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Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill Still a Threat, Activists Say

Participants from Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, participate in the annual Pride London parade which highlights issues of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, London, June 29, 2013.
Participants from Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, participate in the annual Pride London parade which highlights issues of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, London, June 29, 2013.
While speculation persists as to whether Ugandan President Museveni will sign the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" passed by parliament, civil society groups are calling attention to the implications of the bill, if it were to become law.

Last week, the Ugandan press published a letter from President Museveni to the country’s parliament, fueling speculation he would refuse to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by lawmakers in December.

But at a news conference Tuesday, a coalition of civil society organizations reminded the public that Museveni has yet to officially refuse, and warned that the bill, in their view, still poses a threat.

The bill would make certain homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.  It also criminalizes “promotion” of homosexuality, as well as the failure to report homosexuals to the police.

Some organizations have been opposing the bill on public health grounds.  Alice Kayongo of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said Tuesday that HIV incidence in Uganda is on the rise, and that gay men are at a higher risk than others of contracting the virus.  If the president signs the bill into law, she says, it could make this group difficult, or even illegal, to reach.

“I imagine having someone come to me requesting condoms, and I say I am unable to provide them.  And yet I know that condoms will probably prevent this person from either passing on HIV or acquiring HIV," she noted. "So for me to say no to someone because I fear that I could be branded as a promoter of homosexuality, it just makes no sense to me.”

A lawyer for the civil liberties organization Chapter Four Uganda, Nicholas Opiyo, notes the Ugandan parliament passed the bill without the necessary quorum.  This irregularity should make it possible to challenge the bill in court.

“The legal process would be to challenge the process of passing the law itself.  The issues about quorum was raised.  In the past, such laws have been declared null and void.  So I think the option of challenging that law in court for procedural irregularities is open,” said Opiyo.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights met with the president last week, and reported that Museveni intends to block the bill.  But Opiyo says the  president has probably not even received the final copy of the bill from parliament.  When he does, Museveni will have 30 days to respond.

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by: Andrew I from: U.S.
January 23, 2014 11:09 AM
Godwin, I hope most of your readers recognize your rhetoric as fraudulent. A simple two-minute Google search would inform you that hundreds of species of animals exhibit homosexual behavior (as if that matters, but it is the truth). A simple two-minute Google search would inform you that before colonization by Europeans, the Igbo people traditionally have practiced same-sex marriage under certain conditions -- here's the link: http://blackagendareport.com/?q=content/tradition-same-gender-marriage-igboland-nigeria

And Googling the history of African colonization by Europeans would show you that at least in Southern Nigeria, the equating of homosexuality with satan was imported by Europeans -- it's an old Christian idea which arose in medieval Europe alongside the demonization of Jews, left-handed people, "witches", people with mental illnesses, people with physical handicaps, and so on. This idea was used to justify the torture, burning at the stake, and murder of all these peoples, in the name of God.

I don't know whether you consider yourself a Christian or Muslim. Either way, if you choose to hate people, please don't invoke God. Also, please don't invoke particle physics. Please don't invoke your ignorance of biology and animal behavior. Please don't invoke lies about "60% of rich Americans becoming gay in the last five years". And finally, please don't invoke your pre-colonial ancestral heritage.

People can double-check your "facts" with a simple Google search, you know.




by: Godwin from: Nigeria
January 21, 2014 12:38 PM
WHAT IS HOMOSEXUALITY AND WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN?
Homosexuality has been touted to occur naturally. Many people have argued for it to be left alone since those involved in it cannot help it. Others oppose it. But before you make your opinion, take into consideration certain things: In the times past very little was known about this phenomenon. Some attribute this to the relative shyness and timidity being seen as abnormal even if the person involved has no way of changing it. Be that as it could seem, worrisome about it is its ascendancy – the crescendo of its astronomical growth, especially in elitist societies of USA and Europe, with an inroad into Africa, North America(it’s a norm in USA) and Asia. With its record growth at Hollywood, infecting mostly celebrities, politicians, etc, with the report about 60% of rich Americans have become gay in the last five years, what can we say is responsible for this phenomenal increase?

The opinion that it occurs naturally is nulled thus: From the beginning, an atom was defined as the smallest indivisible particle of an element that can take part in a chemical reaction. Later we have been told that the clause – indivisible – is no longer tenable, bcos atoms can now be divisible. But I say that theory is null because an atom is the “smallest” particle. That “smallest” particle that can now take part in a reaction should be the new definition of the atom of the element whose atom has become divisible, only if it retains all the attributes of the originating atom. To that extent argued, it has only introduced us to the make up of the nomenclature of matter, using atom to elaborate.

From the atom to the molecule to the entire element that makes up matter, the binding force is known to be bonding. Inside the atom, 3 particles work together to make up the atom – proton (+ve), neutron(none) and electron(-ve). During bonding with an atom from another element, it is done by exchange or sharing of electrons which compliment the bonding charge. Never has it been known that protons attract and attach to protons. This should have been the rudiment of homosexual bonding. But it never did. In magnetism which is the rudiment of electricity, opposite charges attract, same charges repel. This is the natural law that can never change. There should have been precedence of malfunction in nature for same to replicate in higher functions of living cells.

Animals and plants existed before man. My study of birds, cattle, pigs yielded zero homosexual relations. Same as in plants. Then I ask, how did man become homosexual? It is all about brainwashing, the power to control people without them knowing it. While it works in creating popularity halo around people, it also turns the mentality to something else by the same power with which it is able to turn people into black sheep or stooges. Twisting people’s mentality makes a slave of them even though they feel good about it, making people fall in love with things they would hate: their brain has been exchanged for plastic chipboards in the Devil’s workshop... same as power of attraction to music. It involves the power of Satan himself who now lives in the substituted humans who go by the name of illuminati.

They have an objective of turning the world into what they want – different from the one created by God. They are the very opposition to creation with an agenda to turn everything to oppose God using the powerful instrument of sex. If you join them, you become a twisted human, and sex becomes a way of life –normal or homosexual, knowing how much illicit and unnatural sex offend GOD. if not, you try to see your people are not in it by allowing them free sex – to be sure – thereby also involving in illicit sex – which is itself also a sin. This period calls for extreme caution!
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by: Anonymous
January 22, 2014 5:06 AM
You left it off on a cliff, short of explaining that it is man-made. If you say atoms do not attract each other, you are right. If you say animals do not practice it, you are right. So why did nature bypass all those earlier lives to visit it on humans alone? You said something about popularity, no wonder musicians and artists become somethings else overnight; it is the power of evil working in the degenerate humans controlling them to love the immoral things. To what extent do these things last? When the devil wants to deceive people, he tells them lies that twist their brain - life in heaven or hell - they want you to believe everything ends here. But is it true? What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? From the beginning they were made male and female. If it were necessary for like charges to copulate, nature would have had an example for us. But there is none. Why should we now become slaves of evil forces making us do abnormal things for the sake of money, fame and power? Remember all these were the Devil's promise to Jesus at the temptation. AND THEY ARE WHAT THE DEVIL IS RETURNING TO YOU THROUGH ACQUIRED POWER whose manifestation is homosexuality. I have heard a few popular artists who claim to have sold their souls to the Devil, have you sold your own soul to the devil too - for a pot of puree?

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