Friday, February 5, 2010

Reaction

I was looking for Buturo's reaction. Or, government reaction. It was fast, very, very fast.

Especially given the fact that the Monitor and NV had nothing in them... Ha, if he reacted so fast, that means he was waiting for it. Of course he was. And, his reaction?
"Somebody should tell President Obama that the parliament is doing its legislative duty in the interest of the people of Uganda," James Nsaba Buturo, Ugandan minister of ethics and integrity, told AFP.
Of course, Uganda's parliament should be late to do its legislative duty to kill of Uganda's homosexuals.

Buturo, one of the main Ugandan proponents of the bill which would further criminalise homosexuality and even gay rights advocacy, vowed that Ugandan MPs would not be swayed by US or any outside criticism.
"We cannot tell the Senate what to do. We cannot tell Congress what to do. So why do they feel that they can tell us what we should do in the interest of our people?" he asked.
"It is totally unacceptable," Buturo added, in reference to any attempt by some of Uganda's partners to reverse the adoption of the bill.

"Members of parliament have a constitutional duty to choose between what the people of Uganda want and what others want, and I am sure they will choose what the people of Uganda want," he said. 
You see, it is true. Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda have a sovereign duty to legislate GENOCIDE. Because, that is what this bill is.
And, what the world so harshly said, 'No more'

And, by the way, the resolution from the US congress was apparently from both Houses. Interesting. It has taken on some gigantic proportions.

No. Before you ask, on the whole, we Ugandans are NOT stupid. Not all of us.

Bahati was not at the Prayer Breakfast. But, from someone who was there, here is an account. He went chasing down the 'spiritual head of the Fellowship'

This opposition seems entirely consistent with the events I attended here yesterday. For instance, the welcome card for the African Breakfast described this ”value of a small group”
With the Spirit of Jesus at the center, this ancient idea of gathering together meets a long-felt spiritual need of men and women at all levels of society in our modern world. People find acceptance, understanding, confidence, and hope for the future through a deepening relationship with God and in discovering the secret of true brotherhood with their fellow men and women. The primary goal of a small group is to build trust, fellowship, and closer bonds of friendship through the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.  
As noted repeatedly by all I talked to here yesterday, including Ugandans present, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is completely inconsistent with this statement.
Hey, did you note that there WERE some Ugandans there?

Yes, there were some. And, notice their reaction? Who were they? Dare they reveal their names?

Legal sanctions for homosexuals behaviour are biblical? Thank the gods I am not a Christian. Am very, very thankful. But, my lover is.

And, some Christians who support Ssempa released a non-statement statement. Ever heard of one of those? They make me furious. Why not just say.. NOTHING.
I just dont like people who persecute me in the name of religion. It is such a cowardly place to hide- saying, this must be so, because, well, this BOOk says so. Because the book is never, ever wrong.

BBC has a clip you should watch.

The Ugandan Frankenstein we have helped to create, picked from PlanetTransgender.
When Archbishop Livingstone Nkoyoyo, former Anglican Archbishop of Uganda returned home following the 1998 Lambeth Conference, he made sure to tell a press conference at Entebbe Airport that the Anglican Communion was behind him and President Musevene to extend hasher laws on homosexuality. In concert with his bishops (who influence one third of the population of Uganda and a higher proportion of government ministers and Uganda’s elite) the Archbishop began a crusade against Ugandan homosexuals blaming western and particularly Episcopal Church influence. This was clearly unfounded a lie. With a Bush White House and greater financial influence from American fundamentalists, the movement to misrepresent the Anglican Church’s position on homosexuality created a Frankenstein. Nkoyoyo said nothing about either the listening process, the need to condemn homophobia and violence against LGBT people and extending pastoral care, all recommendations to the world wide Anglican family contained in Resolution 1:10. He also never mentioned Resolution I: I, committing to uphold the Declaration of Human Rights. The Church of Uganda was never publicly reprimanded by the Anglican Communion Office or the Archbishop of Canterbury, or indeed any significant body of peer bishops for their misuse. Silence equals endorsement.
Yeah, I have lived this history. In a very real way. Yet, to say that I realised the significance of what was happening would have been a lie. I just didnt know. And, now that I have seen what is happening, I look back and say, wow!


When the history of this sad chapter in the life of the church is written, we may discover that Anglicans are the architects of this monster, now manifested in Uganda and about to spread to other parts of the African church. Later, leaders like Rick Warren and Exodus international would bring their own distinctive body parts to this new creation.


On 17th February, Pastor Martin Ssempa is threatening to bring one million angry Ugandans on to the streets of Kampala to show Musevene’s government that “God fearing Christians” want no leniency for their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Musevene is now caught between the unanimous outcry of the international community and even the Vatican against this further violation of human rights, and the Frankenstein we have helped to create. 
The whole article is worth reading.

I know, PhD theses will be written about what has been happening in Uganda. And, the final chapter is not yet done. Fact is, living history is kind of exciting.

But, but, but...

It sure is stressful!

Ok. Now, lighten up. I hate, with a huge H, people who justify things that they should use a little bit of commonsense about. I think that is the source of my irritation with Comrade 27th. He takes his vaunted ideals, or one of them, divorces them from reality, and then goes ahead to pontificate.

I hate that, because it is simply a glorification of unthinking logic. Logic divorced from reality. And, here is one Ugandan journalist who is fighting for David Bahati's right as a member of parliament to move the Private Members bill.
Quick reaction to that is- you know what, dear friend, a member of parliament in Uganda has the right to piss and pile his feaces on the floor of Uganda's parliment. I think even that is protected by the constitution of Uganda. Isnt it?

I have worked the computer battery to the last few seconds of life. Power is off again... Normal thing, these days.

Have a good day.

And, I affirm, Gay Rights are Human Rights.


gug

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I haven't been able to find out much about the Million March online.

How big will it be? Could it degenerate into a riot? Is anybody trying to discourage people from attending because of the danger?

Francis Young
Canada

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Ssempa and Bahati have made this a personal victory attempt...certainly the President and Buturo know when to start pulling the soapbox out from under these grandstanding lunatics...it's not good for THEIR POLITICAL standing to be out shouted!

Jean-Paul, Canada said...

Bahati ans Ssempa are cornered, let's face it.

UGANDAN GAY RIGHTS * EQUAL RIGHTS * UGANGAN GAY RIGHTS *

Kelli Anne Busey said...

GUG, when I talk to my friends here about Uganda I am talking about you my friend. God, if there was any way to turn back the clock and to stop those faux Christians. IGLHRC is sponsoring a email campaign in support of the house and senate resolutions calling on the Ugandan goverment to not implement the anti gay bills. I feel ashamed, Uganda is a sovereign country and we have done so much harm.

Jean-Paul, Canada said...

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission says "Shame on Uganda", and so do I.

GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

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