Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Malawi Government's Position on Homosexuality
Brother Garrett Kirchway and his wife Neo are still on that exciting missions trip in Guyana, but their permanent move to Malawi is fast approaching. We are excited about officially starting the church there in April. Many souls were won to the Lord last time Garrett and Neo were there, and those new converts are eagerly awaiting the Kirchways' return.
Malawi on Same-Sex Marriage
I mentioned a while back that the Sodomites tried to spread a rumor that we are banned from Malawi because of my position on “gay marriage.” (Again, I don’t really talk about fag marriage, anyway—I talk about Romans 1 and Leviticus 20:13)
The following excerpt from Wikipedia discusses the fact that same-sex marriage has been banned in Malawi:
“On 17 April 2015, The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law came into force and banned all same-sex marriages and unions. While the law was praised for raising the minimum age of heterosexual marriages from 16 to 18, it was at the same time condemned for the exclusion of homosexual couples and for its language stating that one's gender is assigned at birth. The new law does not allow people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to marry someone of that person's prior gender and also draws comparisons of gay sex to rape and sexual harassment.”
Malawi on Immigration
The Malawi government also prohibits homosexuals from immigrating, putting them in the same category with prostitutes. The following is an excerpt from the Malawi government website regarding their immigration policy:
Part I - IMMIGRATION GENERALLY
4. Prohibited immigrants
(1)Subject to this Act, the following persons shall be prohibited immigrants and their entry into or presence within Malawi shall be unlawful
(g)any prostitute or homosexual, or any person, male or female, who lives or has lived on or knowingly receives or has received any part of the earnings of prostitution or homosexuality, or has procured men or women for immoral purposes;
36. Aiding and abetting unlawful entry
(2)Any person who commits any fraudulent act or makes any false representation by conduct, statement or otherwise for the purpose of facilitating or assisting the entry of himself or any other person into Malawi, contrary to this Act, shall be liable to the penalties prescribed in subsection (1).
Deportable Offenses in Malawi
Interestingly, sodomy is listed under deportable offenses:
12. Incest, sodomy, bestiality, indecent assault or any unnatural offence
Although the Malawi government no longer arrests their own people for committing homosexual acts, they aren’t exactly Sodomite friendly either. They consider sodomy an “unnatural offense,” they don’t let homos get married, and they certainly don’t want any more of them moving into their country. In light of these facts, I doubt the Malawi government will be surprised that, as a Christian pastor, I am also against sodomy.
Here is a sermon on Garrett's time in Malawi