Dealing With Homosexuality
By N Oji Mzilikazi
November 24, 2011
(Originally published in Montreal Community Contact Volume 21, Number 24)
The Penn State sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky resulted in a number of charges against faculty personnel, and heads rolling. Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of various sex crimes so far.
Tim Curley, Penn State’s athletic director was charged with perjury and failure to report an alleged incident of child abuse by Sandusky. So was Gary Schultz, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance. Curley and Schultz have since resigned.
University president Graham Spanier was fired for his actions and inactions in the matter. So was head football coach Joe Paterno, the most successful coach in the history of college football.
In America, college football is a religion. Paterno is a hero and a god. In response to his firing, thousands of Penn State students rioted in the downtown area. They weighed his lifetime of accomplishments against his sin of omission and deemed his firing as unconscionable.
Graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified to a grand jury that in March 2002 he saw Sandusky raping; having anal intercourse in the locker room with a young boy estimated to be 10 years old. He didn’t stop it. He later reported the matter to Paterno, Curley, and Schultz. And judging from the timeline, the matter was summarily swept under the school’s artificial football turf.
To see a child being raped and not intervening for fears over one’s career, and not having the gall to contact law enforcement, even anonymously, attest to McQueary’s moral bankruptcy and the power of the football culture.
Evil lives, strives and grows when “good” people refuse to stand up or act, and the dispensers of justice play politics with justice.
Sandusky’s sexual proclivity is one in a long line that informs that the overwhelming perpetrators of predatory sexual behaviours and sex crimes, pedophilia, and sexual rape of males and/or their subsequent murders are straight persons – heterosexuals or those playing the part, and that includes the clergy.
In November 2009 Ireland’s Christian Brothers religious was ordered to give £146 million in cash and property in reparation for its decades of child abuse- homosexual pedophilia in Ireland. A 2,600-page report released in May 2009 by a Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse found that from 1930s to 1990s, rape was endemic in more than 250 Irish Catholic care institutions.
Newfoundland’s Mount Cashel Orphanage was operated by the Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada. The facility was closed in 1990 after exposure of the largest sex abuse scandal in Canada.
In March 2010 Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna created a firestorm when he suggested that celibacy is partly to blame for clerical sex abuse.
Even if true, how does one explain that the overwhelming gender of the victims is male, rather than female- the God-designated sexual partner for man that the Church so vociferously advocate and defend? Yet, those priests, and I’m not limiting it to Catholics, do not see themselves or think of themselves as homosexuals, and they are never treated as such.
Still, homosexuals: “batty bwoys,” “buller men” and “zami queens”- their female counterpart in West Indian parlance – consenting adults and not child rapists or pedophiles, are looked upon as a threat to the wholesomeness of the society. They are positioned and thought about as always primed to pounce on the virtuous, a corruptible influence, blot on humanity and deserving the wrath of the righteous – condemnation to death by Judeo-Christian religious degree.
I came of age in a society where as a lark; groups of guys will go hunting “buller men” with beer bottles and stones, or if they unexpectedly encounter one, look for stones, hurl insults and blows.
Those “buller men” weren’t the soft effeminate type. They were strong, known as good fighters and not averse to using a razor. Their hunters had to be fast on their feet. If caught, “Peter would definitely pay for Paul.”
In 1994 I was in Trinidad for its Carnival. I hooked up with a group of guys and girls attending the University of the West Indies. I partied and played J’Ouvert with them.
At this massive open air soca event, an obviously gay guy climbed on top of a stack of speakers and started winin’ to the music. From within the group, a female student from Jamaica let fly her beer bottle at him. All followed save me. There were about ten of us.
Someone had just bought us a round of beer and a Guinness for me. (I don’t drink beer.) No one had taken more than three draughts from their drink. The gay guy didn’t bother anyone. He paid his money to have fun- to be drunk and disorderly. I was dumbfounded that such primitivism still resonated, and shocked even more to see that a female attending university and not an ignoramus was the initiator.
Ironically, the young lady graduated from UWI, moved to New York to continue her post-graduate studies, and the next thing you know she’s in a lesbian relationship, and living with a woman.
It makes one wonder how many homophobic acts or manifestation of the same are by persons who are so conflicted about their sexuality, they fake machismo.
Along with homosexuality, the Biblical Holiness Code prohibits eating pork, blood pudding, and certain seafood like shrimp, consulting astrologers, psychics or an “obeah” man and wearing clothes of different textiles to name a few. Yet, they are positioned as inconsequential or having been repealed in the New Testament, and not a “big” sin like homosexuality.
When it comes to sin, Christians often invoke Biblical lines like, “We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” “We’re only human,” or use the expression, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” Yet, when it comes to homosexuality, it’s about hating both the “sinner” and the “sin.” They aren’t prepared to live and let live, or leave the “judgement” and “punishment” of homosexuals up to God.
Huge numbers of Canada’s ethnic immigrants came from societies where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered are more or less legally sanctioned to be abused, beaten, jailed and even killed. The authorities do not care to use their full investigative powers to prosecute anyone, because the belief system of those nations is homosexuality is a sin against God.
In January 2005 Conservative leader Stephen Harper, now Canada’s prime minister decided to use the homophobia of immigrant communities to help defeat the proposed same-sex marriage legislation.
Harper was one of the founding members of the Alberta-based Reform Party. Known for its anti-immigration stance, the Reform Party later morphed into the Canadian Alliance, which in turn then merged with the Progressive Conservatives to become the Conservative Party of Canada. The Conservative Party strategy was to run anti-gay marriage ads in the ethnic media.
The use of the same-sex marriage issue to reach out to minorities showed the Conservative Party perception of immigrant communities as being culturally backwards, and it was okay to invoke prejudices and capitalise on the baggage of sexual intolerance they brought to Canada.
Harper was about denying homosexual immigrants subjected to abuse in their home country, the right to wallow in the freedoms that Canada has to offer, vis à vis the passing of same-sex legislation.
When Harper became prime minister, he tried to revisit the same-sex legislation to have it repealed. Legislators would have none of that.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, earlier this month, a call was made for an immediate repeal of laws banning homosexuality in those countries where such existed. Those laws were seen as a denial of human rights.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron then threatened to cut British aid payments to countries that continue to ban homosexuality.
Homosexuals can be our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and our grandchildren. Chances are that in every person’s family tree there is a family member who is gay. Could it be that he or she was born that way? Must we love them less and discriminate against them because of their sexual orientation?
Meanwhile, the Black homosexual is triply-screwed. Black skin pretty much predetermines they stand to be discriminated against by the larger white society. In their socialization among fellow homosexuals and even in the celebration of gayness they experience racial discrimination and victimization. Thus, there are cities in America where Black homosexuals host their own Gay Pride Parade. Lastly, they stand to face vilification and abuse from fellow Blacks.
Given the complexity and nature of the Black struggle, does it make sense for the Black community to continue its homophobic ways and ostracise its gay, lesbian and transgendered members?
I am not suggesting the embrace of homosexuality. Only that we see those who are as full brothers and sisters worthy of respect and not a demon seed. And if you are a practicing Christian, worthy of Christian love.
Up you mighty race you can.