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Denmark, Norway Reduce Uganda Aid Over Anti-Gay Law

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Two European countries are reducing aid to the Ugandan government because of its new anti-homosexuality law.

Denmark said Wednesday it will redirect about $9.1 million that was intended for the government to Ugandan civil society and the private sector.

Norway said earlier it will hold back about $8.2 million in aid to Uganda, while increasing its support for "human rights and democracy defenders."

Sweden has threatened a similar cutback. All three countries joined the United States, Britain and other Western nations in condemning the law signed Monday by President Yoweri Museveni.

The law bans the so-called "promotion" of homosexualty, and those found of engaging in gay sex could face life in prison.

The value of the Ugandan shilling fell by more than two percent Wednesday, it has dropped each day since the law came into effect.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
February 27, 2014 4:58 AM
I don't frustrate the authenticity of the scripture or the grace of God. If marriage is a union between a man and a man or a woman and a woman,then God has lost his mind. God forbid. But the scripture made it clear Gen 2:18 Therefore a man shall leave his mother and his father and cleaves to his wife. The hebrew word for wife is Ishshah meaning wife, woman, female or the opposite of man.
We uphold the scripture high, and we stand for the value of our mothers, sisters and all those females that believed in the institution of a marriage destinated by the creator. We strongly believed anything other then this is is not marriage. Let me make myself clear, I am not against Homosexual. But we are calling them to repent and turn to the true God given mandle.
We are also calling on Mr. Obama and Secretary Kerry to stop spreading the gay message around and using foreign aid as a bid to control the third world countries. Nobody against gay people, but you cannot impose your will on other people. And America needs to repent and turn to their God. The nation needs to cry out with a loud voice to God. We need God divine mendle to be carry out through the land of America. We need God divine intervention, we need the presence of God in our Land. God Bless America.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 11, 2014 12:30 AM
You dont know me to call me hypocrite. You and I have never interact , you dont have to insult me or anyone to express your view. learn this please.

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by: Anonymous
March 10, 2014 3:29 PM
"but you cannot impose your will on other people. And America needs to repent and turn to their God."
And there we have it. In two consecutive sentences, you say that no one should impose their will - except that you would.
Nice example of hypocrisy.


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
February 27, 2014 2:57 AM
We don't support the killing of Homosexual, They have the right to live like everyone else. But we are calling on the US to to stand for our symbol that is on our United States, IN GOD WE TRUST. and if we say we trust this God and believed the scripture, let us stand for the true. The purpose of marriage, IS BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND REPLENISH THE EARTH. Gen 1:26-28. My God what is happening to the US, have we gotten so bad that we no longer put our faith in the Scripture? Now if the US stands for this Gay Marry, and the Heterosexual comes up and say they want to marry three or four wives or husbands, what will the US do? America is playing with fire. Now if the prostitutes come up and say we are not bothering no one, we just want to have our sex and make our money, what will the US Government do? Arrest them? nonsense, it is their right also. The Government cannot applied the law to certain group of people, No. Let the be equal equality to all man. Let me make myself clear here, we are not against homosexuality, what we are saying here is this, we need to live up to the requirement of the scripture as a Christian Nation. This Country is Blessed, but we are slowing turning away from God and the Blessing. America needs to rise up with that Godly standard. We need to return to our first love. The of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God Bless America


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
February 27, 2014 12:21 AM
There are different laws for different countries, We as Africans do not condone the act of Homosexuality, However they have the right to breath and live like everybody else. Marriage was instituted by God, between a man and a woman. we strongly disagreed with Secretary Kerry, Mr. Obama, the UN, and the EU etc
etc. At the same token if Africa will stand on her own in the 21st century, and does not depend on the Western world for anything, then Mr. Museveni can put such a law into action. Let me be clear here, I do believed marriage is between a man and a woman. And America suppose to be a Christian Country who should have been teaching God's standard of living, But instead they are the one that are teaching errors and leading people to hell. Africa is for the Africans. and there are set rules and regulations that we live by. Uganda is a Christian Country and a sovereign, Denmark, Norway or America has no right to dictate to her.It is time for western colonialism to stop. We do believed in the right of homosexual to live, But they cannot imposed their way on other people. That their private life, let them keep it to themselves.

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by: Erik from: Norway
February 27, 2014 9:20 PM
Ah, yes. This reasoning would be much less sad and pathetic if it weren't for the fact that Scandinavian countries are bankrolling Uganda's government budget to a large degree. If you do something that breaks with OUR sense of morality you must also accept that we no longer wish to fund you.

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by: Juanita Weeks from: Monrovia, Liberia
February 27, 2014 3:58 AM
Best said Mr. Padmore. They have no right to impose their way of live on us Africans.


by: Hillary kemboi from: kenya
February 26, 2014 1:11 PM
Even thought u reduce foreigh aid 2 uganda homosexuality is a taboo in African countries.

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