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Op-Ed In Ugandan Gov’t Newspaper: “Parliament Should Not Pass This Bill”

Jim Burroway

December 11th, 2009

This is not the sort of column one would expect to find in the Ugandan government-owned New Vision. It’s by John Nagenda, a senior advisor to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. After the usual paragraphs to establish his personal disdain for all things gay (this is something of a ritual in Uganda for anyone who is about to say something remotely positive for LGBT people), Nagenda writes:

And that is where same-sex lovers’ haters will do their nut! The recent month I was away a parliamentarian introduced a Bill of hugely draconian measure, including heavy penalties on those who wouldn’t report same-sex lovers they knew about! In the US there was a man whose name, McCarthy, is now a synonym (as mccarthyism) for cruel witch-hunting. For him Communism was the hot issue, although he would doubtless have looked at same-sex love as a product of that political system.

In the Inquisition period, evil prelates tortured people who deviated from current beliefs, including by saying the world was not flat but round! Now we all laugh about these odd characters. Lower down the scale, people were tortured for being left-handed (indeed called sinister for it) or being very short, or being blind: in short for not being normal. I believe, and I am raising the bar, that we must laugh at this MP and others like him: laugh and stay sane. What crime have same-sex lovers committed, per se, by being who they are? Would those who believe God made mankind exclude them, and on what grounds?

Nagenda goes on to talk about the pace of change for LGBT people — his take-it-excruciatingly-slow advice obviously comes from someone who has little understanding of what it’s like to live in such an oppressive society. But he ends on this point:

When times have changed, if they change enough, then these words will include a leavening of same-sex relationships. Gradualism is not a sin. But hunting down people for same-sex love, I believe to be a sin, against Love, one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. (I say all this without being a homosexual.) Parliament should not pass this Bill.

This follows another possible trial balloon seen floating on the official governmental Ugandan Media Centre web site this week. When New Vision picks up on the same theme, something is likely afoot.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of the past year’s anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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Angie the Anti-Theis
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

This is excellent news. Thank you for reporting on this.

Matt
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

While I’m very glad he wrote this, I couldn’t help but here “No Homo” when I read his parenthetical statement.

amanda
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

I don’t understand the logic behind the gay parents will turn an adoptive child gay argument. If the sexual preference of the parents determined the sexual preference of the child then how do they think there would be homosexuality at all? I mean obviously the argument is made because they have no logic when it comes to this issue because homosexuality mystifies and terrifies them, but seriously, that seems like the easiest thing to figure out to be a stupid scare tactic against gay adoption just by logically thinking about it for all of 2 seconds.

Marisol
December 11th, 2009 | LINK

This hateful evangelical extremist give Christianity a bad name. All this anti gay fire has been stoke by American Evangelicals who make it their business to tell other people how to live and who to love.

They cherry pick the bible and leave out other lurid things in the bible. They have a Chrisofascist agenda of hate. Real Christians are people of love as was Christ. If Christ were alive today Rick Warren and “The Family” would crucify him all over again.

Rick Warren and “The Family” have blood on their hands with this Uganda gay death penalty. They and Uganda area a country possessed by evil and hatred and scapegoating gay people is a horrible thing.

Meanwhile, all the Conservative anti condom movement is resulting in new AIDS infections. And Hello, most HIV is being passed via Heterosexual activity in Uganda.

Cinamonapple
December 12th, 2009 | LINK

I cant believe that in the 21th century PPL still try to tell others how to live? We where born free and shulde be rimain like that. No one got the right to tell others how to live there life. It’s PPL choice , we as a society should respect every individual choice. Respect, Is the right word for anyone to remember.

Happy Hanukkah everyone.

Donnchadh
December 12th, 2009 | LINK

Why do people think the Inquisitions considered a round Earth to be heresy? The Ptolemaic theory was the official doctrine of the Catholic Church. Colombus was trying to prove that going across the ocean was a shorter way to the Indies (and he was wrong).

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HATE IS NOT A FAMILY VALUE and it certainly isn’t in GOD’S VOCABULARY !!!
We should love all men and women and respect them equally !!!

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