This belongs to the cartegory 'While you were sleeping'....
For various reasons, I have not been able to blog. But, am alarmed.
Friend of mine, an anglican, comes back from church this morning, with a curious tale. Had a visitor in church this Sunday morning. Dude was given 30 minutes to give a message. The message? The Anti-Homosexuality bill should become law in Uganda.
Apparently, when the topic became clear, the speaker was cut off... after five minutes. But, he was not stopped from handing out badges and fliers demanding that the anti-Homosexuality bill is debated in the parliament, and now. That it becomes law.
Yes, while we were asleep, a huge anti-gay campaign in happening.
The anti-gay pastors handed a 2Million signature petition to parliament just this week? Yes, they did. And, Pastor Martin 'eat da poo poo' Ssempa has been in parliament with slide shows. Not of gay porn, but, apparently to showcase the fact that the bill will help in preventing the spread of HIV. Because it is going to stop homosexuality in Uganda.
No. I am not kidding you.
And, speakers are fanning out all over the country. Schools. FM stations. And TVs.
What is happening?
That infamous bill was presented in this parliament. The international reaction was strong, and, it led to the government withdrawing support for the bill.
Now, elections for a new parliament happened. And, Bahati would have to present the bill again, in the next parliament, if it lapses in this parliament.
So, Bahati and co are doing a campaign. Pressure the outgoing parliament to make the bill law.
And, they are stirring up lots of dust. And, they have the strength of numbers.
This parliament has until May to conclude its business.
Should I be worried?
Well, the bill demands the death penalty for such as me. Serial offenders. Of course, life imprisonment when caught on a first offence. And, of course, this blog is a promotion of homosexuality. Which the bill criminalises.
They are telling the usual lies on FM stations and the media. We are recruiting. 800K UGX per recruit, apparently. Where is that money coming from? That we spread HIV. That we are recruiting in schools, etc. The usual effect of that is to stir up the anti-gay feeling. Of course, we gays are to blame for it.
But, rubbish the lies of us having bundles of money. Where is the money coming from for this apparently well coordinated, huge campaign? The anti-Homo campaign?
While we were sleeping.....!