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Ugandan Official Accuses Obama of 'Blackmail' for Warnings About Anti-Gay Law

Over the weekend, President Obama released a statement condemning the planned signing of Uganda's anti-gay law, warning that it would strain relations with the U.S..

Troops_obamaSaid Obama, in part:

As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. At a time when, tragically, we are seeing an increase in reports of violence and harassment targeting members of the LGBT community from Russia to Nigeria, I salute all those in Uganda and around the world who remain committed to respecting the human rights and fundamental human dignity of all persons.

Read his full statement here.

LokodoNow, Ugandan officials are reacting to the statement, Reuters reports:

Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said aid should not be tied to Uganda's stand on homosexuality.

"We don't like to blackmail others. It's very dishonest, very irresponsible and unfriendly of persons to attach behavior of another community to their sharing resources," Lokodo told Reuters TV in Kampala...

...Lokodo said that were he to meet Obama, he would tell him that he had made the right choice in marrying a woman.

"I would tell him point-blank that he chose the right direction and this direction was to marry Michelle," he said.

"They have produced children, why does he encourage and promote others, men and women of same sex, to live together and have no offspring like him?"

Ugandan lawmakers at a retreat over the weekend cheered as President Museveni said he would sign the bill, which penalizes anyone who aids or abets a known homosexual, and punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The anti-gay activity in Uganda inspired protests by pro-gay activists in Kenya, and lawmakers in that country reacted by announcing that they would call on Kenyan officials to ask them why their anti-gay laws are not being enforced. Kenya's penal code criminalizes homosexuality, yet it is rarely discharged.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh also appears to be increasing his anti-gay rhetoric. This week he called homosexuals “vermin” and pledged his government will fight them much the same way it fights malaria-infected mosquitoes, "if not more aggressively."

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  1. They are and forever will be in the Stone Age. Fortunately, we're reaching a period where they can no longer blame colonialism as the source of all their problems. Eventually, they need to grow up and take a look in the mirror.

    Posted by: Harry | Feb 19, 2014 4:28:30 PM

  2. There is very little that is wrong with Africa which couldn't be solved with aerial spraying.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 19, 2014 6:04:20 PM

  3. That guy was a repeat customer at that cannibal restaurant in Nigeria

    Posted by: jarago | Feb 19, 2014 6:15:28 PM

  4. "aid should not be tied to Uganda's stand on homosexuality."

    You should have thought of that before. I can't do much, but I will stop as many dimes as I can from going to Uganda, whether in terms of aid, or commerce.

    The sole exception will be for humanist schools.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 19, 2014 6:36:30 PM

  5. Write to your congressperson, your senators and the office of POTUS. NOT. ONE. DIME. of U.S. taxpayer money to Gambia or Uganda or Nigeria or any of these murderously thuggish countries. NOT. ONE. PENNY.

    Posted by: scooternva | Feb 19, 2014 7:04:33 PM

  6. This water lives in Mombasa.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 20, 2014 12:20:07 AM

  7. What an idiot. He can accuse us of extortion, but not blackmail. Extortion is trying to make someone do something. Blackmail is threatening to reveal a secret. Everyone knows these people are bigoted idiots, this is not a secret.

    Posted by: Armando | Feb 20, 2014 11:03:17 PM

  8. the more they pressure us into accepting gay marriage, the more they push us into enacting stiff antigay laws...pots calling kettle black. As bad as africa might be, it still has more moral credibility over western nations supporting this unnatural union. Every civilization had its end, so shall it be for the so-called western democracies.

    Posted by: chika raphael christian | Feb 23, 2014 6:41:23 AM

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