Problem is...., when the details are down to whose moral ideals...., it becomes an insurmountable challenge.
In Uganda, almost all meetings, including in Parliament, start with a prayer.
No, the constitution of the Republic of Uganda states, and I quote
Chapter Two : 7
"7. Non-adoption of a State religion.
Uganda shall not adopt a State religion."But that is what it says, and what happens....., and of course, since 85% of Ugandans are Christian...., or call themselves so, then the prayers are always to god as the Christians think the deity to be.... Though is supposed to be same god with our Moslem siblings ....., oooohhhhhh!
Yeah..., am betraying my faith. Don't you dare. Make conclusions..., that is.
Anyway, besides engaging a Ugandan on abortion ...., shit...!!! I saw this headline.
The parliamentarians in question are Ugandans. Led by the Right Honourable Nsaba Buturo, former, and first Minister of Ethics and Integrity...., and right now in retirement.
But matters of morality dont rest. And Nsaba-Buturo is a mighty warrior on the morality front.
He was the Minister when the Anti-Homosexuality bill saw light in the Ugandan parliament. He was strongly supportive. Moved all that he could. Sadly...., sadly..., it delayed and was broken...
This dude wanted us dead and in prison for life just because we were homosexuals who loved others who are gay.
So, whose morality do you think Nsaba-Buturo would be enforcing?
Morality is a funny thing. Because I am a Ugandan, Nsaba-Buturo would assume, that as a matter of course, I would have the same 'morality compass' as he does.
But that is sheer impossibility.
We are all different. And, for a nation of near 34 Million people, it is impossible for us to agree on as many things as those which constitute a moral compass. After all, just a few years ago, Nsaba-Buturo thought it within his moral compass to mandate the death penalty to Ugandans such as me who dared to love other Ugandans of the same sex.
At that time, I was in my first long time relationship. I remember once, after a wonderful bout of love making that I thought, incredulously, that that is what my fellow UGandans felt was worth killing over? Simply because I made love to a guy that loved me and I loved them, and we lay together in each others arms in post orgasmic satiation......
I guess I was never so utterly convinced of my...., NEED...., to get up, and get out there, and affirm that I was a normal, adult, responsible human being, and that those who felt that it was within their moral compass to condemn me for who and what I was and what I did....., I would fight them.
And, that has been driving me for a long time.
And, I remember it. Even now.
Buturo seeks to do something about Uganda's deterioreting morality. I would support him....., if I thought within that rhetoric hid a love for the country. But, there isnt.
There is a desire for him to enforce his morality onto the country...., and against me..., and against those who like me think differently from him.
Not against those who are raping the country.
Not against those who, in corruption, are crippling the country.
But, against people like me, Ugandans who are gay, queer, and different. Minorities who are naked and defenceless against his ability to marshall the state resources to get us into prison and onto death row for the simple problem of disagreeing or not seeing the same way as his moral compass....., the sin of loving one who is similar to me, a gay human being.
I would hold onto the spirit and facts of our constitutituion.
And fight to make existing laws against corruption, governance and human rights work as should be.
Because 'morality' in the view of a Nsaba-Buturo is very different from 'human rights' as agreed upon by most of the countries of the world.
And, any day, I would take human rights over 'morality.'