Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Passion, Perception And Prejudice


Today is another day I find myself facing accusations that I 'hate Christians'. The source of this accusation, undoubtedly, is some of the posts I circulate on Facebook - posts which unmask Christian hatred for the 'other' - that is, for non-Christians and LGBT people, also atheists, Pagans and people who worship other gods.

I am a human rights activist, and as an activist, my function is to first of all expose, advertise or bring under the spotlight any wrongdoing, injustice or crimes against humanity to the public - and secondly, to thereby challenge fixed mindsets, prejudices, misunderstanding and ignorance. Thirdly, my task is to educate those ignorant of the facts surrounding those whom they have been encouraged to hate and oppress. 

Ignorance is the biggest enemy of all, because people fear and mistrust what they do not understand - and what they fear, they hate. There is too much fear and hate in the world we live in today.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What DO I Really Want?

It's regarded as naive' to want everyone to 'just get along' and 'make nice'... but nevertheless, that's all I really want from the world. Every day as a human rights advocate I see words spoken by people consumed by anger and hatred towards other people, and it saddens me. Yes, I've spoken out in anger before too, and I will again today and tomorrow... but that's a reaction to the hatred and anger of others - and the acts of cruelty committed out of their hatred and anger. At least I am above committing such acts of hatred and cruelty, unlike those I usually take on as an activist.
...but why can't we just try to get along? Why do those who do harm to others so vehemently defend and look for excuses to justify their hatred and their actions of harm? Does hurting others make them more right? Does destroying lives prove their point? Does doing bad things in the name of 'goodness' or 'righteousness' mean they are 'good' people?
Let's make a pact to start fresh. Try to look at the world around us anew - at OURSELVES and at each other anew. Not as Christians or ChristianISTS, Muslims or Islamicists, as 'straights' or 'homosexuals', or as different shades of skin color, not as our religions or cultures or ideologies or races - but as PEOPLE. 
I'm not in government, you aren't in government - only the politicians pursuing wealth and power are in government. They seem to decide our causes and our issues for us... instead of us doing that for them.
We should stop lending our ears to these puppeteers, and stop giving them what they want. It's time they started listening to the people and giving us what we want.
Peace. Harmony. True equality. Rule of law, safety and security - honoring the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, transparency, accountability. A healthy, growing, stable economy; a living wage, social security, an open equal opportunity society.
Make it so.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Unbelievable!

Let's talk about belief. It's amazing - and also quite frightening - how some people seem to be more concerned with what other people believe about anything, rather than concerning themselves with their own private beliefs. Typically this is even more true when it comes to religious beliefs.

Some adherents of certain religions for example, find it difficult to not become obsessed about other people who do not share their particular beliefs. They can, and often do, even go so far as to claim that other people's beliefs are 'harmful' - either to the believer themselves, or to others - typically while believing that their own are not. 

It becomes something of a finger-pointing game. I see it happening in my social media news feed every day. I daily scroll past thread after thread of people arguing about how wrong, stupid, ignorant etc everyone else is for not agreeing with them - flame wars filled with people fighting to convince others how right their particular religion is, and about how wrong, misguided, dangerous and harmful the other is. 

It has to be the most unaware, blissfully ignorant display of self-glorifying selfishness there is.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

MORAL CONFLICTS AND LIBERTY: GAY PERSECUTION IN UGANDA AND HOW THEY CAN BE LIBERATED

The following paper was sent to me by Francis Mwine Mubwaro, a LGBT activist from Uganda, with a request to repost it on my blog.

I am honored to oblige, and it is with utmost respect and admiration that I share this document here:

TITLE OF SESSION: MORAL CONFLICTS AND LIBERTY: GAY PERSECUTION IN UGANDA AND HOW THEY CAN BE LIBERATED.


PRESENTER: FRANCIS MWINE                      

This paper is published under the responsibility of Krysler Thematic and think tank group, where the presenter is the founding member and Chairperson, affiliated to Twagalane Association.

Comments on this paper are invited.
Please contact the author and presenter at EMAIL: frankmwine22@yahoo.com 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Live Your Dream!

I think we all start off hoping to start changing into that mythical supermodel with the long thin legs, that impossible Barbie waistline and cleavage we always wanted as soon as we embark on HRT... Meanwhile, it doesn't happen for everyone quite the way we hope it will, and certainly not overnight, if at all. I think it's an unrealistic expectation we all have.

We want the exterior to match the interior. We feel like beautiful people on the inside, and we want the outside to reflect that image we have been taught from an early age, a woman ought to be.

"I don't think my face is feminine enough". "I don't think I pass". "I look like a dude in a dress"... These are some of the many, many self-critical comments I've heard from many of my sisters over the years. Some of them I've heard from my own lips.

Many people tell me I'm beautiful. These days it's not so much that I believe them, eventually - it's more that it doesn't really matter to me what other people think of my looks. 

I still think my jaw looks a little square in certain lighting, I still cringe at recent pictures that remind me of the 'old me'. I delete a lot of selfies! My voice still gets me called 'sir' on the phone or at the drive-through.

It doesn't really bother me anymore. Do you know why?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Demonspawn by Christina Engela

"Demonspawn" - the second book in the Galaxii Series by Port Elizabeth author Christina Engela, now available on Amazon.com via J.Ellington Ashton Press. (Local distribution and coverage would be nice ;)

"Imagine if you will... A warship stranded in deep space...no hope of rescue... no way to call for help... enough food and water for 6 months... air and power for 2 weeks. The survivors begin to lose control. Suddenly out of nowhere a lifeless derelict crosses their path, changing the rules... offering them a chance of survival... but only... a chance." 

“Christina seems to have a knack for writing villains. With the Akx she really raised the bar. I felt suspense filling my whole body while reading. It kept me reading up till late to find out what happens.

A clearly written sci-fi novella with an interesting theme on confronting fear. The characters are well done and it has a villain that will raise suspense.” – Mr. Green

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Publication Date: Apr 20 2015
ISBN/EAN13: 1511821965 / 9781511821964
Page Count: 86
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Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Little Note On Freedom Of Religion From Your Friendly Neighborhood Witch





A little note on freedom of religion, tolerance for diversity and equality for all in South Africa: This little notice appeared in a local SA Newspaper in Afrikaans, although I am still waiting for someone to tell me which paper it appeared in.

Very charming - and I suppose were an occult group to post a similar ad about a course covering 'the evils of Christianity' (and I might be tempted to list a few), then it would be reported as hate speech (and the complaint would be taken in a very serious light - not dismissed by the Press Ombudsman or SA HRC as all complaints on such articles have been), or the ad wouldn't be posted by the paper in the first place because it might offend the 'mighty christians'.

This is not fair, and it's not moral. This is slander in the form of false information about other religions being presented as fact, with Christianity being presented as some sort of antidote or cure-all solution to a list of crimes being associated with other religions such as Satanism, Paganism and Witchcraft.

Naturally, the organizers stand to make a substantial amount of money from the course as the 'faithful' will cough up R400 per person attending!

If there were any kind of actual moral code in South African media - as the SA Press Ombudsman claims there is - that is, one that were actually adhered to, then this should be a violation of that press code.

Yes, Christians can believe whatever the hell they want to - even if they choose to believe the garbage in that advertisement - but their religious freedom does not constitute a right to violate the religious freedom of other people, including Satanists, Pagans and Witches, by posting such items in public media and in public spaces. You cannot reconcile the protections for all people's religious freedoms as in the Constitution, with one group clearly being allowed to demonstrate a clear bias against other religious groups being targeted openly and publicly without any legal consequences.


Since the minority groups in question appear to have no legal recourse and are not taken seriously by the alleged 'watch dog groups' that are supposed to react to such complaints, it is very clear that the machinery that is supposed to handle the application of constitutional equality for all, are impaired, dysfunctional, biased against diversity, or broken.