking cave dwellers even think that have any right whatsoever to MURDER innocent people just because they are Gay.PRESIDENT OBAMA, I think that you need to speak out loudly on this as does everyone who believes in HUMAN RIGHTS!It is soooo time for ALL these murderous religions & their hypocritical leads to crawl backvto the stone age where they belong.THIS! REALLY ANGERS ME!Gay brothers and sisters, flee that rediculous "culture" and escape to North America. We have freedom here... well in many places.


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-14 11:39:18

    We need to respect African culture that is homophobic? Do we also need to respect Nazi culture? How about cultures that advocate slavery? What a crock of shit.


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-14 17:04:42

    Christianity is not really part of the traditional culture of most African countries. It was brought there by western colonial powers.


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-15 06:46:58

    For heavens sake, i wish to to correct every other person in the whole world mistaking the ’anti-gay’ bill in Uganda as the ’Kill the gays’ bill. The bills’ major objective is to have a clearly defined stoppage on to the Developments and promotions of a yet Sodom and Gomorrah here in Uganda; and more so here in Africa. If you wanna call it ’kill the gays’ bill - it makes me believe that is what you want to here. Good enough, most parts of the world seem to be silent over these issues of the anti-gay bills, believe you me, it’s not in objection but rather in Support. ......JUST WATCH THE SPACE.....- THE WHOLE WORLD IS SOON SPEAKING; WHILE IN AFFIRMATION WITH UGANDA’S POSITION. God have mercy on us. allan barigye(happy to be Ugandan)


  • BlondieSL, 2013-02-15 07:19:24

    HUH???


  • Wayne M., 2013-02-15 21:42:40

    Both Cardinal Turkson and "allan barigye(happy to be Ugandan)" need to understand something now. Sexual orientation is not a matter of choice and therefore cannot be defined as a lifestyle. If they study the work of independent and unbiased scientists and human psychologists, they will know the best information shows both homosexuality and heterosexuality are perfectly natural and, even if not the norm, they are still normal and not immoral in themselves. However, let us assume for a few minutes that being Gay is a choice and a "lifestyle", the fact is that so is being Christian or Muslim or any other religion. For example, I am Christian by choice. I was not born Christian and nor is anyone else. If you deny human rights protection to LGBT people on the grounds that is a choice, then you must also deny the same protection on religious grounds - and therefore defend the choice of governments in Iran or Afghanistan to deny freedom of religion to their religious minorities. Furthermore, these people also need to realize their homophobic bigotry is not shared by all Christians or Christian denominations - nor is it consistent with Jesus’ teaching of love for one another as He loves us.


  • BlondieSL, 2013-02-16 06:41:58

    Well said, Wayne!!! Homosexuality is found in over 300 species. Homophobia is found in only 1. Who’s unnatural now! Wayne, you are so correct. Being Gay is not a choice. We are clearly born this way. But let me tell ya. If it was a choice, I still would choose to be Gay. Seeing how so many "so-called hets" behave, I would choose Gay any day of the week.... especially Friday nights! LOL :)


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-26 02:34:20

    Hello Wayne, well said- being gay is not a choice, true. Uganda/Ugandans clearly know this; yes we do. However this inhuman vice has got no way of promotions here in Africa, just like it was during the biblical times of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was God’s own choice to put to an end of such a vice; and so it is here in Africa, it’s Uganda’s own choice to stop the promotions of gay-ism. Remember, it’s an ’anti-gay bill’ not ’kill-the gays bill’. Thus, Uganda is pretty much aware of how being gay is not a persons choice but rather,..........inhuman. Thank you wyne, thank you derekja. allan barigye(happy to be Ugandan)


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