I’m sure many of you have heard about the anti-homosexuality bill that is likely to be passed within the next 48 hours in Uganda.
For those of you that haven’t, here’s a brief breakdown.
Homosexuality is already illegal to the extent that:
- same-sex sexual activity is illegal
- same-sex relationships are not recognised as valid
- same-sex marriage is banned
- same-sex adoption is illegal
- homosexuals are not allowed to serve openly in the military
- there is no anti-discrimination legislation
- there are no laws concerning gender identity/expression
- death penalty for people with previous convictions
- death penalty for the HIV-positive (propagating the misconception that HIV can only be spread via anal sex)
- death penalty for those engaging in same-sex acts with people under 18 years of age.
- Ugandans engaging in same-sex sexual activity outside of Uganda can be extradited back to the country and punished
- punishment for LGBT rights advocates
How has this come about?
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)
The consensus seems to be that the move towards this more severe bill has been influenced by American evangelical Christians; certainly among the strongest supporters of the bill is the Ugandan Pentecostal Pastor Solomon Male, who preaches that homosexuals actively ‘recruit’ people to their ‘ranks’, that nobody is born gay, and that homosexuals can be ‘cured’ of their ‘affliction’.
(source: BBC – The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?)
Sadly, having spent an extended period of time in several east African countries, I have seen the American evangelicals in action. In fact, they’re pretty hard to miss. Their billboards litter the roadsides; for every regular billboard, there are 10 depicting white Americans flashing broad smiles, encouraging the ‘morally underdeveloped’ Africans to come over to a ‘better’ way of life.
Whilst many may be evangelicals who place emphasis on mercy, forgiveness and love, there are still those that accept and teach nothing but a literal interpretation of the Bible, instead with an emphasis on God’s wrath; examples of which include passages like the one I selected from Leviticus above. Like I said, it’s pretty explicit, and there’s not many other ways in which passages like that can be interpreted.
Whether they are directly involved with the bill itself or not, they will still have blood on their hands if this bill passes, since it is these imported, fundamentalist convictions that have poisoned the minds of so many.
This bill, if passed (which it seems likely to at the moment), could result in hundreds of thousands of Ugandans losing their lives and their dignity, as they are outed in the press and brought to ‘justice’. That is, if propaganda-fueled citizens don’t beat the government to it by stoning the victims of this bill to death in the street.
That’s it for now.