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SUPERSTITION CAN BE FUN

Published August 30, 2021 by Nan Mykel

I was first a Christian, then an agnostic, next an atheist then back to an agnostic, but secretly I think being superstitious might be a lot of fun.

So, today as I was sitting in my rocker beside my bookcase, I shut my eyes and reached for any book and, eyes still closed, I opened it and discovered that the book Consilience by E.O. Wilson contained, on page 203, a possible answer as to why Ivanka Trump refused to read a novel about poor people, as reported in my earlier post today (Money Talks).

E.O. Wilson  wrote that “in order to preserve their wealth, the rich  take measures to avoid meeting and falling in love with the poor.”

Apparently Ivanka WAS BEING CAREFUL!

MONEY TALKS…AND GRANNY D IN CAPITOL ARREST

Published August 30, 2021 by Nan Mykel

Image:   Granny D

SNOOTY TALKS WITH POOPY [aka poor folks]

“Why would you tell me to read a book about fucking poor people,” Ivanka once asked her friend, as reported by that former friend Lysandria Ohrstrom at  <https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/11/ivanka-trump-was-my-best-friend-now-shes-maga-royalty> .

SNOOT:  Good question!

POOP:  I have a problem understanding your values.

SNOOT:  No news you’ve got problems.

POOP:  So you feel the same way as Ivanka?

SNOOT:  Reading about failures is for the birds.

POOP:  The poor are failures at…?

SNOOT:  Upward mobility; power; belonging; the elite; money; prestige; status; fame…the way they dress

POOP:  How about honesty?

SNOOT:  Honesty is for the gullible,  ignorant, and those who don’t know how to read the playbook.

POOP:  Honesty’s no good?

SNOOT:  They have to be protected from honesty; they might panic.

POOP:  Who are these poor people, anyway?

SNOOT:  Oh, you know–dropouts, addicts, gender-scramblers, blacks, refugees, the homeless,  convicts, dirt farmers–the undercrust in general.

POOP:  Are there no more good people?

SNOOT:  Oh sure–Warren Buffet, The Koch  brothers, the Waltons, Jeff Bezos, …I just read that one monied gentleman charges people $6500 to be airlifted out of Afghanistan.  You see, the poor can’t even pay for their own lives.  Who’d want to read about such losers?

POOP:  What about the “salt of the earth” folks?

SNOOT: Peons!  You know what to do with peons, don’t you?

POOP:  Don’t say it.

SNOOT: If we paid everybody a decent salary,  our corporations would fail, and they are the backbone of our economy..

POOP:  How did your corporations get so strong-armed?

SNOOT:  It’s a wonderful story. Let me tell you…. In 2009 SCOTUS heard arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission and decided the lawsuit in 2010, to give corporations, Unions and other groups the right to pump as much money as they wanted into the political system. It  became law in 2010. It was a matter of freedom of speech–corporations could count as people, too,  since they’re made up of people, and they have more money than the  individual people, or any other group.  See how clever we can be?

POOP:  Sounds clever, but not democratic.

SNOOT:  Of course it’s democratic!  Didn’t you hear what I just said?  Corporations are people, too, and have a lot more clout!

POOP: But isn’t that double counting?

SNOOT:  No prob.  It passed, that’s what counts.

POOP:  What Supreme Court members voted to do that?!

SNOOT:  Thought you'd never ask….The justices responsible for passage were  
Anthony M. Kennedy,  John G. Roberts Jr., Antonin Scalia, Samuel A. Alito, Jr. 
and Clarence Thomas.
POOP: That was 2010?  What was Granny D doing that year?

SNOOT:  Who?

POOP:  Thought you'd never ask….
 Granny D turned 100 years old three days after the 2010 passage of the 
Citizens United ruling. That is especially sad.

SNOOT:  How so?

POOP:  Between the ages of 88 and 90 she walked 3200 miles, from California to Washington D.C. for campaign finance reform.  Campaign financing was already a problem, even before Citizens United.

SNOOT:  Smatter of opinion.

POOP:  ….and she demonstrated at the nation’s capitol!

SNOOT:  Got arrested, I hope.

POOP:  According to Wikipedia, she  did get arrested, and said “Your Honor, to the business at hand: the old woman who stands before you was arrested for reading the Declaration of Independence in America’s Capitol Building. I did not raise my voice to do so and I blocked no hall. But if it is a crime to read the Declaration of Independence in our great hall, then I am guilty.”  The judge sentenced Granny D and her companions to time served and a $10 administrative fee.  From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Haddock#Arrest_at_the_Capitol>

SNOOT:  Oh.

Those Unwinnable Wars

Published August 25, 2021 by Nan Mykel

Pausing to think: from In Saner Thought

In Saner Thought

Some of have asked for many years just how this country is so terrible at winning wars after such a success in WW2.

Think not?

What was the last won by the US in the last 80 years?

….Pause here for further thought….

Can’t think of one?

Why is that?

Washington’s attempts to back pro-U.S. foreign movements against incumbent regimes have amassed a similar dismal track record. Under the so-called Reagan Doctrine in the 1980s, the United States funded and equipped a number of anti-communist rebel organizations that were trying to oust left-wing regimes in the Third World. The most prominent cases included the Contras in Nicaragua and Jonas Savimbi’s UNITA faction in Angola. Both of those insurgencies ultimately failed to take power. In only one case was Washington’s support for an insurgency successful during that era – backing the mujahidin against the Soviet Union’s occupation forces in Afghanistan. However…

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Heaven Help Us

Published August 25, 2021 by Nan Mykel

The following is excerpted from Frank Vyan Walton, a black journalist, in the Daily Kos Aug. 21, 2021.

This is a sickness. It’s an infection.  it’s a plague.

We desperately need the cure —  which unfortunately is the hardest thing to achieve, because it’s courage.  Courage to challenge our own deepest and darkest fears and worries.  Courage to take the risk that the person that scares you — might not be all that bad.  That even though we’ve had previous bad experiences, even though we know nothing about them, even though we’ve been systematically taught by the media — through decades of mostly white, mostly male representation on screen — that even if we have an atavistic terror that non-white and/or other gendered people are scary and dangerous we have to swallow that nervous ball in the pit of our stomach and treat them like a human being anyway.

We have to be willing to accept that even things we think we generally “know” about each other — things we’ve been methodically trained and indoctrinated with —  just might be completely wrong in any specific case.

We have to live without fear.  We have to forget what we think we know and learn what we don’t. We have to live with courage — and grace.

We have to treat everyone as if they’re Ray Roseberry and Jenna Ryan.

Heaven help us.

 

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Not in God’s Name — a reblog

Published August 25, 2021 by Nan Mykel

Re-Publish: Written in 2016 – NOT IN GOD’S NAME- This Continues with Little change – except an increase in the migration and decriminalization by a mere 2 countries, Botswana and Angola.

NOT IN GOD’S NAME –  

A brief Reflection on Violence Promoted by Christian Churches in Africa, By Melanie Nathan, African Human Rights Coalition©, October 24, 2016.

 The LGBTI community in Africa is experiencing a significant increase in suffering brutal and lethal scapegoating, violence and discrimination with justification in large part coming from a religious rationale:

LGBTI ISSUES IN AFRICA GENERALLY

Almost ubiquitously across Africa, it is dangerous to be an LGBTI person either legally or socially.  Same-sex relations between consenting adults, in essence homosexuality and trans or non-binary gender identity and sexual characteristics, (SOGIESC) is criminalized in over 30 African Countries, mostly through draconian penal codes, remnants of the colonial era.  In some instances, additional onerous and heavily punitive anti-homosexuality legislation has been introduced into parliaments, some successfully enacted, as a direct consequence of the efforts of religious leaders (clergy) and politicians, in those countries, often in concert with, or influenced by American Evangelicals.

Involved clergy include pastors and missionaries from abroad, such as the American Evangelicals, who have influenced anti-homosexuality legislation, promoting a climate of anti-LGBTQI violence. An example is Scott Lively, an American self-acclaimed Christian Pastor, who was sued in an American Court by an Ugandan human rights organization, under the Alien Torts Act, for “crimes against humanity.”

Criminalizing homosexuality in essence means that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) are considered criminals, based on the fact that they are born with same-sex attractions rather than opposite sex attractions.   

One would be remiss not to mention that myths and inaccuracies are touted in the name of homosexuality, and it is in this context that LGBT people are used by politicians, as scapegoats, averting having to deal with actual problems facing their constituents.  A few examples of such myths:

Unlike thieves, murderers, and rapists, homosexuals should not be termed criminals – their loving relationships and consensual sex acts do not hurt the other party. As long as there is consent, between two adults, there is no victim to a crime. 

At the helm of the trajectory toward more criminalization are influential African politicians and country leaders, who have made homophobic comments, gaining widespread press, in the hope of increasing their political capital, often serving to fuel the fires of persecution.    The recent fervor to harshen the anti-LGBTI laws is a direct response to what is perceived as the encroaching western ideals of LGBTI equality.  But this is another myth – not addressed above.   In fact, until the colonialists imposed their penal codes on African countries and until the Christian and Muslim religions became prominent, homosexuality was a non-issue in most African tribal cultures. Many African LGBT activists take offense at the notion that an aspect of their humanity is considered “Un-African.”  To that way of thinking homosexuality is not unique to any one culture or civilization and the thinking is that the only imposition by the West has been the anti-homosexuality teachings of the Church, as abused by politicians.

Does the church want to participate in this persecution of fellow human beings, by propping up the politicians on the issue?  To examine this question, one must look at the harm suffered by LGBTI people and how criminalization has provided license to persecute, by governments, police and individuals.

Surely the duty of the church is to influence the humanity in all people, including governments; to promote loving kindness and a compassionate way to deal with diversity in sexuality. It is our thinking that church should not influence or contribute to that which hurts people, but rather that which helps all humankind. To this end, surely it is incumbent on Clergy to impose upon governments the upholding of human rights.

By way of example, notwithstanding existing criminalization through penal codes, Nigeria and Uganda took advantage of the newly heightened anti-homosexuality climates – a direct influence of self-acclaimed American Evangelicals and missionaries, who came to Africa to promote their agendas.  The Presidents of those countries played gays as political pawns and scapegoats for the numerous social and economic problems facing their countries, and so signed new anti-homosexuality legislation.

At these times, when new legislation was enacted, we saw a dramatic spike in attacks against LGBTI people. 

Political rhetoric:

“We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.”  Robert Mugabe – President of Zimbabwe

His latest inflammatory remarks came last week at a rally in the town of Farafeni. According to Vice News, which received a translation of Jammeh’s speech, delivered in the region’s Wolof language, Jammeh sounded a dire warning to homosexuals living in his country.

“If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat,” Jammeh said. “If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/05/12/gambias-president-threatens-to-slit-the-throats-of-gay-men/

President Yoweri Museveni, who made anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda much tougher Monday, told CNN in an exclusive interview that sexual behavior is a matter of choice and gay people are “disgusting. After signing the bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, Museveni told CNN’s Zain Verjee that, in his view, being homosexual is “unnatural” and not a human right. “They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?” he said. “I never knew what they were doing. I’ve been told recently that what they do is terrible.” http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/africa/uganda-homosexuality-interview/

By Comparison, Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate,  Desmond Tutu:

“It is also a matter of love. Every human being is precious. We are all — all of us — part of God’s family. We all must be allowed to love each other with honor. Yet all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are persecuted. We treat them as pariahs and push them outside our communities. We make them doubt that they too are children of God. This must be nearly the ultimate blasphemy. We blame them for what they are.

Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical — the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act; the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reasons have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?  The Jesus I worship is not likely to collaborate with those who vilify and persecute an already oppressed minority.”

Many believe that Jesus stood with the outcaste not with the political powers of his day.  

The Church has a responsibility to clarify Christian doctrine that is used to persecute, violate and harm LGBTI people worldwide but especially on the African continent.  

Not in God’s name: Surely the Church cannot remain silent and complicit with the abomination of violence against LGBTI people. Violence that can be as extreme as a public lynching , stoning, or necklacing (burning a person with a tire wrapped around their neck like a necklace), corrective rape and murder or as subtle as vicarious trauma, psychological stress and depression, loss of self-esteem, the indignity of having to live a double life or having to worry about discrimination or loss of housing, employment and family support.

SAMPLING OF NEW AFRICAN ANTI-LGBTI LAWS

Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni, in preparation for a vote that would deliver him his 30th year as Uganda’s President, patronized his NRM party with his assent to the astoundingly popular Anti-Homosexuality Act, once dubbed the “Kill The Gays Law,” which stipulates 14 years to life in prison for same-sex acts, as well as prison terms for so called “promotion” of homosexuality.   Museveni signed the Act into Law in February of 2014.  However, the Ugandan Courts nullified the law, without adjudicating on its constitutionality, based on the fact that Parliament did not have the requisite quorum when passing the legislation. 

In Uganda, the most widely read East African newspaper celebrated the new law with a series of articles outing Uganda’s “Top 200 Homos.” Police arrested and paraded suspected gays in front of press and television cameras. Many LGBT people have had to flee from homes, schools and jobs, for fear of assault and death threats.  And many have reported being black mailed by police and even friends.

The passing of anti-homosexuality act and the rhetoric that followed it, from clergy and politicians alike, permitted a milieu of extreme and violent homophobia.

Uganda has suffered an alarming rise in attacks on gay and lesbian people since it passed an anti-homosexuality law late last year, research has found. The report, compiled by Sexual Minorities Uganda, detailed an attempted lynching, mob violence, homes burned down, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides. The number of recorded incidents had increased tenfold, the group said. At least 25 people were reported to have fled Uganda, seeking asylum in neighboring Kenya and Rwanda.”  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/12/uganda-anti-gay-law-rise-attacks 

A Ugandan human rights organization issued a report in 2014 and another in 2016, the latter reporting in the voice of the persecuted, the abuses resulting from the anti-homosexuality atmosphere: “And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”: Testimonies of Human Rights Abuses from Uganda’s Sexual and Gender Minorities.

The report documents the many forms of persecution that LGBT identifying individuals in Uganda face. 

This same type of abuse is reported from every country where homosexuality is criminalized. However, the difference is that the robust activism in Uganda by strong LGBT activist voices, has enabled this type of formal report, whereas  in most other counties, human rights voices have been oppressed and silenced, hence the lack of reporting is not indicative of the fact that serious persecution is not an ongoing problem.

The report is based on first-hand testimonies. It documents 264 verified cases of persecution from May 2014 until December 2015, including physical threats, violent assaults, torture by community and police, unwarranted arrest, blackmail, non-physical threats, press exposure, state prosecution, firings from employment, loss of physical property, harassment, eviction, mob justice, and family banishment. 

Of the 264 cases documented in this report 48 involved acts of violence, including 35 cases involving physical threats or violent attacks, and 13 instances of torture by the state.  The largest proportion of documented cases involved 84 intimidation cases, 73 loss of property (including loss of employment, physical property, and eviction), and 59 involved social exclusion (including discrimination when accessing healthcare, community discrimination, and family banishment) — all of which the Ugandan government has failed to investigate.  

For the full report please visit https://sexualminoritiesuganda.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/And-Thats-How-I-Survived_Report_Final.pdf 

This report reflects only on Uganda and has been described as a drop in the ocean as most cases, especially in rural areas, go unreported.   Through the work of The African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC)  (disclosure: the ED  is  an author of this article) we have received scores of stories out of Uganda and hundreds of stories from the other African countries, all directly from victims, which have remained unreported, and hence neither investigated nor resolved. There are minimal resources, and many human rights advocates, lawyers and organizations are also subject to threats and intimidation.

In African HRC’s assessment, some countries receive less public and international attention than Uganda and that is because they do not have a robust activist community, or American Embassy and financial support that the activists have successfully engaged in the issue. 

 Nigeria – The new Nigerian anti-homosexuality legislation, signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, mandates a 14-year prison sentence for anyone entering a same-sex union and a 10-year term for “a person or group of persons who supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings.” In addition, public displays of affection by gay men and lesbians are also criminalized.  In Nigeria we saw a spate of arrests, public whippings and the stoning of gays soon after the law was passed.  These types of laws erroneously inhibit Civil Societies from providing much needed services to LGBTI people, as such services are often interpreted as promoting homosexuality. 

The Gambia – In 2014, the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed a bill that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.  He recently said, “We will fight these vermin called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes,” which, it is worth noting, is through widespread systematic efforts aimed at extermination. This resulted in a spate of persecution as described above, and may fled for Senegal. Some have made it to the USA, Europe and Canada at this time.    Gambia, Namibia and other countries conducted frequent arrests.  https://76crimes.com/2015/08/01/15-were-arrested-in-anti-gay-gambia-all-are-now-free/ 

Cameroon – Cameroon enforced 1960’s era penal codes with arrests and torture to force confessions. One of the highest arrest records for LGBTI people in Africa is in Cameroon.  We have received reports from scores of people who have been subject to as many as two years in detention without any legal representation and without having their cases heard, all pending under Anti- homosexuality laws.

THE HARM CAUSED BY CRIMINALIZATION OF LGBT PEOPLE:

Persecution includes the following:

  • Assaults & murder
  • Forced marriage
  • ‘Corrective’ rape
  • Reparative therapies
  • Exorcisms
  • Police brutality, torture & blackmail – false arrests
  • Lengthy jail terms without proper legal representation
  • Unlawful detentions
  • Unwarranted exposure in media
  • Firing from jobs
  • Evictions by landlords
  • Expulsion from schools and universities
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Mob ‘justice’

The Perceived Solution for LGBT People – Migration:
African HRC has worked and recorded hundreds of stories of LGBTQI people in forced displacement -forced into what is now becoming a profound and significant migration.  In order to escape persecution, many LGBTI people are trying to reach western countries, where LGBTQI people are treated with dignity and acceptance.  This results in people crossing borders to neighboring countries, to reach UNHCR, register as refugees and wait out the several years to possible resettlement.  

Ugandan gays migrate to Kenya, the Kenyan gays to Uganda, and much more migration includes to and from Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, The Gambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa, to name a few of the countries we deal with.  Unlike other refugees, who escape war, LGBTI refugees do not have a safe place to go.  The host countries also tend to harbor criminalizing laws and therefore protection spaces can mostly be sought in hostile host countries, thereby exacerbating the problem. The LGBTI people enduring these perilous migrations are often going from one country of persecution – to another – however the slight hope of resettlement abroad makes it worth their while. The persecution and suffering continues. Many have to resort to sex work in the foreign country as they have no means of supporting themselves and the refugee camps are too dangerous. This is causing further spread of HIV/ AIDS.

David Kato, Uganda. LGBTQI hero.

A durable solution? The only solution would be to decriminalize homosexuality and integrate LGBTI people into communities to continue to function as fully-fledged citizens of their own countries. This can be accomplished iDavid Kato: January 2011 Murder of David Kato, a Ugandan teacher and famed LGBTI activist highly publicized internationally and featured in several documentary films. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html?_r=0 .

  1.  “Call Me Kuchu”.
  2.  Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall (25 January 2012). “They Will Say We Are Not Here”. New York Times.
  3. Moloshco, Carolyn (March 2014). “‘God Loves Uganda’ Reveals American Evangelicals Spreading Gay Intolerance. Academy Award winning director tackles abuse of religious power”

Eric Lembembe, Cameroon, murdered in his apartment July 13 or 14, 2013; his body was found July 15, 2013. Lembembe was the executive director the anti-AIDS pro-LGBT-rights group Camfaids and a journalist. Extensive coverage of Lembembe’s murder is here:  

Eudy Simelane  The partially clothed body of Eudy Simelane, former star of South Africa’s acclaimed Banyana Banyana national female football squad, was found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Simelane had been gang-raped and brutally beaten before being stabbed 25 times in the face, chest and legs. As well as being one of South Africa’s best-known female footballers, Simelane was a voracious equality rights campaigner and one of the first women to live openly as a lesbian in Kwa Thema.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/mar/12/eudy-simelane-corrective-rape-south-africa 

David Olyne – aged 23, – March, 2014 – young gay man brutally tortured and killed in a horror hate murder in the Western Cape. The Son daily Afrikaans newspaper reported that 23-year-old David Olyne from Ceres was killed over the weekend while a group of teens blithely watched on. Senior Reporter Maahir Pretorius told Mambaonline that his investigation had led him to seven individuals between the ages of 14 and 16 and one of 18 years who apparently witnessed Olyne’s nightmarish death. http://www.mambaonline.com/2014/03/27/cape-teens-watch-as-gay-man-beaten-set-on-fire/ 

Muhadh Ishmael, 17, Dec. 21, 2015, Malindi, Kenya: – His assailants “drove him to a remote location, stripped him and drugged him. Then they cut off his penis.” Muhadh was born intersex and had the audacity to identify as male when his family insisted he pretend to be female. After the death of Muhadh’s parents, his uncle arranged for four men to abduct, drug and mutilate the intersex youth.

Thembelihle ‘Lihle’ Sokhela, 28, Sept. 14, 2014, Daveyton, South Africa:  – Thabo Molefe, 45, accused in the hate-crime murder of his neighbor, Thembelihle ‘Lihle’ Sokhela, 28, a lesbian who was suffocated, battered and possibly raped on Sept. 14, 2014, in Daveyton, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Molefe reportedly was on parole after being released from prison for another rape and murder. After Sokhela’s body was discovered wrapped in a blanket behind Molefe’s bed, he turned himself in to police. Sources: Mamba OnlineO-blog-deeIranti-orgInkanyiso.org . Thabo Molefe, 47, has been sentenced to a concurrent 22 years for murder and 12 years for raping Lihle Sokhela, 28, a lesbian from Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa.  https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2015/08/01/see-shackled-rapist-murderer-of-south-african-lesbian-as-judge-announces-sentence/ 

Duduzile Zozo, on July 2013, 26-year-old’s half naked body was found in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, outside of Johannesburg by her mother. Said to be a lesbian -she had been brutally raped with a toilet brush and murdered. https://oblogdee.blog/2013/07/01/another-lesbian-brutally-raped-and-murdered-in-south-africa/ 

Patricia Mashigo – in April, 2013 the body of the openly lesbian Patricia Mashigo (36), a self-employed sales woman and mother of two children, was discovered out in the open in the Daveyton township.  She appeared to have been stoned to death. Rocks and stones were found near her body. http://www.mambaonline.com/2013/04/25/report-another-lesbian-murdered/ 

 Mandisa Mbambo – was discovered under her bed by her parents on Sunday, 26th August, a 28 year old Lesbian in Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa.  The victim, reportedly a soccer fan, had been seen arguing with a man the night before the attack. Her body was discovered with her hands tied.  Her bruised face was swollen and she had stab wounds all across her body.  Only 28, activists in South Africa believe the victim had been targeted for being a lesbian.   https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2012/09/03/south-african-police-make-arrests-in-rape-and-murder-of-kwazulu-lesbian/ 

Hendrietta Thapelo Morifi, known as Andritha  – 29 year old was found brutally raped and murdered, July 2012.  The victim was discovered by her mother on Saturday at her home in Polo Park, Mokopane. https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2012/07/05/anger-mounts-as-yet-another-lesbian-murdered-in-south-african-gay-killing-field/ 

Gift Disebo Makau – The half naked body of a lesbian, August, 2014, was discovered in the Tshing Township, in Ventersdorp, in the North West province of South Africa. The exacerbated and untenable cruelty of the crime is apparent, as her body was found with a running hose pipe shoved down her throat and into her stomach.  https://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/08/18/horrorific-brutal-murder-of-south-african-lesbian/ 

Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Massooa  Brutal double rape and murder of lesbian couple Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Massooa in-  July 2007 has led to the formation of the 07-07-07 campaign, a coalition of human rights and equality groups calling for justice for women targeted in these attacks. Sigasa and Massooa were tortured, gang raped and shot near their homes in Meadowland, Soweto in July 2007, shortly after being verbally abused outside a bar.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/mar/12/eudy-simelane-corrective-rape-south-africa   

SAMPLING OF ASSAULTS | MOB JUSTICE: 

Nigeria: A bloodthirsty mob has dragged more than a dozen gay men from their homes and severely beat them in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, in the first incidents of widespread anti-gay violence in the country since President Goodluck Jonathan passed legislation outlawing same-sex relationships.  The attacks took place Wednesday in the Gishiri neighborhood of Abuja, where a mob nearly beat one man to death and dragged four severely injured victims to a nearby police station, where police further beat and insulted them, reports the New York Timeshttp://world.time.com/2014/02/15/nigeria-mob-attack-abuja/ 

Blackmail and Beating Traps: This is a common practice on the increase in Nigeria , Kenya and Uganda. If not for criminalization this would not occur: Young people are organizing groups to trap suspected homosexuals, then strip them, beat them, extort money from them, and sometimes turn them over to police. The victim of the trap was a young Nigerian gay man who appeared to be between the ages of 20 and 22. Abraham had been lured into the house by an invitation from another young man, Bola, after they had several conversations with each other on the interactive WhatsApp media chat application.  https://76crimes.com/2015/12/14/gay-man-trapped-beaten-in-nigeria-where-its-too-common/ 

South Africa: Banele Qhina alleges a police officer insulted and assaulted him because he’s gay. The 19-year old Gugulethu man says he and his brother were walking home when two police officers stopped them.   

Ghana Video 2016: African Homosexual man beaten for being gay by partner’s family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyheIdcfOQE  In this viral video, Albert Appiah, is viciously beaten by a mob which believed he is gay. Whether the mob had any reason to believe this or not, we don’t know. Following the release of the video, local police launched an investigation into the beating. They were able to confirm that the accusations levelled against Appiah’s sexuality were false. “[The gay allegations against Kinto are a] complete cooked-up story against the victim, Albert Appiah also called Kinto,” said Divisional Commander of the Nima Police Command ACP Nuhu Jango.

READ THE UGANDAN STORIES HERE as they provide the example of persecution where homosexuality is criminalized: https://sexualminoritiesuganda.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/And-Thats-How-I-Survived_Report_Final.pdf 

The above examples are a mere sampling of known cases – and many cases go unreported in the media and we here of many which are not reported to police, because the partners of the deceased usually flee for their lives. And many who are assaulted are too afraid to report the cases.  One can see how the criminalization provides license to blackmail, persecute and to falsely accuse.

CONCLUSION- While the Churches might not overtly condone violence toward the LGBTI community, what is silence? There needs to be a strong Christian voice not only condemning all forms of anti-LGBTI violence but fostering an open, loving and inclusive Christian community.   This includes clarifying church doctrine and teaching that all too often uses biblical texts, out of context and with a partial understanding to condemn and exclude the LGBTI community.  The moral authority of anti-LGBTI violence has a clear foundation in the church’s moral authority.   Complicity and silence must end and education and dialogue must begin.  And as a global community, while respecting sovereignty, we must work towards the decolonization of the laws that rob LGBTQI people of their fundamental rights to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The time is now! Speak up and speak out!

Melanie Nathan © October 24, 2016

African Human Rights Coalition
www.africanHRC.org
Nathan@africanHRC.org 

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It’s Been a Long Life….

Published August 24, 2021 by Nan Mykel

….and I’m here to tell you that I hope to share something important from my life and experience in a once a week posting of  the 26 chapters plus Author’s Note, Preface, and Introduction from FALLOUT–A SURVIVOR TALKS TO INCEST OFFENDERS.  I’ll cut my bait and accept my losses if no one cares to read them, but having written a good book without any attempt to sell, I thought I’d give my effort one last try to better the continuing harmful, denied, whispered  underground behavior that —  acknowledged or not — can skew  the success of  family, their members, and even reach into the  future of their descendents without their conscious acknowledgement.  Each single once a week post will be accompanied by the Pixabay photo above.  I’m going to try and unpublish all other mention of the book from the site.  (May take a little time and effort).   Since today is Wednesday and I’m posting, I’ll aim for regular postings every Wednesdy.  And to double check that I can accomplish this, I’ll start with the list of Contents  today:

PART I: MEN WHO COMMIT INCEST
Chapter 1. Who Am I?
Chapter 2. Why Did I Do It?
Chapter 3. How Could I Do It?
Chapter 4. Treatment
Chapter 5. Hurdles in Treatment
Chapter 6. Modus Operandi
Chapter 7. Will I Do It Again?
Chapter 8. A Metaphor
PART II: BONDS THAT BIND
Chapter 9. The Trauma Bond
Chapter 10. My Trauma Bond
Chapter 11. The Sexual Bond
PART III: COMMUNITY AND FAMILY
Chapter 12. After Release, Then What?
Chapter 13. Protecting
PART IV: THE SURVIVORS
Chapter 14. The Fallout
Chapter 15. Powerlessness
Chapter 16. Damaged Goods
Chapter 17. Betrayal
Chapter 18. Traumagenic Sexualization
Chapter 19. The Monkey Wrench Effect
PART V: SHAME
Chapter 20. Freeing Shame
PART VI: THE MOTHERS
Chapter 21. Role of the Mother
PART VII: RECOVERY
Chapter 22. Getting To Okay
Chapter 23. Survival Manual
PART VIII: PROFESSIONAL REMARKS
Chapter 24. Survivor as Therapist
PART IX. FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS CLOSURE
Chapter 25. Letters
Chapter 26. Gestalt Goodbye to My Father and Epilogue
REFERENCES

 

 

 

Oh No! Defoe?

Published August 22, 2021 by Nan Mykel

A friend took me to a new marvelous thrift store. I broke my rule of, something goes out for anything that comes in,  but I’ve stayed away from thrift stores and yard sales  for over a year now.  At least I didn’t get another jig saw puzzle…

One find was a bright red vase with only a small hole at its top–for a single flower, of course.  There was a Green Eggs and Ham game for me to play with my youngest daughter, and a couple of books.  I want to share one entry that surprised me, and hope you may be interested, too.  It is in the book The Joy of Trivia by Bernie Smith,  and the entry reads,  on page 81:

     In May 1703, a “middle-sized man, about 40 years old, of a brown complexion; a hooked nose, wearing a wig and has a large mole near his mouth,”  was placed in the pillory to face the jeers and abuse of the London mob.  His crime was seditious libel.  He was a Dissenter.

     As he stood there, in pillory, in disgrace, he wrote a poem, “A Hymn to the Pillory,”  which he sold to the crowd. The people loved it, and his disaster turned into a triumph.

     Twenty-five years later, after twenty years of nothing but trouble, he wrote Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders and has since been known as “father of the English novel.”

     Ex-tile and brick maker, ex-beer salesman, ex-wine, cloth, oysters and tobacco salesman, he was Daniel Defoe.

Biker Wedding – A Reblog

Published August 22, 2021 by Nan Mykel

Delightful, by judydykstrabrown.com

Biker Wedding

Though I’m just your uncle and backward at that,
I’m exceedingly fond of my sister’s sweet brat.
I hear there’s a biker you’re eager to wed
and though I’d suggest a nice banker instead,
I’m here not to alienate, but advise
(since I am your kin who’s most apt to be wise.)

Instead of a veil you’ll be wearing your patches
and learning his lingo by listening to snatches
of biker bar gossip and those conversations
spawned over road talk and major libations.
You’ll be in your flannels and Kevlar-lined denim
(I’m sure that no bride ever looked better in ’em.)

You’ll whisper “I do” and then exchange your patches
before you head out for a ride down to Natchez.
But, first things being first, you have asked me to aid
in getting your wedding invitations made.
I’ve checked out your spelling. The words are all fine.
Only the printing may be out of line.

Though responsible service may not be impossible,
are you quite sure that leather is embossable?

Do Their Lives Matter, Too? Or Just Ours?

Published August 16, 2021 by Nan Mykel
AND WHY NOT?

I apologize for assuming  all readers of this blog are white, but what I want to say primarily applies to whites.

This is NOT becoming a political blog again.  Racism–both in the Black Lives Matter and at the southern border–is at a more encompassing, soul-spirit-heart-humane-brotherly love-compassion-yes, love-of-humankind  level.  Does nothing cut through to the quick of chaos?  Is a guilty conscience behind the attack on teaching honest history? Shame?

Prior to writing this brief blog I read more closely into the history of American slavery, and don’t want that to be the topic today. However, I learned that in 1789 a law was passed in the southern province to keep enslaved Africans in “submission and obedience,” by prohibiting them from writing or growing their own food.  

“Literacy among enslaved Africans was not always antithetical to slavery in the colonies.  It was once permissible for the enslaved to read Bibles, but when colonists realized the skill could be a gateway to liberation, literacy was outlawed.”   North Carolina passed a law in 1829 that made it illegal to teach slaves to read and write, saying it “has a tendency to excite dissatisfaction in their minds and to produce insurrection and rebellion to the manifest injury of the citizens of this state.”  (Mother Jones, Sep-Oct, p. 9.)

 Did the law mean “other” citizens, or were the enslaved not citizens either?  They are now, for what it’s worth. –I take that back.  I know citizenship for people of color is valued. but…I’ll be quiet now.

 

 

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