In the East African nation of Tanzania, gay sex is prohibited. Now, the deputy health minister may publish a list of homosexuals in the country, which can result in 30-year jail time, the BBC reports.
Homophobic health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla, 42, is taking to Twitter to issue the threats and firmly protect Tanzanian laws against homosexuality.
As a country, unfortunately, we do not pride ourselves being 'homophilic'. We see things from different angles. Respect each other's views https://t.co/1Hh1cVvW3u— Dr. Kigwangalla, H. (@HKigwangalla) February 20, 2017
That's evolution from science/innovation. Do we innovate our biology? Homosexuality is unnatural and there is nothing innovative about it! https://t.co/nan1F4grbb— Dr. Kigwangalla, H. (@HKigwangalla) February 20, 2017
I am not judging no one but all found going against this shall face the law! The courts will finally decide https://t.co/BhOMWz1a0b— Dr. Kigwangalla, H. (@HKigwangalla) February 20, 2017
According to the BBC, Kigwangalla believes there was no homosexuality in his central Tanzanian hometown, and that it only comes about in an urban setting.
Kigwangalla is receiving no shortage of backlash for his egregious stance.
@HKigwangalla you dont create boundaries for human nature! You dont condem others because you are straight! YOU SIN DIFFERENT as well??— Lovelet Lwakatare (@Loveygello) February 19, 2017
Dr Kigwangalla, do you respect gay rights? You have a big opportunity to improve the reputation of your country by showing true leadership. https://t.co/2EQ0Ii6ruX— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) February 20, 2017
@HKigwangalla real leadership is not to follow but to lead. You have a platform from which to reverse prejudice instead of encouraging it.— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) February 20, 2017
Last week, the Tanzanian health ministry suspended 40 HIV/AIDs clinics, citing the non-government organizations as encouraging homosexual activity, which is, to say the least, detrimental.
Aside from "biological" arguments, Kigwangalla has no real basis for the discriminatory law. He simply reiterates, over and over again, that it IS law and should be abided by.
Sounds like he's taking a cue from the current American administration — somehow blind to overt discrimination.
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