NPR reports Uganda’s parliament approved the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday in the capital, Kampala. When the bill was first introduced in 2009 it was called the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ because it punished certain acts of homosexuality with execution. The death penalty provision was removed following international outrage, but the current bill still calls for life imprisonment for gay sex involving HIV-positive individuals, acts with minors and the disabled, and for repeated ‘offenses’ involving consenting adults.
A person who “conducts a marriage ceremony” for a same-sex couple faces seven years behind bars under the bill, and it also criminalizes failure to report homosexual acts to authorities, and calls for five-year prison terms for medical professionals who treat gays, landlords who rent them property and even individuals suspected of being gay.
“Promoting” homosexuality is also a crime under the bill, an ‘offense’ which reportedly covers acts as innocuous as providing HIV counseling. moreIt's well known that US evangelical Christians have been going to Uganda for years to drum up gay hatred there. We have no further to look at the cause of this current Ugandan hatred of gays than those lovely dear Pentecostals darlings.
NPR reports the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was written with the help of US evangelical Christians with “close ties” to the Ugandan lawmakers who are pushing for its passage. Chief among these Americans is Scott Lively, a Massachusetts-based evangelical facing a US lawsuit filed by Ugandan gays under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreigners to sue in US courts for human rights violations committed abroad.
“There are those factions of the evangelical community in the US that believe they’ve more or less lost the fight against the homosexual agenda,” Malika Zouhali Worrall, co-director of a documentary film called “Call Me Kuchu” (queer), told NPR. “Therefore, they’re trying to pre-empt it in other countries.” moreSo what might be the result of this drumming up of gay hatred in Uganda? Well folks, here it is; some poor bloke over there burned alive in front of everyone because he was gay:
Are the evangelical Christians satisfied now? Perhaps the US Pentecostals may wish to reflect on their so called morality around the Christmas tree this year?
Richard Branson calls for a Uganda boycott.
I have been courted by various people and government officials to do business in Uganda. I was seriously considering it.
However, the dreadful witch hunt against the gay community and lifetime sentences means it would be against my conscience to support this country.
I would urge other companies worldwide to follow suit. Uganda must reconsider or find it being ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide. more