Did you notice that I was not around? And if you did, did you bitch about it? I do want to feel loved and beloved. You know what I mean! Anyway, I have discovered that there are countries which have worse internet conection that Uganda's cafes.
And, of course worse supplies of electricity, less internet connectivity, less liberality with internet access... And, all sorts of things. Like Great China has this great Wall which is supposed not to let in some things. Does the gayuganda blog open in China? Personally, I think the act of restricting knowledge is a sore hint of pure ignorance of a great nation. It has its social uses, of course. But...!
Anyway, that is why I do not have the ruthlessness to be a leader. Of sorts.
There are countries which do lots of things. But, there is one Uganda. And, that is my love, my country. And, I do damn love this small bitter country of mine.
What has been happening when I was off?
More Christian leaders are rejecting the Bahati Bill. Text here
, if you still need it. These are Presybyterians. And, they are calling out other Christians. Humanity, love, and other things.... They are well defined human values. And when they are abused, it does not need any parsing of words to know that they are abused. Hate is hate, however it is clothed. Here is a quote from them.
"Regardless of the diverse theological views of our religious traditions regarding the morality of homosexuality, in our churches, communities and families, we seek to embrace our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters as God's children worthy of respect and love," the statement reads. "Yet we are painfully aware that in our country gays and lesbians still face hostility and violence. We recognize that such treatment degrades the human family, threatens the common good, and defies the teachings of our Lord — wherever it occurs."
But, there are many that are adamant that loving homosexuals is actually hating them. And then hate is love and love is hate. Then, they turn around and say, [with lots of raising of the hands to heaven,] we are Christians.
Ssempa comes to mind. And, his reaction to Obama was characteristic and sarcastic. Obama is commited to the spread of sodomy. Indeed?
Poor Ssempa. He continues to lie, and lie, and lie, and lie.
The guy is obsessed with the lies that he tells. Even when they are pointed out to be wrong, and completely untrue, he continues them. Here is his take on Obama and the bill.
In his statement, Ssempa expressed concern that Obama failed to understand the nature of the legislation. "President Barack Obama makes two mistakes," Ssempa said in his statement. "First, Uganda's anti-homosexuality law only prescribes the capital punishment in cases where the victims are children or the handicapped. This is consistent with the existing laws for similar crimes by heterosexuals. We wonder if President Obama thinks that the heterosexual rape of a girl is a lesser crime than the homosexual rape of a handicapped boy."
"Secondly," Ssempa goes on, "homosexuals and lesbians are never targeted for who they are, rather what they do. It is the repugnant sexual acts which they do which constitutes a crime, a sin and a rebellion against the order of nature. Here in Africa, we believe homosexuals can CHANGE. It is very disappointing for Africans to hear Obama, who ran on the ticket of 'change we can believe in,' losing courage when we postulate in faith that homosexuals can truly change. We wish to tell him that sodomy is neither the change we want nor can believe in."
Amazingly, there are some people who are really, realy interested in perpetuating those lies. The bill is here
. The relevant section on the death penalty, in the words that Bahati submitted to parliamanet and endorsed by Ssempa, they are here.
You know, me as a serial homosexualist, or sodomite, as Ssempa calls me, I do deserve death. And, by the way, as the bill defines, I can be killed from the very first time that I am caught because I am a 'person in authority' as the bill is defined. I am a person of some importance in the society. Go figure.
And, some people who want their own Inaccuracy in the Media have gone ahead and embraced the lies. Amazing, if it was not chilling and frightening. It is my life online. And I find it disgusting to have to listen to lies that are way out there. Arent some people ashamed, pure old shame, to claim being Christians, and then go ahead and lie so blatantly?
Is there no shame to being Christian?
Of course, I should be thanking Ssempa for his big mouth. There is no greater friend to me than that feature of him. Or, maybe it is the brain that lets the mouth run lose? I am just asking...!
I mean, I just have to point out that he lies, here, and there, and everywhere. And what occurs, voila, his nice Christian credentials go poof. And, it is me who is the evil gay person!
As one person did mention somewhere else, extremists literally shoot themselves in the face. Ssempa has been doing that, very, very frequently. And that is fine with me. But they also call us out to think deeper on issues. It is simply not enough to lie back and do nothing. Or not to think. A person like Ssempa pulls to himself some very radical people who are very deeply embracing of his hate agenda. He repels those who are not, those who would otherwise embrace him, who would only see his charisma and not the lies, the hate thinly hidden beneath him.
The South African ambassador to Uganda. It is very right that that appointment is examined, and well. Is it okay to appoint a homophobe to Homophobic Uganda? Does one have to reason this out with lots of words and lose that much spit? Intelligence is a great gift. But, sheer deception for deception's sake is something that does not define human beings. [Yes, we do it too much]
Sending Qwelane, who is not a fit and proper journalist , as an ambassador to a country which is currently wrestling over potential legislation providing for the death penalty for homosexual activities, is a message. It signifies that our answer to the internal policies of Uganda is not merely to "respect their sovereignty" by not interfering. We send a person who is a kindred spirit to those who are wishing to impose the supreme penalty for what has long been practised in Africa.
And, more in this thoughtful article.
In appointing Qwelane the Zuma government would be showing its unstated objectives, the danger it represents not only to homosexuals but for all who sought and wish to establish a democratic, emancipatory constitution.
A statement I saw as title to another blog. Freedom is never less than a generation away from being lost. Indeed it is not.
What do you do when you discover, for example that you are unable to access your blog?
Funny thing to say. When you are blocked from the internet, or some sites, or something else.
What do you do?
A good African like me has the answer. You try to work round the problem.
If you are looking at this blog post, then know that I have succeded. If you are not....
Of course I will try again.
I was just worried... Who knows what might have happened, when you live in Uganda?
It's good to know you are still around - and still fighting.
Great to hear from you at last!
Yes, of course I noticed and worried about your absence from this blog and twitter for three days.
It would be really helpful if you would tell us how long we should wait before assuming the worst.
Perhaps you could say in advance when you know you will be unable to post.
James (Jim) Egan (1921 - 2000)
Jim Egan is one of the heroes in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights in Canada.
Starting in 1949, he began to publicly challenge the view that homosexuality was an illness or worse.
In those early years, Jim was a lone voice demanding equality for gays and lesbians, greater public education about homosexuality, law reform and an end to discrimination.
Today Jim Egan is perhaps best known for his nearly fifty-year relationship with Jack Nesbit and for their 1995 Supreme Court challenge, in which they used the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to challenge the discriminatory exclusion of same-sex couples from pension benefits under the Old Age Security Act.
While it did not grant same-sex spousal recognition, the Supreme Court added sexual orientation as a prohibited grounds for discrimination under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The story of their lives and relationship was the subject of Jim Loves Jack: The James Egan Story, a film by David Adkin.
As Jim reflected on the communities' recent successes at the opening of "25 Lives", he warned us to beware of complacency, saying:
"as equality rights move ever closer to becoming a reality, the opposition becomes ever more hateful."
Keep up the good fight, gug. More and more people are putting a distance between themselves and Ssempa;Bahati.
The Uganda people need to know that; they can save face before these religious nutters are completely disgraced and outed from office and from Uganda. and they WILL BE.
You must have managed. Yes, I did notice that you had been off line for longer this time. Re-read your comments about no electricity and using the last seconds of your battery more than once.
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