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."

Comments

  1. Francis says

    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.

  2. Joe in CT says

    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.

  3. Dan Cobb says

    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.

  4. Mark says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. Ken says

    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.

  7. Diogenes Arktos says

    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.

  8. Jerry6 says

    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.

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