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Opinion - Shades and scars of legalising gay marriages (part 2)

2021-12-01  Staff Reporter

Opinion - Shades and scars of legalising gay marriages (part 2)
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The speed or pace at which hate-crime murders and executions of gay marriages/LGBTI people are taking place is overwhelming. The numbers of these deaths are so large that this list of millions of murders of gay and lesbians reported covers is just a tip of an iceberg. LGBTQ+ (stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and others. Homophobic hate-crime killings of LGBTI people can never be a comprehensive list and is just unending. The list of a few selected is just a sad sampling of the horrors that keep escalating around the globe while these deaths could be estimated at one million in a specific time series sampling. Worldwide, hate crimes against LGBTI people are a massive problem:

The Trans Murder Monitoring project reported that 375 murders between October 1, 2020, and September. 30, 2021, a 7% increase from the previous year, which was already a 6% increase from the 2019 figure. Brazil remains the country that reported the majority of the murders (125), followed by Mexico (65) and the United States (53). A total of 4,042 trans and gender-diverse people (LGBTQ+) were reported murdered from 2008 through September 30, 2021.

 The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights documented 770 killings and seriously violent attacks against LGBT persons between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, including 594 hate-related killings of LGBTI people in Brazil. The IACHR cited reports indicating that every 28 hours an LGBT person is violently attacked in Brazil. Then the pace of killings rose even higher. A report by Grupo Gay da Bahia found that Brazil’s number of reported deaths rose in 2017 to a record level of 435, a rate of one LGBT person killed every 19 hours. In Ecuador in 2019, 16 LGBT+ people were murdered or suffered violent deaths, according to a report released by the Ecuadorian LGBT+ rights group Silueta X Association. In Brazil, 1,341 LGBT people were reported murdered from 2007 through 2012. In Peru, a reported 249 LGBT people were murdered from 2006 to 2010. In the United States, out of the almost 6,000 gay murders committed in 2013, 20% (approximately 1,200) were based on victims’ sexual orientation, according to the FBI. Comparing 2017 and 2016, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported an increase of 86% in the hate-based murders of LGBTQ people, even excluding the 49 murders in the Pulse nightclub shooting of June 2016. 

Bamanga “Rabina” Radiu, Abuja, Nigeria, October 2018 - Bamanga Radiu, a Muslim human rights activist at a Nigerian trans advocacy organization, was murdered and then buried in a shallow grave in his dirt-floored home in Abuja, Nigeria. As of late October, police have not found the murderer. 

Salih, a hairdresser in Kef, northwestern Tunisia, was tortured and then killed at his home on the night of September 13-14, 2017. The murder suspect who was arrested criticized Salih for his homosexuality. Salih’s death was described as the country’s 20th homophobic murder. 

Raina Aliev, November 2016, Karachaevo-Cherkessiya and Moscow, Russia  - Raina Aliev, a Muslim lesbian woman was killed three days after marrying her husband. Her body was hacked to pieces. She left virtually unrecognizable. The murder reportedly took place after Aliev’s father, Alimshaikh Aliev, called for his daughter’s execution on a Russian TV station, referring to Raina Aliev as “him.” “Let him be killed, I don’t want to see him,” Alimshaikh Aliev said. “Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes.” The specifics of the death and the motivation were under investigation (Sources: Equal Eyes and Pink News). Shira Banki, 16, August 2, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel, was one of six Pride Parade participants stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew on July 29 in Jerusalem. On Aug. 2, she succumbed to the wounds she sustained in the attack. Her murderer, Yishai Schlissel, had been released three weeks previously after being sentenced to 12 years in prison and serving 10 for a similar attack at the 2005 Pride Parade. He claimed that his murderous violence was designed to fulfill the imagined “obligation of every Jew to keep his soul from punishment and stop this giant desecration of God’s name” (Sources: Pink News, AP, Times of Israel).

 Cameron Langrell, Racine, a Wisconsin teenager (USA), May 1, 2015, was not murdered, but took her own life as a result of severe bullying at her high school. The Advocate reported, “The artistic freshman had faced incessant bullying at Horlick High School, family and friends told Racine’s Journal Times.” According to her mother she “apparently faced much teasing for appearing “feminine.” Jamie Olender (Cameron’s mother) called for schools to provide bullying prevention, because lives are at stake (Sources: Journal TimesGay Star NewsNew Now NextThe Advocate).

Thembelihle ‘Lihle’ Sokhela, 28, September 14, 2014, Daveyton, South Africa - Thabo Molefe, 45, is scheduled to go on trial July 27 for the hate-crime murder of his neighbour, 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 into police (Sources: Mamba

 I., 27, in Hatay, Turkey, November 17, 2013, LGBT community members in Turkey accuse police of failing to conduct a serious investigation of the November 17 murder of a 27-year-old man from Antakya, Turkey, identified as F. I., who was found choked to death with his head smashed, his hands cuffed, feet tied and head covered with a sack at a house where three Syrian men lived in the İskenderun district of Hatay, Turkey. Members of the LGBT community believe his murder was a homophobic crime. They said F. I. was last seen heading out for a rendezvous with a Syrian man, and that the police joked about F. I.’s text messages and released the three men without recording their names.

Islan Nettles, 21, New York, August 17, 2013 - A transgender woman, Nettles was attacked on 17 Aug by a group of men taunting her with homophobic slurs. They knocked her to the ground and beat her until she was unconscious. She went into a coma and died five days later.

Pedro Araujo, 52, Cuiabá, Brazil, Aug. 5, 2013 - Hours before he was killed, Pedro Araujo protested online against violence and attacks on homosexuals. He posted three photos of young people who had been beaten and commented, “These young people were beaten just for being gay. Say no to homophobia.”

Delon Melville, 26, of Mocha/Arcadia, East Bank Demerara, Guyana. The partly decomposed body of Delon was found on August 2 in a clump of bushes. He had received death threats and was often taunted for “effeminate behaviour.” Witnesses were reportedly too frightened to talk to the police. 

On July 15, 2013, the body of Eric Ohena Lembembe, LGBTI rights journalist and activist, and a staunch representative of gay rights was found in his Yaoundé home. He had been tortured, with his neck and feet broken and his face, hands, and feet burned. 

Homosexuality remains illegal in an estimated 70 countries, and 11 countries carry the potential for the death penalty, particularly among men who have sex with men. The maximum penalty for men who have sex with men in Iran is the death penalty whereas women who have sex with women face one hundred lashes. In Mauritania the law says: “Any adult Muslim man who commits an indecent act or an act against nature with an individual of his sex will face the penalty of death by public stoning” (Penal Code, 1984; Article 308).

For governments who legalise gay marriages and other related evil acts, they have this from God to swallow as recorded at the book of Romans 1:32 as He states, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”  ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination’
Leviticus 18:22. ‘If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them’ (Leviticus 20:13).

Peter Sprigg identifies the following effects of gay marriages: Taxpayers, consumers, and businesses would be forced to subsidize homosexual relationships; Schools would teach that homosexual relationships are identical to heterosexual ones; Freedom of conscience and religious liberty would be threatened; Fewer people would marry; Fewer people would remain monogamous and sexually faithful; Fewer people would remain married for a lifetime; Fewer children would be raised by a married mother and father; More children would grow up fatherless; Birth rates would fall; and Demands for legalization of polygamy would grow.

On 5 February 2015, the  TFP Student Action, stated reasons why gay marriages are harmful and should not be legalized as they grow noted the following ten points that are regarded as harmful: The effects of gay marriages inter alia include: It Is Not Marriage; It Violates Natural Law; It Always Denies a Child Either a Father or a Mother; It Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle; It Turns a Moral Wrong into a Civil Right; It Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union; It Defeats the State’s Purpose of Benefiting Marriage; It Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society; It Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution; It Offends God

2021-12-01  Staff Reporter

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