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American Jewish World Service Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

November 29th, 2012

And they see parallels between Uganda’s attempt to wipe out gay people from their country and another historical precedent:

Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), today issued the following statement about Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which may be voted upon by that country’s parliament in the coming days:

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is an abhorrent violation of human rights against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and a grave threat to civil society in Uganda. Whenever basic human rights such as equal treatment under the law and the rights to safety, assembly, association, expression and privacy are denied, we are compelled to speak out.

The most tragic chapter of Jewish history provides a bitter lesson that the stripping away of human rights from specific minorities is often a precursor to the targeted destruction of oppressed people.

We stand in solidarity with Uganda’s LGBT community and with the defenders of human rights in Uganda, who work tirelessly to safeguard the rights and dignity of all.

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Erica
November 29th, 2012 | LINK

“the stripping away of human rights from specific minorities is often a precursor to the targeted destruction of oppressed people.”

This is a very good point – since anyone who defends gays in any way will be subject to arrest themselves, and gay people will have no human rights, it could lead to genocide – which has occurred before in Uganda and the region, just because groups were seen as different, or “other”.

Hunter
November 29th, 2012 | LINK

And the Catholic Bishops give Uganda money. The contrast is illuminating.

customartist
November 29th, 2012 | LINK

Hunter,

The Catholic Bishops contract for Murder, and the rank-and-file Catholics who fund the church turn a blind eye.

Ben In Oakland
November 29th, 2012 | LINK

I am almost always proud of how my people respond to the world– a certain class of orthodox Jew nowithstanding.

Now, where are the rest of the religious leaders? What are they doing?

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