Ing’s Finished Peace project & LGBTQ Youth 2014

Ing’s Finished Peace project & LGBTQ Youth 2014

At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2013

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

Finished Artwork

By Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

 

Peace is Love.                                                        Settle into your skin.

Peace is being comfortable.

Peace is equal rights, marriage equality & respect for all in our Nation!      

Peace is Tranquility.                           Live Laugh Love

Peace is Unity                                               Peace is Nelson Mandela.

                                                                      Peace is Lady Gaga

Peace is Solidarity.                                         Happiness

Lives for peace            Animals bring Peace              Freedom                  I Love You

Peace Equality             Happy                                    Peace is Loyalty      Peace is Unity.

 

Peace Love Unity Respect responsibility            Love    Amour              Peace is Equality

Peace is Paige                                                             Pride 

 

Human Rights for All Nations

 

Waving a strand of colors

At the corner of LGBTQ youth’s Comments

About “What does Peace mean to you?”

On my Peace Project

A range of colors of the rainbow

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Violet

Carefully exams their thoughts

 

Peace is Unity

Peace is Tranquility

Peace is Solidarity

Peace is Love

Peace is Paige

Peace Is Lady Gaga

Peace is Nelson Mandela

 

Peace is Equality

Peace is Freedom

Peace is Pride

Peace is Loyalty

Peace is being Comfortable

I Love You

Love Amour

Equality Unity

 

 Live Laugh Love

Settle into your Skin

Animals bring Peace

Peace is Love Unity Responsibility

And

Peace is Equal Rights, Marriage,

Equality and Respect for all

In our Nation

 

My response for the last comment

I wish this not only for our Nation

But for all the Nations on Earth

 As stated in United Nation’s

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

***All human beings are born free

And equal in dignity and rights.

They are endowed with reason

And conscience

And should act towards one another

In a spirit of brotherhood

*** (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

The United Nations

 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sexual orientation and gender identity

See also: LGBT rights by country or territory

Sexual orientation and gender identity rights relate to the expression of sexual orientation and gender identity based on the right to respect for private life and the right not to be discriminated against on the ground of “other status” as defined in various human rights conventions, such as article 17 and 26 in the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights andarticle 8 and article 14 in the European Convention on Human Rights.

As of 2011, homosexual behaviour is illegal in 76 countries and punishable by execution in seven countries.[88] The criminalization of private, consensual, adult sexual relations, especially in countries where corporal or capital punishment is involved, is one of the primary concerns of LGBT human rights advocates.[89]

Other issues include: government recognition of same-sex relationshipsLGBT adoptionsexual orientation and military service, immigration equality, anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws regarding violence against LGBT people, sodomy laws, anti-lesbianism laws, and equal age of consent for same-sex activity.[90][91][92][93][94][95]

A global charter for sexual orientation and gender identity rights has been proposed in the form of the ‘Yogyakarta Principles‘, a set of 29 principles whose authors say they apply International Human Rights Law statutes and precedent to situations relevant to LGBT people’s experience.[96] The principles were presented at a United Nations event in New York on November 7, 2007, co-sponsored by ArgentinaBrazil and Uruguay.

The principles have been acknowledged with influencing the French proposed UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity, which focuses on ending violence, criminalization and capital punishment and does not include dialogue about same-sex marriage or right to start a family.[97][98] The proposal was supported by 67 of the then 192 member countries of the United Nations, including all EU member states and the United States. An alternative statement opposing the proposal was initiated by Syria and signed by 57 member nations, including all 27 nations of the Arab League as well as Iran and North Korea.[99][100]

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights 

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014

 

Parliament of Uganda

An Act to prohibit any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; prohibit the promotion or recognition of such relations and to provide for other related matters.

Citation Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014
Territorial extent Whole of Uganda
Enacted by Parliament ofUganda
Date passed 20 December 2013
Date signed 24 February 2014
Signed by Yoweri Museveni
Date commenced 24 February 2014

Legislative history

Bill citation Anti Homosexuality Bill, 2009
Bill published on 14 October 2009
Introduced by David Bahati

Summary

Broadens criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda

Status: In force

The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 (previously called the “Kill the Gays bill” in the media due to the originally proposed death penalty clauses)[1][2][3][4] was passed by the Parliament of Uganda on 20 December 2013 with the death penalty proposal dropped in favour of life in prison. The bill was signed into law by the President of Uganda on 24 February 2014.[5][6]

The legislative proposal would broaden the criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically, and further includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that know of gay people or support LGBT rights.

The private member’s bill was submitted by Member of Parliament David Bahati on 14 October 2009. Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in Uganda—as they are in many sub-Saharan African countries—punishable by incarceration in prison for up to 14 years. A special motion to introduce the legislation was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three American Christians asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families. Several sources have noted endemic homophobia in Uganda has been exacerbated by the bill and the associated discussions about it.[citation needed]

Background 

The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power protests in New York City against the bill.

According to human rights organisations, at least 500,000 gay people live in Ugandaout of a total population of 31 million, though the government of Uganda contests that number as inflated; the BBC states that it is “impossible” to determine the actual number.[7] Existing laws criminalise homosexual behavior with prison sentences lasting up to 14 years. These laws are remnants of British colonialism designed to punish what colonial authorities deemed “unnatural sex” among local Ugandan people.[8][9] Human Rights groups are now demanding reform of colonial-era laws and decriminalisation of homosexuality as new laws like the one in Uganda only reinforce existing prejudices and increase penalties.[10] Although many societies in Africa and elsewhere view homosexuality as a decadent practice imported by outsiders, it existed before European colonisation, often varying in practice depending on individual cultures. In some, male homosexuality was age-stratified, similar to ancient Greece where warriors purchased boys as brides, common when women were not available, or manifested as fleeting encounters as in prostitution.[11]

Despite this past, colonial influence has been pervasive; according to a reporter in Africa, “Africans see homosexuality as being both un-African and un-Christian”.[12] Thirty-eight of fifty-three African nations criminalise homosexuality in some way.[9] In sub-Saharan Africa, the government of South Africa and of Namibia are the only official entities to support LGBT rights, but even there curative rape is used against men and women, such as in the murder of Eudy Simelane, and sometimes met with police inaction and apathy. Like the conditions in many other African nations, gays in Uganda currently face an atmosphere of physical abuse, vandalism to their property, blackmail, death threats, and “correctional rape”.[13][14]

From 5 to 8 March 2009, a workshop took place in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, that featured three American evangelical Christians: Scott Lively, an author who has written several books opposing homosexuality; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-professed former gay man who conducts sessions to heal homosexuality; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, an organisation devoted to promoting “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ”.[15][16] The theme of the conference, according to The New York Times, was the “gay agenda“: “how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ‘to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity’ ”.[13] An Anglican priest from Zambia named Kapya Kaoma was in attendance, and reported on the conference. Ugandan Stephen Langa organised it, and was supported by Lively, who asserted in his workshops that homosexuality was akin to child molestation and bestiality, and causes higher rates of divorce and HIV transmission. Lively’s emphasis was on the cohesion of the African family, that he said was being threatened by “homosexuals looking to recruit youth into their ranks”. According to Kaoma, during the conference, one of the thousands of Ugandans in attendance announced, “[The parliament] feels it is necessary to draft a new law that deals comprehensively with the issue of homosexuality and…takes into account the international gay agenda… Right now there is a proposal that a new law be drafted.”[17]

The bill, the government of Uganda, and the evangelicals involved have received significant international media attention as well as criticism and condemnation from many Western governments and those of other countries, some of whom have threatened to cut off financial aid to Uganda. The bill has also received protests from international LGBT, human rights, civil rights, and scientific organisations. In response to the attention, a revision was introduced to reduce the strongest penalties for the greatest offences to life imprisonment. Intense international reaction to the bill, with many media outlets characterising it as barbaric and abhorrent, caused President Yoweri Museveni to form a commission to investigate the implications of passing it. The bill was held for further discussion for most of 2010. In May 2011, parliament adjourned without voting on the bill; in October 2011 debate was re-opened.[18] Bahati re-introduced the bill in February 2012.[19]

In November 2012, Uganda agreed to pass a new law against homosexuality by the end of 2012 as a “Christmas gift” to its advocates, according to the speaker of parliament.[20] Although the death penalty was originally planned to be included in the bill, the Legal Affairs Committee has reported verbally that there is the recommendation to drop the death penalty. The final version did not include the death penalty.

Overview of provisions

In April 2009, the Ugandan Parliament passed a resolution allowing Member of Parliament (MP) David Bahati to submit a private member’s bill in October to strengthen laws against homosexuality.[21] The bill was proposed on 13 October 2009 by Bahati and is based on the foundations of “strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family”, that “same sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic”, and “protect[ing] the cherished culture of the people of Uganda, legal, religious, and traditional family values of the people of Uganda against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Uganda”.[1]

The bill divides homosexual behavior into two categories: “aggravated homosexuality”, in which an offender would receive the death penalty, or “the offence of homosexuality” in which an offender would receive life imprisonment. “Aggravated homosexuality” is defined to include homosexual acts committed by a person who is HIV-positive, is a parent or authority figure, or who administers intoxicating substances, homosexual acts committed on minors or people with disabilities, and repeat offenders. “The offence of homosexuality” is defined to include same-sex sexual acts, involvement in a same-sex marriage, or an attempt to commit aggravated homosexuality.

The legislation would have strengthened the criminalisation of homosexuality in Uganda by introducing the death penalty for people who considered serial offenders, who are suspected of “aggravated homosexuality” and are HIV-positive, or who engage in sexual acts with those under 18 years of age.[1] People who are caught or suspected of homosexual activity would be forced to undergo HIV tests. Ugandans engaging in same-sex sexual relations outside Uganda would have fallen under the jurisdiction of this law, and would have been subject to extradition and a felony charge. Furthermore, the bill would have required anyone aware of an offence or an offender, including individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations who support LGBT rights, to report the offender within 24 hours. If an individual did not do so he or she would also have been considered an offender and be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 250 “currency points” or imprisonment of up to three years.[1]

Revision

At the time the bill was introduced, an independent MP stated he thought it had about a 99% chance of passing.[22] Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni openly expressed his support for the bill, stating “We used to say Mr and Mrs, but now it is Mr and Mr. What is that now?”[14] After facing intense international reaction and promises from Western nations to cut financial aid to Uganda, on 9 December 2009, Uganda’s Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Nsaba Buturo said that Uganda will revise the bill to drop the death penalty (substituting life imprisonment) for gay people with multiple offences. Initially, however, Buturo stated Uganda’s government was determined to pass the bill “even if meant withdrawing from international treaties and conventions such as the UN’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and forgoing donor funding”, according to an interview in The Guardian.[14][23] Since then, however, The Guardian has stated that David Bahati, the bill’s sponsor, has denied these reports.[21] On 23 December, Reuters reported that Buturo again said that the death penalty would be dropped from the bill. He claims, however, that the protest from the Western nations did not have an effect on this decision. He stated, “There have been a lot of discussions in government … regarding the proposed law, but we now think a life sentence could be better because it gives room for offenders to be rehabilitated. Killing them might not be helpful.”[24]

On 8 January 2010, Bahati again asserted he would not postpone or shelve the bill, even after Minister of State for Investment Aston Kajara stated the Ugandan government would ask Bahati to withdraw it, and President Museveni asserted he thought it was too harsh. Bahati stated, “I will not withdraw it. We have our children in schools to protect against being recruited into (homosexuality). The process of legislating a law to protect our children against homosexuality and defending our family values must go on.”[25]

On 12 January 2010, President Museveni expressed to the media that there is need to exercise “extreme caution”, and his cabinet members will speak to Bahati to reach a compromise to satisfy Bahati’s concerns weighed with the calls he is receiving from throughout the world.[26]

Current status

Parliament adjourned in May 2011 without voting on the bill; Bahati stated that he intended to re-introduce the bill in the new parliament.[27][28] In August 2011, the cabinet discussed the bill, deciding unanimously that current laws making homosexuality illegal were sufficient.[29] Parliament voted to reopen debate in October 2011, with Speaker Kadaga stating that the bill would be sent to committee.[18] According to Bloomberg News, President Museveni would probably veto the bill under international pressure.[30] Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to pass the bill in 2012.[31]

The bill is now listed as number eight under “Business to Follow” for 2013.[32][33] At this stage, no changes to the bill have been presented.[34] It has been reported that the members of the Ugandan Parliament are looking to hold debate behind closed doors. National Youth MP, Monica Amoding, told The Observer that some MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee proposed the move because of the sensitive nature of the bill. “This subject is very sensitive and some of us fear that if it is discussed in public view, we will be persecuted for holding particular views,” Amoding said.[35][36]

On 20 December 2013 the Ugandaparliament passed an anti-homosexuality law with punishments up to life imprisonment. Not reporting gay people is also made a crime punishable with imprisonment.[37]

On 14 February 2014, Museveni announced his decision to sign the bill. According to the government, his decision was based on a report by “medical experts” who say “homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior.”[38] A few days later, he retracted this announcement, and asked the United States for scientific advice as to whether homosexuality is genetically pre-determined or a choice. He indicated he needed to know “whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual”, in which case it would be wrong to punish them; he would not sign the bill until that matter had been clarified.[39] Museveni publicly signed the bill into law on 24 February,[40] and afterwards said that, based on a scientific study he commissioned, people are not born homosexual.[41]

Response

Within Uganda, gay and human rights advocates were alarmed. Before the proposed legislation, many had felt a gradual easing of enforcement of laws designed to punish people for homosexual behavior. Amnesty International, however, reports that arrests of people suspected of having homosexual relations are arbitrary and detainees are subjected to torture and abuse by authorities.[42] Within the latter part of 2009, many felt they must leave the country or go into hiding. Kapya Kaoma characterized the attempts to portray homosexuals as a threat to the African family as especially egregious, putting people’s lives in danger: “When you speak like that, Africans will fight to the death.”[13]

Apart from the legislation to punish homosexuals, Ugandan human rights have been a concern for Amnesty International, who highlighted issues such as threats to freedom of expression and association, and the use of torture by law enforcement, among their major concerns in their 2009 report.[43] American evangelists active in Africa are being criticised for being responsible for inspiring the legislation by inciting hatred with excessive speech by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia and influencing public policy with donations from American religious organisations. Among the critics are The Times,[44] Jeffrey Gettleman in The New York Times,[13] Time,[45] PublicEye.org, The Guardian,[14] a pan-African internet news journal for social justice named Pambazuka News,[46] and an international organisation with a similar objective named Inter Press Service.[47][note 1]

American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and California pastor Rick Warren have a history of involvement in Uganda where they focus their missionary work. As a result, Warren and others have become influential in the shaping of public policy in Uganda, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, Kenya.[17] Stephen Langa, the March 2009 workshop organiser, specifically cited an unlicensed conversion therapist named Richard A. Cohen, who states in Coming out Straight, that was given to Langa and other prominent Ugandans,

Homosexuals are at least 12 times more likely to molest children than heterosexuals; homosexual teachers are at least 7 times more likely to molest a pupil; homosexual teachers are estimated to have committed at least 25 percent of pupil molestation; 40 percent of molestation assaults were made by those who engage in homosexuality.

These statements were based on faulty studies performed by Paul Cameron, who has been expelled from the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Sociological Association, and Cohen confirmed their weaknesses, stating that when the book will be reprinted, these statistics will be removed.[48][49][50]

Pambazuka News stated “It’s worth noting that it costs a considerable amount of money, time and processes to table a private-member’s bill, which begs the question of how the MP from Kabale District [Bahati] is financing this process? It has also been common practice for the mushrooming pastors and churches to use homophobic attacks on opponents as a way to discredit each other and sway faithfuls.”[46] Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor and former affiliate of Warren, has endorsed the bill.[51] Warren however later publicly denounced the bill, calling it “un-Christian”.[52] In February 2010, to counter opposition to the bill, Ssempa showed gay pornography to 300 members of his church, shocking them with images of explicit sexual acts, and implying that all gay people engage in them, but straight people do not.[53]

During March 2009, Scott Lively met with several legislators and Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Buturo. He followed his visit with a post to his blog saying that he was “overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. [Conference organiser Stephen Langa] said that a respected observer of society in Kampalahad told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the ‘gay’ agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true.”[54] However, Lively has responded to the bill, saying “I agree with the general goal but this law is far too harsh… Society should actively discourage all sex outside of marriage and that includes homosexuality … The family is under threat… [Gay people] should not be parading around the streets.”[55] Lively has said the bill is a reaction to attempts by Americans and Europeans to “homosexualize” Ugandan society. He further claimed that Ugandan leaders who created the bill are worried about “the many male homosexuals coming in to the country and abusing boys who are on the streets”.[56] Richard Cohen has stated he condemns the bill, and that the punitive measures in it are “incomprehensible”.[50] Don Schmierer expressed his shock at the legislation, telling The New York Times that although he outlined how homosexuals could change to heterosexual in the March 2009 conference, his involvement was limited to giving seminars to Africans about better parenting skills: “[The bill is] horrible, absolutely horrible… Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.”[13]

On 22 December 2009, several hundred people gathered in Kampalato show their support for the bill, protesting against homosexuals. Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, “The protesters, led by born-again clerics, cultural leaders, and university undergraduates, marched to the parliament where they presented a petition.”[57]

On 11 January 2010, Uganda’s Media Centre, a government-sponsored website, released a statement titled “Uganda is being judged too harshly”, reacting to the worldwide media attention the country has received about the bill, stating that, in response to the negative press they have received, it is obvious that “Ugandans (read Africans) have no right to discuss and no right to sovereignty”. The message asserted “It is unfortunate that Ugandais now being judged on the actions of opportunists whose ideas are based on violence and blackmail and even worse, on the actions of aid attached strings. (Homosexuality). It is regrettable that government is pretentiously expected to observe their ‘human rights’, yet, by their own actions, they have surrendered their right to human rights.”[58]

In April 2009, a local Ugandan newspaper printed the names of suspected homosexuals, another printed tips on how to identify gays for the general public,[59] and, in October 2010, another named Rolling Stone (unaffiliated with the American Rolling Stone) published a story featuring a list of the nation’s 100 “top” gays and lesbians with their photos and addresses. Next to the list was a yellow strip with the words “hang them”. Julian Pepe, a program coordinator for Sexual Minorities Uganda, said people named in the story are living in fear and attacks have begun prompting many to abandon their jobs while some have relocated. The paper’s editor justified the list to expose gays and lesbians so authorities could arrest them, while Nsaba Buturo dismissed complaints from gay people and sympathisers by stating that protests about the outing is part of a campaign to mobilise support and sympathy from outside the country.[60][61]

On 26 January 2011, Uganda’s most prominent gay activist, David Kato, was found bludgeoned to death in what authorities in Uganda are characterising as a robbery. His photograph had been published in Rolling Stone; the high court in the country ordered the newspaper to stop publishing images of gay and lesbian people after Kato and several others sued the paper.[62] Kato spoke at a United Nations-sponsored conference on the bill in December 2009. His words were barely audible because he was nervous; information in U.S. embassy cables revealed that Ugandan human rights activists and anti-homosexuality bill supporters vocally mocked him during his presentation. The U.S. diplomat reporting, whose communiques were exposed through Wikileaks, wrote that the political and economic problems in Uganda were being channeled into “violent hatred” of gay people, and David Bahati, Martin Ssempa and James Buturo were primarily responsible for promoting the wave of intolerance. The diplomat further stated that, even if the bill does not pass in Ugandan parliament, “rampant homophobia in Uganda won’t go away”.[63]

International governments[edit]

Several leaders from other nations have expressed their concerns. On 27 November 2009, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Gordon Brown, the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, expressed his opposition of the bill to Uganda president Yoweri Museveni.[64] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed opposition privately to Museveni during the Commonwealth leaders’ meeting. The Canadian Transport Minister John Baird stated to The Globe and Mail, “The current legislation before Parliament in Uganda is vile, it’s abhorrent. It’s offensive. It offends Canadian values. It offends decency.”[65] Australia’s government reiterated its opposition to the criminalisation of homosexuality in the Sydney Morning Herald, but as of 8 January 2010 had not made a statement to the Ugandan government, despite activists’ efforts for it to do so.[66]

On 8 October 2011, Andrew Mitchell, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, announced that African countries that persecute homosexuals will face cuts in financial aid from the British government. Mitchell specifically warned Museveni that his country faced reductions in aid unless it abandons the bill.[67]

The government of France has also criticised the bill, citing a “deep concern”.[68] The European Parliament on 16 December 2009 passed a resolution against the bill, which threatens to cut financial aid to Uganda.[69] On 3 December 2009 the Swedish government, which has had a long-term relationship with Uganda, said that it would revoke its $50 million (£31 million) development aid to Uganda if the bill passes, calling it “appalling”. Sweden’s Development Assistance Minister Gunilla Carlsson stated that she “thought and hoped we had started to share common values and understanding”.[70] Dirk Niebel, the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that financial aid to Uganda will be cut, a stepwise plan for this has already been made.[71] In December 2009, the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and Burundi also discussed legislation that would criminalise homosexuality.[12]

The White House released a statement in 2009 to The Advocate, stating that United States president Barack Obama “strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history”.[72] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed her opposition of the bill and U.S. congressmen Tom Coburn (R-OK), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have likewise stated theirs.[73]

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kampala’s sister city, the city council passed a resolution opposing the bill.[74]

Since the law’s passage, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the World Bank have cancelled aid to Museveni’s government amounting to more than 118 million USD in protest of the law, with the United States and other Western countries promising a review of ties to Uganda as well. In March 2014, the U.S. announced an unspecified amount of aid would be suspended to Uganda’s Ministry of Health.[75] The aid was estimated by Ugandan officials to be between 4 million and 6 million USD annually.[76]

Religious and human rights organizations[edit]

Several Christian organizations oppose it, including the Anglican Church of Canada, Integrity Uganda, Exodus International, Accepting Evangelicals, Changing Attitude, Courage, Ekklesia, Fulcrum, Inclusive Church and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. Exodus International sent a letter to President Museveni stating, “The Christian church … must be permitted to extend the love and compassion of Christ to all. We believe that this legislation would make this mission a difficult if not impossible task to carry out.”[77] A group of U.S. Christian leaders have released a statement to Uganda about the bill, one of these leaders being Thomas Patrick Melady, former U.S. Ambassador to Uganda.[78] The Anglican Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha said that the Bill “would become state-legislated genocide“.[79]

Following private discussions with the Ugandan Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams has said in a public interview that he did not see how any Anglican could support it: “Overall, the proposed legislation is of shocking severity and I can’t see how it could be supported by any Anglican who is committed to what the Communion has said in recent decades. Apart from invoking the death penalty, it makes pastoral care impossible – it seeks to turn pastors into informers.”[80]

Divisions emerged in the Anglican community however. In response to the Anglican Church of Canada intervention, the Bishop of Karamoja Diocese, Joseph Abura, wrote an editorial saying, “Ugandan Parliament, the watch dog of our laws, please go ahead and put the anti-Gay laws in place. It is then that we become truly accountable to our young and to this country, not to Canada or England. We are in charge!”[81] While the Anglican Church in Uganda opposes the death penalty, its archbishop, Henry Luke Orombi, has not taken a position on the bill.[82] Some individuals within the Anglican church, such as retired bishop Christopher Senyonjo, from the West Buganda diocese, have been vocally opposed to the bill and supportive of LGBT rights in Uganda. In 2010, Bishop Senyonjo was touring the United States to draw attention to the bill.[33]

Evangelical organisation Andrew Wommack Ministries declared support for the bill. “I knew this information was wrong and the punishments were vastly exaggerated as is so often the case. I met with the member of parliament responsible for this bill and he gave me his reasoning for introducing this legislation. Uganda had just had the United Nations try to pressure them into passing pro-homosexual legislation in order to obtain a large sum of money offered to them (a bribe). They responded with this legislation in order to stop the strong arm tactics of the pro-homosexual western influence. Would to God American leaders had enough integrity to not be bribed or badgered into compliance. Although I knew the situation was being misrepresented, I didn’t feel qualified to deal with this personally. But Leland Shores who runs our office in Kampala, Uganda is well aware of the details and has written a response worthy of everyone who has an interest in this reading. He has included a letter from over 200 Ugandan Christian leaders explaining the situation.” [83][84]

Uganda’s Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Lwanga stated in December 2009 that the bill was unnecessary and “at odds with the core values” of Christianity, expressing particular concerns at the death penalty provisions. Lwanga argued that instead homosexuals should be encouraged to seek rehabilitation.[85] For its part, the Holy See has maintained excellent relations with Uganda, with Pope Benedict XVI receiving the Ugandan ambassador in December 2009 and commending the climate of freedom and respect in the country towards the Catholic Church. During this meeting, there was no mention of the anti-homosexuality bill.[86] However, three days earlier the Vatican legal attaché to the United Nations stated that “Pope Benedict is opposed to ‘unjust discrimination’ against gay men and lesbians”.[87]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urged Uganda to shelve the bill and decriminalise homosexuality.[88] Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the bill, calling it a product of a campaign by evangelical churches and anti-gay groups that has led to death threats and physical assaults against Ugandans suspected of being gay.[8][42] John Nagenda, Senior Presidential Advisor to the president of Uganda, has expressed that he does not think the bill should be passed.[73] The Global Fund to Fight AIDS has stated that excluding marginalised groups would compromise efforts to stop the spread of AIDS in Uganda where 5.4% of the adult population is infected with HIV.[45][89] Elizabeth Mataka, the U.N. Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa expressed her concern with the bill as it will dissuade people from getting tested for HIV if they will subsequently be punished with the death penalty.[59] Uganda experienced a rare and very successful drop in HIV transmission in the 1990s.[90] The 16,000 members of the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa sent a letter to the Ugandan president stating, “Encouraging openness and combating stigma are widely recognized as key components of Uganda’s successful campaign to reduce HIV infection” and the bill threatens to enact a “profoundly negative impact on Uganda’s efforts to combat HIV”.[91]

Media[edit]

One of the first newspaper editorials condemning the nature of the bill was from the South African paper The Sunday Times, which warned Uganda is in danger of being “dragged back to the dark and evil days of Idi Amin“.[92] The UK newspaper The Guardian has said that the bill confirms the country’s status as “unjust and infamous”, calling the law a “wretched piece of legislation”.[93] London-based newspaper The Times also criticised the proposed law and the BBC for sponsoring a debate titled “Should homosexuals face execution?” The Times commended recent headway in Uganda’s banning female genital mutilation, but stated that the anti-homosexuality bill “…must be seen for what it is: a bigoted and inhumane Bill that will cause suffering for thousands of innocent people”.[44] The Irish Times similarly characterised the bill as “medieval and witch-hunting” and stated that even with the change from the death penalty to life imprisonment, “will remain utterly abhorrent”.[94]

American television host Rachel Maddow has been running a continuing segment on the bill, entitled “Uganda Be Kidding Me” on The Rachel Maddow Show.[95] Maddow asserted that Richard Cohen had “blood on [his] hands” for providing the false inspiration for the legislation.[50] She has also questioned the truth in Pastor Rick Warren’s statements when he said in an interview “…it is not my political calling, as a pastor in America, to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations”,.[51] Maddow highlights his actions supporting Uganda’s break with the Anglican Church for being “pro-gay”, and asserts Warren has contradicted his condemnation of its anti-homosexuality bill.[96] Lisa Miller in Newsweek likewise cast aspersions on Warren’s actions.[51]

An editorial in The New York Times stated, “The United States and others need to make clear to the Ugandan government that such barbarism (in the bill) is intolerable and will make it an international pariah” and chastised evangelicals for stirring hatred: “You can’t preach hate and not accept responsibility for the way that hate is manifested.”[97] Similarly, The Washington Post wrote that the bill is “ugly and ignorant”, “barbaric”, and “(t)hat it is even being considered puts Uganda beyond the pale of civilized nations”.[98] Douglas Foster, writing in The Los Angeles Times, focused on the paradox of the majority of Africans’ belief that homosexuality as a Western affectation while simultaneously being influenced by American conservative evangelical dogma. He wrote that gay Africans face an “impossible, insulting, ahistorical, cruel and utterly false choice” of having to choose between being gay and being African.[99]

The Observer, a Ugandan bi-weekly newspaper, printed a response to the international attention the bill is getting by stating homosexuality is not a right, not included in the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the U.S., where much of the media attention originates, still remains controversial. It furthermore criticised the disparate reaction to other human rights violations and genocide in Uganda’s history that did not attract the same amount of attention. It went on to state “… this is my major discomfort with homosexuality—it is not emerging naturally but rather as a result of intense campaigns in schools, luring people with money and all sorts of falsehoods … Gays target other people’s children because they don’t have their own to enlist. Advocates of homosexuality should think about the broader impact of their crusade. Homosexuality destroys man’s capacity for procreation, the taste of human life and eventually life itself.”[100] An editorial in The Australian, read “It would be wrong … to believe that the Ugandan case is simply a matter of national self-determination clashing with Western sensibilities”, and stated that it is cultural relativism at play in Uganda, not pluralism that is at the root of human rights violations such as the ones in the proposed legislation there. However, similar to The Observer, The Australian stated, “It is easy to stand up for universal values of liberty against a small nation in east Africa; yet are we prepared to do so against more formidable powers that abuse the human rights of their citizens?”[101]

  1. Jump up ^ See also editorials addressing US evangelist influence in Africa from Australian newspaper The Age: “It used to be easy to identify homophobia. But now even homophobes fail to recognise their prejudice. Bigotry is reassuringly cosseted by an evangelising rhetoric of love, and reinforced by a medicalising language that veils the savagery of its aims.” (Phoon, Adrian [11 January 2010].The role of US evangelists in Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill, The Age. Retrieved 11 January 2010.); openly gay libertarian conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan asked of the evangelists “… now that they have unleashed a proto-fascist pogrom against gay, bi and trans people in Africa, have they finally come to terms with the actual consequences of what they actually believe?” (Sullivan, Andrew [4 January 2010]. American Christianism In Africa, The Daily Dish. Retrieved on 11 January 2010.); a Kenyan journalism professor writing for New America Media wrote of the poverty and still-present effects of colonialism that translates into black Africans’ collective feelings of inferiority to whites with money that makes them susceptible to Western influence: “…American evangelicals are going to Africa to satisfy that calling. Is there a better place to create Christian nations than in a continent with nearly 500 million impoverished believers, and easily corruptible governments?” (Okong’o, Edwin [12 January 2010]. Why Ugandans Embrace U.S. Christian Right’s Anti-Gay Agenda, New America Media. Retrieved on 12 January 2010.); The Seattle Times wrote, “The three evangelists are an embarrassment to the Christian faith and the values that inspire selfless, hardworking missionaries to work in the far corners of the Earth to help people and truly change their lives.” (A malicious blasphemy in Uganda, The Seattle Times [7 January 2010]. Retrieved on 12 January 2010.)

 

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Ugandapoliticians celebrate passing of anti-gay laws

President Museveni’s supporters revel in new anti-gay laws passed despite pressure from US, EU, western donors and rights groups

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has signed off a bill introducing anti-gay laws.

Uganda‘s president hassigned a controversial law allowing those convicted of homosexuality to be imprisoned for life, defying international disapproval from western donor nations.

At a public ceremony in a packed room at the State House in Entebbe, Yoweri Museveni formally initialled the anti-homosexuality act, which also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires citizens to denounce to the police anyone suspected of being gay. “No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That’s why I have agreed to sign the bill,” Museveni said in a speech at the presidential palace near the capital,Kampala.

“Outsiders cannot dictate to us. This is our country. I advise friends from the west not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose. If the west does not want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space to ourselves here.”

Supporters clapped during the press conference. One MP sitting at a white table in the front row, said: “I hope the Obamas are receiving it live, Desmond Tutu, Cameron … [Museveni] has resisted them.” The ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, said: “I feel very fulfilled, very elated, because at last my head of state has pronounced it on behalf of the entire nation, Uganda, that this is a bill that was worth putting in place.”

David Bahati, the MP who introduced the bill, added: “This is a victory for the family ofUganda, a victory for the future of our children…”

The US announced on Monday night that it would begin an internal review of its relationship with Uganda’s government, including assistance programmes. Barack Obama had warned Museveni that ties between Kampala and Washington would be damaged if the bill was passed.

The British foreign secretary, William Hague, said: “I am deeply saddened and disappointed that the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda has been signed into law. The UK strongly opposes all discrimination on any grounds. “We question the [law's] compatibility with Uganda’s constitution and international treaty obligations. There can be no doubt that [it] will increase persecution and discrimination of Ugandans, as well as damage Uganda’s reputation internationally.We ask the government of Uganda to protect all its citizens and encourage tolerance, equality and respect.”

Museveni, a key African ally of the US and the EU, had already come under fire from western donors for alleged corruption and had been under increasing pressure to block the legislation.

The anti-homosexuality bill passed through parliament in December after its architects agreed to drop a death penalty clause. The legislation requires those found guilty of repeat homosexuality to be jailed for life.

The South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said at the weekend that the law recalled attempts by the Nazi and apartheid regimes to “legislate against love”. Amnesty International called the bill a “horrific expansion of state-sanctioned homophobia”.

Homophobia, supported by many US-funded evangelical Christians, has become more virulent in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2011, a prominent Ugandan gay rights campaigner, David Kato, was bludgeoned to death at his home after a newspaper splashed photos, names and addresses of gay people in Uganda on its front page along with a yellow banner reading “Hang Them”.

This month Museveni, a devout evangelical Christian, also signed into law dress code legislation that outlaws “provocative” clothing, bans scantily-clad performers from appearing on Ugandan television and closely monitors what individuals view on the internet.

A coalition of UK gay rights groups and charities has written to the Foreign Office calling on Britainto withdraw its high commissioner in Kampala.

Jonathan Cooper, chief executive of the Human Dignity Trust and one of those who signed the letter, said: “[This] law promises to tyrannise the lives of the Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This is a huge blow for anyone who values basic human rights. This bleak situation will have an immediate effect on countries like the UK, the rest of the EU,Canada and US, as people flee and seek sanctuary.” 

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BOSTON— In the majority of African countries, homosexuality is illegal. A month ago,Uganda signed a particularly harsh anti-gay law. The very next day, a national newspaper printed the names and where abouts of 200 gay citizens. Among them: John Abdallah Wambere.

But his where abouts have changed. He is no longer in the capital city of Kampala. He is now based in the Boston area.

‘We’ve Become Criminals’

Wambere is often called “Long Johns” because he’s so tall. He has dreadlocks and a little gray in his beard. He’s staying in a third-floor apartment in Cambridge. But he says his journey began in Uganda.

Over the past five years, his home country has been galvanized by an anti-homosexual movement. Wambere believes the campaign is politically driven and based on a religious agenda.

“First and foremost, we saw it became a unifying factor between the Christians and the Muslims,” he said. “Even Christians went to mosques. The Muslims went to the churches. All to preach about hate speeches on homosexuals.”

He says the rhetoric among religious leaders conflates gay people with pedophiles, even though the law does not.

“They claim that homosexuals are going into schools to recruit children by giving them gifts,” he said.

Under the new law, homosexual men and women can be sentenced to prison, in some cases for life. And anyone who does not report a gay person can also be locked up.

“It was a big blow, and now we’ve become criminals to the state,” Wambere said.

In response, the World Bank suspended $90 million in funding to Uganda.Denmark,Norway and the Netherlands redirected their aid.

But Wambere, who is 40 years old, says the law capped several intensely difficult years. He works for a gay rights health NGO in Kampala named Spectrum Uganda and has become a leader in Uganda’s gay community. That image was solidified when he was featured in “Call Me Kuchu,” an international award-winning documentary.

Publicly, Wambere has been bold. But privately he developed safety strategies. Stay in  doors after media exposure. Never be alone: he needs a witness in case anything happens. Destroy evidence of advocacy work.

Helping From Afar

These strategies worked, but as friends and colleagues were arrested, even before the law, Wambere began to break.

“I would sit and imagine someone coming and stands at my house door and points a finger and says, ‘That’s him,’” he said. “I was, like, getting these illusions. And I couldn’t stop crying most of the time. And I felt my head was getting hot each other time. I just got tired and sick of everything. It was so traumatizing.”

It was then that a musician and DJ from the Boston area, Nathanael Bluhm, reached out over Facebook. Bluhm organized a benefit concert to raise money for Wambere to come here. The next thing Wambere knew, he was on a flight to the United States.

The U.S.has a complicated role in all of this. On one hand, American evangelical Christians helped spur Uganda’s anti-gay movement during a visit there in 2009. On the other hand, members of the Obama administration have spoken out strongly against the new Ugandan law.

Wambere hoped the U.S.would offer him some respite, but the reality has been different.

“It’s good because I’m safe. I can sleep without worrying that I will be arrested and charged with homosexual acts,” he said. “But I am still worried, and I feel helpless.”

He added, even though he’s no longer fearful, “I spend the whole day indoors on emails.”

From Cambridge, Wambere is strategizing with fellow advocates back home in Kampala. How can they keep the gay movement alive, even if it’s underground? How can they support those fleeing to neighboring countries? Should Africans take the lead in this fight?

Wambere is resisting seeking asylum in theU.S.He feels that would be failing his family and community.

“The thing is, failures in life can never know how far they have come and give up at the last minute,” Wambere said he tells himself. “That’s why you see, even if it’s hard, it’s tough, I still know I need to do what I should be doing.”

He’s focusing his efforts on the Ugandan courts. Gay rights advocates have petitioned for the new law to be struck down.

“I’m very optimistic, because from the past, the judiciary has been very, very fair, and the judiciary has always examined these cases, and we’ve always won them,” Wambere said.

But personally, he’s cautious.

“I’m gay. I’m proud to be gay, but I wouldn’t even wish someone to be gay,” he said. “The stress, the stigma, the discrimination. Gone are the days where we felt excited about being who I am. Gone are those days.”

For Wambere, these are days for action.

Wambere hopes to return to Uganda soon. But he worries that, given his public profile, he will be arrested at the border. Even if he does get through, he says the work has only just begun.

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Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown

Scott Lively has stirred up hate from Moscow to Kampala. Watch him in action.

—By Mariah Blake

| Mon Mar. 10, 2014 3:30 AM GMT

In late February, when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the nation’s harsh new anti-gay bill into law, he claimed the measure had been “provoked by arrogant and careless western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality.” What he failed to mention is that the legislation—which makes homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison in some cases—was itself largely due to Western interlopers, chief among them a radical American pastor named Scott Lively.

Lively, a 56-year-old Massachusetts native, specializes in stirring up anti-gay feeling around the globe. In Uganda, which he first visited in 2002, he has cultivated ties to influential politicians and religious leaders at the forefront of the nation’s anti-gay crusade. Just before the first draft of Uganda’s anti-gay bill began circulating in April 2009, Lively traveled to Kampala and gave lengthy presentations to members of Uganda’s parliament and cabinet, which laid out the argument that the nation’s president and lawmakers would later use to justify Uganda’s draconian anti-gay crackdown—namely that Western agitators were trying to unravel Uganda’s social fabric by spreading “the disease” of homosexuality to children. “They’re looking for other people to be able to prey upon,” Lively said, according to video footage. “When they see a child that’s from a broken home it’s like they have a flashing neon sign over their head.”

Lively is not the only US evangelical who has fanned the flames of anti-gay sentiment in Uganda. As they lose ground at home, where public opinion and law are rapidly shifting in favor of gay equality, religious conservatives have increasingly turned their attention to Africa. And Uganda, with its large Christian population, has been particularly fertile ground for their crusade. Journalist (and past Mother Jones contributor) Jeff Sharlet has reported at length on the Family, a politically connected US-based ministry, which promotes hard-line social policies in the East African nation.

But, according to Ugandan gay rights activists, Lively has played an unparalleled role in fostering the climate of hate that gave rise to Uganda’s anti-gay law. “The bill is essentially his creation,” says Frank Mugisha, director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a coalition of gay rights organizations. Mugisha’s group has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit inUS federal court, accusing Lively of international crimes against humanity on the grounds that he and his Ugandan allies allegedly conspired to deprive gay Ugandans of basic human rights.

“These people had never heard of anything called the gay agenda,” recalls Anglican priest Kapya Kaoma. “But Lively told them that these predators were coming for their children. As Africans hearing it for the first time, they believed it was true—and they were burning with rage.”

Lively, who is currently running for governor of Massachusetts as an independent, calls the allegations “ridiculous.” “Basically, a Marxist law firm in New York City is trying to shut me up because I speak very articulately about the pro-family issues,” he says. But video obtained by Mother Jones—including footage of Lively’s 2009 presentation and a little-known follow-up meeting where influential Ugandans resolved to petition parliament for a harsh new law against homosexuality—lends credence to the allegations that Lively’s fierce message paved the way for the nation’s anti-gay crackdown.

Lively has an unusual history for a family-values crusader. A former alcoholic, he spent his late teens and 20s drifting around the country, occasionally sleeping under bridges and begging for spare change. After finding God in a Portland,Oregon, treatment center in the mid-1980s, he joined a conservative evangelical church and took a job as communications director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which was loosely affiliated with the then powerful Christian Coalition and was deploying radical tactics to fight abortion and the gay rights movement. In 1992, OCA introduced a ballot initiative with the first faint outlines of the legislative strategy Lively would later deploy abroad. Measure 9, as it was known, barred the state government from offering any “special rights” to gays or “promoting” homosexuality. It also required public schools to treat “homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism” as ”abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.”  

The backlash was fierce. Opponents likened Lively and his colleagues to Nazis and lobbed bricks wrapped in swastika flags through the windows of businesses supporting the measure. OCA’s aggressive campaign, likening gays to pedophiles, was also blamed for a steep uptick in gay hate crimes. In the end, Measure 9 was defeated by a 13-point margin. Undeterred, OCA began promoting measures barring special protections for homosexuals on the city and county levels. Lively, who bristled at the Nazi comparisons, also threw himself into studying the Third Reich and eventually grew convinced that gay men—some of whom occupied senior posts in the Nazi regime—were the driving force behind the Holocaust. “Everything that we think about when we think about Nazis actually comes from the minds and perverted ideas of homosexuals,” he told an Oregonpublic access television station in 1994. OCA also began deploying messages reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. One OCA-published cartoon resembled the infamous Nazi caricature showing a Jew manipulating the strings of government and economy. As Deborah Geis and ?Steven Kruger observed in their 1997 book Approaching the Millennium, the group had merely replaced “the stooped, hooked-nose puppeteer with a fresh-faced gym boy.”

These tactics paid off: OCA managed to push through more than two dozen county and municipal ordinances. While the Oregon Legislature later rendered them unenforceable, OCA’s efforts kept the issue on the conservative agenda and showed the grassroots appeal of the group’s message. In 1994, the organization sponsored another statewide ballot initiative similar to Measure 9. It was defeated, too, but only by a 3-point margin.

After his bare-knuckled legislative battles in Oregon, Lively retreated to California, where he earned a law degree and a Ph.D. in theology. He also became a prolific author. In 1995, he coauthored what would become his signature book, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party. It argued that gay elements in the Nazi regime tried to wipe out the Jews because their religion condemned homosexuality. And it claimed that gays intentionally spread immorality and corruption so others were “less likely to oppose homosexuality on moral grounds.” Pornography, according to this theory, is a “tool of ‘gay’ social engineering.” The rising rates of divorce, substance abuse, disease, and violent crime, are all a “direct consequence of embracing the ‘gay’ ethic.” In subsequent books, Lively laid out detailed tactics for battling this menace—including stressing the supposed danger homosexuality poses to young people. “Public sympathy for ‘gays’ as victims is not grounded in logic, but in emotion,” he wrote. “An effective strategy is to emphasize the issue of homosexual recruitment of children…”

Lively’s ideas have proven too radical for the mainstream family values movement, but they’ve gotten some traction on the far right. Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the influential American Family Association, regularly parrots his arguments linking gays to Nazis. (“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler,” he opined in a 2010 post on the organization’s website, “and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”) Lively’s theories have also gained currency in foreign countries, including former Soviet republics, where he has helped advance anti-gay legislation. But nowhere has his influence been more keenly felt than in Uganda. During his first visit there in 2002, he spoke at an anti-pornography conference and warned participants that Western cultural Marxists, backed by liberals (such as George Soros), were trying to erode Uganda’s independence by attacking family values—a message that played on lingering colonial-era resentments. One of their core tactics, Lively argued, was deploying homosexuals to infiltrate Ugandan society. “The cultural Marxists go into these countries, they buy media and they set up these street activist organizations to recruit,” Lively tells me. “I said, ‘Okay, this is what’s going on here. The way to respond to that is to focus on affirming family values—and discouraging the alternatives.’” Lively, who was used to being heckled, was stunned by the positive reception he received at the gathering. 

“Public sympathy for ‘gays’ as victims is not grounded in logic, but in emotion,” Lively wrote. “An effective strategy is to emphasize the issue of homosexual recruitment of children…”

Later the same year, an influential Ugandan Assemblies of God pastor named Stephen Langa invited Lively and his wife, Anne, back toKampalafor a barnstorming tour. Lively met with lawmakers, lectured at universities, and gave a number of media interviews. He and Langa also hosted an all-day conference with local pastors. The event was closed to the media and the public, but Lively later recalled that the pastors who attended were “very grateful” for his insights “about the way in whichAmericawas brought low by homosexual activism.”

Following the trip, Lively kept in contact with Langa, whom he calls his “ministry partner,” and another influential Ugandan pastor named Martin Ssempa. Both men would ultimately be at the vanguard ofUganda’s anti-gay crackdown.

In early March 2009, Lively returned toUgandaat Langa’s invitation.Uganda’s High Court had recently found that the government overstepped its authority by detaining two gay activists simply because they were gay. In response, a Langa-run group called the Family Life Network planned a three-day conference to expose what he called the “hidden and dark” gay agenda. On the last day, Lively gave a marathon five-hour presentation, which was broadcast on Ugandan television. He claimed that homosexuals were aggressively recruitingUganda’s children and argued that human rights protections shouldn’t be extended to these “predatory” figures.

Lively also told attendees—among them Ugandan cabinet members—that the gay movement was an “evil institution” that sought to “defeat the marriage-based society” and crush anyone who stood up to its nefarious agenda. At one point, he scrawled “Causes and Types of Homosexual Dysfunction” across the top of a white board and, beneath this, drew a continuum with what he claimed were the various types of gay men. On one extreme sat the transsexuals and transvestites; on the other were what Lively called the “super machos” and “monsters.” “The Nazis were super machos,” he said. “You also see them in prisons…brutish, brutish, animalistic, men that want to hurt other people…men having sex with boys and other men, usually in some sort of aggressive way.”  

Moving on to “the monsters,” Lively continued, “They are so far from normalcy that they’re killers. They’re serial killers, mass murderers. They’re sociopaths. There’s no mercy at all, there’s no nurturing, no caring about anybody else…This is the kind of person it takes to run a gas chamber. ” He added that the genocide in neighboring Rwanda”probably involved these guys.”  

Lively also likened homosexuality to a disease, and suggested that if Uganda didn’t “actively discourage” same-sex relations, the nation’s children might soon be throwing orgies and performing oral sex on school buses. “That’s what happens when the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The body begins to suffer, disintegrate,” he said. “We need public policy that discourages homosexuality.”

According to Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican priest from Zambia who attended the conference as part of an investigation for the liberal think tank Political Research Associates, Lively’s remarks landed like a bombshell. “These people had never heard of anything called the gay agenda,” he recalls. “But Lively told them that these predators were coming for their children. As Africans hearing it for the first time, they believed it was true—and they were burning with rage.”

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Mariah Blake

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  • Following the publication of this story, Scott Lively contacted Mother Jones to say that he wanted to respond. We stand by our reporting, but here is his response in
    full. —Mother Jones

Harvard, Mother Jones and the “Gay” Bullies

By Dr. Scott Lively

Recently I participated in a debate at Harvard Law Schoolon the issue of criminal justice. It featured five candidates for Governor of Massachusetts, of which I am one. The event was marred by the infantile antics of Harvard’s homosexual student group, Lambda, whose members stood and turned their backs to the stage whenever it was my turn to speak, and laughed and sneered loudly at all of my comments throughout the evening. The topic of the debate was entirely unrelated to homosexuality or the LGBT sub-culture, yet these overgrown adolescents forced themselves on the crowd and their agenda into the debate. Their complaint against me echoed almost verbatim the slanderous rhetoric of last week’s Mother Jones article, “Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown.”

I am the man being portrayed as a monster in that myth, writing not only as a candidate but as a pastor. I am greatly concerned about the decline of personal integrity and civility as American cultural values, which I attribute to the rise of cultural Marxism, exemplified in part by the cult of “gay“ bullies who now dominate our public discourse in virtually every sphere of society, but also by the parallel cult of pro-LGBT “advocacy journalists“ who routinely bear false witness to the public in furtherance of their shared ideology.

I value my integrity, and speak plainly and unapologetically about what I believe, without regard for political correctness or the opinions of my adversaries. I do not hesitate to define homosexuality as a behavioral disorder with serious, moral, sociological and public health consequences. I am proud to say that I advocated for the Russian ban on advocacy of LGBT propaganda to children and that I want other nations to follow suit. I declare frankly that my opposition to so-called “gay” marriage and “gay” adoption of children derives from my belief that homosexuality itself is wrong and harmful to the people who practice it and to society. Note carefully that I am not parsing my words or spinning euphemisms. I say what I believe and believe what I say. I say it without malice, or an intention to provoke malice in others. This is simply objective truth from a Biblical worldview, shared (largely in silence) by millions of good-hearted Americans.

Hate me for my views, if you must, but do not doubt my honesty. When I tell a reporter, such as Mother Jones’ Mariah Blake, that I do not support the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law as written, you can bank on it. She obviously did not believe me. I can forgive that, since leftist journalists who trade in spin and propaganda naturally assume everyone is a liar. What I cannot leave unchallenged is her omission of my many comments and observations which would have contradicted her premise that I am to blame for that law, and shown the law’s implications to be less draconian than appears at face value. A partial list of these follows:

First, it was not my idea to go to Uganda, I was invited by the government to educate key leaders on the strategies and tactics of the “gay” political movement. I was there to serve, not to lead.

Second, suggesting that my preaching overpowered the will and reason of an entire nation of Africans is breath takingly racist. These people are not children, nor ignorant jungle savages. Most of the democratically elected government officials of Uganda whom I met are as or more intelligent and competent than Ms. Blake (whom I perceive as very bright and talented).

Third, Ugandans are far more familiar with the negative aspects of homosexual orientation than Americans are. Every June 3rd is Martyr’s Day, memorializing the brutal slaughter of 22 young men and boys by the homosexual King Mwanga in the late 1800s for refusing to submit to sodomy. It is one of the reasons why Uganda criminalized homosexuality many years before anyone there ever heard of Scott Lively.

Fourth, it was the Ugandans themselves who requested information about the homosexual recruitment of children, wanting to better understand this phenomenon that they had observed in their midst. Most of the complaints that I heard from average people in Ugandarelated to male homosexual sex tourism corrupting boys and young men. I probably would not have addressed the topic on my own. My lectures tend to emphasize the history of the “gay” movement and the socio-political ramifications of its agenda, not the sexual activities of the LGBT community.

Fifth, I did not participate in the drafting of the Ugandan law and opposed it’s harshness from the very beginning. The Ugandans did not adopt my suggestions to emphasize therapy and prevention rather than punishment. That having been said, the hysteria about the law in the west is dramatically overblown, since virtually all African criminal law is overly harsh in the letter, but lenient in the application. Poor countries rely on deterrence since they don’t have money for jails. It is highly unlikely that anyone will serve any more time in jail for breaking this law than under the anti-sodomy laws of our own country in the 1950s (was your grandmother a “vicious homophobe” for supporting those U.S. laws?).

Sixth and finally, the veiled implication that Ugandais a blood thirsty nation bent on genocidal extermination of homosexuals is outrageous and absolutely false. There is greater violence committed by revelers in Chicago after a singe Bulls game than a decade-worth of “homophobic” persecution of “gays” in Uganda. Indeed, even the absurd lawsuit against me for “Crimes Against Humanity” lists only a handful of relatively minor civil rights abuses over a 10 year period. My inbox is filled with hate-mail and death threats accusing me of complicity in torture and murder of “thousands” of homosexuals in Uganda, but the only homosexual activist murder that I know of is David Kato, whose “gay” lover is serving 30 years in prison for the crime.

Blake is entitled to her personal opinion. But neither she, nor any of her journalistic peers who have repeated the identical false narrative about me, are entitled to make the news fit their subjective opinions while posing as objective reporters. This deceptive ideological advocacy in place of objectivity is unfortunately what journalism has degenerated to in our increasing post-Christian society.

Americans once had a greater ability to tolerate opposing views. We didn’t accuse people of “hate” for disagreeing with us, or for pointing out the flaws in each others’ conduct or political philosophy. We didn’t break up public meetings and shout down speakers with opinions opposed to our own. That was what other, less civilized, societies did: the right-leaning Marxist Brownshirts of Germany, the left-leaning Marxist Bolsheviks of Russia. We believed in civility, and indeed, the tolerance for differences that we cherished was the very soil in which the “gay” sub-culture once thrived, when it’s stated (largely accomplished) goal was “the right to be left alone.”

But now our own version of Brown shirts and Bolsheviks run the show. Armies of “gay” bullies pummel anyone who disagrees with them on any point of LGBT doctrine, from Anita Bryant in the 1970s to Phil Robertson in 2013. (Try to name a single public figure in the past decade who has criticized homosexuality in theU.S.and not been targeted for destruction.) Careers are ruined, businesses bankrupted, reputations destroyed, families terrorized, sometimes merely for whispering that authentic marriage is one man and one woman. Anti-discrimination laws, passed on the promise that they would be a shield to protect innocent people from malicious prejudice, are transformed almost immediately into swords for LGBT activists to attack people of faith. Compromises by groups like the Boy Scouts, made to accommodate “gay” demands, do nothing but harden the implacable LGBT militancy.

In lock step, armies of ideologically unified, pro-LGBT “journalists” routinely paint the bullies as victims and the victims as “homophobes.”

At the Harvard debate I was an invited guest, yet I was subjected to a humiliating two-hour barrage of mockery, invective and slander by a handful of childish boors, emboldened by Mother Jones‘ assassination of my character. My hosts did not even ask them to behave. No one dared to applaud any of my comments, though my views on the restorative model of criminal justice were undoubtedly shared by many of the roughly 200 people in attendance (heads were nodding perceptibly in agreement). Everyone in that room, except me, was intimidated by the “gay” bullies.

At the root of all of this is a contest of ideas and ideals between Christians and Marxists. Our society is coming apart at the seams because the Marxists are winning, and replacing the Christian ideals of tolerance, mutual respect, self-restraint and personal responsibility with political correctness, factionalism, moral anarchy and statism. They’re invoking all of the terms associated with Christian culture, but redefining them to suit the Marxist model. Objective truth is the only remedy, so I will keep on speaking it despite the bullies at Harvard and their apologists at Mother Jones.

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/scott-lively-anti-gay-law-uganda

 Who are Marxists?  Mr. Scott Lively uses McCarthyism tactics.  He uses the Marxism to incite others who hate communists evoking negative actions.  “—- the Christian ideals of tolerance, mutual respect, self-restraint and personal responsibility with political correctness, factionalism, moral anarchy and statism.”  On this comments he implied that his version of Christian culture is so virtuous.  He will not harm a fly but his visited to Uganda and his lecture preaching in March 2009 must have given a strong impression to the Uganda government causing them wanting to kill every homosexual.  If it were not for the protest from US government, EU and others the law will not merely change to imprison for life.  If he is such a virtuous Christian, why did he not ever protest such a barbaric and inhuman law.

He identifies his version of Christian culture as one of moral excellence, but why does he see homosexuality in such an inhumane way.  Are they human like you too?  Do you think they want love, kindness and equal rights the same as you?  He thinks he is smart and able to convince others who are weaker to hate another human being.  Those he persuades are then willing to be murders, if not directly, then by ordering others to kill that person.  Mr. Scott Lively, you are not smart nor have the virtue you proclaim because you bring destruction to others so that hatred and killing will never end.  By inciting others to hate and kill you are far more dangerous than the one who actually commits the act because you will go on to convince more people as Hitler persuaded his people to kill millions.  If you proclaim that you are an educated man of moral excellence you would show your kindness toward all mankind.  You would bring a unity among people.  You would bring peace and happiness to society as a whole then you could be proud of yourself and worthy to be born and be a part of all humankind.  

People who train themselves to talk and write well can be two sides of razor edge, they can be a positive and negative to society, because these people can out smart others and turn black to white with their wit, cleverly convincing others in their own belief to achieve their goal.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, March 29, 2014

“In early March 2009, Lively returned to Uganda at Langa’s invitation. Uganda’s High Court had recently found that the government overstepped its authority by detaining two gay activists simply because they were gay. In response, a Langa-run group called the Family Life Network planned a three-day conference to expose what he called the “hidden and dark” gay agenda. On the last day, Lively gave a marathon five-hour presentation, which was broadcast on Ugandan television. He claimed that homosexuals were aggressively recruiting Uganda’s children and argued that human rights protections shouldn’t be extended to these “predatory” figures.” 

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Passing At The Players By John Watts

Passing At The Players 

By John Watts 

At 16 Gramercy Park S, New York City 

Reading on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

 

 

PASSING AT THE PLAYERS

The play is a tangle of interconnected stories about people passing for someone or something they are not.  It takes place at a famous private club called,The Players, at Gramercy Park, New York City, in 1932.  This was at the height of the Great Depression and the ending days of Prohibition.  Pretentious James Thornton, is actually Tony Depaola, a palooka from Jersey City who is a closeted gay running the reception desk and accumulating liquor by siphoning off a third of every bottle of quality booze smuggled in from Canada to the players.  Wilber Jackson, a member of the Players, achieved this through blackmail and is actually an out of work actor attempting to make contacts in showbiz.  Fannie is Wilber’s girlfriend brought into the club disguised as a man. After a lover’s quarrel Fannie gets a job at the club as a male waiter.  Harold is the African American bartender, who is secretly a playwright and hiding his university degree to keep his job.  Clarence/Clarisa is the transgender chauffeur for Gerimia Aldrick, a movie producer.  Clarisa is also African American, passing for white and running a bootleg booze distribution scheme from the boot of Mr. Aldrick’s Bentley.  Detective Michal O’Fresco, is actually Luigi Fresco pretending to be Irish to make it in the New York Police Department, taking unspoken bribes to protect the Players from non compliance with the law of Prohibition. 

Passing At The Players, is a musical farce that utilizes recordings of popular American music from 1923 through 1932.  The music hopefully evokes a sense of time and place for the play.  For the purpose of the reading one minute snippets of each of the songs is used.  The actors bravely attempted to at least give a sense of the music by singing along and in some cases even attempting to do a little song and dance routine without any rehearsal.  

John Watts, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 

I enjoyed watching John’s play reading.  The actors are clever and playful making John’s play comes alive.  I love the old music that john selected for the performance.  The melody is cheerful and the lyrics reflect the characters and the storyline.  Some of the songs have lyrics that talk about sexual behavior, but the innocence and honesty of it keeps the songs from becoming vulgar. 

John worked very hard on his play.  The actors were enthusiastic to perform.  They all spent their time trying to achieve their goal without any payment in return.  Friends, family and others came to see the free performance.  This was something that took place without money in transaction, only the willingness to share what they have.  This is a moment of happiness and joy.  I wish more people would come to their senses and realize that fighting and war is not the way to live.  Sharing and helping each other to keep peace with ourselves and others, that is a life well worth living.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:21 pm 

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My Naturally Purified Room

My Naturally Purified Room

Ing’s Indoor Forest 

Fall and Winter between 2013 -2014

My Naturally Purified Room

 

This is my small corner

Where I sit and work on my artwork

With my sculptures and Gandhi on the wall

And John’s artwork and pottery too

 

This winter is colder than usual

Luckily I have the company

Of my indoor forest

 

The doors are all closed tight

Protecting us from the cold creeping in

Gladly my plants purify the air

 

We coexist

As I breathe out carbon dioxide

The plants take it in to produce their food

And give oxygen for my red blood cells

 

Happy I am in

My naturally purified room

 

Sadly

 Chinese people in Beijing

Have dreadful air pollution to endure

Lately the French in Paris suffer the same

 

Economy! Economy! Economy!

Yelling from all politicians

More jobs

More production

 

Producing they must

Some useful products

And lots more junk

To be thrown away

In garbage piles

Some is toxic

And some is not

 

Who cares????

 

The Chinese are poisoning themselves

With every breathe they take

The developed country of France

 And others are the same

 

The French are smart

Using many nuclear plants

The Japanese are smarter

Nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima

 

The Chinese are smart

A communist country

Producing the second most

Billionaires in the world

Totaling of one hundred fifty two billionaires

With the population of

One point three four billion people

 (1,363,950,000)

 

The Russians are smart too

Producing the third most

Billionaires in the world

One hundred eleven billionaires

With one hundred forty four million population

 (143,657,134)

While some citizens’ sell their belonging

For survival from the bitter cold

 

Many countries

 Rushing to use the technology

In the name of the economy

 

Is it time for humans to be wiser?

Producing the products

That benefits us all without regret

Rather than spending billions

Cleaning toxic waste

And air pollution

 

Mothers breathe in poisoned air

For their unborn children

Cancer causing

Or genetic effects in the long run

 

Is it time for humans to be wiser?

Producing the products

That benefits us all without regret

For us to be free of trouble

Creating a real progressive economy

 

Greed will kill us all at the end

Faster or slower

 

Air pollution will not be confined to one place

Just as nuclear disasters

Such as Chernobyl in

Former Ukrainian SSR,Soviet Union

 And Fukushima in Japan

The affect is global

The consequence of making fast bucks

Will kill us all at the end

 

Being really smart

Is to preserve a healthy world

For our children and grand children

 

We might not produce billionaires

But in the end we will feel good

Seeing the children laugh

Running and playing outdoor

Breathing in fresh air

 

Happy with the healthy world

We all live in

 

Let us all have

A surrounding as comfortable as mine

With my indoor forest that gives me

A naturally purified room 

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 21, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air pollution in Beijing, China, 2014

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn

Left-China’s worsening air pollution has exacted a significant economic toll, grounding flights, closing highways and deterring tourists. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

 Right- People visiting the Olympic Park amid the thick haze in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Left- A farmer turns soil to plant crops near a state-owned lead smelter in Tianying that has made much of the land uninhabitable. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters/Corbis 

Right- vegetables said to be caused by pollution from a chemical plant. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Left- Buildings in the central business district in Guangzhou seen through the thick haze. Photograph: Alex Lee/Reuters

Right- An artist in Jingshan Park, Beijing, paints the Forbidden City through the smog. Photograph: Alamy

Chinese scientists have warned that the country’s toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country’s food supply.

Beijingand broad swaths of sixnorthern provinceshave spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is not expected to abate until Thursday. Beijing’s concentration of PM 2.5 particles – those small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream – hit 505 micrograms per cubic metre on Tuesday night. The World Health Organisation recommends a safe level of 25.

The worsening air pollution has already exacted a significant economic toll, grounding flights, closing highways and keeping tourists at home. On Monday 11,200 people visited Beijing’s Forbidden City, about a quarter of the site’s average daily draw.

He Dongxian, an associate professor at China Agricultural University‘s College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, said new research suggested that if the smog persists, Chinese agriculture will suffer conditions “somewhat similar to a nuclear winter”.

She has demonstrated that air pollutants adhere to greenhouse surfaces, cutting the amount of light inside by about 50% and severely impeding photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light into life-sustaining chemical energy.

She tested the hypothesis by growing one group of chilli and tomato seeds under artificial lab light, and another under a suburban Beijing greenhouse. In the lab, the seeds sprouted in 20 days; in the greenhouse, they took more than two months. “They will be lucky to live at all,” He told the South China Morning Post newspaper.

She warned that if smoggy conditions persist, the country’s agricultural production could be seriously affected. “Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic,” she said.

Early this month the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences claimed in a report that Beijing’s pollution made the city almost “uninhabitable for human beings“.

The Chinese government has repeatedly promised to address the problem, but enforcement remains patchy. In October,Beijing introduced a system of emergency measures if pollution levels remained hazardous for three days in a row, including closing schools, shutting some factories, and restricting the use of government cars.

According to China’s state newswire Xinhua, 147 industrial companies in Beijinghave cut or suspended production. Yet schools remained open and government cars remained on the road.

One person not put off by the smog was President Xi Jinping, who braved the pollution to make an unannounced visit to a trendy neighbourhood popular with tourists.

Dressed in a black jacket and trousers – and no facemask – Xi made a brief walkabout in Nanluoguxiang district last Thursday morning. The visit prompted approving coverage in Chinese news reports, but also mockery on social media sites. “Xi Jinping visitsBeijing’s Nanluoguxiang amid the smog: breathing together, sharing the fate,” said a Xinhua headline.

Photos and shaky video footage apparently of Xi’s visit ricocheted around Chinese social media sites. “Why isn’t he wearing a facemask?” asked one Sina Weibo user. “Isn’t it bad for his health?”

This week Chinese media reported that a man in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province near Beijing, had sued the local environmental protection bureau for failing to rein in the smog. Li Guixin filed the lawsuit asking the municipal environment protection bureau “perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law”, the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily reported.

Li is also seeking compensation for the pollution. “Besides the threat to our health, we’ve also suffered economic losses, and these losses should be borne by the government and the environmental departments because the government is the recipient of corporate taxes, it is a beneficiary,” he told the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily.

Li’s lawyer, Wu Yufen, confirmed the lawsuit but refused to comment because of the sensitivity of the case. He said: “This is the first ever case of a citizen suing the government regarding the issue of air pollution. We’re waiting for the judicial authority’s response.”

Li told the newspaper that he had bought an air purifier, masks and a treadmill, but none had helped him to overcome the pernicious health effects of the smog. He is seeking RMB 10,000 (£1,000) in compensation. “I want show every citizen that we are real victims of this polluted air, which hurts us both from a health perspective and economically,” he said.

Li Yan, a climate and energy expert at Greenpeace East Asia, said the case could bring exposure to polluted cities outside ofBeijing, putting pressure on provincial officials to prioritise the problem. She said: “People … who live in Beijing are suffering from the polluted air, but we have the attention of both domestic and international media.Shijiazhuang’s environmental problems are far more serious, and this case could bring Shijiazhuang the attention it has deserved for a long time.”

Please visit the following link for more information: 

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/mar/19/chinese-smog-insurance-ctrip-travel-agency-air-pollution-policies 

Air pollution in Paris, France, 2014

Mon dieu!

The air pollution in Paris has become so bad that the French government has introduced a temporary driving ban.

The new rules, which went into effect Monday morning, aim to cut back Parisian traffic by roughly 50% in order to help clear the air.

Drivers with license plates ending in even numbers are banned from the roads Monday, while cars bearing odd-numbered license plates will be banned Tuesday.

Pollution levels in Paris have reportedly intensified in recent days due to a combination of warm, sunny days and cold nights, which keeps pollutants from dissipating.

According to some reports, parts of Parisat certain times of the day have had worse air quality than Beijing. But environmental data from the European Union and other online tracking systems show the air quality in Paris is generally significantly better than Beijing and other Chinese cities that have recently reported high levels of pollution.

Related: Paris is among the most congested cities in the world

The French government said the alternating car ban was agreed upon after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault consulted with ministers responsible for the interior, environment, health and transportation.

“The Prime Minister is aware of the difficulties this could create for Parisians, but this extra step is required,” the government said in a release.

All public transportation in the city — including trains and buses — has been free since Friday as officials try to encourage environmentally friendly travel, though that free travel is set to end Tuesday.

Canadian tourist Jon Ward visited Paris over the weekend and said the city looked smoggy and hazy, but he didn’t notice any problems with his breathing.

“Then again I’m fromTorontoso I’m used to terrible air quality and smog!” he said.

Related: China to fight pollution with drones

Ignoring the car ban will cost Parisians, who could face a fine of €75 ($104) and possibly have their vehicle impounded.

The alternating car ban also applies to scooters and motorcycles, though electric and hybrid vehicles won’t be affected. Carpool cars containing at least three people will be exempt.

Government officials said they will evaluate on Monday evening how long the traffic ban could be in effect. http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/17/news/paris-pollution-traffic/?iid=EL – TOPhttp://money.cnn.com/2014/03/17/news/paris-pollution-traffic/?iid=EL – TOP

First Published: March 17, 2014: 10:15 AM ET

http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/17/news/paris-pollution-traffic/ 

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-france-offers-free-weekend-transport-to-ease-air-pollution-1969580 

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Chernobyl disaster (Ukrainian: ????????????? ??????????, Chornobylska Katastrofa – Chornobyl Catastrophe; also referred as Chernobyl or Chornobyl accident) was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster is widely considered[by whom?] to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011).[1] The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles.[2] 31 people died during the accident itself, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for. 

Please visit the following link for more information: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  (Redirected from 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents)

“Fukushima nuclear disaster” redirects here. For the incidents at Fukushima Daini (Fukushima II), see Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant.

See also: Timeline of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and Fukushima disaster cleanup 

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  (Redirected from 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents)

“Fukushima nuclear disaster” redirects here. For the incidents at Fukushima Daini (Fukushima II), see Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant.

See also: Timeline of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and Fukushima disaster cleanup

Map of contaminated areas around the plant (22 March – 3 April 2011). 

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (???????????? Fukushima Daiichi ( pronunciation) genshiryoku hatsudensho jiko?) was acatastrophic failure at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on 11 March 2011, resulting in a meltdown of three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors. [6] The failure occurred when the plant was hit by the tsunami triggered by the T?hoku earthquake;[7] the plant began releasing substantial amounts of radioactive materials beginning on 12 March,[8] becoming the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disasterand the second (with Chernobyl) to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale,[9] initially releasing an estimated 10-30% of the earlier incident’s radiation.[10] In August 2013, it was stated that the massive amount of radioactive water is among the most pressing problems that are affecting the cleanup process, which is expected to take decades. There have been continued spills of contaminated water at the plant, and some into the sea. Plant workers are trying to lower the leaks using measures such as building chemical underground walls, but they have not improved substantially.[11]

24 hours live camera for Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on YouTube, certified by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. 

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Japanese_nuclear_accidents 

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Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth2012 & 2013 Part 3

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth2012 & 2013 Part 3

 At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012 and 2013 Part 3

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

I finally have time to work with the finished artwork on the Comments of “What does Peace mean to you?” from the LGBTQ youth.  This is the second group of the LGBTQ youth that was organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.  Thanks to Ms. Gabriela C. Celeiro for introducing my Peace Project to the youth.  There is nice artwork and comments that I would like to share with the viewers.  I will post the current unfinished artwork, step by step as I clean each portion of the poster.

 I will also post part of my finished artwork from 2012 peace project done by the LGBTQ youth group.

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2013, Part 3

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012, Part 3

 

 

Appreciate simple things around you

Minimize luxury life styles

 Be more concerned with conservation

  Be generous and kind

 Remove ill thought

  Broaden your knowledge

 Learn and do your best

  Understand things beyond yourself

If you are still dissatisfied

 Then sleep and after your rest

 Try again the next day

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 4:38 pm

 

 

I am glad to know Gabby.  I appreciate her help bringing my Peace Project to the LGBTQ youth.  I even more appreciate her enthusiastic helping to educate the youth.  It requires a special kind of person to undertake the work that she does. 

 

 

Ing’s Peace Project & LGBTQ Youth

Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seqjsap7LQc&feature=youtu.be

(7:42 minutes)  

 

Hi Ing,  

The video looks wonderful, thank you so much for doing that.  

Please see attached pictures of the peace poster in my 

counseling office, I had it framed and showed it at an art 

exhibit at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, for 

the department of child protection and permanency in New Jersey.  

Thanks,  

Gabby   

Gabriela C. Celeiro 

Bilingual Counselor, MSW 

Hetrick-Martin Institute-Newark 

Empowerment, Education, & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth 

Phone 646-581-0720 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 646-581-0720 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax 212-674-8651
Gceleiro@hmi.org | www.hmi.org 

 

Hi Gabby,  

Thanks for the attachments.  I do love your composition about the LGBTQ youth.  Your writing helps the readers to understand the lives of this group of youths and how they can get themselves into bad situations and become homeless.  My love and my heart go out to these youths.  The help that you and your organization offer to these youngsters is to be complimented and should be recognized as a good example for others to follow.  

I am glad that you have the finished peace project artwork framed and exhibited.  

Please let me know if you would like to work on my peace project with the new classes and the new group of youngsters again.  

I hope you enjoy your summer.  Please stop by when you are near our shop.  

All the best,  

Ing  

PS. I hope you do not mind, I posted your responses to my email on my website. 

7.4.2013  

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Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

HMI:Newarkis based on the services for LGBTQ youth operated for over 30 years by the Hetrick-Martin Institute inNew York City. Offering counseling and crisis management, health and wellness programming, academic enrichment, job readiness and arts and cultural programming, HMI has implemented its first out-of-state direct service program.

Provides after-school services to LGBTQ youth in the City of Newark

•Mental Health & Supportive Services: support groups for youth-related issues including relationships and “coming out.”

•Health & Wellness: health education groups and referrals for HIV testing, provided by community partners.

•Arts & Culture Programs: service learning programs with a focus on leadership and team building.

Provides a safe and supportive environment for Newark’s LGBTQ youth to reach their full potential

•By collaborating with family and other support systems, we work to engage youth in their own growth and development and get them involved as responsible citizens of their community.

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•Multi-ethnic: 42% African Americans, 27% Latin , 4%  Caucasian, 4% West Indian, & 22% Other.

•Serve youth fromNewark, the greaterEssexCounty, and beyond.

•Educational status comprising youth from Junior High: 9%, High School: 82%, College: 7%, & Out of School: 2%.

•53% high school graduates with  47% youth attending college next year.

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Year-round, in a safe, supportive environment, the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s After-School Services Department provides its youth members (whether they are enrolled in school or not) a wide range of group activities designed to develop social and interpersonal skills and build confidence. Last year our After-School Department reached more than 2,000 LGBTQ youth and their families.

Arts and Culture programs foster self-expression through dance, film, photography, painting, theater, and more.

Health and Wellness programs range from hands-on instruction in how to cook healthy meals to learning more about STDs, fighting stress, and preventing HIV.

Academic Enrichment programs help our LGBTQ youth prep for college, do computer training, get help with homework, or join a book club (among countless activities).

Job Readiness and Career Exploration programs assist in building job skills, writing résumés, and landing internships.

Supportive Services

From the first moment a young person enters HMI, one of our team of professional Supportive Services counselors is there to:

  • Assess the safety of each youth.
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Advocacy: Educating Decision Makers on Issues Affecting LGBTQ Youth; Providing a voice for those who often go unheard. 
HMI Staff works to provide information and best practices to address the needs of the often disconnected population working with policy makers, government institutions and the community-at-large, advocating on the behalf of LGBTQ youth and those that support them.

Capacity Building: Training and Resources
With over 3 decades of experience, HMI takes its best practices in LGBTQ youth service delivery on the road!  We offer workshops, trainings and seminars in how to serve this unique population.  Our trained staff will work with you and your organization or community to provide a custom-designed training that meets your specific needs.  Workshop topics include, “Building Inclusive Communities,” “Understanding Human Sexuality and Gender Identity,” “Working with LGBTQ Adolescents,” and much more.

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LGBTQ Youth 2012 and 2013 Part 2

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012 and 2013 Part 2

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

 I finally have time to work with the finished artwork on the Comments of “What does Peace mean to you?” from the LGBTQ youth.  This is the second group of the LGBTQ youth that was organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.  Thanks to Ms. Gabriela C. Celeiro for introducing my Peace Project to the youth.  There is nice artwork and comments that I would like to share with the viewers.  I will post the current unfinished artwork, step by step as I clean each portion of the poster.

 I will also post part of my finished artwork from 2012 peace project done by the LGBTQ youth group.

 Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2013, Part 2

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012, Part 2

 

 

 You Are Beautiful

Life is precious

Life is short 

Enjoy as much as you can

 

Try to be independent 

But ask when you need help

 

Help yourself as much as you can 

And help the others as much as you can

 

That is life 

As long as you try your best

Then you will be worthwhile 

 

Be kind and be happy

 

Because you are beautiful 

We are all beautiful

 

And we are all equal

 

Lead your life in a harmonious and peaceful way

 

Because you are beautiful to me

 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

Below is the link of important news from BBC News Magazine, Monday, March 17, 2014.

 

Link to the BBC News Magazine:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26618498

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Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth 2012 & 2013 Part 1

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012 and 2013 Part 1

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

 I finally have time to work with the finished artwork on the Comments of “What does Peace mean to you?” from the LGBTQ youth.  This is the second group of the LGBTQ youth that was organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.  Thanks to Ms. Gabriela C. Celeiro for introducing my Peace Project to the youth.  There is nice artwork and comments that I would like to share with the viewers.  I will post the current unfinished artwork, step by step as I clean each portion of the poster.

 I will also post part of my finished artwork from 2012 peace project done by the LGBTQ youth group.

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2013, Part 1

Ing’s Peace project & LGBTQ Youth

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012, Part 1

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

I love flowers, they are beautiful.  I wait for the weather to change till spring then I can go to my backyard garden.  I cultivate my garden seeing the plants rising and growing each day.  Then the magic will come when the flowers show up to greet me.  I can spend hours in my little garden.  To keep the beauty of these flowers in winter when I long to see them I take a lot of pictures.  Thanks to the evolution of digital cameras I can take the photographs and print to give to friends or make a slide show or movie.

 When I sat wanting to compose the finished artwork from the LGBTQ youth comments poster I thought of something beautiful.  I want this group of youths to feel beautiful just like my beautiful flowers.  When we feel beautiful then we feel good.  As long as we feel happy we can do a lot of things no matter what some people say.

Below are the sections of my finished artwork that show the written comments from the LGBTQ youth on “What does Peace mean to you?” on my Peace Project Poster that accompanies beautiful flower images that I took from our backyard garden. 

 

 

Equality for All

 

There will be no Peace

Without equality

If the scale of justice

Is unbalanced

 

There are always reasons for oppressors

To put others down

 

At one time women could not own property

And could not vote

And slaves of all races could be sold like cattle

And others historically were also treated wickedly

 

Humanity has evolved

Using our brains and our knowledge

To progress and change

 

Change we must!

Equality is balance

 

Human Rights is for all

And equality is for all 

This will bring peace to the world

 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:03 am

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NewarkTech & BloomfieldTech Students Part 3

 Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech Students Part 3

Ing’s Peace Project 

Comments on 

What does Peace means to you? 

By Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech Students 

Fall 2013

Remember Nelson Mandela 

One Bloomfield Tech Student commented:

Peace?  Trust no one

 

I can understand how you feel

There was disappointment and trouble in my younger life

But I never lost hope

 

At least I trusted myself

And behaved in such a way that others could trust me

If I want to trust others

I have to show others are able to trust me

 

We all go through life

Knowing some bad and good people

We learn and change

If we show kindness to others

There is a chance to receive kindness in return

 

I was sad about some of my troubles in life

But when I study about Nelson Mandela

Who passed away this month at the age of 95

I feel that I am a lucky person

 

He was jailed for twenty seven years

But was able to walk tall when he was freed

He overcame his bitterness

Trusted people and people trusted him

 

Mr. Mandela became the first black president of South Africa

People all over the world praised his good deeds

He is honored and admired

Just as Gandhi and Dr. King were admired

 

By being only a one term president

Mr. Mandela showed he was not greedy to hold on to power

He could have been President of South Africa as long as he wished

He prevented civil war between black and white South Africans

He helped to raise funds to educate poor African children

And encouraged the fight against Aids

 

He led very meaningful life

An example for others to follow

 

 Mr. Mandela said his 27 years in prison gave him time to think

He educated other prisoners and cultivated a little garden

 Growing tomatoes and other vegetables

His conduct earned him the respect of his jailers

 

President Barack Obama commented that

When you are with Nelson Mandela

You want to be a better person

 

I too want to be a better person

 After studying the life of Nelson Mandela

 

Please reconsider your comment

Peace? Trust no one

 

If you help others to the best of your ability

You will find others you can trust

Who in turn will trust you

And give help when it is needed

 

Then you will achieve a successful life

With happiness and peace in your heart

  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, December 13, 2013, 11:56 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan who helped to organize all the comments from Newark and Bloomfield Tech students.  Good teachers show concern and do more to advance their students both mentally and physically by preparing the students for future challenges.  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, March 15, 2013

Please visit the following links for more information: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Tech_High_School 

http://www.essextech.org/

Link to LGBTQ Youth at Hetrick-Martin-Institute page:

http://ingpeaceproject.com/1-academy-street-firehouse-youth/lgbtq-youth-at-hetrick-martin-institute/ 

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NewarkTech & Bloomfield Tech Students Part 2

 NewarkTech and Bloomfield Tech Students Part 2

Ing’s Peace Project 

Comments on 

What does Peace means to you? 

By Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech Students 

Fall 2013 

  

 

 

 

Cultivated Peace

One Bloomfield Tech Student expresses his thought

There is no Peace

  

Sadness is in my heart hearing his belief

 If I could tell my child about peace

 

 Walking on empty land

With no plants and no trees

 Lucky me, finding some seeds in my pocket

 

 Let us make some holes

 And put some seeds in the soil

Water them everyday when we pass by

 

 Surprisingly, two green leaves peek out of the soil

 Walk carefully not to step on the baby tree

 Let’s pour more water and some plant food

 Put some fence for protection

From animals eating the baby plants

 

Time passes by with love and care

 The plant grows tall with beautiful crested flowers

 And fragrant aroma the air

 

 Oh my, the plant is taller than me

 Look! The bees are drinking the nectar

 One wonderful day I see a beautiful swallowtail butterfly

 Drinking nectar from the flowers

  

Gladly we spent time to grow the trees

 Cultivate them with patience and love

 Enjoying the trees

 Bring bees and butterflies for us to see

  

To have Peace we need to cultivate

 Just like planting the trees

 But Peace comes from the internal and external

 

One has to have peace in oneself

 Before looking for peace outside

 

 If you are able to calm yourself

 You can enjoy food and music

Reading books and discussions

 Feel good and appreciate knowledge

 That one gains from teachers, friends, and family

 

Helping family and friends

 Greeting them with smiles

 The returning smiles and nice conversation

 Will make the day brighter

 

  Three simple philosophies I practice

Try my best to take care of myself

 Physically and mentally

 

With good health and wealth I have

 Secondly I try to branch out to help others

 As best as I can

 

Kind words and smiles

 Will help others to feel good too

 

 Thirdly I try to make my heart pure

 By not judging people

 Before I recognize the real reasons

Why one behaves certain ways

 

This practice is more difficult than others

Because my judgment is impaired by fear of the unknown

 

 If one can find peace in oneself

 One can smile, get up and go to school or to work

 Helping oneself and others

  

Peace from outside is difficult to find

 Troubles come from neighborhood violence

 Wars take place all over the world

 Natural disasters cause trouble and hardship for people

  That we cannot control

 

 But if you have Peace in yourself

No one can take it away

Then you can think about

How to make your surroundings more peaceful

Find someone that needs help

Using knowledge from your education

Finding out about other institutions

That can help you, your family

 Friends or neighbors

 

President Barack Obama saw his father only once

When he was ten years old

His grandparents took care of him

When he was a teenager

He educated himself and able to help others

By working as a community organizer in Chicago

We know by now how he can help more people

While he is a President

 

 If you have peace in yourself

 You can form your ideas

How to help others to have peace

Even little things one can achieve

Help a child who cries from falling

Calm the child and help take care of the little wound

This will make one feel good, lively and happy

 

We all cannot all become president like President Barack Obama

Because we all have different abilities

But if one tries one’s best  

Then whatever one achieve

It is good enough

 

Two more things that I practice

Trying to understand people and show kindness

 

Kindness makes the world go round

A kind heart will make a happy person

And people will be happy to see you

 

As the old Asian proverb says

A rigid tall tree

Will break with strong wind

But soft blade of grass

Will withstand the harsh wind

And live on for another day

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, December 15, 2013

 

The Golden Swallowtail Butterfly was captured by me on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at our backyard garden in downtown Newark, New Jersey  

GoldenSwallowtailButterfly  

Link to YouTube:  http://youtu.be/KuFOnDoUMJc  (8:15 minutes)  

Link to Golden Swallowtail Butterfly and White Cosmos Flower & Bees Ing’s Poem Page:  

http://ingpeaceproject.com/ings-poems/golden-swallowtail-butterfly-white-cosmos-flowers-and-bees/ 

WhiteCosmos&Bees 

 Link to YouTube: http://youtu.be/aDrq06y_GPQ  (5:15 minutes) 

 Hibiscus and Jasmine plants are topical.  Their flowers will bloom in the summer time.  When I was young in Thailand we planted them and we loved to see the gorgeous flowers blossom.  We like Jasmine flowers that give out a very nice fragrance.  I planted jasmine here in the US but if I leave the plants outside during winter the plants will die.  I take my plants inside and give them some light from florescent bulbs and water them with plant food.  It is December now and the weather outside is below freezing but my hibiscus plants have produced some beautiful red flowers.  I also counted about one hundred the little white jasmine flowers.  Everyday a few jasmine flowers blossom giving a very nice fragrance when I walk by the plants which makes me happy and peaceful thinking of my homeland.

  I cultivate my plants to enjoy the flowers and fragrance.  It gives me happiness and peace.    One will achieve something if one puts effort and time to pursue one’s goal.  If one does nothing one receives nothing.

  Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 2:55 am

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan who helped to organize all the comments from Newark and Bloomfield Tech students.  Good teachers show concern and do more to advance their students both mentally and physically by preparing the students for future challenges.  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 14, 2014 

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NewarkTech & Bloomfield Tech Students Part 1

BBC News on NPR had an article about the Syria conflict today, Thursday, March 13, 2014, which is now in the third year of war.  It does not seem to end but it is getting worse.  I have written some comments on the situation.

May peace be with everybody on earth and especially with the Syrians” 

“I believe that all Syrian adults will want their children to go to school and have time to play with family and friends.  You want your children to be happy, not to be afraid and cry.  You can do it.  “Make Peace, Not War”.  Please do it for your children and future generations.  You can show the world that Syrians are civilized people.  Be an example for the world, especially the countries in your region.  Show them that it is never too late to make peace.  Your children and future generations will thank all of you who conquer hatred and select peace and harmony.  This will be your legacy of teaching your children to learn to make peace not war.  Please prove to the world that both sides of the Syrian conflict are wise enough to see that war brings only destruction and that Syrian people are able to solve their problems in peaceful ways.”

Please stop killing anyone no matter who they are.  Let us have no more wars, and no more killing.  Please read the Newark Tech, and Bloomfield Tech students’ comments on What does Peace means to you?”

NewarkTech & Bloomfield Tech Students Part 1

Ing’s Peace Project 

Comments on 

What does Peace means to you? 

By Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech Students 

Fall 2013 

 

 

  

       Peace is as Free as Butterflies and Bees

  

Words of peace float in the air 

Flying about the butterflies and bees 

Helping to block trouble and sad news 

That comes from the air

 

Listening to Newark, and Bloomfield Tech Students 

Express what Peace means to them 

 These words are real

 

Expressed from their Hearts

 

Peace means: 

 

 Love, Unity and Cooperation 

Positive actions and attitudes 

Happiness, living Tranquil 

Harmony and Balance, Nice 

 

Serenity, Calmness, to be Peaceful 

To be free and kind to everybody 

Freedom, feel Free, no Worry 

Enjoy the goodness things in Life 

 

To be happy and relax 

You happy with their life and everyone in it 

To feel comfortable with everyone around you 

Equality and live of harmony internally and externally 

To be comfortable in your own skin, being you and nobody else 

 

You know who you are and are okay with it, 

When you have peace you are okay with yourself and others 

Get along with one another and itself 

Being able to find yourself, to know your inner self 

Equality, Happiness, Tranquility, to be happy and don’t fight 

No violence, loving each and every person 

 

No war or fighting 

Peace is love without war 

No fighting nor hate nothing but love 

Respecting and to act in a civilized manner 

No one is fighting everything is calm and put together 

 

Togetherness all as one, one for all 

No violence (Guns, knives and etc.) 

Peace comes from love with yourself and others 

Peace is everything that calm you, that keep your heart warm 

Peace is Life

 

Peace is absence of war and hate 

Harmony with the world and others 

Equality between people 

To have a world without war 

 

There are many more comments

  

Learning and listening from others

 Is what we should do

Understanding other’s feelings

 In our hearts and our minds

 

 Together we will survive 

Let us tell each other how we feel 

No guessing 

 No doubts or fears

 

Free as Butterflies and Bees 

That is what a peaceful society should be  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:07 pm 

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan who helped to organize all the comments from Newark and Bloomfield Tech students.  Good teachers show concern and do more to advance their students both mentally and physically by preparing the students for future challenges.  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, March 13, 2014  

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City Birds Eating Bread video on YouTube

I just uploaded my, “City Birds Eating Bread”, video on, YouTube.  The link and the description are following. 

City Birds Eating Bread (5:11minutes) 

Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ihz1S9cCFI                                          

Good morning sunshine

I peek out the window

See our snow garden

In our backyard

 

Hey! Mr. Bird

May I have some bread?

It looks like

A very delicious breakfast

 

City birds you are clever

You get your breakfast

Without cooking

After eating bread

You can eat the snow

Giving you juice

Mixing with your meal

 

Where is your partner?

I saw you two love birds

In the summer time

Don’t tell me that

Your partner is gone

And you are alone with your meal

 

Hey!  I see the other one coming

Oh you make me happy

Seeing you sharing

Bread with each other

 

Hey!  I have to go

To have my breakfast

With my partner too

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 8, 2014 

This little bird’s behavior inspired me to translate this into the human condition.  A happy individual makes a happy couple.  A happy couple makes a happy family.  A happy family makes a happy society. 

Let us find ways to produce happy individuals for us to achieve a happy society.  If we all want to be in a happy society then we have to take care of everyone to our best ability.  A happy society will have no poor families; no one will go without food, no children will be without food and go hungry.  There will be no abuse to one another. 

I dream of this happy society

Seeing birds sharing food

Should we humans do the same?

Surely we can

If we work at it

I am waiting

For my dream to come true

 

A happy bird

A happy couple

A happy family

Makes

A happy

And

Peaceful society

 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Monday, March 10, 2014

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