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Say Hello to Uganda’s Kill the Gays Bill: An Official Introduction


And so it arrives, with the most harshest penalties back on the table: Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill has been introduced in Parliament by lawmaker David Bahati. And despite word from Ethics Minister James Nsaba Buturo that the death penalty and life imprisonment sentences were being abandoned, Bahati’s bill includes them both.

It’s all an effort to go after child molesters, insists Bahati, who says the death penalty is reserved for adults over 18 having sex with minors. But there’s even more that makes the bill — expected by many to become law early next year — so deplorable. Like in Lithuania, even talking about homosexuality could be considered “propaganda.” And, thus, punishable under the law.

The Ugandan bill extends existing laws to make it illegal to promote homosexuality by talking or writing about it, and forcing people to tell the authorities about anyone they know who is gay. The bill, said Bahati, 35, an MP from the ruling party, aims to “protect the cherished culture of the people of Uganda against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sex promiscuity on the people of Uganda”.

This bill won’t just make the lives of Uganda’s LGBTs an absolute hell, it will make any form of activism — to reverse the country, and region’s trend of state-sanctioned homophobia — nearly impossible.

Normally when we think of a “hate crime,” we imagine a violent injustice inflicted upon a member of the community. But by making homosexuality a crime, and ruling an entire demographic as in violation of law, never before has the term held so much meaning.

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    • Cam

      Of COURSE they lied about not introducing it. That is the way govt. works over there. You lie, then you try to quietly introduce something under the radar. Notice however that they aren’t going after all the straight men who rape underaged girls. You know, because far be it for them to try to tackle something that is actually a real problem. Also nice how the Pope is staying quiet when a country that is 40% Catholic introduces something along these lines, guess he isn’t as far off from his younger days in the Hitler youth as one would have hoped.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 9:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill


      Dec 14, 2009 at 9:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ugandan

      Seriously though, if you care so much about men who have anal sex with other men, why not invite them over and give them asylum. That way your headache will be cured and you will have helped remove an abomination from our midst.

      Lest I forget, you can then cut your ‘aid’. China is lurking somewhere around and watching with keen interest.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      No. 3 · Ugandan: Fuck you! Your comment about China is
      hysterical! Your cesspool of a nation has no resources
      to make it any way appealing to China. They have no need
      for an additional source of feces, which is all your pathetic
      nation can produce.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ugandan

      No. 4 · terrwill
      You sound like a Yankee., 1 in 8 of your people now depend of food stamps thanks to the Chinese for bailing you out via stimulus.
      We may be poor but we don’t have 12 trillion debt, we consume what we can afford. And our morals are not on sell.
      What moral authority do you have to lecture about human rights when you have Guatanamo, Abu Ghrab, invading other countries?

      Dec 14, 2009 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      No. 5 · Ugandan: You are nothing but a filthy, hateful,
      savage animal, no better than a nazi. I will not even
      acknowledge your presence any further….Go away

      Dec 14, 2009 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • I pliss

      No.3 Ugandan, You say abomination. the abomination is the straight men using the excuse as to why they sleep with babies and teens! the abomination is the people same people that has sex with little girls (pot calling the kettle black) are the same people that kill homosexuals because they have anal sex? What’s wrong with that picture? You have no regard to women in your country and you have no regard for men that have sex with men. Yet MOST of you that can’t get a mature women much less a little girl turn to the gay men for sex behind close doors then kill them just to fit in! What cowards you people are!

      Dec 14, 2009 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426

      Here’s a small sample of your morals NOT for sale…:Domestic violence against women, rape, and abuse of children remained serious problems. Discrimination against women and the disabled persisted. Violence against ethnic minorities was a problem. There were some limits on worker rights. Forced labor, including by children, occurred, and child labor was common, mostly in the informal sector. There were reports of trafficking in persons. Vigilante justice also was a problem.

      Insurgent forces committed numerous serious abuses. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group active in the west, killed, tortured, maimed, and abducted many persons, including children. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony and supported by the Government of Sudan, operated in the north from bases in southern Sudan. LRA attacks increased during the year, and the LRA continued to kill and abduct civilians, including children.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426

      you can read mre on Uganda’s civil rights record:http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/af/index.cfm?docid=847

      Dec 14, 2009 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      No. 5 · Ugandan
      No. 4 · terrwill
      You sound like a Yankee., 1 in 8 of your people now depend of food stamps thanks to the Chinese for bailing you out via stimulus.
      We may be poor but we don’t have 12 trillion debt, we consume what we can afford. And our morals are not on sell.

      You don’t comsume what you can afford, your countrie takes in millions upon millions in free hand-outs from more successful countries. You have no real country because you cannot exist without handouts. You make comments about China holding U.S. debt markers. Yes, but as you see, we are within the established financial markets of the world and pay interest on our debt. Your country can’t even get loans because you don’t qualify for them, you just sit there, cry, take free money, and then try to blame the horrible conditions on the ground in Uganda on some minority groups. As for us not any moral authority to lecture YOU?! Don’t make me laugh! In the 1990’s your goverment SLAUGHTERED nearly a million people because they were from different ethnic groups or were political moderates. Your coutnry is a non-functiioning slaughterhouse.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo

      Hey, Ugandan, lest you get too serious, did you know that the right wing religious conservatives from America that run with you are the ones who propped up the thieves in this country who created that 12 trillion dollar debt and the economic collapse here? Good luck with them.

      Also, good luck with the Chinese. LOL

      One thing, looks like if anybody doesn’t like anybody else for any reason in Uganda, this law will give them a slick way to get them eliminated. LOL

      Dec 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      No. 5 · Ugandan

      Hey, what are YOU doing on a gay blog?? Romeo makes a good point! You wouldn’t be here unless you are gay, so I guess we should report you to your govt. Have fun!

      Dec 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ugandan

      Am the leader of the anti-gay squad here in Uganda,
      Am here to track down criminals

      Dec 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      No. 13 · Ugandan
      Am the leader of the anti-gay squad here in Uganda,
      Am here to track down criminals

      What a dumb douche-bag you are. Since the law hasn’t gone into effect yet, nobody IS a criminal yet. You are just some self hating gay guy that thinks if he acts anti-gay that people won’t figure out that you are lusting after every guy on your block. Sorry Sad Sack, you are nothing more than a sad little poseur from a failing country.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo

      We’ll see, Ugandan; we’ll see what it leads to.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jacob

      Since this bill is introduced, we may as well withdraw our tax moneys to support these so called Ugandan’s. We are supposed to be helping human beings but these people are so blood thirsty that they can only be regarded as demons. We ought to withdraw our funds and help those who genuinely NEED help and genuinely SEEK help! These people are foolish, they are undeserving of our kindness. I rather help those who deserve our help, who are kind, who are loving and who help others in their community. Uganda has proved that they are none of those things.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HellIsWaiting

      Our country, The United States of America, has built up a proud and willing nuclear arsenal over the past 4 decades. It is time we put it to good use: wipe Uganda off the face of the Earth. Let it be a message to all others: you’ve had long enough to correct your ways; time is up. Hell awaits.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 2:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426

      I can see where such a bill will lead. Just bribe some kid with something and he can point a finger at any government enemy “That man touched me inappropriately!” ad infinitum.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lilchrist

      i am ugandan. . so we are clear. i am not gay. . . and thats not important because i would like to think i am human. and as a human being its my duty to fight for the life of another human being. . believe that the ugandan government is running distruction. there is something else going on. . like say the fact that the president should have retired years ago and he is about to pull some stunt. .like crown his son.
      its true . . uganda cannot afford such arrogance. . its a bluff!
      but please ugandan, edgyguy and terrwill. . lets relax. its hard to get support for your cause when you show such. . . . ugliness.
      . . .i am still proud to be ugandan.
      . . since when has the governement ever represented (the will of) the people? atleast this one?

      Feb 6, 2010 at 1:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lilchrist

      . .i meant distraction. . if you didnt get that from the context

      Feb 6, 2010 at 1:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • not american

      While I disagree with Ugandan’s homophobia I have to say that you nationalist Americans are the worst.

      Stop your wars, your torture, your bombings and your invasions before you criticise others.

      May 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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