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  1. Jack
    December 15, 2009

    Apparently their blood lust wasn’t sated by killing 950,000 Tutsis. There truly is no end to human ignorance and de[ravity.

  2. Leo
    December 15, 2009

    Hmm. A pattern appears to emerging.

    Yes I know he’s come out against the Ugandan bill—nice of him. Maybe. Maybe spin control. But why is it that in places where Rick Warren holds sway the folks conclude that criminalizing homosexuality is a necessary and good thing to do? Something getting lost in the translation?

    I don’t trust this man as far as I could throw him.

  3. Stefano A
    December 15, 2009

    BTB has just learned that the Uganda Parliament is scheduled to take up consideration of a change to Rwanda’s penal code which would criminalize homosexuality with a punishment of five to ten years.

    Uhmmm, why would the Ugandan Parliament be taking up consideration of a Rwandan penal code? ;)

  4. East African
    December 15, 2009

    “The Uganda Parliament is scheduled to take up consideration of a change to Rwanda’s penal code…”

    What? Countries can change each other’s laws now? Then why doesn’t Uganda’s parliament just change U.S. penal law on homosexuality?

  5. Jim Burroway
    December 15, 2009

    Yes, my deepest apologies to Rwandan readers, and to others who might have been confused. I’ve been writing about Uganda so much lately it’s become a reflex. The article is now corrected.

  6. Rob
    December 15, 2009

    What do you expect from a country that recently committed genocide?

  7. John
    December 15, 2009

    It is truely sad that Rwanda has learned nothing from its relatively recent national trauma. More suffering for an already suffering people.

  8. Wayne Besen
    December 15, 2009

    Great job Jim. Way to be on top of it.

  9. Rev. Steve
    December 15, 2009

    Thank you for being at the forefront of reporting this ongoing nightmare, Jim.

  10. Lynn David
    December 15, 2009

    This is just disheartening…..

  11. Monte
    December 16, 2009

    Guys, Rwanda is an independent country, if people of Rwanda vote against gays & lesbians, let it be, why should you people worry to much?. Gays are most hated in the world & im telling you, these devils are being protected for nothing. They deserve nothing,but hell. Kagame will kick their rotten, stinky asses.

  12. Joe Perez
    December 16, 2009

    Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for continuing to cover the international stories as you do. Much needed.

  13. R Holmes
    December 16, 2009

    Merry Christmas to you too, Monte. Peace on earth and goodwill to all. (Yes, even gays. And even hateful gits like you.)

    Thank you, BTB, for reporting this.

  14. BobbiCW
    December 16, 2009

    And once again anti-gay Christians will refuse to acknowledge that what they preach leads people to commit acts of incredible cruelty. Why can’t they make the connection that them preaching that God hates gays leads their followers to kill gays because they think they’re doing God’s will by ridding the world of what God hates?

  15. ApolloRick
    December 16, 2009

    The blood on the hands of the American Christian Right is positively gushing forth. All American Christian Right will be responsible for what has been unleashed not only in Uganda, but obviously in Rwanda as well. The Sunday morning Christian Right continues to roll in their aisles with animus and that is the source of this killing disease unleashed by the White American Christian Right. All who are to be killed in these affected countries will be killed because of the American Christian Right’s lobbying efforts. All American Conservative Christians are guilty. They are equally quilty because of their shared animus, which fostered and created this murder-based pogrom against gay and lesbian Africans. And in this group, Rick Warren is just as guilty. I personally think the death penalty is appropriate for the American Christian Right members who have created this situation for Gay and Lesbian Ugandans and Rwandans. When an African Gay person is murdered by Uganda or Rwanda, then an eye for an eye should be in place, and the American Christian Right instigators should be put to death. There can be NO forgiveness for their activities against Gay and Lesbian persons who live anywhere in the world. We need justice for the deaths which are about to happen to innocent Gay and Lesbian people in Africa.

  16. Alex
    December 19, 2009

    From today’s New Times in Rwanda:-

    KIGALI – The Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama has condemned and refuted reports that government intends to criminalize homosexual acts saying that sexual orientation is a private matter not a state business.

    His reaction comes after international organizations, including rights groups and gay communities across the world raised an alarm in several reports accusing the government of trying to consider a law against homosexuality.

    “The government I serve and speak for on certain issues cannot and will not in any way criminalize homosexuality; sexual orientation is a private matter and each individual has his or her own orientation – - this is not a State matter at all,” said Karugarama.

    The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), and Rwanda’s Horizon Community Association (HOCA), recently issued statements demanding that that the Rwandan Parliament withdraws article 217 of the penal code regarding homosexuality.

    The Minister accused the ‘groups for either acting in total ignorance or intentionally presenting wrong facts for their own political motives.’

    “They allege that the law was to be passed in Parliament on December 16, but sincerely there was nothing like that in the parliament that day.”

    He clearly stated that; “these people should distinguish between issues debated by private parties and concrete proposals from the government.”

    He hastened to add that the government has held a meeting with its development partners on this particular issue and told them their position ‘which is that the government has no intentions whatsoever to criminalize homosexuality.



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