“The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in
, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history,” read the White House statement that came late Friday in response to an inquiry from The Advocate. Uganda
The article goes ahead to rehash what has been happening, in the US. The Examiner gives a useful summary of what it has been like. The fight to get the US and the world's attention. Funny how our world kind of ties together.
It is interesting to me how this has played out in the press in the US. Well, of course the links to the US have been explored very closely, and, some pretty big people have been forced to admit some responsebility. But, from being a Ugandan thing, it became an international issue, and then, became an American issue. Big reason for optimism. As someone pointed out, we get the PEPFAR dollars, and, more important to Mr Museveni, millions in spending for the army. Leverage indeed.
Some in the South African press are not willing not to call the stupidity stupidity....! I mean, they go all out and call it that. Well, they are justified. Evil Minds Rule Uganda, indeed!
Closer to home, dont know what a dimarche is. Diplospeak, but it seems that is the way that some pretty important people, or countries deliver warnings, or cautions. Here, it was in the monitor yesterday. This piece was interesting.
By the weekend major global news networks including CNN, BBC and TIME were carrying stories condemning the Bill, crowding out most stories about
including the passing of a “progressive” law banning female genital mutilation. Uganda
Bad publicity indeed. Well, well deserved bad publicity.
The Guardian of UK continues coverage. And, I continue wondering when Cantebury will be brave enough to say something... ! A useful assesment on whether to speak out or not on things like this bill. Feet dragging.
A silence of the shepherds. I wish I had the time, and brightness to dwell on the profiles of courage that this Anti-Homosexuality bill is for some people. Silence of the Shepherds indeed. Some are cowards. Some are brave. But, there is nothing like a real silence of the Shepherds.
By the way, I am not exonerating the Catholic Church for making this statement at the UN. We need it in Uganda, because, the Catholic bishops are preaching hate here, while the Holy See releases oblique statements. We need the Catholic Bishops in Uganda to speak out against the bill. We need the Catholic Archbishop, and Cardinal in Uganda to come out and oppose the bill. Not someone from the Vatican releasing an oblique statement without even mentioning Uganda. Because, their current silence is tacit approval of the anti-gay rhetoric that is going on. And, some of the Catholic priests are doing the very thing that the Vatican is opposing. (Sigh, it was I writing that I would never be Catholic.... Centralised thinking, but, I am taking advantage of it!
The Catholic Church in Uganda is part of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda which had the following statement.
The Secretary General of IRC (Inter-Religious Council of Uganda), Mr Joshua Kitakule told Daily Monitor that development partners should not interfere in the process of legislation in
“Those countries should respect our spiritual values. They shouldn’t interfere,” he said. “All senior religious leaders have been given copies of the Bill to read and educate people in the churches and mosques,” he added. Mr Kitakule said the Bill, which was tabled last month by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, has not been understood by human rights activists and homosexuals.
“The Bill is ok. But it has been misunderstood. We need to educate people on this proposed law,” he said.
Bishops from the Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist churches as well as Muslim kadhis agreed to defend the Bill in their centres of worship.
Today is Sunday. Bet you can guess what is happening in Churches all over Uganda. And, if you believe this is not so, just remember Val Kalende's courageous testimony.
The Sunday before last, Val Kalende listened quietly as her pastor’s sermon digressed into a soft tirade against homosexuals. “We may even have one in our midst,” the cleric told a congregation of about 50 born-again Christians.
If Ms Kalende did not know her pastor to be an honourable man, a father figure, his sudden anti-gay remarks would have left her shifting uncomfortably in her chair, wondering if those dreaded words were meant for her.
A small reminder as to how powerful the pro-bill, anti-gay forces in Uganda are. All churches and mosques, indeed. And, the bill being given to every one of them, this bill here? I bet they didnt give them a lawyers interpretation of the bill. Forgive Ugandans, but, for most of us, English is not the first language, and we cant claim to understand a legal testament like the bill is. What the preacher says is evil, that is evil. The pope has spoken.
Rick Warren? Well, Someone asks, why did he wait so long? And, I would like him to have his statement aired on Uganda TV stations.
We are poor. Only 4% of the country has internet connection, so very few will hear about the fact that he has done what he did. Of course, the Christian stations are very many. So, he can use his clout to air it? Please?...!
Well, forgive me, but his statement was made in the US, to his audience, but, it is best that the Ugandan pastors that he was speaking to actually hear it. Like the US Trinity Broadcasting Network's Lighthouse Television which many of the faithful in Uganda watch.
Put Nsaba-Buturo and any religious leader in Uganda face to face, and you get the full insight in the Ugandan psyche on the Bahati Bill. If you have the time, check out this interview, which I did miss. It is interesting reading.
By the way, David Bahati is a very interesting guy. Of course, he is well read, for an average Ugandan. And, he is steadfast in his robust defence of Uganda's morals, and the virtues of his bill. I wonder, does he really believe himself? If he does, it is really a pity. Some choice quotes from the VOA
He castigated pro-gay groups especially in the
USAand Europefor “engaging in a game of manipulation, deception, and control.”
“We are going to focus on protecting children and the family in
,” he added. Uganda
Admitting that there a lot of international pressure to drop this controversial bill, Mr. Bahati said “there is no amount of pressure or intimidation that will stop this bill.”
He described Pastor Rick Warren’s (an American Evangelical Christian minister and founder of the Saddleback mega-Church in
California, ) condemnation of the bill as unfortunate. “It’s unfortunate that a man who has inspired millions of people around the world for a long time would be blackmailed to disappoint them. It’s a pity that he has opted to please the world instead of God.” USA
Sigh, I have emptied my inbox. And spent lots of time thinking about the bill on a very beautiful Sunday morning.
I will try to compesate for that by devoting some time to myself. Later on.
Have a wonderful Sunday.