Disturbing news from Kenya, the picturesque and historic nation in East Africa. A backlash has been reported against the growing movement to decriminalize homosexuality and increase tolerance for gay men.
One of the loudest voices has been a rabidly,anti-gay blog: Kenyans Against Homosexuals. Several prominent anti-gay activists in the African nation have cited this blog which the author boasts "as the first Kenyan blog that is actively hostile towards homos." The site is headlined as "dedicated to mobilising Kenyans against the repulsive, destructive and depraved homosexual lifestyles." The blog postings are a mixture of fiction and hysteria, such as this recent gem:
"I've actualy [sic] been wading deeper and deeper into the sordid world of faggots in Nairobi—researching and investigating how far they’ve gone in trying to obtain government and legal recognition. I’m glad to announce that I’ll soon be posting a major exposé on their activities. It will stun many ambivalent Kenyans who seem to believe that these disgusting perverts will never get recognition in our country."
Meanwhile, more religious-based opposition to gays: On Thursday, the Kenyan Anglican Church consecrated two American bishops in a move that is likely to increase tensions over the church's stance on gays. Bill Murdoch of Massachusetts and Bill Atwood of Texas will serve in the United States but will answer to the Kenyan Church. Their congregations left the Episcopal Church after it consecrated an openly gay bishop.
Some Background ...
Kenya: "Things are Changing in Favor of Gays" [R20]
Homosexuality is Un-African? [R20]
News: Kenya, Qantas [R20]
Kenyan Update [R20]
Who is Archbishop Peter Akinola? [R20]
Harsh New Nigerian Laws [R20]
Nigeria's Anglican Archbishop [R20]