Cairo: 23 homosexuals slaughtered by Egyptian Army
Yesterday's march for gay rights in Cairo attracted 10,000 homosexuals, demonstrating against the intolerant anti-gay government and the army's perceived reluctance to protect the gay community. As they progressed, the homosexuals were repeatedly struck by projectiles thrown from the balconies of nearby homes and even from the upper floors of the state television building itself, witnesses said, and by the time the army arrived the gays were seething. Their homes are routinely ransacked and gay clubs are subject to nightly attacks. Some have been burned to the ground. Witnesses say the army opened fire with live ammunition and that one soldier ploughed an armoured personnel carrier into a group of peaceful protesters holding rainbow flags and singing ‘I am what I am’ and ‘Born this way’, crushing at least five of them. The bloody scenes prompted fears that Egypt is drawing ever closer to a sustained anti-gay conflict that cannot be controlled.
O, hang on. His Grace is mistaken.
The correct story is that 23 Coptic Christians have been killed by the Egyptian army.
That will come as something of a relief to International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, and, indeed, to the whole of HM Government, for, to them, the life of a homosexual is of infinitely more worth than the life of a Christian. It is now Government policy to reduce aid to those countries which persecute homosexuals. Quite why they have singled out homosexuals is unknown to His Grace, for, to the Christian mind, all human beings are of equal worth, and the oppression of any minority group is an offence against justice. Over at RightMinds, Melanie Phillips observes:
All this makes even more striking the British Government’s initiative in singling out the persecution of gay people as the reason for cutting aid to repressive countries. For, of course, it is not just gay people who are being brutally persecuted throughout the Third World.It is a bizarre foreign policy which rails against anti-lesbian laws but doesn’t give a fig for anti-Christian repression. Why would the British Government see fit to impose aid 'fines' upon Uganda and Ghana for their hard-line anti-gay measures, but goes on pouring millions of (borrowed) pounds into those countries which arrest, imprison, torture and execute Christians?
Christians, Animists and other faiths are being butchered and ethnically cleansed in Africa; women are systematically oppressed in Islamic countries. Yet the Government does not suspend aid on their account.
It is hard not to conclude that what we have here is the ironic collision of two politically correct doctrines — international aid and gay rights. And gay rights have won.
Andrew Mitchell has already cut aid to Malawi by £19 million after two gay men were sentenced to 14 years hard labour. Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 26, and Steven Monjeza, 20, received the sentence when they got engaged.
So why do we not cut aid to Zimbabwe (presently £69million) for Mugabe’s systematic persecution of Christians?
Is it because A-list celebrities like Elton John and Madonna raised their voices in protest over Malawi, while Zimbabwe has no-one but the ‘ignorant’ Archbishop of Canterbury and the ‘fundamentalist’ Archbishop of York?
Seriously, is our foreign policy driven by celebrity? Are gays worth more than a Christians?
If we are truly pursuing equality in international development, why link aid to gay rights and not to religious liberty? Why penalise those regimes which hang gay teenagers but permit those who behead Christians to continue with impunity? Aid to Pakistan is presently set at £203million, yet they have blasphemy laws which are every bit as offensive as Malawi’s anti-lesbian laws. We are effectively subsidising the torture and systematic slaughter of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Has the United Kingdom really exchanged the eternal Gospel of Salvation for the ephemeral creed of political correctness? Have we supplanted the Good News of Christ with universal gay rights? Are we really bribing developing nations to embrace gay equality at the expense of the true moral life and the Christian ethic? Foreign aid is an expression of love. Love is unintelligible except as a participation in the life of the one who reveals himself to us. It comes after faith and hope, but it is the greatest and most transformational. Andrew Mitchell must learn that we are commanded to love our neighbour, and that our neighbour is not only the gay man or woman in Malawi, but also the persecuted Christians in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan... and Egypt.