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Ugandan President: Don't Tie Our Aid Money To LGBT Rights

President-Museveni4In Uganda, where legislators have spent much of the last two years wondering whether to execute gay people, President Yoweri Museveni is worried about money.

At a speech on Friday, President Museveni sent a message to the Western, pro-gay nations who've historically given Uganda monetary aid, warning them that any economic sanctions against Uganda would backfire on their beloved LGBTs. "Before anyone gives me a lecture on homosexual rights," he said, according to News24, "first talk about railways ... Homosexuals also need electricity. Homosexuals also need roads. Homosexuals also need railways." These remarks were greeted with applause.

It appears Museveni is speaking out in response to recent high profile utterances from Hillary Clinton and British PM David Cameron both of whom asserted that "LGBT rights are human rights," and pledged to work to ensure the legal protection of LGBTs around the world. It's worth noting that Museveni quietly supported proposed legislation in 2009 that would guarantee the death penalty for "serial" sodomites, and has deep ties to The Fellowship -- the United States organization of Protestant fundamentalists who attempt to export Christian morality to developing nations.

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  1. John Baird, Canada's gay foreign minister, is being publicly urged to follow Clinton's and Cameron's lead and act against anti-gay regimes:

    Posted by: TCW | Dec 17, 2011 5:53:49 PM

  2. What a stupid ass Museveni is. What use is a railway to David Kato and all the other murdered gay Ugandans? People who are denied basic human rights or even their very lives can't participate fully in the economy or make much use of a railway.

    Posted by: Gregv | Dec 17, 2011 5:57:41 PM

  3. Translation: "Don't try to stop us from killing the gays because if you do we'll kill the gays."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2011 5:58:43 PM

  4. These leaders of Stone Age countries have some nerve. Stop taking our handouts if you don't like our politics and policies. Maybe if you adopted them yourself, you wouldn't be stuck in the Stone Age. My 4 year old nephew is more advanced than these cave men.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 17, 2011 6:47:49 PM

  5. President Yoweri Museveni and his friends at The Fellowship are NOT Christians but non-Christians for hiding behind the Bible in order to advocate anti-gay laws including state-sanctioned murder. These disgusting leaders, their backward country and this homophobic organization should be shunned by the international community as a pariah-state and a pariah-organization.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 17, 2011 6:49:24 PM

  6. I don't know...shouldn't we get a little something for our money? What's a little dignity, pursuit of happiness, and life worth? Nothing? Then that's what you should get.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Dec 17, 2011 6:50:10 PM

  7. homosexuals don't need railways or electricity or anything else if they're dead!

    Posted by: Sully | Dec 17, 2011 6:59:33 PM

  8. You kill the gays, we kill the money. You die.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 17, 2011 7:15:15 PM

  9. Not a penny of taxpayer cash to savage dictators who murder their gay populations. Let them for to death in the dark without running water.

    Posted by: Not A Penny For Savages | Dec 17, 2011 7:41:38 PM

  10. There has been a fundamental question when, in attempting to help other countries advance and relieve human suffering, we run the risk of supporting those who perpetuate that suffering. I am glad the issue is at least being considered in public regarding countries that don't just tolerate abuse, torture and murder of Gay people, but are writing it into law. GREGV exposes the basic logical fallacy of the Ugandan President's so-called reasoning. We are seeing the fruit of The Fellowships exporting of their hateful version of Christianity. I just hope the major media pick up on both the horror of these pseudo Christian countries, and their pseudo Christian American sponsors.

    Posted by: Dave C in SF | Dec 17, 2011 7:45:17 PM

  11. Want the money? Play ball with us. Otherwise, we have other uses for it.

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 17, 2011 7:49:45 PM

  12. Gotta say as a gay man, electricity and railways don't do me much good when I'm dead.

    Posted by: SCollingsworth | Dec 17, 2011 7:51:10 PM

  13. If your culture abandons civilized principles like civil equality for everyone including GLBTQ people, your culture can do with electricity, medical care, and railroads.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Dec 17, 2011 8:01:13 PM

  14. We'll give money how we want! Don't like it? Tough Sh*t!

    Posted by: Jumper | Dec 17, 2011 8:29:41 PM

  15. And someone should ask the asshat, what good are roads, railways, and electricity to homosexuals...if those homosexuals are dead due to laws that make homosexuality not only illegal, but punishable by death.

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 17, 2011 8:44:51 PM


    Posted by: Alan Arthur Chiras | Dec 17, 2011 8:45:15 PM

  17. Either way they will kill or imprison gay men and women so cut them off. The money that we give those countries do not trickle down to the people, these creeps sideline it in foreign accounts so when they are driven from office after a coup, they live like kings on my GAY dime.

    Posted by: Bart | Dec 17, 2011 8:54:22 PM

  18. These power hungry leaders love to whip up the "anti-colonial" sentiments towards the west to strengthen their power. I think we have to be prepared that while the state won't commit murders against LGBT people directly, they will encourage others to do it and will look the other way. We can also bet on more evangelical interference. If a Republican gets into the White House, you can be assured they will reverse this policy.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Dec 17, 2011 9:30:21 PM

  19. "Homosexuals need railways for me to kill them!"

    Posted by: Alex Paris | Dec 17, 2011 9:54:26 PM

  20. Good point Angela
    Some of the GOP runners have already said it was a bad idea, I'm sure they'll turn it in a flash. One more check in the negative column

    Posted by: George M | Dec 17, 2011 10:03:24 PM

  21. Really, sir, you can't possibly want our gay-tainted money. Be free. Live without the money from the US and Europe. Iran would love you for what you do.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 17, 2011 10:25:19 PM

  22. Dear Rick Santorum and Rick Perry -- we, the homosexual community, will remember for a very long time that you objected to Hillary's speech by saying she was advocating "special rights" for homosexuals around the world.

    Rick and Rick: Just what are these "special rights" you are referring to? Is it the right not to be executed for being gay in Uganda? Is it the right not to be thrown in prison for life, just for being gay?

    Apparently you both cannot put aside your bigotry and hatred long enough to recognize this is sbout basic human dignity and rights. You both have blood on your hands for encouraging the oppression and murder of gays around the world. We know that in America your agenda is to deny us our civil rights, but that you ultimately want gays dead.

    Please explain to us, Rick and Rick, why anyone would want a president who advocates global genocide? On second hand no need to explain -- but we and our millions of supporters will make sure your bigoted bones never even come close to having any political power. Good luck this presiddential campaign, how's that working out for you both?

    Posted by: Rob roberts | Dec 17, 2011 10:31:41 PM

  23. With the USA trillions of dollars in debt why are we giving foreigners any money? Especially assholes like the president of Uganda.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 17, 2011 10:39:16 PM

  24. How clear are the ties to fundamentalist groups here in the USA?

    Could those people be charged in International courts?

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Dec 17, 2011 10:41:03 PM

  25. Oh please, HADENOUGHBS, not that tired argument again.

    Posted by: Marshal | Dec 17, 2011 10:45:31 PM

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