Religious Right Inspired “Kill the Gays” Bill Back in Uganda
February 9, 2012 5 Comments
One of the most horrific pieces of legislation in the world has been reintroduced in Uganda. According to the Herald-Sun, “David Bahati, the MP behind the bill, formally reintroduced the legislation after politicians voted last year to automatically pass it over to the new session after failing to debate it.” r
As we reported last fall,”Michael Airhart at “Truth Winds Out” explains that the American anti-gay religious fascists are directly tied to the horrific bill,” In 2009, Exodus International director Don Schmierer traveled to Uganda and co-keynoted what became the launch conference for the kill-the-gays legislation. Along with Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively and Caleb Lee Brundidge — an acolyte of discredited therapist Richard Cohen — the Exodus board member assured Ugandans that parental upbringing and religious infidelity were to blame for any increase in undesirable sexual honesty and authenticity in their country — and that legal sanctions combined with Christian ex-gay therapy could rid their land of homosexuals.”
“Politicians applauded Bahati as the bill – which US President Barack Obama has described as “odious” – was introduced, clapping their hands, thumping the seats in parliament and chanting “our bill,” reports the Sun.
A U.S. State Department spokeswoman tells the MetroWeekly,”Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill is “manifestly inconsistent with Uganda’s international human rights obligations.”
State Department spokesperson Hilary Fuller Renner said in a statement, the U.S. remains attuned to the possibility that Parliament could take action on the Bahati bill, and we continue to raise these concerns with senior Ugandan officials.”
“According to its original text, the bill’s objectives are to “provide for marriage in Uganda as that contracted only between a man and a woman; to prohibit and penalize homosexual behavior and related practices in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family; to prohibit ratification of any international treaties, conventions, protocols, agreements and declarations which are contrary or inconsistent with the provisions of this Act; and, to prohibit the licensing of organizations which promote homosexuality,” reports the website.
For an excellent read on American ties to the bill, be sure to check out Jody-May Chang’s 2010 Boise Weekly feature piece, “Exporting Homophobia: American far-right conservative churches establish influence on anti-gay policy in Africa”