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Gay sex and blasphemy punishments

Gay sex and blasphemy punishments

A NIGERIAN man has received 20 lashes after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted him of homosexual offences – committed when he was 13!

And in Greece,  a 10-month suspended sentence was imposed on a 27-year-old for using Facebook to poke fun at a venerated monk who died in 1994.

An image from the irreverent Facebook page

An image from the irreverent Facebook page

The first case involved Mubarak Ibrahim, 20, who was arrested last month along with 11 other Muslims and a Christian man. They were accused of homosexual practices.

Under Islamic law, courts can punish homosexual acts by stoning to death. But the judge said he took into account that Ibrahim, 20, had committed the seven years ago, and had since stopped the practice.

The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid was in court when Ibrahim was lashed with a whip, made of animal hide smeared with oil. Ibrahim, who had pleaded guilty to the charge, was ordered to lie on a bench, and an official whipped his back in front of a packed courtroom.

Ibrahim screamed in pain while being lashed, but was able to walk afterwards. He was also ordered to pay a fine of about $30 (£18).

Ibrahim told the BBC he was relieved that Judge Nuhu Muhammad had been lenient on him by sparing him the death sentence.

The trial of two other men was adjourned to 23 January. The fate of the nine other men arrested on the same charge is unclear but on earlier this week the Sharia Commission in Bauchi said the Christian would be tried by a “conventional court”, not an Islamic court.

Earlier this month, President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a bill that bans same-sex marriages, gay organisations and displays of same-sex affection in public.

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned last year the UK would review its massive aid programme to Nigeria if the country pressed ahead with legislation that includes a ten-year jail sentence for gay men holding hands in public.

But the Department for International Development, under pressure to meet targets on aid spending, said yesterday that the West African state would not lose a penny despite a decision by Jonathan to sign off the law.

In fact, Britain will INCREASE aid to this repressive regime.

Another report from Nigeria tells of Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, who drowned after telling his flock he could walk on water.

Not waving, but drowning ... it's what Jesus would have done had he not known where the rocks were.

Not waving, but drowning … it’s what Jesus would have done had he not known where the rocks were.

Meanwhile, from Greece comes news that a 10-month suspended sentence was imposed by a court on 27-year-old Filippos Loizos, who became known in Greece through his humorous Facebook page “Geron Pastitsios”.

He was convicted for “habitual blasphemy” and offending religion. Loizos appealed, while the prosecutor suggested a more lenient sentence.

The 27-year-old was arrested in September by officers of the Greek Cyber Crimes Unit, for alleged blasphemy through Facebook against a famous Greek monk, Elder Paisios, after pressure was applied by members of the Golden Dawn party.

Paisios, an Orthodox monk from Cappadocia who died in 1994, was highly venerated in Greece and Russia, and formal canonization as a saint in the near future has been speculated.

Loizos set up a Facebook page using the mocking name “Geron Pastitsios,” which is a Greek pasta dish.

Hat tip: Stephen Mynett and Stephanie Starlet (Nigerian reports) and BarrieJohn

17 responses to “Gay sex and blasphemy punishments”

  1. charlie says:

    The laws in Nigeria are insane. The Greek court is the same with this sentence for the guy. No, one must not be critical of some dead guy. Really? Why the hell not? Oh, he was some priest. Big damn deal.
    As to the pastor who drown while walking on water, bye-bye moron. Is that too unkind of me? Tough.
    Religion has and continues to ruin the human mind and destroy the human spirit.

  2. L.Long says:

    It is said that it takes religion to make good people do evil. Well I think good people do good things and bad do bad things, but religion causes good people to turn a blind eye to religious bad people doing bad things; as these stories show.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Pilgrimage Deaths No 986 (an occasional series):

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25790752

  4. TopQuark says:

    Do I mind if mentally deranged fools volunteer to become cat and fish food? No, really not at all. If fact I welcome it. Especially if the good news is broadcast far and wide for all to see. The result is fewer religiots to worry about and excellent demonstration of the dangers to the credulous.
    Beatings by islamic thugs. Do I mind? Yes, because the evil old men who are inflicting their evil dogma on those of us who do not want it are bent on our destruction. The purveyors of the islamofascist ideal want to eliminate kaffirs from the surface of the earth by the most violent means possible. Look at what is happening in CAR for example. Gangs of murderous armed hysterical thugs killing indiscriminately because some undereducated emotionally stunted imam told them they must. Just picture a change of backdrop and imagine such gangs on the rampage on the street you live. Imagine stepping out of your front door and over the lacerated and dismembered body of your neighbour. Well its coming unless we stand up to it. The godly will not rest until they succeed or until they themselves are rubbed out.

  5. barriejohn says:

    TopQuark: I wouldn’t draw too many parallels with what is happening in Africa, despicable as Islam may be, as much of that violence is basically racial in nature, and perpetrated by Christians as well, as someone pointed out on the following recent thread.

    http://freethinker.co.uk/2014/01/13/christian-cannibal-eats-muslim-mans-leg-after-a-gruesome-attack-in-the-central-african-republic/

    It is similar to what we have had in Northern Ireland, which has less to do with religion than the ethnic background and culture of the “tribes” concerned (just look at Glasgow football “rivalry” as well!). Even in the Middle East and Far East there are racial elements to the conflict between Muslims and Christians, and even between the different Muslim groups, though it certainly proves that religion is stunningly inept at pouring oil on troubled waters – more like striking a lighted match in fact!

  6. Oh dearie says:

    Hey Bj football strife in Glasgow is wholly driven by religious difference. Most violence is based upon the divisions thrown up by religious differences..shite, shia, wahabi, catholic, protestant blah blah blah blah blah. That’s it simple … Stupid people resorting to violence because their particular god told them to. Religion is the main problem. It is used by the powerful to incite the credulous to do the dirty work of their behalf.

  7. Broga says:

    @I write this from Barry’s former locale Brighton, a place I like. I’m here on dog walking, cat caring duty while my son and his family are on holiday. One of the pleasures of being in this house are the shelves of books many of which coincide with my tastes. I picked up one yesterday, “The Philosopher’s Gym: 25 short adventures in thinking” by Stephen Law.

    There is a chapter, relevent to the issue here, “What’s wrong with Gay sex” which is a discussion between a Christian (who is dreaming) and God. This seems to me to be a debate not to be missed whether you are Gay or heterosexual. Quotes from the bible make the Christian turn “pale” and chapters deal with “Homosexuality is Unatural”; “Homosexuality is dirty”; “Homosexuality is unhealthy”; “Homosexuality corrupts the young”; and a number of other calumnies of a similar nature.

    When the Christian wakes up his bed is soaked in sweat.

  8. barriejohn says:

    And here’s President Putin equating homosexuality with paedophilia again (doesn’t he know better – of course he does!). Even the Mail calls this “an incredible insult”, but some of the comments – particularly from American readers – are beyond belief:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541352/Putin-says-gays-welcome-Winter-Olympic-Games-leave-children-alone.html

  9. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Re your earlier comment about Chrsitians “campaigning” to get their views into the public domain, this has been going on for years:

    http://www.christianconcern.com/campaigns

    I am not the only one who has noticed, with regard to that Mail article to which I linked (and others of a similar nature), the hundreds of red arrows that appear on occasions when there are a lot of comments at variance with the right-wing, fundamentalist outlook. Many come from Americans and EDL/UKIP readers, who must spend literally hours promoting their agenda the internet!

  10. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Enough to make me despair of humanity. And on top of this the mass of humanity is busy breeding, slaughtering, polluting and generally wrecking the planet. Can we save ourselves? Just look at the religious leaders and the politicians. Not a chance.

  11. Broga says:

    “A UK Independence Party councillor has blamed recent storms and floods on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.”

    This is a statement full of insight from the dotty heart of UKIP. And people actually vote for these clowns. I suppose he didn’t wonder why God imposed the penalty on the innocent and defenceless while wealthy Cameron continues in comfort. I would love to hear him explain how he knows God caused the storms for this reason.

    Scary, isn’t it? These UKIP comedians are being elected, here and in Europe, and governing the rest of us.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Here’s the link.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541774/UKIP-councillor-says-God-sent-storms-battered-Britain-David-Cameron-allowed-gay-marriage-legalised.html

    The Conservatives are known as the party of the Queen. The Queen in her coronation oath promised to only to pass those laws that are consistent with the Christian gospel. There is a command to love all men, and I hope I love all men. But we are also taught to love the person but hate the sin.

    Some fool says: “It’s a point of view”.

    Wonderful!

  13. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Thanks. I see that a Mail reader wants him sectioned. Another is concerned about the damage he has done to UKIP. But I wonder if we are under estimating him. He is a former Tory who has “defected” to UKIP. Is he there as an agent of Dave to undermine UKIP? Do we have a political James Bond working under cover?

    I notice he quotes the bible which he thinks states how people should behave. Touch selective as usual. There must be plenty of instructions in the bible he breaks every day. The contradictions do make it difficult to know which to choose.

  14. Cold Water says:

    Re: walking on water; see http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/ for basically the same story from earlier newspaper reports.

  15. davien says:

    Take it from another nigerian most other nigerians act like sheeple and if you can frame a sentence involving religion and culture they will do anything…