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Report: Uganda’s Speaker Promises To Pass Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Two Weeks (UPDATED)

Jim Burroway

November 12th, 2012

Warren Throckmortin found this report, which suggests that Uganda’s Parliament may pass proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill sometime in the next two weeks. According to the report:

Speaker (Rebecca) Kadaga committed herself during a meeting with a coalition of religious, political, cultural leaders held at parliament where she said that Uganda is an independent country which operates under its constitution. We should stop dancing on the tune of western countries. We have the right to reject any things which is against our culture.

“Am going to allow Hon Bahati to proceed with his bill and make sure that it is passed within the period of two weeks. As leaders we should listen to the voice of our people. It is our responsibility to protect our country against homosexuality ,our value, culture and character” Speaker Kadaga noted

Elsewhere religious, cultural and political leader said that all homosexual practitioners in Uganda should be killed because homosexual is not allowed in Uganda.

“It is an abomination in Uganda for a man to marry a fellow man and a woman to get married to her fellow woman. We strongly condemn and oppose the devil called homosexuality on our soil. As religious, cultural leaders we urge the Uganda’s brave (Kadaga) to be strong, farm and courageous while fighting Homosexual in Uganda. The Western world should take their moral behaviors away from Africa Uganda in particular” Religious leaders noted.

I am not familiar with Uganda Picks, so I can’t comment on the report’s veracity. Warren Throckmorton writes, “the basic news that the Parliament is set to act on the bill is consistent with what I am hearing from sources in Uganda.” It also confirms a report made earlier this month by  Daily Monitor, a much more reputable independent newspaper, which quoted the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee Chair Steven Tashobya as saying that his committee will be ready to report the bill back to the House floor before Parliament breaks for Christmas.

[Update: The Associated Press is now picking up on the story:

Ugandans “are demanding it,” (Kadaga) said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of “the serious threat” posed by homosexuals to Uganda’s children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”

…”Who are we not to do what they have told us? These people should not be begging us,” Kadaga said of activists who want the bill to become law.]

M.P. David Bahati, the bill’s sponsor, now chairs the ruling party’s caucus in Parliament. But unlike in previous periods of intense discussions about the bill, his present media silence has been conspicuous. Kadaga, a long-time supporter of the bill, appears to have taken the public role of pushing for the bill’s passage.  In early 2009, she advocated for for increased criminal penalties for homosexuality. She presided over Parliament in April 2009 in her role as Deputy Speaker when MP David Bahati sought approval to submit an Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a private member’s bill, and she was an early supporter after it was first introduced into Parliament in October. After the previous parliament expired before it could bring the bill up for a vote, Kadega helped to engineer the bill’s reintroduction, with the death penalty intact, in the current Parliament.

If the bill does come back up for a vote, past experience suggests that there will be a great deal of misinformation about what the bill would do. I would suggest you keep these links handy:

Clause By Clause With Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill:
Clauses 1 and 2: Anybody Can Be Gay.
Clause 3: Anyone Can Be “Liable To Suffer Death”
Clause 4: Anyone Can “Attempt to Commit Homosexuality”
Clauses 5 and 6: Anyone Can Be A Victim (And Get Out Of Jail Free If You Act Fast)
Clauses 7 and 14: Anyone Can “Aid And Abet”
Clauses 8 to 10: A Handy Menu For “Victims” To Choose From
Clauses 11, 14, 16 and 17: Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide
Clause 12: Till Life Imprisonment Do You Part
Clause 13: The Silencing of the Lambs
Clause 14: The Requirement Isn’t Only To Report Gay People To Police. It’s To Report Everyone.
Clauses 15 and 19: The Establishment Clauses For The Ugandan Inquisition

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Stephen
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

From the following story about Miami: “… Corrupt politicians and opportunistic demagogues… ”

Some things never change.

Steve
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

The people who are “demanding” it are bloodthirsty, immoral, power-hungry and greedy (and probably raping) clergy. They are just commanding their mindless followers to go along with it.

darkmoonman
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

Furthering a rightfully derogatory opinion of Africa in the minds of the socially progressive world.

Snowman
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

When will people learn? Witch hunts aren’t good for anybody. They usually provide an excuse for people to get rid of neighbors they don’t like or those who are in the way of them gaining power. Didn’t anyone pay attention to the “Pastor Wars” of a couple of years ago where preachers were trying to accuse their rivals of being gay? If this thing passes, there will be an explosion of people accusing others of being gay…and I’d bet you money that most of the accused will not be. A lot of people will die because of these idiot demagogues. People need to grow the hell up.

Lord_Byron
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

Well, I hope Uganda suffers from the lose of aid to the country. Who knows, maybe they can pray to god and he will help them out. The Christian god sure has a good track record when it comes to africa as a whole.

MCB
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

Lord_Byron, as someone whose sister-in-law spent six months working as a nurse in Uganda with little children struggling to survive, hoping that those people lose government aid is despicable. Hope instead that the government of Uganda realizes it has far more pressing concerns than the supposed “threat” of homosexuals to children… an idea which *Americans* planted there.

Lord_Byron
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

It has more pressing concerns, but they don’t care about that. I am sure if they could blame LGBT for a drought they would. The sad part is that those that most desperately need the aid would be hurt by cutting it and those in power would not be affected. So, I did not clearly state my idea in that last point. I don’t want to see those that are innocent or desperate suffer. I just wish there was a way to only affect those that are strongly pushing for this genocidal legislation.

Timothy Kincaid
November 12th, 2012 | LINK

MCB,

No, Americans did not plant the idea that homosexuals are a threat to children. That one doesn’t need to be “planted”, it seems to grow quite rapidly in most any soil all on its own. Also not “planted” is the idea that homosexuality is “unAfrican”.

These ideas are evil (and ridiculous). But they need not be part of the “blame America for everything” mantra.

What is true is that some conservative American evangelicals have encouraged and hyped anti-gay sentiments. And the following ideas truly CAN be blamed on Americans:

* ex-gay ministries
* gays are Nazis
* gays caused Rwanda massacre

And should there ever be a movement in the United States to go from church to church playing gay porn and saying that gays “eat da poo-poo”, then we can in turn blame that on Ugandans.

USBear2013
November 13th, 2012 | LINK

Hideous people, are they not?

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