LSK Fraternity should Gouge out their Eyes in the Interest of Femininity

Lifted from the blog INCREDIBLE KENYA by .
For all its controversial teachings on the role and treatment of women, the bible did provide one very inspirational insight for men as concerns their relationship with the female gender. You have to admire the sort of love and extended equality the Son of Man had for his female friends. In the gospels, Jesus said “And if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out/ gouge it out”. (Mark 9:47; Matthew 5:29; Matthew 18:9; Matthew 5:30)
It’s of course only fitting that we refer to the good book for any direction as concerns the treatment of women by men especially as concerns what these men see in women. For one, it is the same scriptures that these fellows swear upon when becoming advocates of the high court. The learned fellows at the Law Society of Kenya would do well to follow the very same instructions given by no less than the Son of God on the evils that their eyes cause them to entertain.
The notion of a dress code in itself is just archaic and retrogressive for our so called African lawyers. The English barristers must have laughed fitfully the day they saw an African lawyer complete with neck tie and white wig in the court room.
It is just disgusting that in the 21st century, and one whole year after the earrings and dreadlocks became fashionable in the corridors of justice that the LSK deem peep toe shoes offensive. Not to deny that many of these lawyers may indeed have fetishes for cute little “piggy’s”. However, if a person has a concerning sexual appetite and is encumbered by such uncontrollable urges over bare arms and toes, then surely in the interest of the greater female population this person surely must be blinded. To be kind, we could even begin by blindfolding the pervert. Should his behavior not be curbed by that, then just as Jesus said, let us pluck out his eyes!
The whole matter of controlling the attire of female professionals in a fraternity that ultimately should indeed uphold the rights and interests of all its members reek of thinly guised misogyny. Yes the vice chair of the LSK is a lady. But as we know very well, misogyny is not the preserve of the male gender. It’s no secret that women themselves engage actively in misogynistic acts. The worst example of such hatred of women was demonstrated by Dr. Anita Shukla, an agricultural scientist based in India. Her callous and unfortunate remarks after the death of the 23 year old victim of a vicious gang rape in New Delhi capitalizes the very same misogyny found among so called female professionals in Kenya. “She should have just submitted to the 6 men, maybe then we could have saved her intestines.”
When the LSK sat down to discuss wardrobe in the name of “professionalism” what indeed they did was sit down to determine the sexuality and perception of their female colleagues by using the length of her skirt. Too long and she is “matronly”. Too short and she is a “tart”. If her toes show it’s far too provocative. If her arms are bare she is inviting sexual interest.
The LSK repeatedly proves itself no more capable of understanding human rights and freedoms than the average Kenyan policeman, whom we constantly accuse of brutality. In fact, the Kenya Police Service demonstrates far more equality in dress code for their female colleagues than the truly Neanderthal LSK.
These lawyers should stop being called learned.  Let’s just say they have an education, one that just leaves them backward in all regards. There is no shortage of buffoonery among the members of the legal profession in Kenya, not least of which are pompous louts walking around spouting Latin quotes all the while delivering injustice via monkeys’ applications in the courtrooms.
A fraternity of the learned would indeed be at the forefront of cementing ideals that are progressive and seek to evolve equity in society. That one does not have to be super rich to have a excellent representation in a courtroom, and that one does not have to be blinded to recognize women as their colleagues and as professionals who certainly deserve respect despite where they shop or what they wear.
This derogatory decision and its puritanical announcement to the country simply underscores how undermined, how secondary as citizens and especially as professionals women are perceived and worst of all by a society that in all sensibility should be leading the revolution to seek to enhance the freedoms and rights of all people and especially women. LSK is just yet another organization that seeks to undermine femininity, which has announced to the world that even the lawyers of Kenya think women should be covered up because men will go wild with passion, as though it is the fault of women that men are uncontrollable beasts.
Certainly, the men in LSK should be even more insulted than the women. Because by declaring toes and bare arms a prohibition, the LSK has also determined that men have only one natural state and that is one of a mindless sexual beast who can easily be provoked into a sexual frenzy. That, as I said earlier, underscores the lack of learning among this fraternity. Its a trait to be expected in a pool of undeveloped primates.

A radical and fascinating view of the Lord – but one that greatly appeals to those of us that believe that God is indeed with and of us!

CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s note: Johnnie Moore is the author of Dirty God (#DirtyGod). He is a professor of religion and vice president at Liberty University. Keep track of him @johnnieM .

By Johnnie Moore, Special to CNN

(CNN) — Jesus was a lot more like you than you think, and a lot less clean cut than this iconic image of him that floats around culture.

You know the image. It’s the one where Jesus is walking like he’s floating in robes of pristine white followed by birds singing some holy little ditty. He’s polished, manicured, and clearly – God.

But despite the Christian belief that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, Jesus was a rather dirty God.

He was the “earthly” son of a carpenter, and life in the first-century was both more lurid and unfinished than our collective religious memory seems to recall.

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Disenfranchised, discarded and totally worthless…

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter!” Winston Churchill

My country disenfranchised me; denied me the most fundamental right only surpassed by the absolute right to life.

My country decided that I will not determine who may rule over me, that I may not choose which of the competing political platforms most closely reflects my personal aspirations. For the crime of seeking a livelihood outside our national borders, my compatriots decided that I am not fit to choose the nation’s leadership – that I had committed an act so treacherous that I had to be denied the right that most intimately defines my allegiance to the Kenyan nation-state. For being away from home, my country has brutally defiled and violated my status as a citizen of the Republic of Kenya!

My country decided that I will not vote in the most critical elections since we attained statehood.

This grievous injury inflicted upon me made me realise my powerlessness – and that of my fellow citizens. It made me realise that though we have a new constitution that grants to us numerous rights and responsibilities, a constitution that creates numerous checks and balances, that provides a breath-taking glimpse of the great people we potentially can be,  that Constitution is merely written on paper and not in our hearts!

My disenfranchisement impressed upon me that the Constitution is merely a beautiful wrapping for a worthless gift! My government continues to defy court orders, my Parliament continues to act with impunity in complete disregard of the will of the people, civil servants continue to render no service with their characteristic incivility, and we the people continue to be the brutalised sandwich meat between the criminals and the security forces! Most disheartening of all, we the people accept all this with imbecilic equanimity; anaesthetised into compliant communal stupidity by the retarded ethnic rantings and ravings of the political elite.

My disenfranchisement has emasculated me as a citizen, reduced me to a mere observer – made me an armchair mwananchi! I do not have a scythe with which to sweep away the malignant weeds that are our political class – in fact, even the most crooked candidate for political office would not waste ‘kitu kidogo’ on me, because  I have nothing to sell! I am truly worthless in the political process, and that is saying a whole lot when the lowliest of the low find you worthless!

But amidst my misery, I have had opportunity to wonder – is the vote-holding Kenya-resident fellow citizen really of any greater value? Aren’t they just as worthless, by dint of their ethnic myopia, short memories, and complete lack of principle? Doesn’t their wilful ignorance of their citizen-power and their ingrained cowardice make them just as useless at this time when the nation is crying out for informed citizens full of courage?

I have been appalled by registered voters that declare “ours is ours, however defective’ to justify their support for some crude, crass proto-human that is seeking high office. I have been shocked by registered voters who declare ‘so-and-so is the best candidate, but I cannot waste my vote on them because they cannot win’. I have read in utter amazement declarations by seemingly educated citizens that say ‘I shall vote for so-and-so to prove that Kenya is sovereign – though I do not really like them’. I have been equally taken aback by registered voters who passionately support ‘reformers’ who have been part of the status quo for decades; ‘youthful leaders’ that are deep into their forties, fifties, sixties and even seventies; and ‘performers’ with no track record of great entrepreneurial achievement, thrift in the use of public resources, or mobilisation of the people for a cause other than their personal political survival. I have witnessed opinion polls that reduce the most qualified leaders into mere ‘fringe candidates’ and pitiable ‘also rans’. And I have wept for my beloved country.

It may be just sour grapes, sophistry, delusional rationalisation or all three – but again and again I have wondered whether my disenfranchisement is such a great tragedy after all, seeing that a great majority of my fellow citizens that carry the vote will in all likelihood be committing unspeakable crimes against each other over the next seven weeks and possibly longer; seeing that the registered voters will use their vote  to sink the nation deeper into ruin and misery rather than save it!