Dealing With Homosexuality
By N Oji Mzilikazi
November 24, 2011
(Originally published in Montreal Community Contact Volume 21, Number 24)
…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…
…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…
…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…Must we love them less and discriminate against them because of their sexual orientation?…
…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.