Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
24 March 2007

The Bible made them do it?

My take, published in Die Burger today, on the argument made by Dutch Reformed Church Dominees that the Bible tells them to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. I argue it is like Hansie Cronje saying the devil made him do it. Money quote:

DIT is moeilik om te verstaan waarom die Christelike godsdiens so behep met seks is. Self, moet ek sê, kan ek nie sien waarom daar so ’n bohaai oor seks gemaak word nie. Is dit dalk omdat seks nogal lekker kan wees en dus dat te veel seks ons vrees vir God sal laat taan?

Watter skade berokken seks tussen twee instemmende volwassenes enig­iemand? Dit sou wel die gesag van die kerk kon uitdaag, maar andersins is dit skynbaar net verkeerd omdat die kerk se interpretasie van die Bybel dit verkeerd ag.

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