Actually, I lifted that title from here. And have just been thinking how apt it is.
You know the final solution bill. Death, or Life imprisonment for any Gay Ugandan. And sundry punishments for any who 'aids and abets' homosexuality. Now, when Bahati, Nsaba-Buturo and others announced the bill, triumphantly, a solution to the problem of homosexuality, they were not ready for an immediate backlash. The world media caught the bill's eye, and they noted that the Death Penalty was included.
I have already written about this. I mean, for the homosexual, the bill envisions only two things. Death, or life in prison.
So, the immediate world wide condemnation caught the good Christians by suprise. But not before some of them had already voiced their very strong support for the bill. Ssempa was soon on TV, saying it was ok. He has voiced his 'total support' for the bill as it is. In writing, and on TV. I personally heard him defending the death penalty, because it was in defence of the 'boy child'
Others followed suit, but, this was before the furor on the death penalty became too much. So, the dear religious leaders started pulling back. Death, was too merciless, said these Ugandan Christian leaders. Rather, let these bad sinners be imprisoned by the state... for life.
If I were lying here, it would be ok. But, as a matter of fact, this is from the mouth of the religious leaders themselves. Can death as a form of punishment help one to reform? Some people are convicted of murder but after they have been killed, it’s proved they were innocent. What would be done in such circumstances? We should emphasise life imprisonment,” said Aron Mwesigye, the secretary for the
The same sentiment of 'mercy' was echoed by the SDA Church. Yeah, I am serious. Those where his words. I did blog them here.
So, they all go to the Parliament, and express the same sentiment. So, now Nsaba-Buturo admits they might have to 'change' that part of the law.
Oh, it will hurt Ssempa. The boy child is not being protected from the very evil homosexuals. But, imagine that change.
Personally, as one whose life is concerned, I would welcome the death penalty, rather than living in the hell of Uganda's prison system. Sighhhhh!!!! They are never, ever going to listen to my opinion!
So, they roll back a bit, do Uganda's merciful Christians....! Damn, I cant help not hit out at them. They do want me dead, why should I spare them?
But, here is an article that was published in the Daily Monitor today. They had not shared it with us before, but since they have now, I lift it.
It is thoughtful reading.
Efforts behind a proposed law against homosexuality run counter to the Uganda Police’s interest in the offence, official records show.
The annual crime reports from 2007 and 2008 are silent on homosexuality, a felony under the Penal Code Act, suggesting the incidents are so rare that the authorities are not concerned enough to tally the complaints.
Asked to provide statistics on cases of homosexuality, several police officers said such figures were not readily available. “I actually don’t have the figures,” said Grace Akullo, the Criminal Investigations Directorate officer under whose docket homosexuality falls.
Crime against ‘nature’
The authorities insist homosexuality, which is called “a crime against the law of nature” under the Penal Code Act, is difficult to investigate, as there must be a willing complainant. In recent times, the publicity around some sodomy cases, including those involving pastors in the Pentecostal community, has fed the anti-gay sentiment that makes the proposed law seem relevant.
However, in the absence of reliable facts and figures on the activities of alleged gay recruiters, there is little evidence to suggest that homosexuality threatens the mainstream culture in Uganda.
It emerged that Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, who sponsored the legislation, never sought the police’s input before producing a document that prescribes the death penalty for the offence of “aggravated homosexuality”. Mr Bahati defended his work in an interview on Wednesday, saying that even one case of sodomy was enough to warrant such a law. “We are not in a hate campaign,” Mr Bahati said. “We are trying as much as we can to protect the traditional heterosexual family. It is under threat. Anybody who says it is minor underestimates the damage being done.”
Yesterday, at a press conference in Kampala, Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo renewed his warning against the gays, insisting the country was “under siege”. He provided no details. “We don’t believe that human civilisation can be defended by having anal sex,” Dr Buturo said. “I am telling these people to leave us alone….We are not joking.”
The proposed law would “make Uganda a leader” in efforts against gay culture in Africa, Dr Buturo said. “On the issue of homosexuality, let them forget [about human rights],” he said. “The government has started biting.”
Homosexuality remains a taboo subject in many African societies. If passed in its current state, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (2009), condemned by rights groups, would make Uganda one of the most dangerous places for gay people.
For example, the proposed law prescribes the death penalty if the “offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed”. It also proposes a seven-year jail term for someone who “attempts” to commit homosexuality.
Appearing before a committee of Parliament on Wednesday, religious leaders expressed support for the proposed law but refused to endorse the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”. Yesterday, Dr Buturo said the government “may have to change” that part of the proposed law.