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Desmond Tutu Denounces Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

Last month, Desmond Tutu spoke to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urging him to not sign the heinous "kill the gays" bill. Tutu released a statement today wherein he expressed his disappointment regarding news that the leader is still considering signing the bill into law.

Said Tutu:

400px-Archbishop-Tutu-medium"When President Museveni and I spoke last month, he gave his word that he would not let the anti-homosexuality bill become law in Uganda. I was therefore very disheartened to hear last week that President Museveni was reconsidering his position....We must be entirely clear about this: the history of people is littered with attempts to legislate against love or marriage across class, caste, and race. But there is no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love. There is only the grace of God. There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever. And nor is there any moral justification. Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, among others, attest to these facts."

Tutu suggests Museveni focus not on homosexuality but instead actual crimes occurring in Uganda:

"To strengthen criminal sanctions against those who commit sexual acts with children, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. To strengthen criminal sanctions against all acts of rape and sexual violence, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. And, if needs be, to strengthen criminal sanctions against those involved in commercial sexual transactions – buyers and sellers – regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Tightening such areas of the law would surely provide children and families far more protection than criminalising acts of love between consenting adults."

Just last week, Museveni asked that Uganda work with the United States to gather more information about gays and lesbians.

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  1. You are known by the company you keep. We have Desmond Tutu. They have Duck Dynasty.

    Posted by: j.martindale | Feb 23, 2014 12:36:12 PM


  2. Now THIS man is a gay icon.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 23, 2014 12:37:51 PM


  3. ^^ What they said.

    'There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination.'

    Only a warped mind tries to 'justify' the persecution of LGBT by any means.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 23, 2014 1:30:19 PM


  4. "there is no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love"

    This is plainly false. Science can tell us a great deal about love, a function of the brain.

    The fact that it can't tell us everything about love simply means we haven't spent enough time studying it. It hasn't been that long, after all.

    If we spent the money on research into love that we spend on blowing each other up, we'd be further along.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 23, 2014 1:39:34 PM


  5. Two of Uganda's ministers have spoken about IN FAVOR of the rape of girls, and refusing to arrest rapists of girls.

    One of them is the Minister of Ethics, and the other is Minister of Youth.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 23, 2014 1:43:03 PM


  6. I love tutu, a wonderfu man and real leader and teacher, let's savour him whilst we still have him, long life and health to him and his wife.

    Posted by: arch | Feb 23, 2014 1:45:07 PM


  7. He is a true man of God.

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 23, 2014 1:56:48 PM


  8. Such common sense! You don't need science to justify love. And find the criminals, that regardless of sexual orientation, commit acts against children and those who hold adults as sex slaves.
    Russians should heed these words, especially if they need context of God or religion to justify there views.

    Posted by: 604brian | Feb 23, 2014 3:01:19 PM


  9. Randy:
    If you can't have a scientific definition of "love", how can you study it? Tutu may mean something which is different from what you consider as "love". How can you explain the "love" of Jesus for humans that he was willing to sacrifice himself. What is the scientific basis of "original sin"? How do you define the love of God which some says doesn't exist?
    Even the love between two human beings is difficult to define scientifically. I am not talking about the act of love. I am sure religious leaders may not even agree among themselves what it really is.

    Posted by: Simon | Feb 23, 2014 3:32:27 PM


  10. 'There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever. And nor is there any moral justification. Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, among others, attest to these facts.'

    Tutu is giving you a little warning here Musoveni. Take the hint. Baby Doc Duvalier just got indicted in Haiti. Crimes against humanity don't go unpunished. You will be held accountable.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 23, 2014 4:36:06 PM


  11. Wonderful human being. Thank you Desmond Tutu.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 23, 2014 6:21:49 PM


  12. Desmond Tutu is a modern day hero. All his life he has never been afraid to stick his neck out on behalf of the disenfranchised, & boy, has he fought some battles.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Feb 24, 2014 2:16:23 AM


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