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Nuns who expelled a Ugandan from a shelter face a backlash

Nuns who expelled a Ugandan from a shelter face a backlash

A gay rights organisation in Holland – Rozelinks – announced on Facebook that it was planning a lesbian kiss-in today (Wednesday) outside Amsterdam’s Missionaries of Charity shelter in protest against the expulsion of a Ugandan asylum seeker identified only as ‘Justine’, above.

According to this report, the young woman is an asylum-seeker who was staying with nuns at the shelter. She was given the boot after she revealed that she is a lesbian and had helped with the Canal Pride Parade.

Justine fled Uganda for the Netherlands last year because of her sexual orientation. She was not granted refugee status. Last Friday she moved into the Missionaries of Charity’s 24 hour shelter, while her lawyer worked on a new asylum application. On the same day she went to help RozeLinks with their Canal Parade boat for Amsterdam Pride.

RozeLinks’ Savannah Koolen said:

When she returned to the shelter on Friday and told the nuns where she had been, she was told that she was not allowed to sleep in the shelter. She was told that her presence would be dangerous to the other women and children who slept there. Unless she denies being a lesbian from now on, she had to leave.

Since then, Justine has been staying with a RozeLinks member. She already spoke to the police and has an appointment to file official discrimination charges today.

RozeLinks called on women to gather and kiss in front of the shelter. The protest is a statement to the nuns and a show of support for Justine. Koolen said:

We want to show her that she can be who she wants to be here and that many Amsterdammers don’t find what these nuns did okay.

In this report, Koolen is quoted as saying that her organisation is:

Shocked that, during the Pride week, a vulnerable lesbian woman is discriminated against in this way. We want to show that we do not accept these expressions of discrimination in Amsterdam [and] that we are a tolerant city, where everyone is free to be themselves.

RozeLinks also set up a crowdfunding page to pay for the travel costs of Justine’s friends residing elsewhere in the Netherlands who wanted to join protest in Amsterdam.

The Missionaries of Charity are a charitable group founded by the late Mother Teresa in 1950 that now operates in more than 130 countries around the world. The charity has not offered comment on the issue.

5 responses to “Nuns who expelled a Ugandan from a shelter face a backlash”

  1. Angela_K says:

    Ah, so that is where some of the money the vile old fraud scammed ended up. These nuns are members of the same cult that enables child abuse cover-ups, the enslavement of women in places such as the Magdalene laundries and the disposal of babies and children in a septic tank; not the type of women I’d like to be near.

  2. H3r3tic says:

    Few regular visitors to this site will be unaware of the perilous position that gay men and women find themselves in should they be unfortunate enough to live in Uganda. That the halfwitted simpletons who believe Mother Theresa to be a saint are allowed to run their business, and I use that word in the way in which it is defined under law, and receive tax relief on it’s costs whilst simultaneously discriminating against people purely on the basis of their sexuality is a disgrace.

  3. StephenJP says:

    Well, thanks to the genuine charity of RozeLinks, it appears that Justine is in a much better place. Good luck to her with her asylum application.

    Meanwhile, one wonders why the ‘Missionaries of Charity’ are permitted to pursue their divisive, discriminatory and homophobic policies in this way. Doesn’t the Dutch Government have standards that charities need to adhere to if they want to retain charitable status? I think we should be told.

  4. 1859 says:

    Gay couples kissing in public, as a defiance to bigotry, is a tremendous idea – and should be copied everywhere homophobia raises its very ugly face.

    This really is such a powerful idea as I know from personal experience. As a young, straight guy I thought I was pretty tolerant of gay people, until I was put in charge of a group of 20 gay guys on a fruit-picking farm. As the first day progressed many of the guys formed close relationships and would openly kiss and hug each other. I had never seen men kissing so passionately before and it made me realise just how conditioned I had become and how narrow and limited my professed ‘tolerance’ was. But as the days went on it became as ‘normal’ for me to see men passionately embracing each other, as it was ‘normal’ for me to see a hetero couple embracing. Which is why I know how powerful such a statement in public would be.

  5. Broga says:

    Barry: This is a totally irrelevant comment but you may think it worthwhile in the circumstances. This book, VOX, by an American, will be published Harper Collins on 23 August in hardback and in paper back in March 2019. It is about an American future when fundamentalist Christians have taken control.

    This debut novel, which I have not read yet but my daughter has, is likely to take a hammering from some Christians. Authors with consistently 4 and 5 star reviews have been given 1 star in the past and, a typical comment from a novel last year which had a passage supporting euthanasia for the terminally ill and suffering, “ill written, poorly formed characters, not worth buying.” No mention of euthanasia or the Christian bias, of course. The review is from Vine which reviews novels pre publication and independently of the publishers.

    ‘Vox’ is a dystopian novel set in the very near future in an America which has been taken over by fundamentalist Christians, with them enforcing their beliefs about the reestablishment of the traditional family roles using technology in the form of a wrist band worn by females only. This band counts the number of words uttered per day by the wearer, and issues progressively stronger electric shocks if the 100 word limit is surpassed.”

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