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Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple

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  1. Reverend Galloway said: “These men have harmed no-one. They are a danger to no-one and should not be in prison.”

    Agreed.

  2. I do wish Pink News would report the transphobia involved in this case and not brush Tiowonge’s identity under the carpet.

  3. Scotland has long connections with Malawi, the capital Blantyre is named in honour of 19th century missionary David Livingstone. Therefore, hopefully, the Scottish Parliament and MSPs will express their abhorrence exert pressure on Malawi to get two innocent men out of jail.

  4. they broke the law…therefore they should go to jail

  5. Tim Hopkins 24 May 2010, 5:37pm

    Right Kieran – so the next time you park on double yellow lines or exceed the speed limit, that will be 14 years with hard labour!

  6. Karah Termi 24 May 2010, 7:13pm

    Oh god, trust Tim Hopkins to be a diva! It is still wrong, its awful but Tim, you are becoming a bit of a mouth piece just like that tadger Tachell

  7. Reverend Galloway said: “These men have harmed no-one. They are a danger to no-one and should not be in prison.” I agree 100%

    Moreover, the penal code in Malawi contradicts the human rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution. What does that mean? Reforms are badly needed.

    Had the penal code been reformed to correspond to Malawi’s Constitution, Steven and Tiwonge would never have been arrested, imprisoned, tormented and tortured for months before being being charged, and condemned to 14 years of hard labour.

    Reform in the penitentiary system are also badly needed. A graphic look inside a Malawai jail:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/international/africa/06prisons.html?_r=1

    The worse of it is that the magistrate who sentenced Steven and Tiwonge to this kind of life – Nyawawa Usiwa-Usiwa – knew perfectly well what he was doing, and he could have legally handed down a non-custodial sentence.

    Canada has blasted Malawi over jailing of gay couple: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-blasts-malawi-over-jailing-of-gay-couple/article1576456/

    @2 Celia: I perfectly agree with you. The blunder was made when the story broke, and it has yet to be corrected. Appalling.

  8. Tim Hopkins i dont drive, and i abide by the laws of the United Kingdom

  9. Kieran – you certainly break every rule of English grammar, please improve your English before commenting further.

  10. I’m sorry, Kieran, saying “they broke the law…therefore they should go to jail” is the same as saying that “the Jews broke n_azi laws and should go to concentration camps”, or “the women were proven to be witches under the law, and should be burned”

    See how downright stupid your statement is now?

  11. Mihangel apYrs 25 May 2010, 11:20am

    and silence from the CofE and old, useless Beardie!

  12. Dr Robin Guthrie 25 May 2010, 9:33pm

    “They broke the law…therefore they should go to jail”

    Comment by Kieran — May 24, 2010 @ 17:03

    Define “The Law”

    What within your definician is “The Law.”

    Did you define that law. Clearly not.

    The “Law” that has resulted in this was made by
    men.

    Nothing more Nothing less.

    Men and their beliefs and opinions.

    These beliefs and Opinions have been handed down to
    these so called LAW makers as they believe by their very own belief system in THEIR own GOD.

    The LAW stated that as I am Jewish, I should go to the Gas Chamber.

    As it did in 1942.

    It is the LAW. Should I comply………

    Do you agree with that.

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