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 roadUganda Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Dr. James Nsaba Buturo says he will submit a bill on homosexuality to the Parliament: "He says the provision in the penal code on homosexuality is too small to cover all concerns in homosexuality. Buturo says the government will not only end at making laws against homosexuality but will also engage in sensitizing schools and churches in the fight against this vice.The President of Defend the Family International, Scott Lively says it is good for the government of Uganda to criminalize homosexuality but the government should subject the criminals of homosexuality to a therapy rather than imprisoning them. Lively says this is aimed at the criminals recovering from homosexuality which is the main objective of those fighting homosexuality and not to punish homosexuals through imprisonment. He says even schools should borrow this idea of therapy in dealing with gay students."

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  1. Wow! That Scott Lively...what a humanitarian. Uganda, a rock and a hard place all in one!

    Posted by: doug | Mar 6, 2009 4:28:22 PM


  2. Putting the words 'ethics' and 'integrity' near Uganda is an obscenity. We know what kind of ethics they understand in Uganda. Laud the rapist, beat the wife, free the murderer, kill the fag, stone the whore. Good folks, Ugandans...thing is, they only really respond to violence or the threat of it. However, is this imrpovement in that hellhole? I guess if they're not shipping them off to prison...but what does "therapy" mean? Don't be surprised if it entails castration, and or murder.


    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 4:38:49 PM


  3. re: the Uganda article--as much as i've read on this website from comments about how US citizens feel "thrown under the bus" by random things since the McCain/Obama election, and on thru until the inauguration and beyond, i haven't heard much ire at the fact our tax dollars are going (as foreign aid)to so many African countries that are failed states, despot-ruled, or (to make it relevant to this site & its readership) anti-gay regimes.

    On a superficial level, when i see those "I am african" ads with G.Paltrow and other celebs, i think they're rather stupid, but generally harmless. But when we hear the news of all the anti-gay behavior in Mali, Uganda, and other African countries, i feel an even bigger disconnect from the Go Red campaign, the "I am African" campaign, etc.

    I guess I can't pick on Annie Lennox's "Sing" campaign, but my point is that whether it's tax-driven foreign aid or celebrity-driven, i really question support of so many vicious and sick African countries. I don't mean sick in an HIV way, i mean sick as in 'we criminalize homosexuality' way!

    Enough!! If we're called on to boycott Los Angeles restaurants where the manager has donated to support Prop 8, i think the gay community has to call out for boycotts of entire African regimes, too. I don't want US tax money going to these assholes for foreign aid! I'm fed up with it.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 6, 2009 4:39:41 PM


  4. I've said it before and I'll say it again.
    Ugandans and many african countries are SUB-HUMAN!! They never learned how to be human. If you can inflict that much pain,suffering,torture,etc. on each other and the world then you are less than human-you are a borderline animal. Fuck Uganda and it's intolerant residents.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 6, 2009 5:14:45 PM


  5. Daniel, I agree with you! I cannot believe the amount of money that we waste in Africa only to have those same creatures turn around and do actual business with the Chinese who don't give a flip at all about human rights.

    The racism, sexism, homophobia and general corruption make me sick and ashamed that they are Black. They are horrible bunch of criminals that run those countries and I hate that my money goes anywhere near them. And we all know that for ever dollar in aid that goes over at least half of it goes in some despots Swiss bank acct.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 6, 2009 5:21:35 PM


  6. Of course Aretha donated the hat. It's not like she could ever wear it again. Can you imagine if she tried? She'd be at a party and people would be like, "Oh wow, nice hat Aretha. Is that new?" and trying to stifle their laughter.

    As for cutting off aid to foreign countries, pretty much anywhere, you cannot confuse or conflate a country's leaders with its citizens. If you do, the citizens suffer. Yes, many African countries are run by despots and kleptocrats who are lining their own pockets with the riches from natural resources while their people starve. (And, by the way, China is buying most of those resources now that the US and other Western countries have imposed tighter restrictions on who we buy them from.) But having well-monitored development projects and promoting democracy are the only ways to change things. Otherwise things will probably get even worse. Making foreign aid effective is extraordinarily difficult, but condemning scores of countries based on the words of their leaders (most of whom did not enter office democratically) is morally wrong.

    Put a different way, what if the entire world refused to deal with us because we had Bush as president for eight years? Obviously they couldn't have, given our economic and military sway, but I don't want to be judged by my government officials. I'm sure many people in Africa feel much the same way. Uganda suffered enough under Idi Amin and has incredibly high HIV/AIDS rates. It doesn't need to suffer more than it already is.

    None of that is to excuse the hateful ignorance and fear-mongering of those two homophobes. And yes, I think foreign aid should have some conditions attached to prevent human rights abuses. But we have idiots in our own country saying the same damn things.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2009 5:24:57 PM


  7. As bad as conditions are in Africa, I will NEVER allow any white man to talk about the "subhuman" nature of Africans without mentioning the barbaric behavior of Europeans over the last 2,000 years.

    If any Jew who doesn't let racism cloud his mind--I ask him, who is more sub-human? An African or a German?

    You want to combat African homophobia? Ok, that's good. You want to call Africans "sub-human"? NO, your European ancestors have a deadlier record in history.

    SFSHAWN: you denounce African homophobia by call Africans "sub-human"--how the fuck do you think African gay people feel about being called "sub-human"......bitch?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 6, 2009 5:27:08 PM


  8. PAUL R, you made me think. Thanks.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 6, 2009 5:34:43 PM


  9. Wow, nice touch---calling Africans subhuman. Why don't you just call them primates? And while you're at it, why don't you excorciate Asians (massive human purges in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, China, etc.), Latin Americans (the same in Argentina, Chile, and elsewhere), Australians (treatment of the aborigines), Americans (treatment of blacks and native Americans), Europeans (Germany, the former Yugoslavia, Russia), the Middle East...need I go on?

    The capacity to treat other people like crap and murder them in large numbers isn't limited by geography, nor is the desire to achieve political and economic power at any cost.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2009 5:42:30 PM


  10. If you think for a second that the average Ugandan is at all gay friendly you should be forced to live with them. ;)

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 5:53:08 PM


  11. Jake Gyllenhaal AND AUSTIN NICHOLS back together in spandex.

    So nice of you to ignore Jake and Austin.

    Posted by: Tony | Mar 6, 2009 5:58:41 PM


  12. I think that the trend of American Evangelical institutions involving themselves in the policy making of developing countries is a very alarming trend. This needs to be brought to the world's attention. I'm sure there are many countries out there that would find this kind of involvement disgusting, to say the least, and would shame these organizations back into their own churches, where they belong.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Mar 6, 2009 6:07:04 PM


  13. And if you think for a second that the average [enter citizen of most any non-Western European country or U.S. state here] is gay-friendly, you should be forced to live with them. Oh wait, we are.

    The difference is that most of us aren't raised in grinding poverty, lacking education, basic health care, clean water, and sanitation, and subject to the whims of cruel leaders. Oh, and we have democratic elections (usually). Plenty of people, even in very well-off countries, are still antigay. Surveys consistently show that better-educated people are more gay-friendly. So I'm not going to blame a faceless, uneducated Ugandan for their ignorance of gay rights. Outside urban areas, the concept of being gay hardly exists in countless countries, since the concept of basic human rights is also not widely recognized.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2009 6:20:26 PM


  14. Don't apologize for their unethical beliefs and behavior by drawing a comparison between homophobia in Wyoming and Uganda, paul. There is no defense, and no economic explanation for it, either. It situates you firmly in irrelevance with the rest of the multicult relativists who feel it their civic obligation to open a vein each time the topic of homophobia in Africa (or in Islamic nations) is brought up and bloviate about how tewwible it is elsewhere--bringing up the nonsequitur that homophobia is not just a problem in africa or for muslims, and drawing emphasis away from the topic under discussion. There's no excuse, and they do far more than just hold up signs and lobby against marriage equality. You should check it out, though. Maybe you could reason with a large group of them that want you hanged and burned.

    Slowing the spread of hiv and other diseases in the region is a somewhat separate topic. Leveraging western financial aid to get their governments to comply with the recognition of basic human dignity is a test of our own values, but short of any real solution to the decision of many of these nations to throw bread at the hordes in the form of virulently antigay policies, there’s no way to get them to change. It’s not about education…that kind of dangerous and actually patronizing (and often racist) line of thinking needs to go. The world's full of highly educated evil, bigoted people. It must be punitive, though.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 6:52:02 PM


  15. Actually, Tank, I noted that plenty of people in rich countries are antigay, so I didn't say that education was a universal panacea. And I wasn't apologizing for anyone's beliefs---what I said was that the average deperately poor rural person in most countries doesn't even hold such beliefs, only their corrupt government mouthpieces. Moreover, I've been to numerous African and Muslim countries, and was openly gay. I do a lot of work for a foreign government (Muslim and Middle Eastern) whose official line is antigay, but the guy I deal with most there is gay and his colleagues know it. Which goes back to my point about caring for people, not governments. Finally, homophobes here also do more than hold up signs...rarely a day passes that Andy doesn't post about a gay bashing or murder in the US or UK.

    But actually my real point is that it pisses me off when Americans get up in arms about our supposedly generous foreign aid. Each year the total aid we give to all countries is equal to what we spend in four months in just one country (Iraq) or what we just gave to AIG in its third bailout (with a fourth just announced the other day), and accounts for less than 1 percent of federal spending. It comes out to 25 cents a YEAR for each American. Less than a stamp, much less a soda.

    As a share of GNP, it's ranged from the lowest to second lowest among the top 20 or so wealthiest countries for many years. I hardly call that opening a vein. Not to mention, it's been proven that U.S. aid benefits American companies and our image abroad. It's in our self-interest to not have desperately poor countries get even worse, for obvious economic reasons. If we do, it costs us a lot more in the long run. I'll leave the morality of it to you.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2009 8:11:06 PM


  16. "Actually, Tank, I noted that plenty of people in rich countries are antigay, so I didn't say that education was a universal panacea."

    No, you didn't, but you'll pardon my confusion with such relevant comments like:

    "Surveys consistently show that better-educated people are more gay-friendly. So I'm not going to blame a faceless, uneducated Ugandan for their ignorance of gay rights."

    Delightfully seeming to chalk it up to ignorance...for no, you'll not blame a faceless ignorant uneducated Ugandan, but will an educated Kansan! Now what was the point of that again?


    "And I wasn't apologizing for anyone's beliefs---what I said was that the average deperately poor rural person in most countries doesn't even hold such beliefs, only their corrupt government mouthpieces."

    I call this the beautiful people myth. It's truly the anthropologist's holy grail...the will o' the wisp. These people are without prejudice and live harmoniously in egalitarian societies in which everyone looks great and feels good and does the right thing because hey, they're beautiful people. And then come corrupt governments and western imperialist influence and awful horrors! And these beautiful people are corrupted and transformed into the ugly people (white men who do white man things like rape and murder, abuse natural resources and hunt things into extinction like the great mammoths....start wars, poollute the environment, spread disease, and enslave people...DAMN WHITE MEN! If it weren't for white men, we'd just have the beautiful people!)... But alas, no, the beautiful people of uganda are without prejudice toward gays or people who engage in same sex sex...it's those awful corrupted leaders who aren't using gays as a political tool to distract the people they literally rule over from the real issues of corruption...it's not about demonizing gays taking advantage of rampant preexisting prejudice to say "look over there, idiots!" as they continue to fuck up....no, not it at all.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 8:35:39 PM


  17. "But actually my real point is that it pisses me off when Americans get up in arms
    about our supposedly generous foreign aid."


    Agreed. For a country as wealthy as the u.s. to not give considerably more is unethical. The difference between what we're capable of giving without impacting other spending priorities and what we do is accounted for in the loss of human life each year.


    "Each year the total aid we give to all countries is equal to what we spend in four months in just one country (Iraq) or what we just gave to AIG in its third bailout (with a fourth just announced the other day), and accounts for less than 1 percent of federal spending. It comes out to 25 cents a YEAR for each American. Less than a stamp, much less a soda."


    It's less than $40 billion, or a little under 1.5% of the federal budget. Oh, no one's disputing that the amount we give to alleviate suffering worldwide is despicably low, and should be much higher.


    "As a share of GNP, it's ranged from the lowest to second lowest among the top 20 or so wealthiest countries for many years. I hardly call that opening a vein."


    You don't have to sell me, but opening a vein concerned a different point...namely, what does all of that have to do with using foreign aid to push for human rights? That as a stipulation of receiving funds, governments need to stop endorsing and perpetuating human rights violations? If we increased the amount (most people in the states think we give way, way more than we do), and thus the stakes, would that be so terrible to influence the policy of foreign governments in “third world” countries toward more progressive laws and regulations that can only diminish their share in human misery?


    "Not to mention, it's been proven that U.S. aid benefits American companies and our image abroad. It's in our self-interest to not have desperately poor countries get even worse, for obvious economic reasons. If we do, it costs us a lot more in the long run. I'll leave the morality of it to you."


    This just changes the subject again. No one's debating this...it's irrelevant! If those bastards at the IMF can steal the futures from entire countries by making huge OPEC loans to them (hey, countries aren’t going anywhere like companies do) and demanding that they privatize most of their economies with disasterous results (e.g., Chile)...I think we can start doing some good with a few demands instead of evil. Like demanding that the Ugandan government stop persecuting people in the lgbt community.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 9:47:16 PM


  18. Timeline for Uganda: long before Iran's president did, the president of Uganda said there were no gays in the country. In 2007 a number of Ugandans came out or were outed. In the past week several U.S. evangelical organizations visited the country to host a conference and advance the government's deranged views. So that would seem to be a form of neo-colonialism, based on a Bible that Africans certainly weren't familiar with 200 years ago. And yes, I would much sooner blame an educated American than an uneducated African for being antigay. Nothing I said is inconsistent with that.

    Anyway, this discussion has deviated from its original point, and I can hardly understand the second half of your second paragraph. It's impossible to tell whether you realize how rampant corruption is in Africa, how much power governments have, and how little most citizens are involved (whether by choice or force) in politics. And Uganda just happens to be the country mentioned here; my broader point is about foreign aid around the world and the fact that, however imperfect, it's not something you can just turn off because you find something wrong with a country. If you'd like to continue this discussion, we should do so offline, because I'm betting that everyone else is damn tired of us.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2009 10:09:10 PM


  19. "Timeline for Uganda: long before Iran's president did, the president of Uganda said there were no gays in the country. In 2007 a number of Ugandans came out or were outed. In the past week several U.S. evangelical organizations visited the country to host a conference and advance the government's deranged views. So that would seem to be a form of neo-colonialism,"

    Only if you think that antigay stigmas didn't exist prior to colonialism, and they certainly did as sure as bantu speaking angricultural clans treated women as property and eforced gender roles. Further, to blame neo colonalism NOW is the same patronizing view that they're too stupid to know right from wrong. This kind of propaganda is about manufacturing a docile agreeable people, and if you can't see it for what it is (hijacking preexisting homophobia), then you're hopeless.

    "based on a Bible that Africans certainly weren't familiar with 200 years ago."

    The beautiful myth lives in naive folks who don't care about empirical data chronicling the kingdoms of the region in which injustices like slavery, women as property, and the condemnation of same sex sexual activity wasn't unheard of.

    "And yes, I would much sooner blame an educated American than an uneducated African for being antigay. Nothing I said is inconsistent with that."

    I know, but you simple have no principled or relevant reason to make such an irrational valuation. It's embarrassingly simple minded and harmful, and thus, it's unethical.

    "Anyway, this discussion has deviated from its original point,"

    No, I simply refused to allow you to hijack the point and turn it into something it's not. Your opportunity to sing about the evils of the west and racism...no no, we won't be giving you a stage to dance on.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 6, 2009 10:48:09 PM


  20. I covered MAGIC here in Vegas and the only booth that was packed all day long was the one that sold hats like 'Rethas and the clothes that went with them! I was shocked but being black, I "got it". No Black church lady worth her while would step out on Sunday without being turned the "F" out! Sunday church for Black Ladies is like Ascot if it helps folks understand why that hat was such a hit.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 7, 2009 1:30:46 AM


  21. james franco. so pretty and smart, too?! life is not fair.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 7, 2009 2:35:07 AM


  22. Franco is also very sweet and very gay friendly, and collaborates on works with less-known gay painters and filmmakers. The perfect straight celeb, with a smile that smashes my heart!

    Posted by: Geronimo | Mar 7, 2009 5:18:44 AM


  23. @TANK and PAUL R,

    wow! this type of discourse is the reason i keep coming back to TOWLEROAD. i am of two minds. i agree with both of you. you guys are not that far apart, if one can say that differing world views are not incompatible.... i will not go that far.

    TANK, what you call the "beautiful people" myth was propagated by, but not original to, jean-jacque rousseau. the false construct of the noble savage has an endearing and long-lasting, but deleterious effect on western thinking. from crusoe's 'friday' to shelly's frankenstein monster, to the lone ranger's 'tonto', western literature is replete with condescension and, yes, racism. it is the 'romantic' view that still permeates our culture. and i say 'our culture' in an inclusive way, for black, brown, white, whatever, we are all drawn back kicking and screaming to its inexorable grasp. it informs us as americans. it is the old concept of the british "white man's burden". after all, we cannot let other cultures go untouched by our civility.

    but here is where i agree will you, PAUL R (PAUL C is a shit-for-brains). the evangelicals think that it is their birth right, no, their directive from god, to educate, to bring the "word" to the illiterate. nevermind that the "word" is fraught with the stench and diseases of the uninvited guests. the natives response might be, "we're doing well enough, thank you." but, that is NOT enough. the x'tianists will force their will upon them, an intellectual rape, as it were.

    still and all, i appreciated youse guys' discussion.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 7, 2009 5:28:13 AM


  24. PAUL R,

    your comment on Aretha's hat was priceless.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 7, 2009 6:58:12 AM


  25. Derrick and Nic, thanks.

    Tank, 95 percent of my comments were related to US foreign aid, poverty in developing countries, and the need to avoid thinking that governments always speak for their people, much less have their people's best interests in mind. Where exactly did I bash the West? Was it when I referred to Uganda's government as deranged, or to African governments as widely corrupt? You also vascillate between calling me racist (for supposedly espousing the beautiful people myth) and crying at what racism has wrought. You're obviously eager to show off your intelligence, but it's not worth debating things with you when you resort to condescension and name calling (according to you, I'm hopeless, harmful, unethical, unprincipled, simple-minded, hyper PC, naive, irrelevant, etc.). It sounds like you've read too much Ayn Rand, but whatever the cause, it's not an impressive form of debate. It's just shrill.

    And yes, people in early posts did say we give too much foreign aid to undeserving countries. Someone also said "Fuck Uganda and it's [sic] intolerant residents." Finally, in my very first post I said, "I think foreign aid should have some conditions attached to prevent human rights abuses." In any case, I'm done arguing.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 7, 2009 6:04:25 PM


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