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Not so Dear Uganda

For those of you who haven’t heard, allow me give you a quick summary of what is currently going on over there. The world is waiting to see what Uganda is going to do with the present proposed bill on the table from a strong Christian and a member of parliament, David Bahati who has decided that having homosexuality illegal in Uganda with up to a 14 year prison sentence attached, just wasn’t enough and that it was essential to try and put the following laws into place:

• Gays and lesbians convicted of having gay sex would be sentenced, at minimum, to life in prison (I’m not quite sure what other kind of sex my wife and I can have…perhaps they could be more specific)

• People who test positive for HIV may be executed (That makes sense because living with HIV simply isn’t punishment enough -by the way make sure you include all those women who got it from their husbands and passed it to their many wives considering that Polygamy is still legal there)

• Homosexuals who have sex with a minor, (anyone under 18) or engage in homosexual sex more than once, may also receive the death penalty (Now that could be tricky considering homosexual sex is a bit like potato chips…its hard to stop at just one)

• The bill forbids the “promotion of homosexuality,” which in effect bans organizations working in HIV and AIDS prevention (The absurdity of this speaks for itself)

• Anyone who knows of homosexual activity taking place but does not report it would risk up to three years in prison (Can you say…Nazi Germany?)....

But wait there’s more…

• They are also proposing a witch-hunt for Ugandans that are having homosexual outside of the country. (Yep they want us to send ‘em on back to be penalized and that includes individuals or organizations that support LGBT rights…Yeah we’ll get right on that!)

One of the reasons for this sudden desired genocide of the queers is supposedly an effort to control the spreading of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. However considering a large percentage of the population do not know how HIV is actually passed and only 15% of HIV is spread through gay activities, I believe it would be safe to say that lack of education…not the gays, is the problem here.

Of course, if this bill gets passed, I’m sure Ugandans will be flocking to the clinics for testing and treatment knowing they could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Several countries political leaders have put up opposition to this insanity, the U.S., Canada and Britain have spoken directly to Uganda’s president who was mocking the fact that all they wanted to discuss was “the gays” and a big flamboyant kudos to the Swedish government for saying that it would revoke its $50 million development aid to Uganda if the law came into effect, calling it “appalling.” The same month, the European Parliament passed a resolution against the bill, also threatening to cut financial aid to Uganda.

However, even after potentially contributing to the possible starvation of millions of his fellow Ugandans David Bahati is not deterred. “We are determined to defend traditional family values and to stop the recruitment of our children into homosexuality,” he has vowed. (Homosexuality recruitment…we never thought of that …perhaps we could get drag queens to set up kiosks in the malls like the army does…with big posters saying, “ Adam Lambert wants YOU!”)

Uganda wants the right to live differently from the rest of the world with their own set of values and beliefs.

You see Uganda the problem is, there is a common understanding that people actually need to commit horrendous crimes, like murder in order to be sentenced to such stiff penalties. Oh, and there’s also that pesky little International Bill of Human Rights with the UN and surely one of those American Evangelists that are rumored to be at the root of all of this mayhem must have mentioned that commandment that is on God ‘s top ten list …Thou shall not kill.

Seriously Uganda, you cannot win with this one. So how about you go back to the drawing board and draft up a new bill that saves your international reputation and your people and try taking a step FORWARD this time

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