Just a few days ago, the Addis Ababa Administration Youth Forum declared its plan to hold a two hundred thousand-strong anti-Sodomite demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa.
Wait, an anti-Sodomite demonstration?
The Youth Forum considers “gebresedomawinet” (an Amharic for “Sodomy”) to have reached an alarming stage in the country, and that the situation calls for a demonstration to alert the society, as well as the government.
“Oh, finally!,” you would say, seeing that a responsible body is going to speak up about those Sodomites, and their rampant homosexual rapes and pedophilia crimes in the country.
Well not quite, especially if you’re gay and from Ethiopia.
The word sodomy, in homophobic Ethiopia, is also misinterpreted for homosexuality. The homosexual rapes, pedophiliac offenses, and all other sins of the Sodomites are tightly associated with same-sex relationships.
Actually, this wrong association of homosexuality with the Sodomites is what’s keeping alive society’s aversion and existing penal codes against same-sex relationships.
And neither is the upcoming anti-Sodomite demonstration free from this fallacy – it is anti-gay as it can get.
The question is: shall we still march with the Youth Forum since, in essence, we’re also against Sodomy – people who rape, are pedophiliac, and do other harmful things to others?
Yes, we shall but only with one condition; we’ll have to march with two slogans: one denouncing the Sodomites, the other urging that gays are not Sodomites.
At least that way, not only would we speak up against the sexual offenders but also the human-rights offenders, who are also inflicting as much harm on innocent people.
Then again, if only the government and the protesters would allow us to march freely amongst them .