My take on decriminalizing homosexuality and prostitution

20 06 2011

Lady Kidu’s attempt to introduce laws to decriminalize homosexuality and prostitution has met with stiff opposition, especially from the churches and from the general public based on traditional and ‘moral’ grounds.

Here’s what a friend of mine put forward and I made my stand clear on this issue. I’m sure we all have our own views on this matter.

I CHALLENGE DAME KIDU, JUDGE KIRBY, WEP KANAWI OR ANY OTHER PROPONENT OF LEGISLATIVE CHANGE TO DECRIMINALISE ACTS OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND PROSTITUTION TO A DEBATE AT AN OPEN FORUM. PREPOSITION/ISSUE: “PROSTITUTION/HOMOSEXUALITY SHOULD BE LEGALISED IN PNG” …………(ANYONE WANNA BE IN MY CORNER????)……I AM DEAD SERIOUS!!! — Tokaut Tokstret

Here’s my response:

“But let’s face it. PNG is a pluralistic society and we would only be fooling ourselves into believing and touting the “Christian Country” badge. It would only go to show what hypocrites we are (and we won’t have to look far for that, trust me).

If a legislative change impinges on my right to live as a human being, especially with respect to those articles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and if it threatens my democratic rights as a citizen of this nation, then I will definitely fight tooth and nail to my dying breath.

In this instance however, they are seeking more of a ‘luksave‘ if you catch my drift. Its only officiating shit that’s already going down, bro.

Its more about living and co-existing in harmony with other Papua New Guineans, whether they be gay, bi or straight. Whether they be prostitutes or gigolos. Its about recognizing them and their rights.

All Men have a right to freedom of choice, just as much as God gives us the freedom of choice every day we breath. God never placed a picket fence around the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He only advised them (Adam and Eve) against eating it.

We, as his created beings cannot do otherwise. Free will has to prevail here.

Remember….
God hates Homosexuality but loves the Homosexual.
God hates Prostitution but loves the Prostitute.”

~ero!

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8 responses

21 06 2011
Monpi

Preach! Check out the Suite Spot on this topic in the not-too-distant future.

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21 06 2011
Monpi

P.s Does your friend who wants people “in his corner” actually have an argument to back up his stance?
Oh and ah, good luck to him if he really wants to take on Judge Kirby….Among other things Michael Kirby was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia…olsem toksave tasol. 🙂

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21 06 2011
dreamzmedia

Well, I’m sure he’s armed with a few good points for argument to come out publicly (almost) like this. Why else would he throw down the gauntlet to the likes of Justice Kirby. 🙂

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22 06 2011
FEBIJEF

I support the idea that Homosexuality and Prostitution be decriminalised. Those against this must not use the ‘Christian Country’ excuse to fight against it. Be smart and come up with good reasons. BTW, PNG has Muslims, Hindus, Bahais etc already in the country. It’s only the constitution that says so.

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22 06 2011
Monpi

PNG isn’t a christian country and hasn’t been for some time now. The label “Christian Country” is bandied about mostly by wanna-be politicians who think that latching onto some semblence of Christianity will draw popular support and many PNGeans are generally dumb enough to buy into that.
The disingenous labelling of PNG as a “Christian Country” has assisted countless “pastors” to enter politics in the mistaken belief that pontificating from the pulpit qualifies them to lead the country.

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27 07 2011
MJ

Too true Monpi. Although I hope you mean ‘dumb’ in a sense that the people are of simple minds and are attracted to whatever moral values that we hope, in a sense, can be of help to us (pretty sure that’s how Christian values arrived). I am neither for or against the decriminalizing of homosexuality and prostitution, however my views would be a lot stronger if Dame Kidu were to educate us about how she came up with the idea of this before she takes it up to higher people. Yeah simple minds, simple life is what I like, and if it is going to be explained in simple terms, I’m all ears.

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30 08 2011
dreamzmedia

Good call, MJ.

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21 09 2011
Nathan Matbob

I support the idea of decriminalizing sex work and homosexuality in Papua New Guinea, but do not go for the idea of legalizing it or allowing people to practise such acts.

As we should know that sex work and homosexuality (i.e. Men having sex with men and women having sex with women) are criminal offences under the Criminal Offences Act and the Civillian Offences Act 1977. And thus, the police are mandated under these acts to arrest, procecute and incarcerate the offenders.

My opinion on this matter is not to imprison the offenders, but rather confine the them to some rehabilitative establishments which will provide counselling, training and support to help these people get off the practise.

The reason as to why I say this is because of the grave abuse and inhuman treatment sex workers face at the hands of the police(which has been a hot topic for the media from time to time), there has been no media report on homosexuals facing abuse, but I believe such reports would be too sensitive and controversial to many Papua New Guineans. For this reason their stories are either ignored or swept under the carpet.

We do not hear of abuses that happen in prison but just imagine what it would be like for a man charged under Section 121 of the Criminal Offences Act for “carnal indecency” or having sex with another man, this person will be sent to prison and what happens, will he be safe in prison? Rape among male prisoners is also as rampant as prison fights and breakouts but such acts are never disclosed to the public.

Such abusive treatment towards sex workers and homosexuals will not help them or turn them away from doing such practises. And that is one of the reasons I believe (and for sure Mr. Kanawi would agree too) HIV/AIDS infection rate will continue to rise.

And so we should consider carefully what steps to take inorder to wholelistically address the issue of sex work and homosexuality in PNG.

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