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I am beginning to think the missionaries that came to the shores of East Africa to spread their slavish religion were Puritans. If they were not, I think their descendants or rather successors want to create a puritanical society in Kenya and the rest of Africa where they have a hold.

There was a demo against a mini skirt law in Uganda. This piece attempts to show what the problem with this craze is.

These puritans are at it again. Netflix is planning on opening shop in Kenya. The Kenya Film Censoring Classification Board has come out from slumber to tell us

[We cannot be a] passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children

The author of the above statement is, you guessed right, a bishop. He must believe that if he can’t be happy, no one else should be. Reminds me of the stories I hear of the US of A where in some states at some point in history, the bar, the stadium and the library were closed on Sunday because the Methodist had to go to church.

The same board tells us

In this era of global terrorism, including broadcasts over the internet by terrorist entities, vigilance is the price of safety and prevention. As Kenyans, we therefore need to ask all the right questions about the unregulated arrival and future of Netflix in the country. We need to ponder its implications in light of the ongoing war on terror by questioning the manner and nature of Netflix’s introduction of services in Kenya.

Really? In a country where the corrupt, the real terrorists and threat to the nation’s livelihood, walk free you dare talk about vigilance. I suspect these people smoke banned substances by the barrel.

And in a bid to save the sheeples from fraud by their charlatans, the government proposed legislation to regulate religion. And at least somebody thinks this regulation is timely.

Further reading

Netflix a threat to moral values

Statement by 

christianity today

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About makagutu

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

71 thoughts on “on local news

  1. Arkenaten says:

    LOl… what a wunch of bankers!
    It amazed me when I first arrived in South Africa that certain areas of supermarkets were off – limits for shoppers on Sindays Sundays because the church decreed that buying soap for example was ungodly!

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  2. This certainly shows that religion is about control.

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  3. Netflix is great. Make sure you get it. Oodles of content at a cheap price. If it’s pissing off controlling religious idjits, that makes it even better.

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  4. carmen says:

    Dog forbid a person should think for themselves! Can’t have that, Mak! 😉

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  5. tildeb says:

    Netflix equals harming the morals of children. And if that isn’t bad enough, it supports terrorism. Who knew? Certainly not me… and I’ve subscribed for many years without ever encountering these supposed dangers.

    And this bishop then tries to tell people that his religious beliefs are not simply imaginary but adduced from reality. Umm… no they’re not. They are imposed on it. That’s why they’re completely disconnected from reality. And then the hubris proudly displayed to assume a parental role to tell me what I may and may not watch for such disconnected reasons is not just incredibly insulting, it’s unbelievable towering arrogance. In fact, it’s just another example of delusional thinking at the core of religious belief that when acted upon is pernicious.

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  6. fojap says:

    We used to call them blue laws. I remember we had them in our county, Bergen, but we could go to neighboring counties. When they wanted to get rid of them in the seventies, the people who were against it didn’t complain about religion, they talked about how small businesses who didn’t have the staff to stay open all week would suffer. They do have something of a point about that, but I’m not really sure what can be done in that regard.

    As far as the miniskirts in Uganda go, there is a big problem with the logic. That puts me in mind of a funny anecdote about Golda Meir (and tomorrow I’ll be saying, “Why does everyone think I’m Jewish?”)

    When the Cabinet was trying to deal with a series of assaults on women, a minister suggested barring women from the streets after dark. The Minister of Labor protested: “Men are attacking women, not the other way around. If there is going to be a curfew, let the men be locked up, not the women.”

    Certainly, it’s the men who are assaulting the women who are doing something wrong. Solving the problem by setting restrictions on the women sets a very bad example. It seems to me, that this problem has never been solved in this way. In times and places women have walked around nearly naked and I don’t think that has made men’s behavior toward them any worse, perhaps not any better either, but certainly not worse. It also seems to me that restrictions like that have a bad tendency of growing and growing. In Iran there are laws making women cover just about everything but their hands and face, and men throw acid in women’s faces for being too sexy nonetheless.

    Here is an incident that a woman relates that shows that women in Saudi Arabia can be forced to cover their eyes if they’re too sexy.

    At the risk of stating the obvious – Men get hard-ons! If it’s not the thighs, it’s the knees. Cover the knees and it’s the shoulders. Then the ankles. Next the mouth or the eyes. Then their walk is to sexy and they have to leave the street altogether. Even then, men will get excited by the notion that someplace, somewhere there is a woman. Basically, they’re trying to ban erections, which is simply not possible.

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    • carmen says:

      Fojap – That last paragraph was hilarious! (and of course, as you say – impossible!) 🙂

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    • “Basically, they’re trying to ban erections, which is simply not possible.” It’s a lot more possible if the men are in their 60’s.

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    • tildeb says:

      For such men who can’t control acting on their arousal, then knotholes in fences and trees need to be banned.. or at least covered… but, of course, the slivers and interrupted critters seem do a fine job to those who are so helpless in their urges as to sexually assault these openings.

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    • makagutu says:

      Were they repealed or they are still in statute books but not obeyed anymore? I don’t see a problem for small businesses. They don’t have to open if they don’t want to.
      That anecdote is funny but also very appropriate. It’s the men threatening the women. Men should be restrained.
      Saudi Arabia, in my view, is still stuck in the 7th century.

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      • fojap says:

        They still exist, believe it or not.

        One of the last remaining Sunday closing laws in the United States that covers selling electronics, clothing and furniture is found in Bergen County, New Jersey. Bergen County, part of the New York metropolitan area, has one of the largest concentrations of enclosed retail shopping malls of any county in the nation; four major malls lie within the county. Paramus in Bergen County, where three of the four major malls are located, has even more restrictive blue laws than the county itself, banning all type of work on Sundays except in grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, restaurants and other entertainment venues. As recently as 2010, Governor Chris Christie had proposed the repeal of these Blue Laws in his State Budget, but many Bergen County Officials vowed to maintain them. … In November 2012, Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order to temporarily suspend the blue law due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The blue law was suspended on November 11 but was back in effect on November 18.

        We moved to Essex County when I was in high school and I haven’t lived there since, although my mother moved back. I assumed they had gotten rid of them. Apparently, I was wrong. Movie theaters must be excepted because I know I’ve gone to the movies there on Sunday.

        I don’t know how they’re legal.

        In the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court have held blue laws as constitutional numerous times citing secular basis, even though the origin of the blue laws were for religious purposes.

        The first time I went to Europe I was in Vienna on a Sunday and the entire town seemed to be shut down. Far worse than Bergen County in New Jersey, which is I guess where I got the idea that Europe was more conservative than the U.S. on this issue. However, Wikipedia lists Austria as on of only a handful of countries, so maybe they are not representative.

        Here’s the bit about England and Wales:

        Prior to 1994, trading laws forbade sale of certain products on a Sunday; the distinction between those you could and couldn’t buy was increasingly seen as arbitrary, and the laws were inadequately enforced and widely flouted. For example, some supermarkets would treat the relatively modest fines arising as a business cost and open nonetheless.

        It’s all from Wikipedia, btw.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_law

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        • I was in Vienna on a Sunday. The church was open to listen to the Vienna Boys Choir.
          On England and Wales, Scotland too, trading was often a religious thing, eg North Wales, Western Isles etc.

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          • fojap says:

            That was my first trip to Europe, probably around 1991 or 92. We went to Vienna, Ljubljana and Trieste. I got the worst sunburn of my life because it didn’t occur to me to pack suntan lotion when I wasn’t planning on going to the beach. My worst sunburns have always occurred when being a tourist in cities because you’re outdoors most of the day but mentally you don’t think “sun.” We really didn’t plan well. That was my first big “foreign” vacation. We flew in and out of Vienna because it was cheaper to go in and out of the same city, so we wound up in Vienna on two Sundays. We should have planned more time in Slovenia and I’ve been meaning to go back there since.

            The grandmother of the friend I was traveling with was originally from Vienna, which is why we went.

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        • makagutu says:

          That, my friend, is batshit crazy. In this day and age, in the US of A! I should check our statute books, but I doubt we have such silly laws.

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      • Barry says:

        From the end of WW2 until 1980 New Zealand literally shut down for the weekend. Retailing was prohibited on Saturday and Sunday. This was due to of the introduction of labour laws including the 40-hour week. Unlike many other countries, this was not for religious reasons, but to ensure families could have time together for relaxation, sport, socialising etc. Hours were relaxed in 1980 and Saturday trading was permitted. In 1990, all restrictions on trading ours were lifted and retailers are able to open 24/7 if they wish.

        The 40 hour week is now very much a thing of the past with with the number of employees who work very long hours increasing year by year.

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  7. archaeopteryx1 says:

    I have a plan. For 8 years, a man served as President of the US that Trump maintains was born in Kenya. We will return the favor by loaning you Trump for the next 8 – as your future President, hopefully, he can straighten out your mess.

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  8. Interesting post Mak, with some good links.

    Women, clothes, restrictions, approval, disapproval? We can’t walk out of the house without being ctricised.

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  9. Charity says:

    Ugh, Noel! This sounds like an American thing, particularly the South or the Midwest. I think because the religious, government and the rich are behind our biggest issues in society, they try to distract us with these little non issues.

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