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Is Moses Kuria using Bible to spread hate?

Just hours after issuing an apology over hate remarks against a certain community, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria is at it again.

This time round, the controversial legislator has changed his name on Twitter to what many see as hushed hate speech towards the same community.

He has changed it from Moses Kuria to Bible verse, Genesis 17:14.

“Genesis 17:14 What you see is what you get,” writes the MP on his Twitter profile.

According to the widely used King James version, the verse reads “And the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

The same verse according to the English Standard version reads, “Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

And according to the Webster Bible, the verse reads, “And the uncircumcised male-child, whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

INNOCENT BIBLE VERSE

To many, this might pass as an innocent Bible verse. But to others, it can also be translated as being targeted at communities that do not practice male circumcision.

The lawmaker has in the past maintained that he does not dislike any communities although his actions say otherwise.

In July last year, while responding to a question posed to him about the referendum being pushed by Cord coalition by one of his followers on Twitter, his response was not a too subtle jibe at certain communities.

A user, @karanjakaruoya, had asked him, “Why only consult members of one community yet one of the items in Agenda 4 is inclusivity,” to which the legislator replied, “foreskin misleads the mind.”

On Monday, the MP who had been accused of posting hate remarks on social media, was forced to apologise publicly following charges of hate speech filed by the Law Society of Kenya against him.

The apology, together with newspaper adverts, were part of an out of court agreement to have the hate speech charges withdrawn.

He is yet to run the newspaper adverts.