Sex offenders, Ugandan anti-gay laws, and $10,000 worth of pennies-my top 5 stories of the week.

Hello and welcome to another edition of my top 5 news stories of the week! Every Sunday I talk a bit about the news stories that have caught my eye the most over the last week, and occasionally throw in some honourable mentions. This week I’ll also be tweeting some of the stories that didn’t make the cut, so feel free to follow my account @sociocuttlefish.

Uganda wants to pass even harsher anti-gay laws before Christmas

Uganda is planning to pass new legislation that would see homosexuals found guilty of being committing consensual same-sex behaviour face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

While it’s not technically illegal to be gay, laws still exist from the colonial period that outlaws sodomy, and homophobic behaviour is rife. In 2010, the now defunct Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone (no affiliation with the magazine) published the names, addresses and pictures of 100 gay men and women, some of which then went missing and/or were murdered. Just last year, gay activist David Kato was murdered.

The diplomatic community is showing more and more disgust at the law, and Amnesty International has decried it as going ‘beyond the principles of nondiscrimination’ guaranteed under various treaties Uganda has signed up for. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to stop them.

At least we can count on religious organisations to be slightly less discriminatory, right? (Source: CNN)

American church hires a convicted sex offender as its minister

Or maybe too indiscriminate.

Since January, Darrell Gilyard has been preaching at Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Prior to that, he was serving time for molesting a teenage girl from his previous church.

Why has this hit the headlines in the last week? Well, his lawyers were filing for a motion that would allow kids to attend his sermons. Apparently, someone explained why that would be a seriously stupid thing to keep pushing through and they’ve recently withdrew it. So he’s allowed to continue preaching, just not to kids. What a role model for God.

Still, at least this kind of thing is kept out of children’s television these days, right? (Source: Huffington Post)

Voice actor for Elmo quits after ANOTHER underage sex allegation

Well this a kick straight to my childhood.

Kevin Clash, the voice actor for Elmo for the last 28 years, resigned last Tuesday over new allegations, and a law suit, claiming he groomed and persuaded a then 15 year old boy to have sex with him starting in 2003.

These allegations follow an earlier accusation that was later proved to be unsubstantiated by the Sesame Workshop. However this time, the pressure is apparently too much for Clash, who stated ‘Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.’

I sincerely hope this doesn’t turn into a Jimmy Saville sized scandal, and will be watching this case with hope. (Source: CNN)

UKIP couple have foster children taken away from them by local council

A couple who belong the UK Independence Party, or UKIP, from Rotherham have had three foster children removed from their care due to their membership with the party.

Labour run Rotherham Borough Council’s Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Joyce Thacker, has claimed that the parties stance on immigration and a desire to end “active promotion of multiculturalism, was the key factor of her decision as the children were not native white British in ethnicity.

As UKIP leader Nigel Farage has pointed out, the organisation calls of controlled immigration rather than an end to it, and various Labour officials and Education Minister Michael Gove have called for an immediate inquiry into this bizarre turn of events. By that reasoning, all BNP parents should have their children taken off them, and racists should be castrated. But oh well. (Source: BBC)

Frugal student wins $10,000 of pennies

Jennifer Hillam, from the University of Utah, won $10,000 in pennies for wining Zions Bank’s online reality show Cheapster, which tested 12 college goers on their money-saving skills.

Hillam, who is known to wear home-made deodorant and dumpster dive for clothes, won the challenges and hence the price, which had to be delivered on a forklift to her local mall SHOPPING CENTRE.

Who say’s being cheap doesn’t pay? (Source: Daily Mail)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Gangnam Style beats Justin Beiber for most watched YouTube video

South Korean awesome Psy’s video ‘Gangnam Style’ has 806 million views, beating out Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ to become the most viewed video on YouTube. It also has the Guinness World Record for most liked YouTube video. Thank you, internet.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to follow my twitter so more stories.

Take care

Nicky

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