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Mugabe: Yes to Polygamy, No to Gay Rights

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2010

Today, Radio Voice of the People reported that Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe spoke before an Apostolic christian church and reiterated his support for the church’s established practice of polygamy:

Our Constitution allows polygamy. We will not force people into monogamous marriages. It’s there even in the bible – Solomon was not only given wealth but many wives,” said Mugabe who had children with current wife Grace while former first lady Sally Mugabe was still alive. He said the apostolic sect therefore had a right to be polygamous.

Meanwhile, Mugabe also reiterated his comparison of LGBT people to “dogs and pigs”:

“Today, the Anglican Church condones marriages between men and the same for women. The Archbishop of Canterbury is blessing such marriages – that is similar to dog behavior.

“At some point, I realised that I was reprimanding blameless dogs and pigs, which are aware that marriage is for procreation.

“We say no to gays! We will not listen to those advocating the inclusion of their rights in the constitution,” charged Mugabe.

Two Zimbabwean LGBT advocates are awaiting trial after having been detained and tortured by police following a raid on Gay and Lesbians Zimbabwe (GLAZ)’s headquarters. Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi were arrested and charged with possessing “pornography.” The nature of the alleged “pornography” (anything gay-positive can be seen as “pornographic” in some countries) has not been disclosed.

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Emily K
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

So much for “one man one woman.”

Regan DuCasse
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

Just goes to show, as I’ve always maintained, that polygamists NEVER had to wait for gay equality to make their stand. They’ve ALWAYS had the floor to make their case on their own.

This also proves that gay couples marrying in America is still within the same requirements as op sex couples.

But of course, the opposition doesn’t care to discuss the REALITIES of the subject.
Wonder if they are going to use this as a rational basis for marriage bans here, like they cite the welfare state that subverts the need and responsibilities for marriage in places like the Netherlands and Sweden.

I don’t think they’ve EVER used gay people as examples for the bans, now that I think about it.
But social situations that heterosexuals have always been in control of.
And screwed up without the participation of gay people as well.

Go. Figure.

Regan DuCasse
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

Oh and…
Mugabe just gave more religious oxygen to the issue. Just as anti gay sentiment is religious based also.

Apparently citing the Bible for all kinds of BS is going to be par for the course as straight men entitle themselves to interpret the Bible for their own freedom and no one else’s.

Let’s see what American polygamists do with this.
They going to blame gays, or Christians for any restrictions?

John in the Bay Area
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

All dictators eventually die.

Zimabwe is a country with tremendous potential. Hopefully, someday that potential will be realized.

cd
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

Another case of where ‘morality’ is what I do and ‘immorality’ is what people do that I don’t understand or don’t like.

anteros
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

“many wives”… here we have a man who cheated on his wife and married his mistress after his wife’s death, quoting a book written by men thousands of years ago from cultures that embraced patriarchy.

that explains why he hates gay people… they disrespect divine instructions to marry many wives and have lots of kids… they’re not ‘real men’… they’re letting down Team Patriarchy… they represent cracks in the dyke of patriarchy (an ancient dyke supported by the selective use of religious texts and strategic definitions of culture). one day that dyke will burst and equality will flood the earth. if only i could live to see that day.

Mark F.
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

NOM argues that gay marriage will lead to polygamy, so this stuff must confuse the hell out of them!

Actually, I have nothing against polygamy per se between consenting adults (although it’s generally really sexist—they rarely allow a woman to have two husbands), but I don’t see any compelling reason the government should officially recognize it.

Rob San Diego
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

Should we be at all surprised? You know polygamy is a slippery slope. If you allow it then you have to allow incest, beastiality, & same sex marriages.

EZam
July 18th, 2010 | LINK

I wish all the Mormons in the US moved to Zimbabwe.

moirao
July 19th, 2010 | LINK

so the reason he had sex outside his marriage (second wife? i think NOT) was only to have children? men dont have sex to have children…pigs and dogs do tho…

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