I just ran across an article in BBC News reporting that the Uganda government has fined a radio station and ordered that station to make a public apology for allowing gays to speak in a live talk show.
BBC NEWS | Africa | Fine for Ugandan radio gay show
Uganda gained independence from the UK in 1962. Their second post-colonial president, Obote, had wanted to study law in the US, but was denied by the British colonial governement. Ironically, he later “suspended” the Ugandan constitution.
Uganda is a country whose recent government and military are highly “immoral” – including lots of rape, torture and summary execution, child abduction into “slave soldiering”, government seizure of property and displacement to camps – just to name a few.
As such, you might wonder why it is they take a “moral” position on homosexuality….
It might be worth looking at the dynamic that happens between men. How competition and dominance of position are such weighty factors.
How mutual attraction, though commonplace, often results in a manifestion of irrational outward violence, in one form or another, whether passive or agressive.
How such things are, although not precisely controllable, most excellent foundational sources for the requirements of war.
Even at home, here – gays are just beginning to have a voice. And this voice is not just gays – it’s all men (and women). Our natures… the essence within us that allows us to know another being, is not so easily constrained by superficial constructs, like gender and race – though these superficial constructs can most certainly run deep, considering the weight of external conditioning.
How dangerous is this to war?
How dangerous is this to a power-base of dominance, in all its forms?
As we all know, silence, though often strategically convenient, has a high price. Silence is either a manifestation of fear, or a victory of dominance for others.
Yet, speaking True-ly, though sometimes very quietly, carries the subtle yet immeasurable force of all things through, to each of us. It connects, in ways that are often indiscernable, the disconnected. It enables the reality of All.
Each lie murders a part of the world. Each silence encumbers us with a greater weight.
At home, here, I have to wonder, what is it that motivates many Christians to obsess on the perhaps biblical badness of homosexuality, while living fine with and even making excuses for, and even extolling the virtues of the certain biblical badness of lying, adultery, false witness, judgement, and even killing.
Then again, I also wonder how so many people can willingly contribute with zeal to their own, slow enslavement.
I know there are many points in my life where silence might have been the best strategic move. I try to imagine myself, like a well-kept bonsai tree.
In some cultures, the restraining ties might be torture, or imprisonment. Fortunately, here, it is more often than not, simple isolation.
So maybe that, at least, explains my weak spot for the noble rebels…. 😉