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Urge Christian leaders to oppose Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
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(The following has been taken from "Uganda's Gay Death Penalty Bill is 'Morally Repugnant' Says United Reform Church" by Steve Williams.)
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Religious leaders have begun to formally condemn a law tabled by Ugandan backbencher David Bahati that would grant Ugandan authorities the ability to condemn HIV positive gay citizens to death under the charge of "aggravated homosexuality" among other stringent penalties.
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So who has spoken out?
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the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams remains silent. 
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YES...The United Reform Church in the UK has taken the step of formallycondemning Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. In a statement, the United Reform Church called the bill "draconian" and said that it was appalled by the tabled law, adding:
“This draft legislation represents a clear infringement of human rights and is morally repugnant. . . We add our voice to the many calling for the immediate withdrawal of this discriminatory bill.”
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Internally, Uganda's Christian groups have been split by the bill. Some are welcoming it as a clear stance against "moral imperialism" and the infiltration of Western values.
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NO...Joseph Abura, Anglican Bishop of Karamoja in Uganda,
described those who oppose the bill as "lovers of evil".
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YES...British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has informed Musevini of his deep concern over the proposed law.
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Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for the Canadian Prime Minister's Office, said:
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“Canada has clearly spoken out against human-rights violations committed against persons on the basis of their sexual orientation and we urge states to take all necessary measures to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests, or detention.”
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YES...Canadian Anglicans have likewise spoken out against the bill, adding that it would
"impose excessive and cruel penalties on persons who experience same-sex attraction," which would be in direct opposition to Uganda's international commitments.
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So, has this international condemnation had much impact within Uganda?
The answer is NO, not really.
 
...the government remains stalwart that this bill is necessary to protect Uganda's moral integrity. In
just the past week, Yoweri Museveni claimed European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa and trying to spread homosexuality.
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Interestingly, rumours that President Museveni, Ugandan Ethics Minister Nsaba Buturo and MP David Bahati are linked to U.S. group "The Family" continue to persist, while the notion that Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was informed by American anti-gay groups also continues. 
More on this from The Observer.
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Global religious leaders still have a chance at changing this....
Take Action:
Urge Christian leaders to oppose Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

 

 
 
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