Monday, February 7, 2011

Media Homophobia

Case One:
The homosexual factor
Posted: 16/02/2007 - 09:18 AM
Author: Stephen Okeke

Wed. 14 Feb 2007
 
Dear Editor,
 
I was not surprised with Mr. Orozco regarding the first article that prompted his response. But it was great that you gave him an opening to air his views.
 
I think Mr. Orozco is either pretending not to get the message regarding his blunder, or is so consumed by his pursuit of clearly perverted pedophilic support that he despises intelligent reason. What is at stake is, firstly, the protection of the violated innocent, not his sexual preference.
 
I think Belizeans should rise up as one people (at least those who do not have similar views to life as Mr. Orozco) and condemn the danger Mr. Orozco’s views pose to the safety of children and balanced social development.
 
I would still like to write the article on the “incidence of homosexuality and the formation of homosexual tendencies,” based on conservatively liberal perspectives. But I would like to know if you will be interested in publishing them. I would prefer to write them as an educational series of three or four parts. I would like to compact it as a referable material. It would be better in a number of articles, instead of burdening people with one lengthy, yet
informationally truncated article.
 
It has been very heart warming to hear a significant number of people comment on how educational and eye-opening the article I wrote on the gay factor has been to them. And they look forward to an opportunity to read more.
 
Hope to hear from you.
 
Thanks,
Stephen Okeke
 
Source :http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=5420
 
Case 2 
Dealing with the real of homosexuality
 
Posted: 18/11/2009 - 06:21 PM
Author: Charles X

I saw a picture on my email page with two men close up as if in a kissing position. It looks sickening. It turns my stomach, and that is not intended as any offence against homosexuals. It is just a fact. The sight of a mixed couple in such a pose may be exciting to “straight” people, because we each may envision ourselves taking the part of the other sex. And even, as a male, seeing two lesbians in such a pose, it is not as repulsive, as one might imagine it for a straight female, since the male can imagine himself “dealing with” each of the individuals separately. But seeing two men, uggghhh! It is sickening.
  
Now, how can homosexuals say I am homophobic (or whatever they call it)? I am not afraid of them because of their likes. The thought of what they do is just sickening for me to imagine.
  
It’s the same with our culinary tastes. Crab soup is delicious to me; I bet it turns some people’s stomach, just the thought of those creatures crawling in the mud and the crab holes in the ground.     
  
When cleaning conchs at the cayes, some of us would relish to “slurp” the so-called “conchs’ strength” (the gonads, the scientists say) down our throats raw; others find it disgusting.
  
Now, there is a reason for everything. Some we just can’t explain. But if the laws of science and nature rule the planet, then it seems to me that any man who looks at another man and finds him sexually attractive, the aforementioned “man” is not a man sexually in his mind, but actually a woman, or at least a part of his mind is. And when we see two gay “men” looking to “tie the knot” in this modern age, I bet each of them has a part of them that is a sexual woman inside, that is sexually attracted to males. 
  
Now, imagine that. You look like a male, but you are a female inside, where your sexual instincts are concerned. No normal male will want anything to do with you. Only another male outside who is really a female inside, also looking for another male who will tolerate his advances, will fit the bill. It is a narrow field to choose from. So when a lucky match is found, I guess they do enjoy some form of “nuptial bliss”, however disgusting it appears to us normal people.
  
The only unfortunate and insurmountable problem for homosexuals is the unnatural use of the sexual organs which inevitably will lead to illness, as the human anus is designed by our Creator for one thing only — to expel faeces, s—. Regardless of any psychological explanation as to why some people get trapped into the deviant form of sexual expression, the biological facts cannot be escaped or ignored. Anus use for sex creates tremendous risks for ruptures and infection.   It is no weird coincidence that AIDS is most common among homosexuals; according to the scientist experts, the anus does not automatically self-lubricate as the female vagina does during the sex act. Abrasions and bleeding lead to vulnerability to disease.
  
It’s crazy, but this homosexual thing has been happening for generations, just that it had always been “under cover”. Many youths have ended up committing suicide in frustration, when they couldn’t find a way to live in a society that didn’t understand their predicament.
  
Perhaps it is nature’s way of controlling the population explosion from over-populating the earth. Who knows? But there is still no justification for lewd public displays, reckless promiscuity, and the decadent public behavior, especially on television, that may even be responsible for skewing the normal sexual development of children, thus leading more of our young population into this sad predicament. Accepting the fact of some abnormal individuals is one thing; broadcasting, endorsing, and promoting this lifestyle and behavior is dangerous, as it can unduly impact on the young population still making the delicate passage through the process of puberty and sexual orientation. Accepting gays for who they are is one thing; I think we all should try to understand their situation and empathize. But do we want to encourage it, and even run the risk of one day making it the dominant lifestyle in our society? Where will the next generation come from?
Talking about HIV/AIDS
  
It is as important for us to accept gays and lesbians for who they are, without trying to portray it as a virtue, as it is for us to accept those unfortunate among us who are stricken with the AIDS virus. There are many, many ways of getting infected with the AIDS virus. Homosexual sex used to be considered the most common mode of infection, but normal heterosexual sex may have overtaken that by now; and as well there are drug needles, blood transfusion errors, etc. There are perhaps also many ways an unborn or very young child can be impacted in its early psychological/sexual development, to eventually manifest homosexual orientation.
  
It is time for our society to face the issues, so we can try to solve them. How can we know if there is really a high percentage “cure” already out there for AIDS, if we allow stigma and agendas to keep everything “under cover”?
  
There would be much less confusion and heartache in our society if youngsters would not feel threatened and “outcast” to admit their sexual difficulties to their doctor, their teacher or their parents. Likewise, many AIDS sufferers are dying quickly, simply because they are starving in this recession, and cannot sustain themselves to fight back, even with the availability of the retroviral drugs. Moreover, the “establishment”, which has vested interests in the billion-dollar AIDS treatment and counseling business, keeps frowning upon our herbal people who may have helped a number of individuals to put up a good strong fight, perhaps even better than the official retroviral drugs, against the killer virus.
  
Part of the problem in stopping the spread of AIDS in Belize undoubtedly has to do with the fact that so many people are ignorant of their own condition; but there is so much stigma and fear of finding out or revealing one’s status, that as a population we are all behaving like ostriches. Belize reportedly has the highest AIDS rate in the hemisphere, and there are only 300,000 of us; and we’re dying fast from violence and AIDS, plus diabetes. We’re also near the highest in the murder rate per capita. This is a national population crisis. Are our authorities satisfied to solve it only by Central American immigration? Will the so-called Kriols and the Garinagu be allowed to just die out and disappear? Is that the plan?               
  
One suggestion to stop this unnecessary fear and stigma, and put this fight in the open is to stop the questions about past sexual partners. That is too intrusive, and it is not necessary. No one should feel compelled or encouraged to reveal their past sexual encounters. That’s probably what keeps the taboo on this disease. But it should be your civic duty to our nation to reveal your status openly and without fear of being ostracized. For homosexuals, there would be less confusion and easier chances of finding a mate if they had an easy and acceptable way of making their orientation known. For those of us with the virus, when you declare, or are reported as testing positive, anyone who had sexual relations with you will automatically know that they have to get tested. The next thing is to let people know that we can overcome AIDS; it’s not a hundred percent. The evidence shows that some people have been treated with pharmaceutical and herbal remedies, and have rebounded to live long and fruitful lives. It should no longer be viewed as the automatic end of the world. That terrible fear and terror is what is helping to stress out and kill many of us.
 
Let’s put the fight out in the open so we can conquer these demons together; or we’ll continue dying out by our lonesome selves, and our people are two few and precious to lose without a fight. Let’s talk about it.  

source: http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=9283

 
Case 3
 
Sir Paul discusses homosexuality and Bishop Robinson
Posted: 22/01/2009 - 12:33 PM
Author: Paul Rodriguez

Homosexuality is a blessing from God. So says Bishop Eugene Robinson of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America.
 
The gay Bishop once again captured media attention when he was chosen by President Obama to deliver the Invocation at the celebration starting the inaugural festivities on Sunday, January 18, 2009.
 
Not having had an opportunity to interview his lordship, I can only speculate about the meaning of his pronouncement.
 
My faith has always taught and thought throughout the centuries of the Christian era that homosexuality is an unnatural expression of sexuality and is a very grave sin – what we Catholics call “mortal sin”.
 
The Apostle Paul two thousand years ago in a letter to the Romans at Chapter 1, verse 26, referred to it as a curse from Almighty God in punishment for unbelief.
 
Centuries before Paul, Leviticus at Chapter 18 verse 23, condemned homosexuality as an abomination: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.”
 
Therefore, I am puzzled about the bishop’s meaning.
 
Does he mean that having a feeling of physical attraction to a person of the same sex may become an opening of great blessing? If this is his meaning, I agree; for disorder does not arise from mere feelings. It is the result of a deliberate choice in which reason is fully engaged.
 
The Apostle Paul in several places speaks of resisting temptation. Therein may be the opportunity for blessings in spite of human weakness, which all flesh is heir to.
 
Heterosexuals too must overcome temptation, for the sexual appetite in a healthy person is ever alive to the attractions of the opposite sex. Herein is the blessing when one moves the imagination away from the fantasies; and reason focuses on the personality, the character, intelligence, beauty and goodness of the person.
 
Moreover, as one grows in maturity in an intimate relationship, one learns the great importance of building a lasting friendship with one’s wife or husband.
 
In the above sense, a homosexual relationship, without sexual expression, could be a blessing. Nevertheless, it cannot be a blessing if it involves sexual expression, except if it leads to repentance and a renouncing of the homosexual lifestyle. Judaeo–Christian thought has always been that the sex act should never deliberately exclude the primary purpose of the act. Deliberate exclusion of the first end of the sexual act, which is procreation, makes the intercourse immoral.
 
Therefore, to be credible Bishop Robinson should explain to his flock how he or his male partner can possibly conceive and bear a child.
 
The secondary purpose of the sexual act, which is to show love, may be expressed in millions of other ways, without the act of copulation. When one is kind, merciful, considerate, etc., to any other human being, it becomes a blessing both to him who gives and to her who receives.
 
It has always been a habit of most people I know well, to be respectful of all manner of human beings, including gays. However, there has always been an expression of resistance to a gay lifestyle that is aggressive, that seems dedicated to turning our children into homosexuals. There is a deep hatred for this – and against preying upon the youthful and the weak.
 
Although the scientific opinion that homosexuality is caused by a special hormone has been discredited, the debate about nature or nurture no doubt will rage on.
 
It is amazing how almost every human being continues to acknowledge the existence of goodness (and of God) by insisting in word and argument that what they do is morally right. We always seem to justify our actions by saying that they are good.
 
In my philosophical studies five decades ago, I learned that the human will/does not ever choose what it sees to be evil. It was true then; it was true at the beginning of human time with Adam and Eve; and it will remain true forever.
 
Bishop Robinson first attracted media attention a few years ago as the first self-proclaimed gay priest to be ordained bishop by the Episcopal Church of the United States. He later divorced his wife and married a man.
 
In this context, I would like to repeat my often stated position: what two consenting adults do in the privacy of a bedroom is God’s business. It is none of mine. Emphasis on “consenting’ and on “adult.”
 
source: http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=8041

 Case 4
MEDICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HOMOSEXUALS DO Posted: 13/04/2007 - 10:48 AM
Author: Stephen Okeke

Millions of people all over the United States are suffering from addiction to different kinds of drugs. And millions of people all over the world are suffering from the abuse and addiction to different kinds of drugs. Some begin to get gripped in the vice of these drugs early in life, while others discover the euphoria of drugs later in life. In all, all those who submit themselves to the ravages of drug abuse definitely enjoy the experience, and will fight doggedly against any suggestion that drugs hurt. However, it does hurt those who adapt themselves to it, and hurts those that care for them. In view of the fact that drugs eventually destroy lives, governments and authorities wade in to rescue and protect those who are gripped in its claws. The society defies the protest of the addicts, not just because it kills only its victims sweetly and they enjoy it, but because it costs the society. And once governments are involved in anything, there will likely be forms of politics associated with it. Therefore, we must note fairly the effect of social politics to every facet of society that has to do with mores and morals. In the same vein, we should expect to find, at least, skirmishes of politics in the access to, and control of drugs. And without fail, a close examination will reveal a glaring jolt of politics in the issues of sexuality as well.
 
The vehemence with which sexual practices are upheld or condemned by society, civil authority and the religious rites, seems to depend on how many people within the upper or lower wrungs of society have adopted them. That seems to suggest that pedophilia, homosexuality, bestiality and every other form of unnatural sexual practice and deviance will eventually find their way up the ladder of public acceptance once the cream of the society are willing to show themselves in it publicly.
 
Although those who practice unnatural and uncommon sexual activities may enjoy them, it is important that we mark out some of the cost of their pleasure. It does cost them, and it costs the society dearly. Their sexual preference comes at a tremendous price. Let’s pick on the gay lifestyle. We hope to pick on the lesbian lifestyle at another occasion. Nonetheless, because there are no comprehensive data on the medical consequences of the homosexual lifestyle in Belize, I will base this summary on studies done by Harvard Medical Professors, and other published data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Epidemiology. And of note is that throughout history, the major civilizations and their major religions have condemned homosexuality. Until 1961 homosexual acts were illegal throughout America.
 
HOMOSEXUALITY EFFECTS ON LIFESPAN
 
Smokers and drug addicts don’t live as long as non-smokers or non-addicts, so we consider smoking and narcotics abuse harmful. The typical life-span of homosexuals suggests that their activities are more destructive than smoking, and as dangerous as drugs.
 
Obituaries numbering 6,516 from 16 U.S. homosexual journals over the past 12 years were compared to a large sample of obituaries from regular newspapers. The obituaries from the newspapers were similar to U.S. averages for longevity; the medium age of married men was 75. And 80% of those men can be said to have died old (age 65 or older) for unmarried or divorced men, the median age was 57, and 32% of them died old. Married women averaged age 79 at death; and 85% died old. Unmarried and divorced women averaged 71, and 60% of them died old.
 
For the homosexuals, less than 2% survived to old age. If AIDS was the cause of death, the median age was 39. In that survey, for 829 gays who died from something other than AIDS, the median age of death was 42, and only 9% died old.
 
Of this survey and similar surveys, gays were 116 times more apt to be murdered; 24 times more apt to commit suicide; and had an accident traffic rate 18 times the rate of comparably aged males. Heart attacks, cancer and liver failure were exceptionally common. Twenty percent of lesbians died of murder, suicide or accident – a rate 487 times higher than that of other females aged 25-44.
 
Homosexuals rode into the dawn of sexual freedom and returned with a plague that gives every indication of destroying most of them, those who care for them, and those around them. They returned with the plague of AIDS and its accompanying lethal chain of dangerous epidemics. Those who treat AIDS patients are at great risk, not only from HIV infection, but also from new strains of other diseases. Those who are housed with AIDS patients are also at risk.
 
Dr. Max Essex, Chair of the Harvard AIDS institute, warned the American Congress in 1992 that “AIDS has already led to other kinds of dangerous epidemics …. If AIDS is not eliminated, other new lethal microbes will emerge, and neither safe sex nor drug free practices will prevent them.” And since then, we have witnessed new strains of drug-resistant AIDS in different parts of the United States, especially San Francisco.
DISEASE SWAPPING
 
The typical sexual practices of homosexuals are a medical horror story – imagine exchanging saliva, feces, semen and or blood with dozens of different men each year. Imagine drinking urine, ingesting feces and experiencing rectal trauma on a regular basis. Often, these encounters occur while the participants are drunk, high, or in an orgy setting. Further, many of them occur in extremely unsanitary places (bathrooms, dirty peep shows, etc), or, because homosexuals travel so frequently, in other parts of the world.
 
Every year, a quarter or more of homosexuals visit another country. Fresh American germs get taken to Europe, Africa, Asia, and even Central America, etc. And fresh pathogens from those continents return to America. Foreign homosexuals usually visit the U.S. and participate in what may be termed biological swapmeet.
PATTERN OF INFECTION
 
Unfortunately, the danger of these exchanges does not merely affect homosexuals. Gays carried HIV from New York, where it was first discovered among gays, to the rest of the world. Most of the women in California who got AIDS through heterosexual activity got it from men who engaged in homosexual behavior. Most of the men who get AIDS in Belize today through heterosexual activity get it from women who engaged in heterosexual activity with men who engage in homosexual activity, and vice versa. The vicious cycle of the AIDS epidemic starts from gays, and stops with gays. If there must be a solution to the ravages of AIDS, it has to center around the gay incidence. Even the rare form of airborne scarlet fever that stalked San Francisco in 1976 also started among homosexuals. Gay and bisexual men make up less than 7% of the population of Los Angeles County, but account for more than 75% of the people living with HIV/AIDS. Let the gays in Belize stand up to responsibility and dignity and help stem the tide of this ravaging HIV/AIDS, for it is a gay disease, but hurts everyone.
LET US SHOW GENUINE COMPASSION
 
We as a society, rightly, should be genuinely concerned with health risks, because gays and their lifestyle impact our taxes and everyone’s chances of illness and injury. Because we care about them, smokers are discouraged from smoking by higher insurance premiums, taxes on cigarettes and bans against smoking in public. These social pressures cause many to quit. They likewise encourage non-smokers to stay non-smokers.
Homosexuals are sexually troubled people engaging in dangerous activities. Because we care about them and those tempted to join them, it is important that we neither encourage nor legitimize such a destructive lifestyle. It should not be a matter of one person passing moral judgment against another, because most of those judges themselves may be found to be engaging in activities which would have been completely unacceptable in a traditional or moralistic society. And all concerned Belizeans should not sit back and hope that the gay/AIDS connection will drive designated NGOs or such to fight against legitimizing the gay lifestyle. This is because there is no urgency to stop the spread of AIDS (don’t mind the politics) – AIDS is a money making disease. Bird Flu was stopped, and is still being hunted militantly, because it was a money losing disease.
 
NEXT: What causes homosexual desires, and can it be changed?
Your brother and friend,
Sokeke1@yahoo.com
 Source: http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=5567

   
 

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