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RESPONDING TO AFRICAN HATE LAWS

March 11, 2014

To the Editor:
I am really disappointed I didn’t hear anything about this protest in advance (“New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws,” by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 5). This issue really concerns me. I would have joined and brought activist friends. I thought I was well connected via emails and Facebook posts from local organizations, but nothing reached me in advance. Is there a source I can connect to? A clearinghouse site for future actions? Help.

John Knoebel
New York City

 

March 8, 2014

To the Editor:
We gay people have been too acquiescent in our own oppression for far too long in this century. There is nothing inherently bad about our orientation. but look at the tactics and violence used against us by acknowledged leaders of both the USA and countries around the world. Homo-hatred is being used as a tactic to maintain power. Though I’m not advocating using violence such as directed at us, our doormat days should be declared over and done with. Closeted gays need to stay out of our way.

In expanding their African power in the Anglican Church, African bishops also work in tandem with their countries’ presidents and politicians, promoting a Christian nationalism. Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria set the stage for other countries to follow suit. Denouncing homosexuality is one of the ways these African countries decry perceived neo-colonialism, Western imperialism, and cultural annihilation. And it’s used as a way of telling the West — US and England, in particular — to mind their own business.
James Nimmo

 

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