Uganda anti-gay law would put to death any who criticize it

You’ve really entered Nazi territory, or Idi Amin territory as the geography may be (this is Uganda, after all), when you’re so paranoid and hateful that you don’t simply attempt to pass a law putting gays to death, but you put to death anyone who criticizes the law putting gays to death.

We’d reported on this legislation before. It’s been around for a number of years, but only recently starting moving ahead in Uganda’s parliament.

To the dismay of gay rights activist worldwide, the mainstream media, including the Associated Press and the BBC, keep falling for the lies of Ugandan officials who tell them the “death for gays” provision has been dropped, only to find out later that it hasn’t. It’s happened at least fifteen times now over the past three years (it’s gone, no it’s not). AP is the latest to fall for this lie, unquestioned.

The provision is very much still in the legislation, and it’s so onerous that it would not only sentence you to death for being gay, it would sentence you to death for publicly disagreeing with the legislation, or the sentence.

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“If the law is passed the way it is right now, I would go to jail, and I would be killed,” said Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha, speaking from Kampala last week, regarding the newly-revived bill known as the “kill the gays” bill, which could punish homosexuality, which is already illegal in Uganda, with life in prison or death. “The bill says anyone who commits the offense [and speaks out] against this legislation more than once is a serial offender. And the fact that I’ve already said in Uganda that I’m gay, and that I’m an advocate for LGBT rights, that means I’m promoting homosexuality in Uganda, according to this bill. This legislation, if passed into law, it would automatically make me a serial offender and I would be sentenced to death.”

The Germans have pulled a substantial amount of aid to Uganda for the next three years.  Mostly due to corruption issues, but the Germans also mentioned the gay controversy in their announcement.

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin says other governments have also cut back direct aid to Uganda after it was found that the government of Uganda was involved in a massive conspiracy to defraud foreign lenders.

UGANDAN officials across four government and state departments colluded in a sophisticated and elaborate fraud to siphon off €12m of aid money, auditors have disclosed.

The scandal has been traced to staff from the prime minister’s office, the finance department, including the treasury, and the Bank of Uganda.

Britain, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden have previously announced that they were cutting direct aid to the Ugandan government after learning that much of it went into the personal bank account of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Britain then followed with another announcement that it had gone further by freezing all bilateral aid, including aid to NGO’s and Ugandan financial institutions as well. Total bilateral aid for this year was set for £98.9 million (US$157 million), but it’s not known how much of that aid was already disbursed.

And even the EU and the World Bank are now withholding funds:

“The EU, the World Bank, the UK and a number of other donor countries are now withholding a total of USD 285 million (approximately NOK 1.6 billion) in aid to Uganda. This is an embarrassment for the Ugandan Government and unfortunately it is the country’s poor that will be affected. But we cannot provide any more funding if it is simply being pocketed by corrupt officials,” [Norwegian State Secretary Arvinn Eikeland] Gadgil stressed.

The US has given Uganda around $16bn over the past two decades, and is currently providing nearly half a billion annually.  And millions each year goes form the US to the Ugandan military – I wonder how they’d feel about the military money being cut off because their leaders are attempting to become modern-day Idi Amins?

A little more on the disaster that is supposedly our top ally in the region, from Helen Epstein writing in the NY Review of Books:

When I toured the country last summer, I saw ruling party candidates passing out Uganda shilling notes hand over fist. Some even used donated medicine to win over voters. Most of this money came directly from the Treasury and foreign aid programs, but when journalists and civil society activists launched a “Return Our Money” campaign in protest, the police warned them to stop or they’d be charged with treason. Days before the election, enormous tanks, fighter jets and anti-riot vehicles roared through the countryside, warning voters of what would happen if the elections didn’t go Museveni’s way. On election day itself, soldiers reportedly advised people to vote NRM if they wanted to avoid a war. There were also reports of army involvement in ballot stuffing, multiple voting, and theft of ballot boxes. As expected, Museveni’s party won by a landslide. However, opposition leaders claim that the votes announced at many of the polling stations, in the presence of both opposition and ruling party observers, didn’t match up with those announced by Museveni’s Electoral Commission.

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28 Responses to “Uganda anti-gay law would put to death any who criticize it”

  1. Ronin_84 says:

    I support the anti-faggot bill.

  2. Sweetie says:

    Uganda: The Evangelical Game Plan: Use American Christianity To Exploit Africa

    “In Africa it has to be for access to the resources. That’s why the same front groups and the same politicians and the same money keeps coming up over and over again–and all of it hidden behind ‘Christian’ rhetoric.”

  3. mike31c says:

    I wish the socialists in Congress would stop making payments to this corrupt nation and the ignorant people who infest this part of the world.

  4. Sweetie says:

    not likely

  5. Sweetie says:

    We’re invested in Uganda because Exxon wants oil. In fact, we went our hate preachers there to convert their leaders to evangelical Christianity in order to facilitate said deal-making. Gay baiting is a smokescreen for the shaking of hands.

  6. karmanot says:


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  8. Butch1 says:

    IF they could get away with it. All it would take is electing a Santorum or a Rick Perry for President and it got dangerously close this past election cycle.

  9. Butch1 says:

    Like THAT is going to stop the criticism. What the hell is wrong with these religious right-winged fascists?

    I do hope we are cutting off ALL money to this country immediately.

  10. Papa Bear says:

    His mother wanted him to be a Doctor (but had to settle for being a god instead…)

  11. dula says:

    This must be truly inspiring to the Russians.

  12. ckg1 says:

    How about calling them “assholes”? Would that work too?

  13. kingstonbears says:

    Who adored his mother, didn’t understand his father, best friend was a hooker, and, by gawd, could still wear white after labour day.

  14. We need to all call the White House switchboard and voice our opinion about this.

  15. Phil says:

    Soul-less pigs works just as well. So much for “loving christians.”

  16. A reader in Colorado says:

    Another extremely loud autoplay ad by Hyundai.

  17. MyrddinWilt says:

    The corruption allegations might well be linked.

    The sort of people who do this sort of thing rarely let their bigotry get ahead with their schemes to line their own pockets. So they push ahead with a deranged ‘kill the gays’ bill in the hope that the donors will agree to restart the flow of cash in return for dropping it.

    The bill is not just about killing gays though. Pretty much anyone can be eliminated just by accusing them of being gay and subjecting them to a show trial on trumped up charges. This is a defacto enabling act that will allow the government to eliminate any opposition politician just by accusing them of being gay.

  18. BeccaM says:

    I have a simpler descriptive name for them: “Monsters.”

  19. karmanot says:

    Time for Ambassador Rice to get off her ass and bring this up at the UN.

  20. karmanot says:

    Jesus was gay. What?– a Jewish son not married by the age of thirty and hanging around 12 hunks.

  21. A reader in Colorado says:

    A more mealy mouthed bunch of cowardly death promoting sh*theads this country has never seen, too. They’ll promote death for people and then turn right around at the slightest hint of moral disapproval that, oh no, they’re not REALLY promoting death for gay people. Just, uh, celebrating for “Christian godliness” when they meet their demise.

    If asked, I bet you anything that Tony Perkins or Bryan Fischer would say, oh, no, they’re not REALLY promoting death for gay people. They’re just supporting a godly law in Uganda. Which just so happens to promote death for gay people or any of their supporters, family, and landlords. (I noticed he seemed to think that Uganda killing gays would bring “prosperity”, too, which is an odd one for a Christian). And, uh, wanting a similar law here and stuff. But they’re not actually advocating killing gay people. Just passing laws that have the death penalty for gay people.

    And celebrating when a death for gay people law is pushed is nothing like actually advocating death for gay people. Everyone knows that.

  22. BeccaM says:

    I think we already have our answers to this question you raise–

    Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer are all but creaming their shorts at the idea of gay people (and their supporters) being executed. They call it moral and godly.

  23. A reader in Colorado says:

    And we aren’t out of cash to pay SS and Medicare. I dislike engaging in this falsehood even to contrast it to Uganda. It’s a lie to say the U.S. is broke and can’t afford to pay for seniors who made their retirement contributions over a lifetime. A simple lie in order to steal money.

  24. A reader in Colorado says:

    I wonder when the troll comments defending this law as “promoting morality” will start.

  25. Phil says:

    This sounds like something the anti-gay zealots in the U.S. would have orgasms over – and they would just be ecstatic over something similar being enacted here.

  26. RepubAnon says:

    It’s interesting that Uganda, a country noted for widespread corruption, is passing the anti-gay pogrom laws due to concerns about “protecting morality.” Sounds like the Republican Party’s culture wars here: get the population worked up about invented “gay perils”, and use this as a distraction to rob the country blind.

  27. A_nonymoose says:

    But, but, Jeebus wants the gays to die! Didn’t you know that?

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