But hunting down people for same-sex love, I believe to be a sin, against Love, one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. (I say all this without being a homosexual.) Parliament should not pass this Bill.
New Vision is a newspaper run by the government of Uganda. The author of that line , John Nagenda, is a senior advisor to President Yoweri Museveni, who has himself not commented on the bill one way or the other as of yet. But Nagenda clearly sees it as something that should not pass into law, and chides the PM who introduced it, David Bahati, with comparisons to McCarthyism and the medieval Inquisitions. Perhaps such attempts to literally eliminate gays in the future, at least in Uganda, will be called Bahati-ism?
And that is where same-sex lovers’ haters will do their nut! The recent month I was away a parliamentarian introduced a Bill of hugely draconian measure, including heavy penalties on those who wouldn’t report same-sex lovers they knew about! In the US there was a man whose name, McCarthy, is now a synonym (as mccarthyism) for cruel witch-hunting. For him Communism was the hot issue, although he would doubtless have looked at same-sex love as a product of that political system.
In the Inquisition period, evil prelates tortured people who deviated from current beliefs, including by saying the world was not flat but round! Now we all laugh about these odd characters. Lower down the scale, people were tortured for being left-handed (indeed called sinister for it) or being very short, or being blind: in short for not being normal. I believe, and I am raising the bar, that we must laugh at this MP and others like him: laugh and stay sane. What crime have same-sex lovers committed, per se, by being who they are? Would those who believe God made mankind exclude them, and on what grounds?
You may find it repugnant that men have sex with other men, and women with women. They, on the other hand, might find the “usual” way repugnant, because of their nature.
A rather silly pining for the non-homosexual related meaning of the word “gay” aside, this column passes for progressive thought in that region, and it is coming from a government owned media source which has not been kind to gays in the past. He concludes with:
When times have changed, if they change enough, then these words will include a leavening of same-sex relationships. Gradualism is not a sin. But hunting down people for same-sex love, I believe to be a sin, against Love, one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. (I say all this without being a homosexual.) Parliament should not pass this Bill.
We are cautiously optimistic that this odious bill will be consigned to an unceremonious death. As another has said, keep up the pressure. Along those lines, the Facebook group dedicated to opposing this bill went over ten-thousand members today. Join if you haven’t already.