BBC Asks 'Should Homosexuals Face Execution?', Changes Mind
After outrage from readers after they put the execution of gays up for debate, the BBC has now changed its forum to ask, "Should Uganda debate gay execution?"
According to The Guardian, "Premoderated posts included one from Chris, Guildford, posted at 8.59am, which attracted 51 recommendations of support. He wrote: 'Totally agree. Ought to be imposed in the UK too, asap. Bring back some respectable family values. Why do we have to suffer 'gay pride' festivals? Would I be allowed to organise a 'straight pride' festival? No, thought as much!! If homosexuality is natural, as we are forced to believe, how can they sustain the species? I suggest all gays are put on a remote island somewhere and left for a generation - after which, theoretically there should be none left!' Another, from Aaron in Freetown, said: 'Bravo to the Ugandans for this wise decision, a bright step in eliminating this menace from your society. We hope other African nations will also follow your bold step.'"
The AP reports: "The BBC's World Service Africa program editor, David Stead, defended the debate. In a blog posted on the BBC Web site, he said editors had 'thought long and hard about using this question' and sought to reflect the diverse views about homosexuality in Africa. 'We agree that it is a stark and challenging question, but think that it accurately focuses on and illustrates the real issue at stake,' he said."