GORILLA’S AND GUERILLAS IN THE FOG

This is an absolutely brilliant editorial, especially when you take into consideration that it was written in one of the most barbaric police states in the world.

From THE STANDARD (Zimbabwe):

After being chased from their churches in Harare and its suburbs members of Bishop Chad Gandiya’s Anglican congregation came up with a brilliant idea. They decided they could build other churches while the disputed ones were still being fought over in the courts.

One congregation in Chitungwiza had just completed building a church in Unit M when two weeks ago police with “orders from above” pounced. They ordered the congregants to leave the church and Bishop Nolbert Kunonga possessed it. Now he has given one of his followers the right to the property.

The police have been known to side with Kunonga in the whole Anglican saga but it defies logic that they would help him take possession of a church which is outside the disputed ones.

There is an interesting contradiction in Kunonga’s character. He claims his beef with the mainstream Anglican Church is about its support of homosexuality. He has ready support in this from President Robert Mugabe. But let’s take a look at Kunonga as a heterosexual male. According to him it is right to bar people from worshipping their God. He is prepared to have woman and children battered by thugs for the simple reason that they have congregated in a church that they built and have been praying at all their lives.

Homosexuality is a subject that is not talked about openly in Zimbabwe; I don’t understand it myself. But I have not heard of a single homosexual who has barred people from praying to their God.

It turns out that Kunonga is not the only rogue bishop in the world. He has now got support from an Ecuadorian bishop who has turned against the mainstream church. His name is Bishop Walter Roberto Crespo. He was in Zimbabwe recently and voiced his support for Kunonga and also launching a broadside at those in the Anglican Church who support gay rights.

It has turned out that Crespo is a fake bishop who is best known for dealing in arms. In trying to ship a consignment of arms to rebel guerrillas fighting the Colombian government Crespo used the Zimbabwe government’s name to cover up the covert supply of arms.

The obvious similarity between Kunonga and Crespo is that they both behave like alpha males in a troop of gorillas. Kunonga’s and Crespo’s propensity for violence reinforces this primeval desire to control. Is Kunonga really fighting the Anglicans over homosexuality or is he just fulfilling a primitive urge to dominate?

He is a disgrace to all heterosexual males who love to live peacefully with their neighbours who may have divergent sets of beliefs.

Comments

GORILLA’S AND GUERILLAS IN THE FOG — 10 Comments

  1. “Is Kunonga really fighting the Anglicans over homosexuality or is he just fulfilling a primitive urge to dominate?”

    This strikes me as a significant question. It might well be asked regarding many bishops in various other parts of the world.

  2. may I suggest the writer of this editorial as a brick of the day.

    we need more reporters, editors and others in Africa who have the intelligence and courage to speak out like this

  3. Homosexuality is a subject that is not talked about openly in Zimbabwe; I don’t understand it myself. But I have not heard of a single homosexual who has barred people from praying to their God.

    Cheers to “The Standard” for this!

  4. There was a blog post being shared (unfortunately) on Facebook – the picture for which was a photoshopped image of President and Mrs. Obama – their faces superimposed onto ape bodies. It was appalling, of course. One wonders though, why otherwise sensible people would commit similar racist actions simply because the politics of the individuals are different.

    Sadly I’m smelling a “woodpile” again here.

  5. Hey! The title of the article was “Kunonga behaves like an alpha male gorilla” and was written by a Zimbabwean journalist called NEVANJI MADANHIRE. The only person stirring up the woodpile is you, Larry.

  6. By “woodpile” I mean the need to be deliberately provocative for the sake of being provocative. You might have achieved the same ironic effect by putting a miter onto a gorilla. Your choice drifts towards more difficult territory.

  7. No. This is a political cartoon in the English style. Although the mitre might work I would have no way of identifying Mugabe. I doubt that this cartoon would be understand fully by anyone outside of the UK.

  8. Ah, well, that explains it. Of course over here, this is an example of racist cartooning but I wouldn’t expect most white people to understand that, British or otherwise. 😉

  9. Great editorial. Brick of the day! But sorry to say I had the same reaction as renzmqt to the cartoon. It’s a subtle thing but rather like the difference between blacks and whites using the N-word. A black African, addressing an audience of the same, can use the gorilla image without fear of stirring up racism. It’s trickier for a white blogger in a largely white country where there are still people who think “blacks look like apes”. Obviously not MP’s intent, but the history of the image is tainted, is all I’m saying. The article could stand on its own without this distraction.

  10. Mugabe is the biggest racist in Africa. If he is offended then good.

    I am not backing down to political correctness on this one. It is exactly what I want to say.