Uganda

Uganda

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, in Uganda there is currently horrific legislation—the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009″—under consideration that has proposed the following:

  • Death penalty for LGBTQ people (this part of the legislation is apparently being removed from consideration, but is included in the original legislation)
  • Life imprisonment for LGBTQ people
  • Substantial jail time for people who actively support LGBTQ people
  • Substantial jail time for anyone who knows LGBTQ people and doesn’t report them.

The insanity is beyond comprehension, and I’ve been meaning to mention it here earlier. I’ve been keeping up with the status of it through in-depth reporting that Rachel Maddow has been doing on the matter, including the role of anti-gay American evangelical religious activists in helping influence the Ugandan legislation.

It’s so important that all American politicians and religious figures with ties to the Ugandan government (and there are many, I’ve learned over the past month or so—the “Family,” in particular) vociferously speak out against this legislation and do all that they can to press the Ugandan parliament to get rid of this bill, which is an abominable threat to fundamental human rights for the Ugandan people. Uganda may seem really far away, but the right for all people—gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer included—to be who you are, love who you love, and be free to express that should be inalienable, and that right transcends miles and borders. As Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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