Shall we march with the Youth Forum?

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 .


27 thoughts on “Shall we march with the Youth Forum?

  1. I am sure you were raped by somebody with evil spirit or by a ferengi who make a research if there are eggs in your ass.We now know that you spread the disease by raping children…..Accept to redeem from this evil spirit!!!. My brother,believe me this is just a start !!

    • Dear Fikru, your level of ignorance is just baffling. And you’re right, this is just a start – we won’t stop till we see our rights respected.

  2. have you ever thought for a second that you are trying to stop the existence of a human race and the given and De-facto rule that Marriage is between a Man and a Woman?As you continue giving your self to such unnatural behavior even God will desert you to Satan.And Satan usually work by showing you that it is sweet and beautiful (because his aim is destroying what is good in life) but finally he will kill you.Please try redeem your self.Accept that this is a disease..a Man made disease…..

    • And have you ever thought for a second that what you’re saying is totally based on YOUR religious convictions, and not MINE and OTHERS like me? Why don’t you keep your beliefs to yourself, like I keep mine to myself! We are not trying to impose our beliefs on others like you, but we are simply asking for our rights to be respected.

      • Corporeal beings: Being against HOMOSEXUALITY is not about religion, however it is about going against nature.Nature will seek balance through ANYMEANS NECESSARY, and Nature’s balance is not set at 50/50, it is about balance, which can be 51%/49%, 60%/40% or even 70%/30%…etc. Their are a small percentage of naive corporeals (human beings) who believes that they alone in their own mind and so called free-will are free to unbalance nature with out and repercussions. There is nothing in this universe that is with out cost. You must always remember the Laws Of Conservation.”

  3. 1) ሰዎች ተመሳሳይ ፆት ግንኙነትና ህፃናት ወንዶችን መድፈር መለየት አለበት
    2) አስገድዶ መድፈር ወንድ ሆነ ሴት፣ አዋቂ ሆነ ህፃን፣ በንምንም መልኩ ብናየው ከምንም በላይ ወንጀል ነው
    3) ነገር ግን ሁለት አዋቂዎች በገዛ ፍቃዳቸው የሚመሰርቱት ግንኙነት ማንንም አይመለከተም። እንዲያውም ከተመሳሳይ ፆታ ግንኙነት ይልቅ፣ ከትዳር ውጪ መማገጥ እና ሴተኛ አዳሪዎች ጋር መንዘላዘል ይበልጥ ነውር ይመስለኛል።
    4) ወጣቱ ጊዜውን በሰው ሂወት ጣልቃ ከመግባት ይልቅ የራሱንና ሂወትና የሃገሪቱን ብልፅግና ላይ ይበልጥ ቢረባረብ የት በደረሰን

    • ዉድ ህዳሴ፥ ሙሉ በሙሉ ከሃሳብህ/ሽ ጋር እጋራለሁ። የአንተ/የአንቺ ዓይነቱን
      በጎ አመለካከት ያለዉን ዜጋ ያብዛልን።

  4. Let me tell you one thing…America is declining because they go away from their christian values that brought about their civilization…Europe is worse.My friend,please let us learn the good and avoid unnecessary ones.Which belief you have by the way?Any way you better think and pray hard because it doesn’t benefit you or yours race to come in the future…….Haven’t you ever feel that it is an absurd behavior ?if you have ever felt for a fraction of second ,then you were right…stick to this and dwell on it constantly and eventually…you will get cured.Otherwise you will keep on carrying the virus .My final Two things
    1.Don’t ever correlate yours to Civilization..forget about religion..Even science puts it as unnatural
    2.Accept this as a disease and you will be cured

    • Mr. Fikru, in relation to this particular subject, I don’t think it’d matter to know the countries on the decline , or on the rise… We’re talking about the flagrant disregard of a basic human right.

      With regards to one of your final points: It’s not just a civilized society’s obligation to respect human rights, but it should also be in the best interest of every just and democratic society to protect minority rights, such as LGBT rights.

  5. We know that it is not you guys talking but the evil Spirit is the one seemingly giving you some ‘good thought’ in you but leave you with the main agenda ………Homosexuality……There is no way for the Evil spirit to disseminate except working on pedophiles and turning the generation to be controlled by him.As David Bahati ,Ugandan PM,My beloved African Brother,explains “Our Agenda is to protect our children !!!!

    • If the “Evil” Spirit is the one that’s letting us share love with others, and if it’s the “Good” spirit that is letting you become a hater, then it’s clear who needs to be salvaged. Seriously, it’s a pity to see people like you who are actually spreading hatred in the name of God.

  6. Dear Addcafe,
    God hates “Homosexuality”!!!! Even his hand work, nature, doesn’t allow it to be that way.
    According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between ” a man and a woman” (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage.
    In one of your reply to Mr. Fikru, you’ve said that he’s spreading hatred in the name of God. However, you may want to think what you have said…..he has a great point if you read it carefully.

    As a person that follows Jesus Christ, i am telling you the truth in love and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect”. You may be hating the rest of the world for telling you to stop & be the person you were created for.
    You may also be wishing that they die in some way. Brother, being gay/lesbian is Sin! Before its too late and the door shuts become the person you were created for so that God may forgive your sin and puts you in his loving arms.
    As for me, you may hate me for what i’ve said but the truth is my scripture tells me that when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution. we should remember the words of Jesus that says “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).

    So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy? i let you answer that…..
    However, whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, (Genesis 2:24), describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as (1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33), the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblicaly speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

    The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

    Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.

    (Source: got questions?org)

    • Dear Belay,
      Thanks for taking time to write all that. Really, I appreciate your care but you got to know that not everybody follows the teachings of the Bible, and even within those who follow it exist different interpretations. That’s why it is wrong to even allow a society’s moral and ethical values be determined by religious convictions.

  7. To Addcafe…answer me, you marry with same sex. You can’t give birth or you can’t have any children. You live and one day you die. Who will replace you??? At the end all will die. No one replace himself or herself according to your principle of homosexuality and same sex marriage AND The world will be without human being at the end. End of the world (Ye-alem fitsame malet yihe aidel tadia!). Do not talk or write any thing else, just answer my question.

    • Ethiopian, why in the world would you think the existence of homosexuality could obliterate heterosexuality? It won’t — just as the existence of one race doesn’t eradicate other races!!

  8. I am amazed by the extreme homophobia expressed by our people with just a snippet of it shown in these comments…and then to go on to excuse this hateful language with a few bible verses? I see several people, including members of my own family who are taking things that are cultural taboos and mixing them with religious legalism so they have a basis for their homophobia. If we are truly being biblical here, where have you ever seen Jesus express such hatred towards anyone? And if you do believe that homosexuality is a sin, doesn’t the new testament state that all sins are equal? (Let’s not forget that sins listed in the bible include: anger, boasting, gluttony, dishonesty, divorce, lust, greed,etc.) I would suggest that some of you focus on your own spiritual walk which should reflect God’s love and grace instead of quickly spouting your cultural interpretations of bible verses (“Do not judge, or you too will be judged….Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matt 7:1,3). At the end of the day, whether or not you personally agree with homosexuality does not matter. Someone else’s sexual orientation is really not your business. Humans are human first, and everyone deserves basic human rights.

    • Debo & Addcafe, Please read 1 Corinthians chapter 5 & 6 i hope you learn something.
      Run from sexual sin! NO OTHER SIN so clearly affects the body as this one does for sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and was given to you by God? You must Honor God with your body.
      Those who indulge in sexual sin, or worship idols or commit adultery, or male prostitute, or practice HOMOSEXUALITY!!! or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people–NONE OF THESE WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!!

  9. My wife and I have travelled to Ethiopia a few times and really enjoyed your beautiful country and people. We are actually planning to come back in the next couple of years. Though, neither one of us will want to travel and spend our time and money in a country that treats their gay citizens viciously. Gay people are weaved through the fabric of every society for the better and should be treated equally. Please reconsider these ugly demonstrations and laws.

    • Wow Football guy…
      Do you think Ethiopia is dependent on your presence in the land?
      your stay in the country is insignificant, and no one cares whether you come/go.
      perhaps you are the one with a discusted & ugly culture that tries to spread this evil spirit into our land.
      go somewhere else that supports homosexuality, DONT YOU EVER DARE TO COME INTO OUR LAND!!!

  10. I never said that Ethiopia is dependent on my wife and I visiting your beautiful country. I simply stated that we would not want to visit a country that treats its LGBT citizens unequally or cruelly.

    But since you are throwing around Bible verses – have you ever read all of Leviticus or the rest of the Bible?

    Nothing is more sickening than a would-be believer’s hypocrisy and selective reading of the Bible!

  11. ፍቅሩ፡ የለ ምግባርህ የተሸከምከውን ስም እባክህ አስቀይው ምናልባት ያኔ ባህሪህ ይቀየር ይሆናል

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