Thursday, May 20, 2010

The US State Department On the Convictions of Steven and Tiwonge in Malawi

"The United States is deeply disappointed in today’s conviction of same-sex couple Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi," said assistant secretary Phillip J. Crowley at a press briefing Wednesday. "We view the criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as a step backward in the protection of human rights in Malawi. The Government of Malawi must respect the human rights of all of its citizens. The United States views the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity as integral to the protection of human rights in Malawi and elsewhere in the world."

Three Cheers for Hillary Clinton and the US State Department for so clear and unequivocal a statement! I'm especially pleased to see gender identity so explicitly included here.

Weren't churches and Christian bishops the ones who were supposed to make clear and unequivocal moral statements on humanitarian issues? I suppose that they are too busy these days sniffing everyone's underwear, or hiring lawyers to protect them from the parents of molested children to notice. Maybe it's time for a one-way ticket to the museum and a glass vitrine for the mitered old bastards.

Hat tip to JCF and to Joe My God.


Steven and Tiwonge were sentenced to the maximum, 14 years of hard labor. They were forced to run the gauntlet of a jeering mob calling for longer and harsher sentences.

To every bishop in Christendom who holds his/her tongue at this, I have only 2 words...

Fuck you!


Leonard said...´s becoming clear what moral courage really represents...forget about moral authority as the ABC, the Pope and most of the suck-em-up religious fraudsters in purple no longer can be considered examples of anything except bad judgment and cowardly and deceitful acts against Christians/others at Church.

I see holiness in the face of the abused, the scorned, the marginalized...the pridefilled righteous twits are making themselves known at the Vatican, Lambeth Palace and other institutions for the near insane.

it's margaret said...

I agree.

And anxiously await Clinton et als to stop discriminating on marriage equality for all here at home.... maybe then I will believe what she says.... otherwise, it's just words....