Uganda’s President advocates ‘Gay Rescue’ !!!

Uganda president refuses to sign anti-gay law

Yoweri Museveni says there are better ways to “rescue” gays from their “abnormality” than jailing them for life.

ALJAZEERA – Last updated: 17 Jan 2014 08:38
 

David Kato was bludgeoned to death following a media campaign against him [Al Jazeera]
Uganda’s president has refused to approve a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life, saying there were better ways to “rescue” people from their “abnormality”.

In a letter to parliament, Yoweri Museveni said gays would go “underground and continue practicing homosexuality or lesbianism for mercenary reasons”, according to the independent newspaper, Daily Monitor.

The anti-gay bill passed through the Ugandan parliament last month after its architects agreed to drop a death penalty clause.

“The question at the core of the debate on homosexuality is what do we do with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or we do contain him/her?” the president was quoted as writing in a letter to parliament.

He said that homosexuality was caused by either “random breeding” or a need to make money.

And lesbians, he said, chose female partners because of “sexual starvation” and the failure to marry a man. But he said improving the nation’s economy would stop people becoming gay.

Museveni continued: “You cannot call an abnormality an alternative orientation. It could be that the Western societies, on account of random breeding, have generated many abnormal people,” he said, adding that other people became gay for “mercenary reasons”, or, in the case of lesbians, a lack of sex with men.

The report said the president believed that improving Uganda’s economy – including rapid industrialisation and modernising agriculture – was the best way to “rescue” young people from the risk of “disgusting behaviour”.

Gay men and women in Uganda face frequent harassment and threats of violence, and rights activists have also reported cases of lesbians being subjected to “corrective” rapes.

In 2011, prominent Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death at his home after a newspaper splashed photos, names and addresses of gays in Uganda on its front page along with a yellow banner reading “Hang Them”.

AIDS activists say that if passed the bill would have prevented gays from having access to essential public health information, such as how to protect themselves from HIV and how to access life-saving treatment and support services.

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Perhaps one should just be thankful that President Museveni is opposing the legislation passed by his government recently, that would have criminalised the LGBT community in that country.

However, his alternative seems almost equally offensive to intrinsic gays:

“Museveni continued: “You cannot call an abnormality an alternative orientation. It could be that the Western societies, on account of random breeding, have generated many abnormal people,” he said, adding that other people became gay for “mercenary reasons”, or, in the case of lesbians, a lack of sex with men.”

This complete lack of understanding of the etiology of sexual-orientation is consonant with the attitude of the GAFCON partnership of Anglican Provinces in the Global South. It is in line with others in the Anglican Communion who refuse to accept the fact that homosexuality is a given for a minority of people. It is not a learned situation, neither is it a ‘chosen life-style’. 

Sadly, the Anglican Church in Nigeria has supported the criminalisation of LGBT people in that Province of the Church, and it is high time the Lambeth Conference of Bishop of the Anglican Communion dissociated themselves from this outdated attitude of entrenched homophobia – that exists in most of the GAFCON Provinces.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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