This is a guest post by Megan Hamilton. She is a life-long atheist who’s been writing about politics since 2011. She lives in Central America.
Uganda’s government is about to reintroduce a bill that seeks the death penalty for homosexuals in a bid to curb what it considers “unnatural sex.” The bill is scheduled to be introduced to Parliament within the next few weeks and would likely be voted on before the end of the year.
Originally introduced about a decade ago, the measure — known to critics as the “Kill the Gays” bill — was nullified by the Constitutional Court of Uganda in 2014 due to a technicality. That’s why the government is continuing its effort to terrorize people for no good reason whatsoever with this draconian call for imprisonment and death.
It’s almost dumbfounding that government officials would espouse and support such cruelty, but sure enough, Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo characterizes LGBTQ people as aberrant, as if they are constantly out trying to “recruit” victims.
“Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been massive recruitment by gay people in the schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that.”
It’s worth noting that Lokodo has degrees in theology, not biology. He’s hardly an expert in genetics. Plus, we’re used to the propaganda he’s spreading. It’s faith-based hate, pure and simple.
He’s willing to kill innocent people for his beliefs.
“Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalises the act. We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.”
The most horrifying aspect of this is that this bill might actually find the support it needs in Parliament; the previous version lacked the necessary number.
“We have been talking to the MPs and we have mobilised them in big numbers,” said Lokodo. “Many are supportive.”
In the past, international outrage helped squelch support for such a bill. Even Brunei backtracked on its own Kill the Gays bill after worldwide condemnation. But it’s hard to tell if people will muster the same enthusiasm this time around give all the other fires on the world stage. If the pushback isn’t there, many innocent victims, especially teens and young adults questioning their own sexuality, may lose their lives over something that’s completely natural.
That would be the real crime.
(Screenshot via YouTube)