On Monday, speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga announced that the bill, which originally prescribed the death penalty for certain homosexual acts, will become law this year.
The AP reports:
Ugandans “are demanding it,” she said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of “the serious threat” posed by homosexuals to Uganda’s children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”
“Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation,” the activists said in a petition. “We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.”
The anti-gay activists paraded in front of Kadaga, with parents and schoolchildren holding up signs saying homosexuality is “an abomination.” The speaker then promised to consider the bill within two weeks, declaring that “the power is in our hands.”
“Who are we not to do what they have told us? These people should not be begging us,” Kadaga said of activists who want the bill to become law.
Homosexuality is currently illegal in 76 countries, 38 of which are in Africa – the result of centuries of missionary indoctrination and Western imperialism.
The seeds of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill were planted by Parliament member David Bahati, under the guise of protecting the children from homosexuality. According to Bahati, the West has been recruiting poor kids to the dark, or at least tastefully lit, side. Uganda already has laws in place that criminalize homosexual acts, but Bahati called for even stricter punishment…for the sake of the children.
No matter what part of the world you go to, that argument never gets old does it?
The bill has been delayed several times in the past but Bahati claims that it is popular enough with lawmakers to pass without difficulty.
Multiple governments, as well as human rights and religious organizations, have condemned Uganda for the proposed bill and the European Union has threatened to cut financial aid to the country should the bill pass. So this Christmas, Ugandans may not have anything under their tree, but at least they’ll have the blood of innocent people on their hands.
And that’s the gift that keeps on giving.