Monday, November 26, 2012

Sun Stroke Revisited



Everybody looking forward to having a nice Christmas? Ever think about the tradition of Christmas and where it comes from? I did, and decided to find out. I must say, what I found reinforced my misgivings about organized religion, after all, Christmas is a good time to point out Christian hypocrisy - because "peace on Earth and goodwill to all 'men'" very easily turns to "take all you can" and "hang 'em high!" and "it's God's will".

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Uganda Again Set To Pass "Kill The Gays Bill" - Followed by Nigeria

What can I say about this, folks - except "I told you so"? I've warned about it since I started this activist blog, after all. Back in 2009 or 10, I even acted as a mediator between the local and foreign ex-gay and ex-ex-gay factions - the ones responsible for stirring up and fuelling this impending holocaust in these African countries with their religious fundamentalist puritan prattle and anti-human rights bullshit, encouraging the ignorant, poorly educated and religious fanatic locals to "punish" those gay and transgender people who embraced their nature. Well, they now have their wish, it seems - to see thousands and hundreds of thousands of their own relatives, co-workers and neighbors deprived of their liberty, freedoms and their lives. 

How can people who value human life and human rights over pie-in-the-sky ideology and religious extremist "purity" - even their own - actually agree on anything relating to human rights with those who spit on them? In my view, religion is something everyone sees differently - precisely why it should be personal and KEPT personal and private - and not uniformly forced on a society of people who are all different. It is folly, treachery and the most basic fracture line in the modern world. In fact, when it comes to LAW and human rights - religions have no place on the table, period - and least of all, religions that make it their central focus to utterly destroy people based upon how they view people for who they are.

In the time of the Nazis, the rest of the world stood up to tyranny and evil - true evil - and fought it. Back in those days, the Catholic church supported the Nazi regime - and it comes as no surprise that they support this disgusting move in both countries as well. It is sickening and disgusting, and any religious group, including their leaders who agree with, and promote this sort of reprehensible abominable convention, should be prosecuted for human rights violations and strung up and disposed of like the inhuman rabble and toxic waste they are.

I don't care if you are a Muslim or a Christian, or of any other faith group - as a human being, this sort of thing should revile and disgust you to the core. And if it doesn't, then you should wonder what you are.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Interview With The Vampire Journalist


Concerning the article in today's Weekend Post, one which I was interviewed for on Thursday regarding the new SAPS anti-alternative religion unit, euphemistically called the "Occult Related Crime Unit". This unit, which is really just a bunch of Christian missionaries gifted with a 5 day course on "the occult" to make them "experts" in the field (of harassing innocent citizens for their beliefs) and wearing badges. The whole thing just reeked of Christianist propaganda, being an example of completely skewed and biased reporting. I felt I had to respond to the "journalist" who interviewed me for it.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

SAPS "Occult Related Crimes Unit": Christianist Threat To Religious Minorities In South Africa


Over the past week a serious issue has come to light over the reformation of the SA Police's "Occult Related Crime" units. In a press release last week, the SA Pagan Rights Alliance, representing the Pagan community of South Africa, revealed that the SAPS is forming these units to address so-called "occult related crimes", based on information obtained from a SAPS internal memo. Most of the items on the list (i.e. "investigating rape by a Tokoloshe") are patently ridiculous, and make the SAPS look even worse than its largely overweight and too-incompetent-to-handle-a-firearm 'blobbies' on the beat PR image already do. The other items place non-Christians in South Africa up front as targets for suspicion and intimidation simply on the grounds of their belief systems, and largely on the basis of "crimes" which could never ever be proven in a court of law. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Personal Statement: Divisions Within The Community


In the past I have called for more active interest and participation from the Pink Community, and I am happy to say that in recent months the community has risen to the challenge by and large, with new Pride events taking place, new community support projects springing up, and new activist voices shouting from within the wilderness to speak out against the injustices faced by our community. However;

There is an ongoing feud between the organizers of a community pageant  and other members of the community, a feud which is both unproductive and insensible, and which threatens to tear a rift right through the community. I also find it puzzling and disgusting how many people who wouldnt be seen dead voting or supporting anything political openly in defense of their own rights, have jumped in neck-deep in supporting either of the parties in this recent dispute which has been threatening to divide and weaken us as a community.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Brief Delusional Time As A Lesbian


This morning I was lying in bed considering what to wear. I sleep naked these days, because I've enjoyed the new found freedom that being physically female brings.  What I was wondering was, what to clothe my body with once I got out of bed, and despite the personal style I've developed over the past few years, I'm now totally at a loss for what to pick in my closet.Being female, albeit a transgender female now 6 years post-op, the choice should have been clear to me. The reason for this dilemma is that I was told last night by a person of some prominence in the local lesbian community, that I "dress like a drag queen".

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Right Fundamentals?


The question often arises in my mind, when dealing with biblical literalists and fundamentalists, exactly WHAT their fundamentals are? What is it that makes them stand at the head of a crowd and whip them into a frenzy, spitting hatred for others - and doing so in the name of a god they claim is a god of love, and who is the personification of this all too cheap, commercialized emotion?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Inconvenient Home Truth


It's odd how for years, articles by Melanie Nathan have been highly prized and circulated and promoted by local human rights advocates, and how for years we have welcomed her campaigning to assist our cause, and her application of public pressure from outside the country - and now we can turn around and say something like this:

"A condescending American [Melanie] Nathan based in America, who has no jurisdiction whatsoever in dictating to South Africans what to do (as what so many Western countries are prone to do), even if she was born in South Africa, she left this country three decades ago and has no business interfering. We're not listening - go write about the problems LGBTI face in the US. There's lots." - GaySpeak Ezine

An email from Mr Gay SA did the rounds in the early hours of this morning, laying out in point form "the official stance" of a Pink Community leader figure in South Africa. Point five said: "We support what Melanie Lowe and Cobus Fourie from SA GLAAD wrote about standing together, but this has become an all-out attack against Mr GSA driven by people who are serving their own interests and shamelessly using this issue of the traditional leaders to promote themselves, their blogs and their brands.

The email closed with "Please remove us from this mailing list - we will not respond if you do."

The quote at the top of this article was then posted on numerous Coalition and LGBT Facebook groups.


"A condescending American"? This is a little petty, don't you think? Resorting to pointing out where a person lives as a means to try and invalidate their argument? Posting a divisive email and refusing to take replies on it? This isn't what the community expects from our leaders.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Change Is As Change Does


The DA is virtually the only party in this country which includes the rights of people on the basis of gender, identity, gender identity and sexual orientation in its policies and manifestos. 

To this day, I feel that there is no viable alternative to the DA in securing the promises in the Constitution of South Africa, which pertain to freedom, equality and equal opportunity for all.

However, the recent events surrounding the matter of the Traditional Leader's Bill, and the careless statement made by Mr de Freitas as a representative of the DA - whether he himself is gay or not, have cast a different light on the Democratic Alliance and its stance on civil rights and protection issues.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Self-Hatred Is Not Therapy


My good friend Tanya and I were having a chat yesterday. She's a straight Christian friend to a pan-romantic transsexual dark Pagan - me. Our chat took the direction of discussing Christian gay people who believe they are condemned to Hell because of their inborn sexuality. I thought I would add my two cents using some information I have been collecting over a number of years, pretty much because I have been fighting a war of words with people who seek to condemn gays, lesbians, bi's and transgender people to "Hell" from a "Christian" perspective.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Down Memory Lane

The following is an article I wrote back in 2010, and which was published by the National Secular Society. I was reminded of it again this past week in an email, and thought as it didn't appear on my blog "Sour Grapes: The Fruit of Ignorance" the first time, now would be a good time to look back at how we got to this place in South African history, with conservatives vying to be the first to rip and tear human rights protection clauses out of the Constitution. Of course, since I have been writing and distributing my articles and warnings since 2008, there is a certain amount of "I told you so" in reposting this article. Nevertheless, here it is, for your reading pleasure:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Burning Question


A general look at similarities between some persecuted minority groups in SA, based upon differences in  race, sexual orientation, and religion or spiritual beliefs - and the similarities in the methodology of their persecution.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Stand With Us!


CALLING ALL HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS AND ACTIVISTS, of whatever association, be it religion, sexual orientation, gender, or cultural - it's time to stand together for our joint human rights! The government is debating the removal of sexual orientation protection against discrimination clauses from the SA Constitution - if they succeed in this, who will be next?

This is an attack on ALL human rights - for if one group of people can be declared "less than human" by the removal of their human rights, it can be done to anyone else!

It starts with US, don't let it end with YOU!

Join and support any protest actions called for, regardless of your sexual orientation, religion, culture, race or gender!

Stand with us, fight this monstrous outrage with all you have!

Pass this on as far as you can, to everyone you know!

http://www.change.org/petitions/south-african-constitutional-review-comittee-protect-the-constitution-of-south-africa-as-it-is

Kind regards,

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Christina Engela

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

SA Govt Body Discusses Removal Of Sexual Orientation From Constitution


An article in the Beeld newspaper yesterday explains that there is a move in government encouraging the removal of sexual orientation protection clauses from the SA Constitution. Not to say "I told you so", but I've been warning about this eventuality for the past 5 years. 

The fact that there is a government body with power over the Constitution giving serious consideration to un-Constitutional suggestions which would not only violate the human rights of a significant portion of SA citizens - but would also stand in contradiction to several important UN mandates on human right as well, and is cause for significant concern indeed. It would set in motion a cascade-effect that would collapse the culture of human rights protections for numerous communities.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

So You Think You're A Good Person?


I am what I am. Nice sentiment that. But is it that simple? Whatever we are now, we all began as something else. Personally, I'm far more partial to the view that "I am what I choose to accept I am", and "I am what I want to be". 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

WARNING - contains honest opinion of the author about ChristianISM, righteous indignation, and some good, down to earth home truths. The wilfully ignorant may be offended.

That said, you really don't have to read this article. You could skip over to something else, read the comics, change the channel, turn the page, click another link, and exercise that democratic right to read something else. If you decide to read it anyway, you don't have to like it - and if that is the case, you only have yourself to blame. After all, you have been warned. No use screaming and shouting about it afterwards - you will only make yourself look like an idiot.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cry, Emo Kid - They Really ARE Out To Kill You


I was shocked and saddened today, when I saw news articles of STATE SANCTIONED AND ENCOURAGED MASSACRES in Iraq. The target of these unholy act of unspeakable barabarism? LGBT people, feminists - and Emo kids. That's right - Iraqi religious police assisted by fanatic religious militia have been abducting and murdering people - including children - because they don't approve of their hairstyles, dress, or if they happen to appear a little too masculine or feminine to their liking, for their idea of "appropriate" gender! Nobody is safe from their brutality and terrorism - not even children! Monsters!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Legacy


Danielle skipped classes.  Instead, she spent the morning in bed, thinking deep thoughts. After a quick breakfast cereal, she sat alone in the lounge of the apartment she shared with two girlfriends, doing research online.  She searched terms like ‘hate speech’, ‘prejudice’ and in particular the word ‘bigot’.  She stumbled onto a site about genocide and put two and two together.  ‘Ethnic cleansing’ was another keyword. ‘Persecution’ another. 'Genocide' was the last word.  This is the 21st century for crying out loud! A quiet little voice inside her replied: ‘evil knows no time’.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Apartheid Is Dead, Long Live Apartheid!


I am angered by the attitude of some people in this country. It seems that one can't even enter into a rational debate with people of other races here without it descending into a war of words, where prejudices and stereotyping come to the fore. (You are correct in assuming that this is going to be a rant. If you disagree with me on this topic, it is your democratic right to do so. However, I then urge you to also exercise your other democratic right to not read it, while I exercise my right to express myself freely.) Why am I angry? Because it amazes me how many black people still live under the assumption that because I am white and have a car and a house that I am somehow "rich" and that I have "stolen" something from them in order to get it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Let's See How Long This Post Stays Up

I saw a post on Facebook, wherein the poster asked what a political party's position was on legalizing the drug trade in South Africa. The poster was of the opinion that legalizing the trade would make things better and more controllable.

In my opinion, the only thing that legalizing this trade in human dignity, suffering and lost lives will help is that the government would be able to claim its share in tax proceeds from the profit made by these obscene monsters masquerading in human form. Something which, in my opinion, could explain why law enforcement agencies struggle so to clamp down on this dangerous and illegal trade in the first place - corruption. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Traditional Hatred




What an interesting holiday season this has been! Three weeks went by so fast that I once again find myself writing the first article for the new year! I hope you all had a wonderful time, and whether or not the silly season held any special or even religious significance for you, I hope it was peaceful and filled with love and the company of not just family and friends - but people you really wanted to spend time with, and hopefully, enjoyed their company.