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Saturday
Jan042014

Zambia's First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata Stuns By Speaking On Behalf Of Gays | God Loves Uganda Documentary

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Zambia President Michael Sata with First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata in JapanAnne is reading …

It’s been several years since AOC touched down in Zambia, but we simply had to address an event so unexpected that LGBT activists in Africa are calling it “a miracle”. All Africa wrote Zambia: Miracles Do Happen In Zambia.

The ‘miracle’ in question was a call from Zambia’s First Lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata around the topic of HIV and gay sex.

Speaking at a UNAIDS hosted reception, she said that the “silence around issues of Men who have Sex with Men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. Rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.”

Not stopping there, Dr Kaseba-Sata, assured people working in the sexual and reproductive health sector that both she and her husband President Michael Sata support their efforts.

Her statements come as Zambia’s tabloids are ‘outing’ gay and bisexual men.

LGBTI activist Paul Kasonkomona is currently on trial for speaking on TV about the rights of gay people in the battle against HIV while two men Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are facing charges of sodomy. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/miracles-happen-zambias-first-lady-calls-end-gay-hate071113#sthash.eyK6k3Br.dpuf
LGBTI activist Paul Kasonkomona is currently on trial for speaking on TV about the rights of gay people in the battle against HIV while two men Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are facing charges of sodomy. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/miracles-happen-zambias-first-lady-calls-end-gay-hate071113#sthash.eyK6k3Br.dpuf
LGBTI activist Paul Kasonkomona is currently on trial for speaking on TV about the rights of gay people in the battle against HIV while two men Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are facing charges of sodomy. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/miracles-happen-zambias-first-lady-calls-end-gay-hate071113#sthash.eyK6k3Br.dpuf
LGBTI activist Paul Kasonkomona is currently on trial for speaking on TV about the rights of gay people in the battle against HIV while two men Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are facing charges of sodomy. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/miracles-happen-zambias-first-lady-calls-end-gay-hate071113#sthash.eyK6k3Br.dpuf

President Michael Sata defeated in 2011 then president Banda, whose government threatened to jail newspaper editor Chansa Kabwela for five years because she sent (not published) photos of a woman dying in childbirth during a hospital strike to Zambia’s health minister. President Banda called Kabwela’s actions pornographic.

Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata

South Africa First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma (right) with Zambia First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-SataZambia’s First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata is one of Zambia’s most recognized specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has practiced as a physician at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka for more than 25 years, and has served as a lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine for over 15 years.

Dr Kaseba-Sata currently serves as a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador against Gender-based Violence and also serves as chairperson of the Forum of African First Ladies against cervical and breast cancer.

In 2010 PEW Research Center released one of the largest surveys on attitudes to religion and morality in Africa, comprised of 25,000 people in 19 countries. Pew wrote that Africa is probably the world’s most religious continent with about 80% of people believing in Good in most countries.

Disapproval of homosexuality in three countries — Zambia, Kenya and Cameron — was 98%.

A separate research report The Culture Wars Come to Zambia Intercepting the International Human Rights Agenda, concludes that America’s Christian fundamentalists who are “militant biblical literalists” have dominated the values of Christianity across the developing world and in Zambia specifically.

LGBTI activist Paul Kasonkomona is currently on trial for speaking on TV about the rights of gay people in the battle against HIV, while two to four men including Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are facing charges of sodomy and prison sentences of up to 14 years.

If a Zambian resident is accused of being gay, police can conduct a raid without having a warrant. As is the case in Uganda, family members and friends are encouraged to report each other.

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

No where are the repressive fingerprints of America’s Christian fundamentalists more visible than in Uganda, which has finally adopted the stalled anti-homosexuality bill originally promoted by Scott Lively and his colleagues.

The bill, which originally prescribed the death penalty for cases of “aggravated homosexuality” by persons infected with HIV, has allegedly reduced the penalty to life imprisonment.

Clauses that criminalize the “promotion” of homosexuality have both activists and doctors treating gay patients with HIV concerned that they could go to prison.

Before passage of new legislation, homosexuality was punishable by a prison terms of 14 years in Uganda. Lawmakers in Uganda say that western lifestyle risks threaten the country’s family units.

“What we are convinced and sure of is that nobody can in one’s right conscience and consciousness choose to be homosexual,” said Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s minister for ethics and integrity. “This must be under pressure or conditions because we know that the natural tendency is always for a male to go for a female and vice versa.”

The New York Times reports that ‘God Loves Uganda’, a documentary about the role of American evangelicals in fomenting homophobia in Uganda is a short-listed Oscar candidate. Director Roger Ross Williams says that coverage of his film — and most definitely an Oscar nomination — could persuade Uganda president Yoweri Museveni to not sign the bill in the allocated 30 days. If unsigned, the bill returns to the Uganda Parliament for further debate.

Previously:

Fears Grow That US Evangelists Ignite Anti-Gay Hatred in Africa

The World Wakes Up To Evangelical Support for Uganda’s Craconian Law Against Homosexuals

Sunday
Dec022012

Freedom From Religious Foundation Sues IRS Over Election Evangelicalism | Gay Marriage & Supreme Court Cases

French Roast News

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Experts don’t agree on last week’s Supreme Court decision in which it ordered the 4th U.S Circuit of Appeals to rehear a case filed by Liberty University that argues the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violates its religious freedom by legislating that the Christian University must provide health insurance for its employees. Note that the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional in June.

“On one level, it’s routine,” said Sara Rosenbaum, professor of health law and policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. “This is not an unusual way for them to handle a case that’s in front of them that they want to take, because it hasn’t been fully developed yet.”

But Mathew Staver, the lawyer in the case and vice president of Liberty University is encouraged that the court is willing to look again at the employer mandate, certainly as it applies to religoius institutions.

Mark Graber, law and government professor at the University of Maryland disagrees, saying: “Based on the Supreme Court’s past decisions, Liberty University has no case because this is a neutral law that doesn’t single out religions.” via Southern Maryland Headline News.

Freedom of Religion

Lawsuit Challenges Tax-Exempt Status for Pulpit Electioneering

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the Internal Revenue Service is violating the US Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to publicly endorse political candidates.

At the conclusion of an election season in which numerous religious figures including Catholic bishops told congregations how they should vote, the lawsuit argues that organizations have become increasingly more involved in political campaigns, “blatantly and deliberately flaunting the electioneering restrictions.”

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman is named in the lawsuit, which also asks that the IRS initiative legal action against churches and religious organizations that engage in electioneering.

The lawsuit cites full-page ads run this fall in the New York Times and other newspapers by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Renowned evangelist Billy Graham urged Americans to vote along biblical principles after pledging to do “all I can” to elect Mitt Romney. Also mentioned in the lawsuit are Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenkins of Peroria, Ill, requiring all the priests in his diocese to read an order that Catholics only vote for a pro-life candidate. The lawsuit refers to ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ in which more than 1.500 pastors challenged the IRS ruling directly, seeking a court challenge.

US Abortion Politics

The Family Values Congressman and His Mistresses

Abortion politics in America hit a new low when details of the private life of recently re-elected, pro-life Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) became public. The Congressman says that God has forgiven him for his scandalous past, including pressuring a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

Court papers revealed that DesJarlais’ former wife had two abortion by a “mutual” decision. The first abortion was because his wife was taking an experimental drug that carried risks during pregnancy; the second abortion came as the couple suffered from problems in their marriage.

The same divorce papers relating to the 2001 divorce of the family values Congressman DesJarlais revealed affairs with four women who were patients.

US Supreme Court & Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court has released a list of cases it will hear this term, and same-sex marriage is currently not on the docket.

On Friday the Supreme Court met behind closed doors with 10 appeals related to same-sex marriage on the agenda. It’s possible that the Court will announce this week plans to hear at least one of the cases. If the Court allows the federal appeals rulings to stand, it’s not the end of the gay marriage debate. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has predicted that the court will hear a gay marriage case this term.

Wednesday
Jan042012

Santorum Says America Is Not About Individual Rights But About Creating Families | Kids' Fitness & School Performance

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Daily French Roast

New Conservative, Sanctimonious Republican Sheriff Will Take Control of Your Body for Certain

No where is the hypocrisy of conservatives more evident than in their assertions that America needs to return to small government and states rights, with one exception: controlling women’s bodies in every aspect and those of gay men, too.

As The Economist writes: Now is the time for consenting adults to lock their bedroom doors.

Rick Santorum is riding high out of Iowa, considering himself a very virtuous man with a major agenda: abortion is illegal even if the woman will die — unless you’re Rick Santorum’s wife, in which case your life was spared with an induced delivery and knowledge that the fetus would die. Apparently if you’re lucky enough to be married to Rick Santorum, God gives you a get out of hell pass.

No More Gay Rights

Rick Santorum has made it clear that he intends to roll back allowing gays to serve in the military. The rest of the country, generals, and soldiers of combat be damned. Santorum will also end any movement towards gay marriage. Forget the rights of the decadent, hell-bound states that have already passed the legislation. There’s a new sheriff in town. 

Without exaggeration, Rick Santorum wants gays to stop having sex. The 2003 Supreme Court ruling that anti-sodomy laws are unconstitutional was a big mistake, and those justices are surely going to hell.

Contraception: Probably Not

Rick Santorum’s views on contraception aren’t totally clear, although post Iowa caucuses, most commentators say that Santorum wants to ban it.

The special status of marriage, he told the New York Times, does not exist “because people like to hang out together and have fun”; it is there to provide “a stable environment for the raising of children”. As president, he said more recently, he would at last address “the dangers of contraception in this country”, because contraception is a “licence to do things in a sexual realm that are counter to how things are supposed to be”.

Abortion: You Die Unless You’re The Sheriff’s Wife

In treating his gravely ill and pregnant wife in 1997, Rick Santorum said:

“The doctors said they were talking about a matter of hours or a day or two before risking sepsis and both of them might die,” Santorum said. “Obviously, if it was a choice of whether both Karen and the child are going to die or just the child is going to die, I mean it’s a pretty easy call.”

This is not his belief today, where his beliefs are that the mother must die, too. There are no exceptions to the no abortion and no damage to the fetus, in an effort to save the mother. Antibiotics are apparently a problem, for example.

Discussion around the Santorum’s 1997 medical procedures is heating up on the Internet. We’re reading:

Santorum: Our Abortion Was Different Our Silver Blog

Rick Santorum’s Anti-Abortion Politics Would Have Killed His Own Wife Jezebel

Karen Santorum would have died if the fetus were not removed, and labor was induced knowing that the fetus would not survive. How is this not technically “abortion?” In Santorum’s world, it would probably qualify as infanticide.

More DFR

A Writing Exercise for Your Waistline

We already know that keep a food diary is an excellent writing exercise for losing weight. Today’s research focuses on more creative writing. In a small study of 45 female undergraduates who had a BMI of 23 or higher, each woman was weighed, with 58% of the women having a BMI of 25 or higher, making them overweight or obese according to current medical standards.

The women were given a list of important values like creativity, music, politics, friendships and family, then split into two groups with one writing about her most important value and the other group writing why a value ranked low to them might be important to someone else.

The women returned again after one month and then four months, with the women writing about their top value losing an average of 3.41 pounds, while women in the control group gained an average of 2.76 pounds. Read on at Science Daily

Love Our Kids | Let’s Move

Even though America’s First Lady has taken a lot of heat from Conservatives for her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, she’s on the right track. Dutch researchers reviewed 12 studies, 10 in the US with sample sizes between 53 and 12,000, aged 6 to 18 years. Follow-up varied from eight weeks to more than five years. 

“According to the best-evidence synthesis, we found strong evidence of a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance. The findings of one high-quality intervention study and one high-quality observational study suggest that being more physically active is positively related to improved academic performance in children,” the authors comment.

Brain science may well be involved because it’s believed that exercise may help cognition by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Increased levels of norepinephrine and endorphins decrease stress and improve mood. Exercise is also related to growth of new nerve cells and support for synaptic plasticity. Read on at Science Daily

Related: Children’s Brain Development Is Linked To Physical Fitness, Research Finds

Using brain scanning, researchers established in 2010 an association between physical fitness and brain size in 49 9-10 year-old children.

The study focused on the hippocampus, a structure tucked deep in the brain, because it is known to be important in learning and memory. Previous studies in older adults and in animals have shown that exercise can increase the size of the hippocampus. A bigger hippocampus is associated with better performance on spatial reasoning and other cognitive tasks.

Indeed, the brains of the physically-fit children, as determined by a clinically managed exercise evaluation, were much more efficient than the less-fit children at utilizing oxygen. Their hippocampus was 12 percent larger, and the fit kids performed better in relational memory tests than the less-fit peers. via Science Daily

Humble People | Helping Hand

Humble people are more likely to offer time to someone in need than arrogant people are, according to findings by Baylor University researchers published online in ‘The Journal of Positive Psychology.’ via

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Mr Zeitgeist

Tyler Brûlé embodies the border-agnostic sophisticate whom his Monocle brand is built around.Danny Ghitis for The New York Times

Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle has just launched Monocle 24, a radio show, an international playlist from Seoul to Stockholm, with sounds from classic bossa to J-pop and the latest remixes from Berlin.

The New York Times Style section calls Tyler Brûlé “the walking cynosure of the good life.” In addition to his global media company Monocle, he writes a column, Fast Lane, in The Financial Times, in which he chronicles his adventures as a globe-trotting connoisseur. 

For his New Year’s Day column, ‘If I ruled the Commonwealth’, Brûlé’ writes a proper address for the Queen of England:

“When I look beyond the shores of the United Kingdom, I see similar problems in other corners of my realms. Wills and Kate told me they were dismayed by what they saw in Canada, and I was saddened by what has been allowed to happen to vast tracts of Australia. From Halifax to Vancouver, Portsmouth to Aberdeen, Brisbane to Fremantle, we’ve lost touch of what it means to be good citizens and effective governors.