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I wish they'd stop calling these excuses for human beings christians, because they ain't. Pretty sure they've not understood a single word of 'their'holy book. 

Christian UN staff in Kenya refuse aid to gay men fleeing persecution

It’s hard enough being gay in a country where the government wants to put you in prison, and will look the other way while a vigilante mob attacks you, simply because of who you love. What are you supposed to do when the United Nations — an organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights — won’t help you when you run from that kind of persecution, and for the same reason?

From the BBC:

Anti-homophobia protest in Uganda, via Creative Commons

Anti-homophobia protest in Uganda, via Creative Commons

His country made international headlines in recent years when it tried to introduce a tough new anti-homosexuality law, which allowed life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality”.

Although the courts struck it down, the environment has proved too dangerous for a growing number of Ugandans.

But in Kenya they face constant attacks, kidnappings, extortion and police harassment.

Recently, almost a dozen LGBT people were taken by the United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) to a safe house in Nairobi, after they were attacked on a night out.

Even that agency – the very group tasked with protected LGBT people – has admitted its own staff are hostile.

The deputy head of protection for UNHCR told me that staff have said that as Christians they could not work with, or talk to, a gay man.

“It’s difficult for people to go beyond all the prejudices they have. And this is what we faced with our own colleagues,” Catherine Hamon explained.

Discrimination from UNHCR staff has also led to delays in determining refugee status for gay Ugandans who have fled to Kenya seeking asylum.

The next time someone tells you about all the great humanitarian work religious organizations — particularly Christian organizations — do, remember this story. Every year, thousands of Christians stream into Africa; many are called to make the continent a better place, but all are called to make the continent a more Christian place. And when the West’s involvement in the continent is so heavily skewed toward the religious that aid workers employed by the United Nations feel comfortable saying that persecution and violence are bad, but being gay is worse, it’s time to seriously reconsider just how great the mission is.

(h/t Religion Dispatches)


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+.

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NFL fines DeAngelo Williams for raising breast cancer awareness during breast cancer awareness month

Ben Rohrbach
Shutdown Corner
October 28, 2015

DeAngelo Williams sports eye black raising awareness for breast cancer. (AP)
We've covered DeAngelo Williams and Cameron Heyward's battle with the NFL over the Pittsburgh Steelers teammates' crusade against cancer in great detail in this space, and last we heard the parties seemed to have an understanding with the league over what players can and cannot do to raise cancer awareness.

As with many things in the NFL, though, a handshake agreement isn't worth much.

According to the NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Williams' eye black featured "We will find a cure" and the breast cancer ribbon during breast cancer awareness month, and the league fined him $5,757 for supporting a cause near and dear to his heart. Earlier in October, the NFL denied Williams' request to wear pink all season in hopes of continuing to raise awareness about a disease that took his mother in May 2014.


Oh, it gets more bizarre. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Williams hasn't just been wearing "find the cure" eye black this October; he's been sporting it for going on five years now, and this marks his first fine. Ironically, his first fine for raising breast cancer awareness comes during breast cancer awareness month.

Of course, the NFL also fined Heyward twice this month for writing "IRON" and "HEAD" on his eye black in honor of his father, Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, who died from brain cancer at age 39 in 2006, so maybe the league was just trying to keep its terribly insensitive uniform policy consistent with respect to Williams.
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Can't help feeling that people that treat a 17 year old child this way need to be lumped in with other child abusers.

I love the people I've met because of the internet, but it has huge tendency to bring the worst out in people. And I have been guilty of that myself.

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This is the same church that helped Nazi War Criminals escape justice and still refuses to acknowledge it's guilt in the systematic abuse of millions of children under it's care.

No further comment is needed really.

Me'thinks they'd better be working on their weasely excuses when they meet the Jesus they so fondly imagine will support their evil.

Millions upon millions of Catholics all over the world are abandoning their church, but not their faith. Somehow I don't think they are being listened to.

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'tis ok to be Takei,
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Fifa steps up investigation into Russia and Qatar World Cup bids

Goddess watch over us all,
'tis ok to be Takei,


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