PRLog - June 11, 2012 - NEW YORK -- Strong statement from Omar Kuddus, UK Gay rights advocate:
KUDDUS MAKES STRONG STATEMENT ON UGANDAN BILL
Apparently some high religious leaders from across Uganda have asked Parliament to speed-up the process of enacting the Anti-Homosexuality law to prevent what they called “an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage”.
Archbishops Henry Luke Orombi, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, also asked “the Education committee to engage the Ministry of Education on the issue of incorporating a topic on human sexuality in the curricula of our schools and institutions of learning,”
The clerics also appealed to all the churches in the country “to remain steadfast in opposing the phenomena of homosexuality, lesbianism and same-sex union”.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, in a speech read for her by Ndorwa West PM David Bahati, the man responsible for the proposed bill, said: “The church must discern where and when the State is being positive or negative in the life of a nation and should always not hesitate to encourage the good and denounce the bad.”
A Contentious Bill
The contentious Anti-Homosexuality Bill has become a subject of international discussion with most Western powers describing the Bill as barbaric. Mr Bahati has denied being pressurised by the West and the reasoning for it being shelved. He stated “The Bill is at committee level and hopefully it will soon be brought back to the House for discussion. We are determined to fight to the end”.
Thus, to achieve and uphold the Bibles definition of marriage, they advocate killing gays and to prevent an [supposed] attack on the Bible they also advocate killing gays.
But is this not against what the Bible teaches? What about the Ten Commandments or the Decalogue, which are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship and which play a fundamental role Christianity, and in particular, prohibitions against murder.
Or do they NOT apply to religious leaders?
The Catholic Church had previously been the sole major religion in Uganda in opposition to the bill.
The Vatican came out strongly and publicly against the bill and, even lobbied against it.
The change by the Ugandan Catholic church is ‘very serious’ and that the UJCC resolution was pushed by an Anglican bishop.
The committee chair, Stephen Tashobya, in charge of the bill does not want to deal with the bill. Several months ago, he stated that his committee has much more important business. He however, said something similar to this during the last Parliament when the bill languished until the last month and then began to move.
The contentious Anti-Homosexuality Bill was proposed by Ndorwa West PM David Bahati and has become a subject of international discussion with most Western powers describing the Bill as barbaric.
Mr Bahati has denied being pressurised by the West and the reasoning for it being shelved. He stated “The Bill is at committee level and hopefully it will soon be brought back to the House for discussion. We are determined to fight to the end”.
Frank Mugisha, of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said: ‘We see a shift in public opinion and I guess it’s because many Ugandans are talking about homosexuality a lot. There are some local leaders who are now willing to meet and talk to us. The only problem we have is the belief people have that we are promoting homosexuality and recruiting children.’
The lack of understanding and education and the churches views is what effects Uganda’s stance on Homosexuality.
Ugandan President Yowari Museveni's wife, Janet, [who is being backed to take over from him in 2016] has close ties to American evangelical dominionist Christian groups and is widely believed to be a force behind the bill.
Mugisha’s group is responsible for filing a legal suit in a US court and is the first known Alien Tort Statute case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Perhaps if American evangelical extremist Scott Lively is sued successfully for creating the anti-gay climate in Uganda [which led to the introduction of the ‘kill the gays’ bill] the bill will be dropped.
It is sincerely hoped by LGBT and Human Rights that if this bill is reintroduced in Uganda, foreign aid to Uganda is restricted until it improves its stand on Human Rights.