Thursday, November 16, 2006

a lesson on integrity, and other news from africa

south africa has legalized gay marriage by a wide majority, claiming that in this country once destroyed by aparteid, none would be discriminated against. individuals with the power to do so retain the right to not marry a gay couple if it goes against their beliefs, but who cares? this makes the usa look positivly third world in our hypocrisy of 'freedom so long as it doesnt disagree with my religious belief'.
After an often heated debate, 230 lawmakers gave their final approval to the civil union bill while 41 opposed it. There were three abstentions.

"In breaking with our past ... we need to fight and resist all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including homophobia," Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told MPs in Cape Town.

"When we attained our democracy, we sought to distinguish ourselves from an unjust painful past, by declaring that never again shall it be that any South African will be discriminated against on the basis of colour, creed, culture and sex," she added....

elsewhere in afric...Annan to urge U.N. troops for Darfur (about time)
Chad accuses Sudan of extending Darfur crisis to entire region (id be mad too)
Africa News (for further news on the congo, ethiopia, nigeria, etc...

Song of the day:carey- joni mitchell


Reverend Rumble Fish said...

"...individuals with the power to do so retain the right to not marry a gay couple if it goes against their beliefs..."

I highly respect that. It is a fair compromise. I am not about telling people who can marry who, but I am also not about forcing faith groups into something under penalty of fines or jail time that is strictly prohibited by their faith. A safe motion that would keep separation of church and state.

molly said...

yes, i agree, officails of an organized religion should be given room to stay integrious themselves, but any employee of the state should not...

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