However I do not think that tolerance means we have to agree on all issues. Mr Editor if there comes a time in Botswana where we decide to have a referendum on whether or not to legalise homosexuality, lesbianism and same sex marriages, I would gladly vote a big no for the following 25 reasons.Despite the dangerous myth that Botswana is a circular state whatever that means, statistics show that 72 percent of Batswana are Christians or professing Christians.
If we legalise homosexuality and same sex marriages, we will have to completely re-write the Holy Bible and change so many verses in order to accommodate these brothers and sisters, which would then mean that the Bible will no longer be God's word; it will no longer be immutable and eternal; no longer relevant; no longer a reliable guide to humanity. The children born into such marriages will have no cousins, no grandmothers and no clear lineage and surnames.The children adopted into such marriages will be disadvantaged and confused and stigmatised because of their parents' decisions which is very unfair to them. The kids will be deprived the privilege of having proper fathers and mothers.
Adoption and legalisation of such lifestyles by Christian values is sinful, un-Christian un-Godly and scandalous, it is contrary to God's master plan and design which means it is satanic and demonic requiring deliverance.
It is unnatural and abnormal which means it will invite God's anger and wrath and accelerate hellfire and a curse upon our nation. When the Almighty is angry because of abominable conduct, we are likely to experience earthquakes, flooding droughts and pestilence. This obviously is unfair for the whole nation to suffer because of the unique choices made by a few people.
Do not forget that homosexuality, lesbianism and same sex marriage can literally kill the next generation. It violates the sanctity of holy matrimony and family values.It will accelerate sexual promiscuity and spread of sexually transmitted diseases, passion killings and a new brand of adultery and moral decadence. It does not contribute to nation building but degrading and shameful and very indecent and dirty.It defeats the family concept of exemplary leadership; it kills people's conscience; it defeats the leadership requirement of integrity. We are in Africa and it is very un-African and contrary to the Setswana adage of thong botho.
In the new dispensation, God forbid, you can expect more disputes, conflicts and a lot of violence and rape cases. I wouldn't vote for any lifestyle which will make the devil Satan to be happy that marriage has been stabbed a big blow and God has been rendered irrelevant, old fashioned, unintelligent and ignorant.Believe me you, even if we don't say so, but by our conduct we will be questioning God's intelligence and sanity by dismantling his original master plan for traditional sexuality and the family unit.
I wish to stand with the sentiments expressed by the Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana (EFB) although from a different perspective. Those who think they are being harsh and intolerant are falling between hating the sin but loving the sinner, there is a big difference. I disagree with those who say Botswana is a secular state.Every country is governed along majority lines including religious majority like Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, to name but a few.Botswana is a Christian nation with a secular constitution. Members of Parliament are sworn on the Mosaic Law Bible. Even our national anthem invokes God almighty, our judges are sworn on the Mosaic Law and even the opening of the annual judicial year is commenced by prayer. The mushrooming of churches is a clear indication that Botswana is a Christian country. I stand to be corrected here, Islam, the second biggest religion in Botswana, does not promote same sex marriages, homosexuality and lesbianism.
If all people who applied to register churches were successful, there would be churches on every major street. How can anybody who wants to be logical and fair to reality claim that Botswana is a secular state. What is secular about Botswana?Be that as it may, I verily believe that a referendum would be the fairest way of determining this impasse not violence, not intimidation, not threats of sanctions no, a referendum and I will vote a big NO. I rest my case Mr Editor.