Monday, November 16, 2009

A letter and the President

Hmmmm, the Observer seems determined that there is a debate about the bill.

Unlike the governments New Vision, which, to date has published no articles on analysis of the Bahati bill. Oh, I am sorry. They published one. This one.

Anyway, here is a letter from one of the Observer's readers.

What I did, (bite me, I am human), was to cut out the bad parts... and picking out the good ones. Please, forgive the writer. Every person who writes in Uganda defending homosexuals has to, MUST, defend his or her credentials as a heterosexual. Period.

Here is the letter....!

It is very wrong to base one’s arguments against gays on statements like “unAfrican” and “unnatural” and then discriminate against them on the basis of their sexual orientation. It is even more wrong to condemn them to death as if they were bedbugs.

[I have no time for gays and believe the perversion can be fought with the right methods.] Social exclusion and absolute use of force leading to the discrimination and murder of gays is not the right way to go. It is against international human rights standards, a standard Uganda will be judged by.

The worst thing is for a Christian or some other religious person to support the Anti-Gay Bill based on religious grounds or “morality.” There is absolutely no basis whatsoever to bring religion into politics because the only tangible benefit religion offers Africans today is love and hope.

If you think your God agrees to making gays a target for persecution and execution, then I can also subjectively bring out a quote from His lovely writings that says gays should be given extra love, forgiveness and kindness.  Please do not use God’s great name to promote discrimination, state persecution and execution of human beings.

Sajio Kassana,

The President...

By the way, Museveni proved his homophobic credentials a long time ago.
I mean, if it was to be his will (well, if he was god, instead of someone just below god in Uganda), we Ugandan homosexuals would be in prison. Since Dec 1999 when he realised, to his fury that we are, in Uganda.

But, I have heard, reliably, that some allies of ours petitioned him about the bill.

Now, for the President of the Republic, it is important not to underestimate him. I know it is supposedly a Private Members bill in the legislature. But, that is the strategy. To keep the 'executive' isolated. To limit the 'foreign' influence.

If the President of Uganda thought that this bill was nothing, it would not have been tabled in parliament. That is the absolute truth.

So, some of our allies went to him. And petitioned the big man. From what I hear, he expressed suprise that the bill was in parliament. And, was non committal in his support. Remember, here I am reporting nth hand rumours!

If the President was to feel unconfortable with this bill, it would be very quickly withdrawn, (with apologies) by the offending MP Bahati.

But, since it is not, and the President needed to make his support known, however obliquely, here is a recent pronouncement from the big man....

Note, the Monitor is an Independent paper, so it can afford to say what really was.... (little shading)

President Museveni has joined the anti-gay crusade, saying he had received reports suggesting that “European homosexuals” had launched a recruitment drive in Africa.

He urged the youth to reject the advances. Expressing his homophobia, Mr Museveni said the youth must stand firm and abhor the divergent sexual orientation. “I hear European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa,” said Mr Museveni on Saturday, to an audience of mainly youth at the Kampala Serena Hotel that homosexuality is un-natural.

“We used to have very few homosexuals traditionally. They were not persecuted but were not encouraged either because it was clear that is not how God arranged things to be.”

The NRM leader was speaking at the inaugural Young Achievers Awards ceremony, an event organised by Tetea Uganda, a private firm, to honour the country’s youth who have excelled in various disciplines.

There you are... this bill, it will be passed. Most likely.


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