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David Bahati’s Plan for Genocide

Jim Burroway

August 25th, 2010

Ugandan MP David Bahati

Jeff Sharlet, author of the upcoming book C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, will appear on Terry Gross’ Fresh Air today on NPR. Sharlet also has an article appearing in the September issue of Harmer’s. It’s behind a paywall, so I haven’t seen it, but NPR reveals that when Sharlet spoke with MP David Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Bahati said that his plan was to “kill every last gay person.”

Bahati said ‘If you come here, you’ll see homosexuals from Europe and America are luring our children into homosexuality by distributing cell phones and iPods and things like this,’” Sharlet recounts. “And he said, ‘And I can explain to you what I really want to do.’”

Sharlet accompanied Bahati to a restaurant, and later to his home, where Bahati told Sharlet that he wanted “to kill every last gay person.”

“It was a very chilling moment because I’m sitting there with this man who’s talking about his plans for genocide and has demonstrated over the period of my relationship with him that he’s not some back bender — he’s a real rising star in the movement,” Sharlet says. “This was something that I hadn’t understood before I went to Uganda, that this was a guy with real potential and real sway and increasingly a following in Uganda.”

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John in the Bay Area
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

I really do hope that the EU and State Department put a self professed advocate of genocide on the list denied entry into the EU and the US. Bahati could potentially kill far more people than bin Laden.

L. Junius Brutus
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Killing, life in prison, it’s all the same to me. I’d prefer to be killed outright than spend my entire life in some squalid Ugandan prison.

I wonder how much of the opposition to this bill is based solely on the fact that it prescribes the death penalty for gay people. “Giving life in prison, well it’s their culture, but the death penalty, well, that’s going a bit too far.” Does anyone believe that countries like Germany care about gay people more than they care about (opposing) the death penalty?

KZ
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Frightening.

No one offered me an ipod or cellphone to be gay. This bloodthirsty fool has too much power. I wonder if he personally would like to serve as the sole executioner of convicted gays.

Jim Burroway
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Does anyone believe that countries like Germany care about gay people more than they care about (opposing) the death penalty?

Undoubtedly, it was the death penalty that got everyone’s attention. But I think it’s worth pointing out that Germany decriminalized homosexuality in 1968 (West) and 1969 (East). Germany today has Registered Partnerships for LGBT residents, roughly on par with what is available in France, but not quite at the same level as Civil Partnerships in the U.K.

AJD
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Bahati’s intentions were obvious from the moment he submitted the bill. The “serial offenders” clause basically makes any sexually active gay person a target for death, and the rest of the bill reads like the Nuremberg Laws.

SharonB
August 25th, 2010 | LINK

Bahati = the Banality of Evil posterchild.

Kato
August 27th, 2010 | LINK

harm already done if only bill withdrawn in its entirety since even promotion if criminalized, leaves people at stake!

Kato
August 27th, 2010 | LINK

Harm already done, only if bill is withdrawn in its entirety, otherwise even criminalizing promotion leaves people at stake!that will cause mass killings: Health and policing society!

steven
August 28th, 2010 | LINK

Typical of this country. Does any one remember Idi Amin and ‘his’ genocide.

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