blog break 4: bestiality, morality and an observation


Folks, I don’t know how much of what happens here in the neck of the woods gets beamed on your news screens. Last week we were treated to a news story of bestiality in Mombasa involving teenage girls, some tourists and dogs or so I hear. I don’t at the moment know what is it that transpired in Mombasa though I do hope this will be known in due course.

One of the commentators writes

…..this is a manifestation of moral depravity our society suffers when such acts as bestiality, abortions, homosexuality and casual murders become ingrained in our systems and values.

Why anyone would think homosexuality and abortions are an example of moral depravity is still beyond me.

He goes on to argue for moral divine command. He tells

Mankind too subscribes to a deity whose divine command sets standards of engagement. In our cases, the holy books provide such guidance

I don’t know if the author is aware of the dilemma in the Platonic dialogues where it is asked if something is right because gods command it or gods command it because it is right. To tell us the holy books are a guide it would be nice to know if he would stone his neighbor to death for working on Sabbath.

He then lists chapters in the OT where there are various curses and punishment for different acts. He lists exodus 29:19, Leviticus 18:23, 20:15-16 and Deuteronomy 27:21. My observation has been that injunctions are only issued on things that are going on already and rarely in anticipation of the said acts. In short for the authors these passages to give such warnings, this was already a problem. What we need to ask as students of history is what would drive man to have sex with brutes? Anyone with information on what contributes to such drives would do great justice if they could share their knowledge or direct me to studies on the same.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “blog break 4: bestiality, morality and an observation

  1. aguywithoutboxers says:

    A very astute observation, my Nairobi brother! Good questions! I don’t have the answers but I have a question of my own. Why would any credible journalist, a supposed professional, even assume that everyone subscribes to his/her personal belief system? To engage any belief tradition in the reporting of a news story is merely a very unprofessional act of irresponsible and sensational journalism. Much love and naked hugs.

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  2. Ishaiya says:

    I would hasten a guess that the motivation is to do with fear and a sense of not having control of one’s own choices. You don’t always make the best choices in life due to what is good for you necessarily, but based on what protects you I suppose, in a perverse way. Speaking from a personal history of abusive situations, that would be my view.

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  3. RE: “What we need to ask as students of history is what would drive man to have sex with brutes?” – one thought leaps to mind, you usually don’t have to buy them dinner first or cuddle later —

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  4. themodernidiot says:

    it doesn’t matter. he is ignoring the real problems that lead to social depravity en masse, and is using god as the old stand by.
    as far as his opinion about bestiality (i must agree, not a fan-kiinda seems like animal rape most of the time. however, if you truly love your sheep, who am i too judge as long as the sheep gives consent?), homosexuality, abortion, etc., well, we have the same thinking here. it doesn’t take a lot of digging to find out the haters are psychologically insecure (or brainwashed), and have a very limited understanding of science and nature.
    god is popular because god is easy.

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    • makagutu says:

      I agree god is easy, allows one to shirk thinking and just say god said! Indeed, I know most people here would share his thinking and none of them would try to seek an understanding of the problems at the core of this issue as long as they can sit on their seats of judgment with their particular god on their side.

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  5. Real real me says:

    So, do you support abortions?

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  6. violetwisp says:

    I love lists of moral depravity that Christians like to put together. Oddly, they always seem to forget to include huge sins like divorce and eating pigs.

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