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Sodomy, Same Sex marriage rejected in  natural law and Holy Books : Ethiopian Patriarch

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His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (Photo : EOTC media)

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Toronto – Ethiopian Patriarch His Holiness Abune Mathias on Thursday said that sodomy and same sex marriage is rejected in natural law and in the Holy books. 

He was reading out a statement issued by the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church which has been conducting its annual meeting for several days at the Patriarchate in the capital Addis Ababa. 

Acts of Sodomy ” distorts mental identity , individual identity, and damages family life and social cohesion,” said the statement from the Holy Synod. 

The Holy Synod emphasized that homosexuality and same sex marriage is absolutely unacceptable  “in natural law and human living, prohibited in Holy books…” 

The church said it will issue detailed statement reflecting on the Ethiopian Church’s stand of homosexuality and same sex marriage. 

Homosexuality is one of the issues on which Abiy Ahmed’s government lost trust after his government signed the Samoa Agreement in November 2023. The view is that western powers are attempting to impose homosexuality in societies like Ethiopia by tying aid to a range rights on alleged grounds of “inclusion” and “sex education.”

In February 2024, Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council opposed that the Ethiopian government should not have signed the Samoa Agreement and demanded its withdrawal. https://borkena.com/2024/02/09/ethiopias-religious-council-demands-govt-withdrawal-from-samoa-agreement/

In the same month, four major Ethiopian opposition parties opposed the Abiy Ahmed government as a party to the Samoa Agreement. In a Joint Statement, the parties said “Sodomy/Homosexuality, apart from cultural and religious views, is a criminal act in Ethiopia. From that angle, any action that supports or encourages homosexuality knowingly or unknowingly, directly or indirectly – in addition to being opposing values to our culture, religion, and values –  amounts to supporting and encouraging a criminal act.” said the joint statement from four major Ethiopian opposition parties.  

In March of this year, Ethiopian Muslims had a meeting with Abiy Ahmed as part of a series of “discussion” sessions with “representatives from different sections of the society.” One of the main concerns they raised was the move to promote, on the part of the government, homosexuality, under the guise of “inclusive sexual education.” 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed response was 

“I hear many talks about it. if it [the agreement] has an article that is not relevant to Ethiopia, it means it will not be implemented. In Short, no need to suffer much about it. First, agreements that Ethiopia signs with other countries will be law only when ratified by parliament. I do not think there is a government that erodes Ethiopian values… no need to suffer much about it…, ”  

About 98 percent of the Ethiopian people are said to be devout religious. However, under Abiy Ahmed’s administration norms and views from the western world have become deeply entrenched in institutions.   

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  1. Doctor PM Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party: not only genociders of fellow Ethiopians (people of Tigray, Oromos, Amahara Wolayoita, Gurage, etc.), but also activists of sodomy, same-sex marriage, and all sorts of evil acts-Must be removed Doctor PM Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party: not only genociders of fellow Ethiopians (people of Tigray, Oromos, Amahara Wolayoita, Gurage, etc.), but also activists of sodomy, same-sex marriage, and all sorts of evil acts-Must be removed

    Doctor PM Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party: not only genociders of fellow Ethiopians (people of Tigray, Oromos, Amahara Wolayita, Gurage, etc.), but also activists of sodomy, same-sex marriage, and all sorts of evil acts-Must be removed .
    Brussels, 19 July 2023
    (OR. en)

    Interinstitutional File:
    2021/0145(NLE)
    LEGISLATIVE ACTS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
    Subject: Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member
    States, of the one part, and the Members of the Organisation of the
    African, Carribean and Pacific States, of the other part
    PART II – STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
    TITLE I – HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY, AND GOVERNANCE IN
    ARTICLE 9 on socalled Human rights, democracy and rule of law(EU/OACPS/en Page no.28

    reads : 2. The Parties shall commit to the promotion of universal respect for, and observance of,
    human rights and fundamental* freedoms for all*, without discrimination based on any ground
    *including sex, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, political or* any other opinion*, disability,
    age, or other status.

    Part II, given the designation  key areas of cooperation, under Title III, subtly and euphemetically introduces its key strategical objectives using terms like “”human rights, under Article 9 (EU/OACPS/en 28), with obscure terms such as “protect and fulfill all human rights,” “human rights and fundamental freedoms for all,” and “without discrimination based on any ground, including sex, political, or any other opinion,” making it difficult to understand without a closer look at how the articles are interpreted.
    Nigeria neva sign di New Partnership Agreement between di European Union and kontris wey dey part of di Organization of African, Carribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).
    1. Article 36.2 of the EU-ACP Agreement requires African states to implement “sexual and
    reproductive health and rights” (SRHR). The EU in a June 22 resolution titled “On the situation
    of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU” defined SRHR to encompass, sexuality
    education, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
    Question 1: Does the EU consider the SRHR reference in Article 36.2 of the Agreement to
    encompass LGBT rights or rights related to abortion or comprehensive sexuality education
    for African children? If not, how can this be clarified in the treaty?
    2. The term “human rights” appears over 100 times in the EU-ACP Agreement including a reference
    obligating African States in Article 65.5 to “protect human rights defenders acting at national,
    regional and continental level.”
    Question 2: Will any of the references to “human rights” or the reference to “human rights
    defenders” be interpreted by the EU to obligate African States to advance LGBT rights of
    any kind or to protect the work of LGBT or abortion rights campaigners or “defenders” to
    advance LGBT rights currently outlawed in many African states?
    Although negotiations on the Samoa Agreement began in 2018, the process that produced it dates back to 1957. In that year, the Treaty of Rome was signed establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), the forerunner of the EU.

    Commissioner for International Partnerships, EU chief negotiator who co-signed the Agreement on behalf of the EU,Jutta Urpilainen, stated, “I am satisfied that our long journey has come to a successful end with the signature of the Samoa Agreement.
    According to Sonnie Ekwowusi, the chairman of the African Bar Association’s Human and Constitutional Rights Committee, the agreement is drafted to subtly impose the European Union’s queer rights agenda on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

    “Throughout the negotiations which concluded in 2021, the Government had taken on board the views of the various stakeholders including members of Civil Society. After what was in fact three years of challenging negotiations, the Government was satisfied that the language of the text in the final Agreement would not supersede Jamaica’s domestic legislation.
    November 15, 2023, might be a tragic day for Africa and the entire Caribbean and Pacific region. It is the day set aside by the European Union (EU) to pressure or coax African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries into signing the deceptively and euphemistically crafted LGBT agreement between the EU and ACP countries.
    “This cannot go because LGBT is illegal in Nigeria. There was the Same Sex Prohibition Act of 2014 which was enacted during the administration of Jonathan, and that law is still there. Why should [we] now go ahead and sign a document that has to do with the promotion of LGBT? It’s completely unacceptable. We are calling on the government not to sign,” Ekwosiu said.
    APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives is set to approve the “Samoa Agreement”, a trade and economic cooperation deal that was signed by African, Caribbean, and Pacific (OACP) countries, including Ethiopia.
    A coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs), including the Human & Constitutional Rights Committee and the African Bar Association, has issued a robust advisory against the Federal Government and heads of Africa-Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states signing the European Union and Africa-Caribbean and Pacific countries (EU-ACP) Partnership Agreement. The CSOs are urging respective parliaments to refrain from ratifying what they deem a ‘deceptive’ treaty.
    Rumors circulating about President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria signing an LGBTQ deal with the European Union have prompted the need for clarification and accurate information.

    Contrary to some delusional posts, it is crucial to highlight that Nigeria did not sign any LGBTQ deal with the EU. The Samoa Agreement, which revolves around the principle of equality, indeed saw Nigeria participating. However, it is essential to note that the nation refrained from endorsing the agreement section that involves certain terms conflicting with its constitution’s definition of “GENDER.”Nigeria hasn’t signed
    A statement dated 16 November and signed by Francisca Omayuli, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied that the Nigerian government had signed the agreement.

    “The general public is invited to note that Nigeria was not represented at the signing ceremony, which took place in Samoa on Wednesday, 15th November 2023 and hence has not signed the Agreement.
    –Human rights, democracy and governance
    ‘… respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law shall … constitute an essential element of
    this Agreement’ (Article 9(7)).
    While the parties will commit ‘to promote, protect and fulfil all human rights be they civil, political,
    economic, social or cultural’, some ACP states were reluctant to see the foundation agreement
    mention sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTI rights) – an issue on which there are also
    differences among EU Member States.
    fij.ng/article/lgbtq-legitimation-inside-controversial-eu-acp-agreement/
    deviouseutreaty.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2022/02/FINAL-ACP-EU-African-Brief-Executive-Summary-2-10-2022.pdf
    lawandsocietymagazine.com/why-nigeria-and-others-must-not-sign-the-lgbt-agreement/
    abujacityjournal.com/livenews/2023/11/13/csos-warn-against-eu-acp-partnership-agreement-citing-concerns-over-lgbt-rights-pressures/
    europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2023/757563/EPRS_BRI(2023)757563_EN.pdf
    data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-8372-2023-REV-1/en/pdf

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