Magaya Comments on Gays Backfire

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Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry leader Walter Magaya has been singled out for criticism over comments he made stating that homosexuality is a “spiritual affliction” that requires ‘deliverance’.

Magaya and other religious leaders in Zimbabwe are accused in a United States government report of hardening society’s attitudes towards gays, who have been accused by president Robert Mugabe of being “worse than pigs and dogs”.

“Religious leaders in this traditionally conservative and Christian society encouraged discrimination against LGBTI persons (lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual). In March, Walter Magaya, leader of the Healing and Deliverance Ministries, stated that gays and lesbians were ‘spiritually afflicted and just like all evil spirits, they need deliverance’,” the U.S. State Department’s global human rights report for 2015 said.

The report also revealed that lesbian women in Zimbabwe were subjected to rape and forced marriages by relatives who claimed that it was the ‘cure’ for their sexual attraction to people of the same sex.

Statements by Mugabe and religious leaders have only served to marginalize the victims and keep the scandal hidden, according to the rights report published recently.

“LGBTI (lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual) persons reported widespread societal discrimination based on sexual orientation. In response to social pressure, some families reportedly subjected their LGBTI members to “corrective” rape and forced marriages to encourage heterosexual conduct. Women in particular were subjected to rape by male family members. Victims rarely reported such crimes to police. LGBTI persons often left school at an early age due to discrimination and had higher rates of unemployment and homelessness. Many persons who identified themselves as LGBTI did not seek medical care for sexually transmitted diseases or other health problems due to fear that health providers would shun them or report them to authorities,” the report said.

Below is an extract from the U.S. report:

“Acts of Violence, Discrimination, and Other Abuses Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The constitution does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to the country’s criminal code, “any act involving physical contact between men that would be regarded by a reasonable person to be an indecent act” carries a penalty of up to one year in prison or a fine up to $5,000. Despite that, there were no known cases of prosecutions of consensual same-sex sexual activity. Common law prevents gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbians from fully expressing their sexual orientation. In some cases it criminalizes the display of affection between men.

The president and ZANU-PF leaders publicly criticized the LGBTI community. On September 28, the president stated, “we are not gays” during his remarks at the UN General Assembly and rejected the promotion of LGBTI rights, which he said were contrary to the country’s values, norms, traditions, and beliefs.

Members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), the primary organization dedicated to advancing the rights of LGBTI persons, experienced harassment and discrimination. In December 2014 a group of intruders forced their way into the private year-end event of GALZ, attacking, robbing, and leaving 35 attendees injured. In contrast the Bulawayo-based Sexual Rights Center (SRC), an organization similarly dedicated to advancing the rights of “sexual minorities,” reported minimal harassment.

Religious leaders in this traditionally conservative and Christian society encouraged discrimination against LGBTI persons. In March, Walter Magaya, leader of the Healing and Deliverance Ministries, stated that gays and lesbians were “spiritually afflicted and just like all evil spirits, they need deliverance.”

LGBTI persons reported widespread societal discrimination based on sexual orientation. In response to social pressure, some families reportedly subjected their LGBTI members to “corrective” rape and forced marriages to encourage heterosexual conduct. Women in particular were subjected to rape by male family members. Victims rarely reported such crimes to police. LGBTI persons often left school at an early age due to discrimination and had higher rates of unemployment and homelessness. Many persons who identified themselves as LGBTI did not seek medical care for sexually transmitted diseases or other health problems due to fear that health providers would shun them or report them to authorities.”

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One thought on “Magaya Comments on Gays Backfire

  1. anesu

    #deliveranceToAllGayIndividualls.its nt a choice being gay,its th same as having anxiety,depression,stagnation,their cure out of this misery is simple for em to seek deliverance

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