Uganda’s Daily Monitor: All Ugandans Should Fear Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

October 18th, 2009

While the three American anti-gay activist and Exodus International are either too cowardly or callous to speak out against the latest proposed Anti-Homosexuality bill before Uganda’s Parliament, the opposition newspaper The Daily Monitor today raises its voice on behalf of the defenseless. Everyone in Uganda well knows the abject terror of the nighttime knock on the door, and The Monitor reminds all of us of the legacy behind Uganda’s latest drive to add the death penalty for homosexuality:

Do you know the fear which arrives with the knock on the door in the middle of the night? If you were an outspoken opponent of any government from 1962 until today you felt it even if it never happened to you. Do you know the terror of women who lived through the civil war in Luweero or LRA atrocities in the north? They went out every day knowing they faced rape and murder, suffering because they were women.

If you are a gay man or woman living in Uganda today, then you carry the same burden of persecution for your identity. You risk death or torture or public humiliation at the hands of a community blinded by hate and religious dogma. Your plight is about to worsen, since another bill making you illegal will soon pass into law.

Gay people are not the only ones who should fear the new bill criminalising homosexuality. Measures which make who you are a crime are easy to manipulate. It\’s easy to persecute gay people in Uganda because they are a very small group which has no political or mainstream social support.

If you think those two groups deserve what they get, then recall the days not so long ago when you felt unfairly targeted for what you are. The last 47 years were not kind to many of us. So it is astonishing that we seem to have learned nothing about the importance of diversity to stability and development.

Uganda’s latest bid to terrorize that country’s LGBT citizens is being facilitated by the conspiracy of silence from Exodus board member Don Schmierer, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively, and the International Healing Founation’s Caleb Brundidge. It was their three-day anti-gay conference in Kampala last March which started this mess. But with Uganda’s bloody history during the Idi Amin era, the current reign of terror by with the Lord’s Resistance Army, and the government’s ongoing repressive policies pitting one ethnic group against another (policies which led to widespread riots on Kampala last month), these three Americans are feeding at the trough of a long and troubling legacy. After nine months, their silence can mean only one thing: assent. Bloody assent. Very soon, the bloodstains will no longer wash off.

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

KZ

October 18th, 2009

Scott Lively’s had blood on his hands for a long time. God only knows how many thugs his “Pink Swastika” and Watchmen on the Walls group have inspired to beat and kill LGBTs.

GreenEyedLilo

October 18th, 2009

Oh, wow. The entire Daily Monitor staff is brave in ways that put most of us Americans to shame. Thank you.

Rebecca

October 18th, 2009

Good on them.

werdna

October 19th, 2009

Very good news that this sort of criticism is actually being articulated in Uganda.

For those who want to help, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has issued an action alert:

http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/989.html

johnozed

October 19th, 2009

Stay strong Daily Mirror!

johnozed

October 19th, 2009

Stay strong Daily Monitor (please delete previous entry)

SharonB

October 19th, 2009

My guess is that political opponents and rival church leaders will turn on each other with these new anti-gay laws in less than a month. False (?) accusations of gay activity will abound. Too big a cudgel to not swing in a loving kristian way at your enemies. They have already done this with the first round of of the pogrom. Serves them right; reaping what they sow & etc.

It is a dreadful shame that so many innocent GLBT people will get swept up in this great evil.

About the purveyors when they get hoist on their own petard? I shed nary a tear.

selecta A

November 11th, 2009

If we encourage the homosexuality,how shall we produce?.It is a sin for both Christians and Muslims so let gays find their own world.

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