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Western Evangelical Group Pushing Ethiopia to Impose Death Penalty for Gays

Will Ethiopia consider imposing the death penalty for homosexuality? Bikya News seems to think so:

EthiopiaAn anti-gay organization that held a recent workshop on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in Ethiopia is reporting that the death penalty against gay people in Ethiopia may be on the horizon.

The workshop reportedly looked with the social ‘evils’ and ‘disastrous’ effects of homosexuality in Ethiopia, and was led by United for Life Ethiopia, a Western Evangelical Christian organization with local representation.

Government officials, religious leaders, leading heath professionals, charities and members of the public attended the event at the Bethel Teaching Hospital in Addis Ababa, last week. In the workshop police alleged ‘homosexual family members and neighbors’ have sexually abused 117 boys last year. It comes on the heels of much antagonism toward the LGBT community in Ethiopia.

GSN adds:

At the conclusion of the workshop, the EICAH representative stated that the council is ‘making progress’ in convincing the government to be stricter on homosexuality and introduce the death penalty to punish ‘such acts’.

The ECIAH representative added that prospects for capital punishment being legislated against gays ‘seems promising’.

The United for Life Ethiopia (ULE), led by Dr Seyoum Antonios, sponsored the event as well as ECIAH.

ULE is a Western Evangelical organization that receives funding in the UK and US and offers to ‘cure’ gayness as well as campaigning aggressively against LGBT people in the country.

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  1. So they have a pedophile problem but want to kill the gays instead. Why don't they just kill the pedophiles (provided there's physical evidence and not just unfounded accusations)?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 2, 2013 12:54:08 PM


  2. And yet every accredited study proves heterosexual men are far more likely to molest boys than homosexual men are.

    Posted by: Michael | May 2, 2013 12:58:25 PM


  3. So now Evangelical "Christians" are promoting the death penalty? Guess they forgot all about the Ten Commandments. I thought they knew the Bible inside and out.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 2, 2013 12:58:55 PM


  4. Why would the idiots in Ethiopia not question why these evangelical bastards from the west don't live in the 'great'nation of Ethiopia if clearly the west is accepting gays more and more thus causing some sort of social unrest?

    Posted by: Will | May 2, 2013 1:04:00 PM


  5. What's happening is that religious bigotry is losing in the Western World. So instead their going into African countries, Caribbean countries and pushing their hatred there on the masses.

    Not Christian behavior, and not human behavior. These people are barbaric.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 2, 2013 1:06:52 PM


  6. Stop me if you've heard this one...

    Posted by: Lars | May 2, 2013 1:08:22 PM


  7. Stop me if you've heard this one...

    Posted by: Lars | May 2, 2013 1:08:24 PM


  8. If they try doing that, they'll lose most or all aid from Europe and likely the US and Canada and possibly Japan. The UN and World Bank would also respond. Iran might be able to kill gays, but it doesn't receive Western aid. This seems like a no-starter. Ethiopia would be an even bigger hellhole without aid, and I'd like to see these "Christians" make up for the many millions in lost funds.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 2, 2013 1:23:56 PM


  9. Adolf Hitler lives in the hatred of the religious fanatical. Some human beings never learn from history. Fear is never the answer. Love is always the answer.

    Posted by: S. | May 2, 2013 1:35:15 PM


  10. just exactly what and where is western evangelical organization. this article is severely lacking in facts. i can't begin to act against shadows, nor can i advocate for united states or united nations action without some specific information.

    the classic deep throat admonishment to follow the money would seem to be the next step. is money from the US federal government aiding or abetting this call for capital punishment?

    are any major US churches funding this organization? if so do the congregations know what their money is being used for? if so, they need to be publically called out.

    some detail would be appreciated.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 2, 2013 2:02:37 PM


  11. Make no mistake. Christians want the death penalty for gays in western countries too. They just know that they won't get it.

    Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2013 2:03:05 PM


  12. United for Life seeks death penalty? well that is the ultimate oxymoron.

    Posted by: Jay | May 2, 2013 2:06:45 PM


  13. United for Life seeks death penalty? well that is the ultimate oxymoron.

    Posted by: Jay | May 2, 2013 2:06:47 PM


  14. Silly Negroes...

    Posted by: donns | May 2, 2013 2:18:49 PM


  15. Wow, it took 14 comments before someone said something incredibly racist and stupid! It's a record!

    @BandanaJack: if you're so curious, hit the links to the full stories. It's not rocket science.

    http://www.unitedforlife.com/mahukmissionun.html

    Posted by: Paul R | May 2, 2013 2:34:34 PM


  16. PAUL R,

    @ "Silly Negroes"

    it took him a while to create his comment. You know, he had to figure out how to put the words together.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 2, 2013 2:43:15 PM


  17. Homophobic western preachers are very popular in Ethiopia. You can buy their sermons on CDs at the marketplace. Very popular.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 2, 2013 2:50:51 PM


  18. death that's cruel now ur a Homophobic

    Posted by: amha | May 2, 2013 3:02:15 PM


  19. drive a wedge into it by pointing out its heretical protestant upstarts and the ethiopian orthodox and ethiopian catholics (the 1st xtian converts outside of Judea) should turn their backs on such noob heretics from the west

    Posted by: Moz's | May 2, 2013 3:46:14 PM


  20. Tank you western Evanelical group for pushing ethiopia to impose death penalty for gays gays. That is what they deserve.
    I wish if they impose for the whole world gays the same thing.

    Posted by: Jesus | May 2, 2013 4:56:18 PM


  21. "I wish if they impose for the whole world gays the same thing."

    Oh, so you only want straight guys to pluke you in the butt.

    Posted by: Derrick form Philly | May 2, 2013 5:07:13 PM


  22. Jesus can't even troll well.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 2, 2013 5:43:16 PM


  23. I just retrieved my snail mail and there's an ad from Trader Joe's pushing "Limited Edition Peaberry Coffee From Ethiopia".

    I think I'll pass, Joe.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 2, 2013 5:57:59 PM


  24. How very "Christian" of them, doing what the Bible explicitly says not to do.

    Posted by: Garst | May 2, 2013 7:23:12 PM


  25. Reality check. Christian fundamentalists cannot call for the execution of lgbt citizens in the US or UK because public opinion will no longer allow it. But fundamentalists from both are supporting our execution in countries where they can get away with it. We all need to wake up to just how dangerous these people are.

    Posted by: Sean | May 2, 2013 10:56:34 PM


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