By Mukurima Muriuki
There is a growing call for people to ‘accept and move on’ on almost every matter. But I refuse to everybody and want to stand out as my own, and say yes I am homophobic. By this, it does not mean I have any hatred towards the gays or lesbians, but its a behavior I cannot tolerate, and nothing can sway me from this opinion.
We are Kenyans, a country that thrives on values that are underpinned by cultural awareness. Yes we are a cultural country and nowhere in any culture do we have gay-ism or lesbian-ism. As a matter of fact, we are not a society that should even be debating on the same sex marriage or relationships.
I have heard proponents of LGBT say that this is an individual decision. I agree, and wile sin is individual, just like guilt or salvation, we should always debate issues because we are a society and not individuals. First of all, if we should not mind about what other people do, then why do we have laws? It would the be free for all, do as you please. That cannot be the case.
The Mombasa 9 are in jail because of something they chose to do. Why then is there outcry and noise about what they did? It does not affect me. It does not affect you. It does not affect other dogs or cats, but they are in jail for some reason! Prostitution is not legal. Why? Why do police arrest those in this trade yet when a girl or a guy allows his or her ‘premise’ to be rented, its their business! You see society can never thrive on that.
What of a girl who commits abortion? Its their body after all. But why then do we feel its immoral when someone does it. This whole debate is not a matter of ‘our sins are greater and hence we accept and move on’. Our national anthem is premised on a fear of God. Before the start of any national event, there is a prayer. To who do we pray to? I believe to God. And we always say we ‘fear and respect’ God. Lets start from there. What does He who we pray to want. Or are we someday going to be told even Satan exists and so we accept and move on. We all studied CRE or social ethics somewhere and we always used to be told about cultural values! We are a culture..that what defines us!
Whether society is changing or not, there are those values I will never compromise on. I am not a perfect soul but that does not mean I should allow others to acts that are not natural. If mating is for a man and a man or a woman and a woman, then God should as well have put a penis on a woman and given a man a vagina as well.
So if you feel that being homophobic is wrong, then homosexuality is wrong as well.
This piece was first published at http://mukurima.blogspot.nl/