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HRC Calls On Faith Community To Fight Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill

Rs-hangthemThe Ugandan situation is changing by the hour. Yesterday Andy reported that lawmakers there are looking to vote on a bill that would impose even harsher penalties on gay people and their allies. That vote could come as early as today but almost definitely before Christmas.

Well, the BBC now reports that the law's call for execution of gays and lesbians has been removed, but that anti-gay leaders are still pushing for extraordinarily harsh and brutal punishments:

The bill, tabled by MP David Bahati, proposes longer jail terms for homosexual acts, including a life sentence in certain circumstances.

In its original form, those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" - faced the death penalty.

Such offenses would now be punished with life imprisonment, it is understood.

The original bill also prohibited the "promotion" of gay rights and called for the punishment of anyone who "funds or sponsors homosexuality" or "abets homosexuality".

Mr Bahati has previously said that the death penalty provision would be dropped but this has not been confirmed until now.

Some are suggesting that this "removal" of the death penalty may just be a PR cover and that the actual bill's language may obscure the truth. Time will tell what happens there.

Here in the United States, HRC is asking religious organizations and leaders, particularly Evangelical conservatives who have encouraged homophobia in Uganda, to reach across the pond and ask their Ugandan peers to fight for what's decent and right, like not jailing people for being born gay.

"American faith leaders know that calling for the death penalty - or even calling for imprisonment of - an entire community is not in line with Christian values," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a press release today. "American Christian faith leaders with ties to Uganda, like Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes, must reach out to their influential Ugandan friends to ensure that the human rights of Ugandans are not put up to a vote."

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  1. Hitler did the same thing in Germany to stir up the Catholics to kill the Jews and the homosexuals.

    Posted by: Ted | Nov 23, 2012 11:07:36 AM


  2. Keep up the pressure
    SIGN THESE PETITIONS
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-all-foreign-aid-uganda-and-impose-sanctions-if-kill-gays-bill-passed-legislature/6MNsrwM5


    http://www.allout.org/en/actions/uganda-now


    http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_gay_death_law/?faViVcb&pv=19

    Posted by: Jessica Naomi | Nov 23, 2012 11:09:05 AM


  3. If this passes Evangelicals will be celebrating and trying to figure out how to get it passed here in the U.S.

    Posted by: topdawg | Nov 23, 2012 11:14:25 AM


  4. What's sad is this is straight up nothing but a deflection from the governments' failures on a whole host of issues. African homophobia is both ignorance based on fundamentalism and a way to use homosexuality as a scapegoat to avoid the fact that the continent is in ruins. Take away all aid from the country, all support, and let's see how they react. Likely they'll whine again as they did in 2010, cry victim, and blame the West for imposing our values on them and racism.

    On topic, good on HRC and Mr. Griffin on calling on these evangelicals to actually see if they're true in their Christian believing and if they'll do anything to take a stand against this hate bill. But we all know they aren't going to do anything. And we all know they'd rather see dead gays than any sort of gay culture/community in any country.

    The hate against us is only going to get worse now that marriage equality is on the horizon in France, England, and with DOMA likely repealed sooner rather than later here in the States. I'm expecting a lot of reactionary hate like this in the near future globally.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 23, 2012 11:14:40 AM


  5. Many of the most bigoted U.S. evangelical, so called "christian" faith leaders fully support and encourage the killing and imprisonment of gay people. Their persistent rhetoric of unchristian hate has terrible consequences both here and abroad. God forgive them for the evil they embrace in the name of their belief.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Nov 23, 2012 11:19:04 AM


  6. They need Auntie Gay, not anti-gay. And they need it so bad.
    American christian conservatives doing the devils work. Crazy.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 23, 2012 11:21:29 AM


  7. It will be more effective if the Evangelicals cut off their financial supports like most western governments do.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 23, 2012 11:54:00 AM


  8. A life sentence in a Uganda prison IS a death sentence, especially if you're there for being gay. If the other convicts don't kill you, the guards will.

    Posted by: RWG | Nov 23, 2012 12:00:07 PM


  9. Who cares about the niceties of the law in a country run by mob rule. Believe me, if you're gay in Uganda, they will kill you regardless of what the law says. Primitive is as primitive does.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Nov 23, 2012 12:16:10 PM


  10. Umm where is BBC getting this news? the only reports that I have seen are that a committee has recommended the death penalty be removed. No amendment to the bill has been made.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 23, 2012 12:19:20 PM


  11. incredibly ugly. shades of the historically embarrassing Prop 6, to boot.

    the targeting of the "allies" of our communities is a lowdown shameful tactic to suppress human rights. it's been done before and it's sickening that it's being done again.

    the world should be outraged.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 23, 2012 1:16:25 PM


  12. Just about laughed when I saw HRC is asking evangelical conservatives to fight for what's decent and right. We all know damn well that they would pass this exact same law here if they could get away with it.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 23, 2012 1:50:09 PM


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    Posted by: gauja | Nov 23, 2012 2:56:52 PM


  14. The bill resurfaced after Kadaga became speaker last year. She should be charged with crime against humanity.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 23, 2012 3:06:48 PM


  15. @Ken: They're already taking baby steps. Some members of the Religious Right in Texas want to recriminalize sodomy:(


    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 23, 2012 5:12:30 PM


  16. You have got to be kidding. Evangelicals are delighted by the most recent turn of events in Uganda. They'd like nothing better than to see us all dead.

    Posted by: Keppler | Nov 24, 2012 12:47:59 AM


  17. @GAUJA - Spammer

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 11:52:07 AM


  18. The Religious Right has already gotten Uganda to replace condom-based programs to effectively control HIV/AIDS with abstinence-only programs. Moreover, anyone who is involved with HIV/AIDS work could be subject to punishment:( Not only is Uganda killing gays, it is also killing straights. Merry Christmas to you.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 8:38:10 PM


  19. The American Religious people who have gone to Uganda to help get these laws passed should have their passports cancelled for actively participating in a foreign government and not be allowed to reenter the United States for the rest of their lives.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 25, 2012 5:37:38 PM


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