No one can convince me that this is justified!!


~~February 21, 2014~~ 

Something is happening in this world …. and it’s happening like two completely opposite waves. There has been significant advances for equality in some countries while at the same time, there has been a major move to undo these advances. There are countries that seem to be going backwards in time. Going back to times lacking the advancement in human rights that have been attained through hard efforts.

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014 have been very controversial in view of the blatant persecution that the LGBT community is enduring in Russia due to President Putin’s crackdown on homosexuality. 

An equally importance backwards movement is happening in Africa.

Countries are actively involved in, and have been successful, in criminalizing this “lifestyle”. Uganda is the perfect example. It seems that President Museveni has signed the “Anti-homosexuality Bill .. aka “Kill the Gays Bill”.

Yet, there is still a movement to cry out for the rights of all.

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THIS POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEO ABOUT HOMOPHOBIA AND GAY LOVE WILL MOVE YOU TO TEARS

Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter, has released a powerful single and music video for his debut EP “Take Me To Church.”

The video follows the relationship between two gay men and the violent homophobic attack they endure when their community learns of their sexuality.

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Ireland’s State noted that the video highlights the wave of violence against Russia’s LGBT community:

The video references the recent increase of organized attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organizations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests.
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Published on Sep 25, 2013

Here are the lyrics, via AZLyrics:

My lover’s got humor
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshiped her sooner
If the Heavens ever did speak
She is the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
‘We were born sick,’ you heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it
Command me to be well
Amen Amen Amen [Chorus x2]Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my lifeIf I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice
To drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful
That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus x2]

No masters or kings when the ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Amen. Amen. Amen

[Chorus x2]

We ALL fight the fight!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Overlooked Veterans will now be honored by President Obama


Honor where honor is due!!!

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President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.

The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks, and will hold a particular poignancy hosted by the nation’s first African-American president.

The unusual historical accounting began in 2002 when Congress, as part of the defense spending bill, ordered the Pentagon to look into whether Jewish and Hispanic service members had been passed over unfairly for the nation’s highest military honor.

Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military ranks — including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members — a…

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UGANDA …. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been signed!!


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~~February 21, 2014~~

This is a topic that has been very close to my heart since I first heart about it. At the time, I wrote the following note in Facebook. I hadn’t started blogging yet.

UGANDA’S ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL – AKA “KILL THE GAYS BILL”

~~December 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM~~

As background information, according to human rights organizations, at least 500,000 gay people live in Uganda out of a total population of 31 million. Existing laws criminalize homosexual behavior with prison sentences lasting up to 14 years.  These laws are remnants of British colonialism design to punish what colonial authorities deemed “unnatural sex” among the Ugandan people.

The bill was initially present by Member of Parliament David Bahati in April 2009. Since then it has been in the dockets for discussion and passing.

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been a strong proponent of passing this bill which has also been presented to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

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Uganda’s anti-homosexual law/bill (“Kill the Gays Bill”) is a legislative proposal that would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relations in this country by dividing homosexual behavior in two categories:

~~Aggravated homosexuality~~

in which an offender could receive the death penalty. This is defined to include homosexual acts committed by a person who is HIV +, is a parent or authority figure or who administers intoxicating substances to subjects and/or homosexual acts committed on minors or people with disabilities. It also applies to repeat offenders. 

~~Offense of homosexuality~~

defined to include same-sex sexual acts or attempt to commit aggravated homosexuality.

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This bill also includes provisions to Ugandans who engage in same – sex relations outside of Uganda – asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda.

Individuals, companies, media organizations or non-governmental organizations that know of gay people or support LGBT rights would also be affected by this bill.

For example, landlords, teachers, employers, children of homosexual parents in 24 hours after gaining knowledge of fact. If any of these  fail to do so, they would be considered offenders and be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 “currency points” or imprisonment up to three years.

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By January 2010, MP Bahati has again asserted that he will not postpone of shelve the bill.

I will not withdraw it. We have our children in school to protect against being recruited into homosexuality”.

This process must go on to protect our children and to defend our family values.

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It’s interesting to note that this bill may already be on a legally unsound footing. In spite of the fact that these laws stem from British colonialism times, Uganda, like other African countries, adopted a very liberal constitution during the neo-liberal reform of the 1990’s. Article 21 of the Ugandan Constitution of 1996 titled Equality and Freedom from discrimination is very explicit in its defense of freedom against discrimination, though it doesn’t cite sexual orientation specifically.

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American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and California Pastor Rick Warren have a history of involvement in Uganda where they focus their “missionary work”. Many in Uganda and other countries have lead seminars citing the work of an unlicensed conversion therapist Richard A. Cohen.

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Statistics such as the following have been pronounced to be truthful and correct:

Homosexuals are at least 12 more times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals

Homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil; they are estimated to have committed at least 25% of the molestation

40% of the molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality

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The above were statements made on faulty studies performed by Paul Cameron who has been expelled from the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association. Cohen has confirmed their weaknesses, stating that these statistics will be removed when the book is reprinted.

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~~OUTING GAY PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA~~

In April 2009, a local newspaper printed the names of suspected homosexuals; another printed an article with “tips” of how to identify gays for the general public. A list of the nation’s 100 “top” gays and lesbians with their photos and addresses was published. Next to the list was a yellow strip with the words “hang them”.

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As an example, on January 26, 2011, Uganda’s most prominent gay activist, David Kato was found bludgeoned to death in what authorities characterized as a “robbery”, in very suspicious conditions that haven’t been further investigated.

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WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? YOU MAY ASK …….

A US diplomat reported that the political and economic problems in Uganda were being channeled into “violent hatred” of gay people. David Bahati, Martin Ssempra and James Buturo were primarily responsible for promoting this wave of intolerance.

(MAKES ONE WONDER WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR CLOSETS, DOESN’T IT??)

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Rachel Maddow, an openly lesbian TV host, has been running a continuing segment on the bill, entitled “Uganda Be Kidding Me” on the Rachel Maddow Show. She has asserted that Richard Cohen has “blood in his hands” for providing false inspiration for the legislation. She has also questioned the truth in Pastor Richard Warren’s statements when he said, in an interview, “it is not my political calling, as a pastor in America, to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations”.

(REALLY????)

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the bill, calling it a product of a campaign by evangelical churches and anti-gay groups that has led to voluntary exile, death threats and physical assaults, including death, against Ugandan suspected of being gay.

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Rather than passing this type of bill, Uganda’s Catholic Bishop of Kampala, Cyprian Lwanga, which he considers unnecessary, he has argued that homosexuals should be encouraged to “seek rehabilitation”.

~~well, thank you very much!!!~~

In summary, this bill attempts to broaden laws that are already in existence in Uganda. The fact that this bill doesn’t pass, doesn’t guarantee that the LGBT community in Uganda will be free of persecution, discrimination, physical threats and assaults.

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DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM THE NAZI MOVEMENT AND HOLOCAUST,

FROM THE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE??

WE NEED TO STAND WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF UGANDA ……. PREVENT ANY ATTEMPT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT ANYTHING SIMILAR HAPPENING IN THE USA.

~~Dated February 20, 2024~~

Uganda anti-gay bill reportedly signed into law

Reports have begun to emerge that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday, February 20, 2014, signed a bill that would impose a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts.

Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, on his Twitter page cited “reliable, but not confirmed sources” who indicated Museveni signed the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

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The Ugandan government did not immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment, but it posted a statement on its Facebook page earlier on Thursday about the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

“Government of Uganda reiterates its commitment to uphold and protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons in Uganda as guaranteed by the Constitution,” it reads. “No person shall be prosecuted outside the provisions of the law.”

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The Ugandan government also sought to reassure “all Ugandans and the international community of its continued commitment and respect for the rule of law in Uganda.”

News of Museveni potentially signing the bill broke less than a week after President Obama blasted him over the issue.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda,” said Obama in a Feb. 16 statement. “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.”

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The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Campaign and other groups have also sharply criticized Ugandan lawmakers who approved the controversial measure late last year. National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted on Feb. 16 she spoke “at length” with Museveni and urged him not to sign the bill.

Uganda is among the more than 70 countries in which homosexuality remains criminalized.

The bill is popular in Uganda, one of 37 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal. Ugandan gay activists have accused some of their country’s political and religious leaders of being influenced by American evangelicals.

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Full Read/Credit/Source

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/02/20/uganda-anti-gay-bill-signed-law/

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~~RELATED~~

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/to-start-the-day-216/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/at-the-end-of-the-day-215/

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~~RESCUE FUND~~

~~Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa~~

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rescue-fund-to-help-lgbt-people-escape-africa

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We ALL fight the fight!! 

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Anti-homosexual bill in Uganda

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Being gay or lesbian in Uganda is illegal and those who are risk being locked away for up to 14 years.

Now, a new bill recently tabled in parliament wants gay people to face even stiffer penalties and is proposing life imprisonment and even death sentence.

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We ALL are ONE!!

To start the day …..


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~~February 21, 2014~~

Photo/Graphic Credit: https://www.facebook.com/PeacePathPage

What is peace?

Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.

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“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
~~Chuck PalahniukDiary~~

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” 
~~John Lennon~~

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
~~Albert Einstein~~

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“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
~~Mahatma Gandhi~~

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” 
~~Gautama Buddha~~

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson~~

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“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
~~Albert Schweitzer~~

“Many people think excitement is happiness …. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” 
~~Thích Nhất HạnhThe Art of Power~~

“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.”
~~Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone~~

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“How come we play war and not peace?” “Too few role models.”
~~Bill Watterson~~

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.” 
~~Mahatma Gandhi~~

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
~~Dalai Lama XIV~~

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“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”
~~Aristotle~~

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” 
~~Albert Camus~~

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
~~Thích Nhất Hạnh~~

Quotes Source: https://www.goodreads.com/

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We are always searching for Peace … Inner peace, world peace. Why is it so hard to attain, to reach to accomplish?

Any change begins from the inside. We can not get what we don’t have. We can not ask for what we can not give.

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~~Remember~~

Peace begins with a loving heart

Peace begins with a smile

All we are saying .. give peace a chance

Imagine peace

We belong to one another

Peace begins in the heart

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We ALL are connected through LOVE!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

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Music video by Michael Jackson performing Man In The Mirror. © 1987 MJJ Productions Inc.

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Anonymous – Intercept


Anonymous ….. we are one!! We far all!! We are coming!!!

Social Action 2014

Greetings citizens of the globe, we are anonymous..

Or more specifically, the anonymous interceptors..

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Shining light at those that corrupt highly at its peaking levels of abuse towards ones rights. Our line of work will go along way, yet it will never cease, and it will never fall weary. Offering strong, healthy and otherwise positive information, with the help through multiple media outlets that are both nonprofit and independent, we offer the sides of each problem, solution, and story.

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