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Dec 26 2013

Uganda Passes Harsh Anti-Gay Law

After several years of back and forth, the Ugandan legislature has finally passed the anticipated anti-gay bill, but apparently with “only” life in prison for gay people instead of the death penalty. And it even will send you to prison if you don’t turn someone in for being gay. But apparently there’s a chance that it won’t become a law just yet.

Uganda’s parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.

The anti-homosexuality bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people.

The prime minister opposed the vote, saying not enough MPs were present.

The bill has been condemned by world leaders since it was mooted in 2009 – US President Barack Obama called it “odious”.

The BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala says the government knows there will be an international outcry, which could see some countries suspend aid to the country.

She says that Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi might follow up on his complaints about a lack of quorum, while it remains to be seen whether President Yoweri Museveni will sign the bill into law.

Museveni is a fundamentalist Christian who has long backed this law, so it’s doubtful that he would refuse to sign it. But the lack of quorum could at least delay it.

The MP behind the bill, David Bahati, told the AFP news agency: “This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.”

“Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks,” he said.

Oh, fuck you. Just fuck you. To claim you “value life” while destroying the lives of gay people is just fucking perverse. The bill also bans the “promotion” of homosexuality, like Russia does. Expect to hear the Christian right praising this bill, which will only reveal their real agenda. They aren’t just opposed to same-sex marriage, they want the power to put gay people in jail. That’s why they flipped out a decade ago when the Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws.

So remember, when the Duck Dynasty douchebag gets suspended by a private company for bringing negative publicity to their network, that is outrageous persecution, fascism and tyranny and the death of free speech. When people are thrown in prison merely for being gay, that’s “family values” and just standing up for God. On Planet Wingnuttia, logic and consistency do not exist.

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  1. 1
    culuriel

    Keep in mind, that religious people feel that only religious people should have rights. Since gay people don’t “deserve” rights, no one’s violating any by imprisoning them. See?

  2. 2
    Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Expect to hear the Christian right praising this bill, which will only reveal their real agenda. They aren’t just opposed to same-sex marriage, they want the power to put gay people in jail. That’s why they flipped out a decade ago when the Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws.

    I bet the proportion of U.S. conservative Christians who advocate re-criminalizing gay sex has gone done dramatically, even though Lawrence was decided only ten years ago. I don’t think that’s merely because the younger ones aren’t as bigoted as the older ones dying out, but also because there’s been an improved mindset change amongst many conservative Christians as more gays come out of the closet.

    However, we know conservative Christians sheepishly follow their tribal leaders where their churches still maintain dehumanizing policies against gay people and their children. Where that institutionalized bigotry is coupled to their political party’s leaders remaining deeply committed to promoting bigotry against gays – starting right at the top with the conservative Supreme Court justices antipathy towards gays having their constitutional rights protected. So the heavy lifting on fighting for equality on this issue still happens in spite of nearly all conservative Christians, even though many are softening.

    To get conservative Christians on-board where they no longer pose a threat against the human rights of gays and theirs children, we need to see acceptance of gays in the theologically conservative churches along with the Mormon and Catholic churches. And that’s not going to happen in the foreseeable churches.

  3. 3
    colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #2

    And that’s not going to happen in the foreseeable churches

    foreseeable future! Evidence of why an editing capability after posting a comment is needed.

  4. 4
    Brian Sandberg

    The MP that introduced the bill, David Bahati, is a member of The Fellowship aka The Family. They’re the very same organization that will be putting on the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. in February. Scott Lively and several other anti-LGBT Christian activists are also responsible for stoking the fires of hatred in Uganda.

  5. 5
    cptdoom

    So remember, when the Duck Dynasty douchebag gets suspended by a private company for bringing negative publicity to their network, that is outrageous persecution, fascism and tyranny and the death of free speech. When people are thrown in prison merely for being gay, that’s “family values” and just standing up for God. On Planet Wingnuttia, logic and consistency do not exist.

    Right Wing Watch did a great comparison of the “persecution” faced by the faux country bumpkin on Duck Dynasty and the real nature of persecution in those places like Uganda who are enacting these laws limiting real human rights. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/what-persecution-looks

  6. 6
    busterggi

    Idi Amin would be proud of how far his country has come…

  7. 7
    zenlike

    Idi Amin would be proud of how far his country has come…

    Uganda is far, far better of then in Amin’s time. This law is a very black mark on an otherwise quite ok country when it comes to freedom and education ( compared to other African countries).

    Museveni is a fundamentalist Christian who has long backed this law, so it’s doubtful that he would refuse to sign it.

    Museveni is a democracy-backed enlightened despot who wants to stay in power. He is already in hot waters with the international community regarding the rebel movements in Congo, so it is possible he will not sign this law to not further risk his backing by the Western powers. Then again, he might sign it to appease his followers within the country itself. I don’t think his religion will play a large role in it.

  8. 8
    d.c.wilson

    Michael Heath @2:

    I would also say that the percentage of conservatives who believe Todd Adkin’s comment about “legitimate rape” is considerably lower than many people think. The problem is, the loudest voices on the right are the anti-gay and “legitimate rape” crowd and they raise a lot of money for the party. That’s why so many republicans these days are trying to avoid talking about these issues. They don’t want to sound like knuckledragging cavemen, but they also can’t afford to alienate the knuckledragging cavemen.

  9. 9
    Crudely Wrott

    Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way.

    Oh, how cute. Someone learned a whole new word! So precocious.

    “Holistic”.

    *psst! Uganda — the word doesn’t mean what you think it means. You might want to check a few dictionaries. As many as you can get your hands on for starters.*

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