Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Discussion Point - THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN

This was one of those week when I had nothing planned for my Discussion Point Post, however sometimes a new day makes a difference.

One of the first blog I jump onto this morning doing my rounds was Shawn Lane blog and she had a lovely Yeats poem up with some equally gorgeous cookies to go with it.  Poetry does give me a little buzz, so for the next few minutes all was well in my world – then my cup floweth over.

Why. Because this email popped up

 Malawi Couple Imprisoned for Being Gay Officially Pardoned.

Malawi couple Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33, who were convicted earlier this month for having “carnal knowledge” of one another that was “against the order of nature", have been released after the country's president issued a begrudging pardon on Saturday, citing "humanitarian grounds" for overthrowing the couple's 14-year prison sentence.

Care2 make a Difference

I am a member of one of these human rights petition sites that try and help situations through the power of the people (and solicitors of course). I had added my signature to this petition a while ago and it broke my heart when I heard that the boys got 14 years each.

Today all of that is now pardoned and they are now free men in a country that is not known for any leniency on it’s stance on homosexuality.

I am pleased – irrespective of the reason why they got the pardon.

Naturally in my buzzing little mood from Shawn’s post, John Dylan much acclaimed song comes to mind – THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN….

 

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

Bob Dylan

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressman
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he who gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
You old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

In your neck of the woods is there anything positive happening. It doesn’t have to be on this theme, just something that makes a difference and shows that THE TIMES THEY ARE ARE A CHANGIN? 

9 Speak To Me:

MichelenJeff on 9 June 2010 at 19:44 said...

WOW..I don't know if I want to laugh out of pure happiness for those boys or cry out at the injustice that was done to them just because they love. What a great post,E.H!!!


michele

Erotic Horizon on 9 June 2010 at 20:12 said...

@Michele..

Isn't that pure joy to hear - it really made my day...

E.H>

Eyre on 9 June 2010 at 21:58 said...

Fabulous post! Thanks for letting us know the outcome. I've been following their story, but I'd missed the pardon.

Erotic Horizon on 9 June 2010 at 22:27 said...

@Eyre..

Too often we get the heartbreaking story - I was so so glad to get this in my inbox this morning..

I can't imagine they will live there though - as the majority of the population is anti -gay...

E.H>

Chris on 9 June 2010 at 23:13 said...

Wow, definitely one of those bittersweet things - so good that they have been freed, but WTF that they spent 14 years in jail?!

Lily on 10 June 2010 at 04:17 said...

I was so happy when I read the email today. We know it's bad over here but it's terrible how much worse it is in other countries for LGBT people.

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2010 at 20:15 said...

@Chris..

They got 14yrs as their sentence - but spend little to no time in jail...

That was in December - so about 6months in - but compare to 14years...

Good news to hear..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 June 2010 at 20:17 said...

@Lily..

but it's terrible how much worse it is in other countries for LGBT people

I so agree - In the UK - they are hot on heavy on any sort of discrimination...

I so hope the rest of the world follow suit.

E.H>

Chris on 10 June 2010 at 20:22 said...

Ok, I misunderstood - I thought they had been in jail already for years.