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Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill May Be Passed This Year as 'Christmas Gift' to Christian Clerics: VIDEO


Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill may see passage before the end of the year, the AP reports:

KadagaSpeaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.

Ugandans "are demanding it," she said, reiterating a promise she made before a meeting on Friday of anti-gay activists who spoke of "the serious threat" posed by homosexuals to Uganda's children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as "a Christmas gift."

"Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation," the activists said in a petition. "We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament ... so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation."

Kadaga was greeted with a "hero's welcome" at Entebbe airport last week for affirming Uganda's position against homosexuality at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Canada.

Watch an NTV report on Kadaga and the renewed interest in the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is monstrous. These idiots think they can simply make so-called "dangerous" same-sex attraction (something that's inborn) go away simply by passing a horrifyingly discriminating bill into law.

    And if this happens (and it will) anyone that is accused of something seemingly gay (and that's hard to disprove) will be jailed and probably abused. Meanwhile, sex criminals will be free to continue molesting children and raping women because they're hetero. Ironic.

    What a wonderful country. I'm sure their tourism rates will skyrocket.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 12, 2012 8:39:25 AM

  2. For once I give credit to the Pope. He has denounced the RC in Uganda for supporting the kill-the-gays bill. It amuses me no end that the Religious Right once denounced women having power over men. Except for some fringe elements who still hold to it and may even believe that women's suffrage was a mistake, the majority have quietly dropped that dogma.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 12, 2012 8:41:04 AM

  3. I have no quick and dirty solution to his problem, but I think a good starting point would be cutting off ALL international aid (yes, that includes food and medicine) to this backward country until their laws are brought in line with the rest of the civilized world.

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Nov 12, 2012 8:52:02 AM

  4. ...And sex with virgins cures AIDS.

    Good job Uganda, you've entered the late 19th century!

    Posted by: foobar | Nov 12, 2012 9:17:56 AM

  5. but it's balanced out by all the Ugandan contributions to art, literature, medicine,science, technology, space exploration,architecture, humanitarianism, agriculture... oh, wait. Nevermind.
    These people are savages.

    Posted by: screaming queen | Nov 12, 2012 9:25:44 AM

  6. who printed up their signs???? American Evangelicals

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 12, 2012 9:40:14 AM

  7. Leave Uganda alone to chart irs own destiny...rmbr the so called civilized societies do not support the practice 100%.

    Posted by: bobil | Nov 12, 2012 9:48:38 AM

  8. Don't leave them alone. Ostracize them. Ridicule them. Punish them with economic sanctions. Make them feel shame.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Nov 12, 2012 9:57:39 AM

  9. Terrifying... those poor people :(

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 12, 2012 10:10:18 AM

  10. If they enact it, then every cent of aid should be revoked.

    To hell with them. And I mean it, no medical help either. Let the theocrats that got them into this mess get them out.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 12, 2012 10:34:12 AM

  11. The politicians are using this hate issue to make people not look at the corruption and fraud that keeps them poor. It's the same everywhere.

    Stop the aid to Uganda and see how the corrupt politicians find greener grass elsewhere. Maybe then some humane people can take over.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Nov 12, 2012 10:35:47 AM

  12. These black people are animals controlled by the white Christian whip crackers who cracked their whips on the slaves in America to make them do their work for them for nothing. They are still being used today.

    Posted by: Larry | Nov 12, 2012 11:07:25 AM

  13. Well, at least there's something for the teavangelicals to be happy about after their election debacle last week. Maybe we can convince all the christo-fascists and tea-party wingnuts to emigrate to Uganda. I'm sure they would feel much more at home there.

    Seriously, though, the religious right of America will never go away. I fear that, given an opportunity, they will find some way to return to electoral power in America. They simply will NOT give it up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 12, 2012 11:37:56 AM

  14. Comments here portraying Uganda as some sort of lone actor in it's anti-gay stance are kinda of pathetic. Completely failing to realize that Uganda and many other African countries have been lured along certain belief paths by right wing christian organizations who give food and aid. The Pope may have just recently condemned types of "comdemn the gays" bills but that's only recently.

    How do you think these countries remain mostly christian? These people are poor and uneducated, easy and familiar pray for right wing religious organizations. These organizations are still heavily involved in African countries. You're trying to make Uganda the victim when they have been molded and shaped to believe what they believe for well over a century since their colonization in the 1890s.

    If anyone is to blame it's the religious right and christianity who's influence was at it's pinnacle in the United States where you could be thrown in jail for being gay up until the 1960s. Some places in the South US it was even deadly to be out and gay up until recently. Yeah, people are dying in Uganda for being gay, the same way the were here in the US. Give them a freaking chance to break free of the religious right's indoctrination before you condemn them.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 12, 2012 2:02:10 PM

  15. Forget cutting aid; let's send our troops there and remove the bigots from power.

    Posted by: Char | Nov 12, 2012 2:50:13 PM

  16. And yet, the international committee continues to include and even honor the "elected" bigots from Uganda. If this bill is passed, Uganda should be ostracized and isolated.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Nov 12, 2012 3:36:01 PM

  17. Sorry, Mike, but a country that decides putting gay people in jail and putting us to death is a noble worthy cause, deserves condemnation and MUCH more.

    And I 100% agree with cutting ALL foreign aid. ALL travel magazines should cut Uganda from their lists of prospective travel sites. Hit the country where it really hurts and we'll see how far they'll keep this charade going. Because as has been said above, this gay bill is basically being used as a means to distract Ugandan citizens from the failings of the Ugandan government.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 12, 2012 3:55:54 PM

  18. A Christmas gift? About the only 'perversion' here is the one being perpetrated by the homophobic bigots in Idi Amin's former country. All of these alleged 'Christians' should be ashamed of their behavior.

    Can you say Idi-ots?


    Posted by: Lelio Risen | Nov 12, 2012 5:48:23 PM

  19. Okay, let them pass it. Then when their children grow up gay they can kill them, too.

    Trust me when I say this, as a gay Christian, God will have his way in this and he will avenge the gays in Uganda. When he does, that country will be sorry it ever existed.

    Posted by: Leigh | Nov 12, 2012 6:25:22 PM

  20. Damn...there goes that Ugandan vacation I was planning! Oh well, I guess there's always Nairobi.

    Posted by: Todd | Nov 12, 2012 8:40:12 PM

  21. Most of Africa is a homophobic wasteland.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 12, 2012 9:59:38 PM

  22. This bill leaves me speechless, but so do the comments referring to the black citizens of Uganda as animals and comparing the whites living there to slave drivers. That is unimaginably demeaning - and mud slinging makes most people less inclined to agree with a viewpoint. Reason should be used, not derogatory remarks.

    Posted by: Chris M | Nov 12, 2012 10:52:04 PM

  23. This part of the world honestly wants to come to the world's table yet behave in such a barbaric fashion. Just so you are clear raping virgins does not cure HIV. Nor does raping lesbians convert them to heterosexuality. Nor will killing innocent people change the state of nature.

    And you can't help but see the hand of the conservative Christian groups in America pushing this law. It is bad enough these people work their best to essentially destroy as many innocent lives as possible in America. They have to transport their hatred across the seas to Africa.

    Posted by: Daniel English | Nov 13, 2012 5:15:26 AM

  24. Most homosexuals, excepting postnatal trauma, are born homosexual. You cannot legislate away a difference in brain structure. Nor should anyone be punished for being a part of the spectrum of sexualities that exist in the real world. The American evangelicals who sparked this should be imprisoned for their outright lies and perversions of facts. Usually, those most against something are that very thing.

    Posted by: Explunger | Nov 13, 2012 5:15:39 PM

  25. Oops! I should have been clearer about why Benny condemned the kill-the-gays bill. It had nothing to do with gays and everything to do with the death penalty. Sorry.

    Nigeria has been almost as vociferous as Uganda - for the same reasons. The Anglican church in both of those countries denounced The Episcopal Chuch over its stand on gays but continued to accept money from us until that hypocrisy was brought light. (by a gay man) They have come very close to saying that hating gays is the heart of the gospel.

    One last note about Africa. While South Africa has some sterling statements about LGBT rights, it has some real problems making the country safe for LGBT people. "Conversional rape" is too much a reality for lesbians.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 14, 2012 1:59:13 AM

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