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Parent Group Supports Uganda Kill the Gays Bill

Parent Group Supports Uganda Kill the Gays Bill

 

A group calling itself the National Parents Network (NPN) announced to journalists over the weekend that it has formed to lobby Uganda’s government to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, known as the “Kill the Gays” bill for its death penalty provision for repeat offenders.

The group has joined forces with the Uganda Coalition for Moral Values (UCMV) for a “Pass the Bill Now” campaign.

According to the Daily Monitor:

Mobilising under the ‘Uganda National Parents Network,’ the “Pass the BILL Now Campaign” the parents addressed journalists in Kampala [over the weekend] and outlined their course of action, following revelations lately that Cabinet had abandoned the bill owing to international pressure from donor countries.

“We urge you to do what is right even if it is not politically correct. Remember that your first obligation and loyalty should be to the citizens of Uganda and our children who are our future,” they urged government in a statement signed by Mr Steven Langa, the executive director Family Life Network.

“We ask you not to betray and abandon the parents who voted you into public office. Remember that is the Ugandans who elected you and not donors or foreign governments,” the statement added, noting that Uganda should make friends with nations that share common values. The parents called for formation of an African coalition with common cultural norms and values.

The group reportedly said its formation was necessary because recently the Ugandan Cabinet voted to discard the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 — it should be noted however, that because the bill is under the jurisdiction of Parliament this does not in fact prevent the legislation from being taken up or passed.

NPN says that a “lack of legislation on homosexuality” is allowing for a spread of same-sex relationships and that indoctrination is happening in schools and universities. Uganda in fact already has very strict anti-homosexuality laws and can invoke a jail term for those convicted, which is the chief reason why the Cabinet said it opposes spending time and money on passing new legislation.

For NPN, existing legislation does not go far enough it would seem.

More from The African Report:

Langa urged MPs to move fast to pass the anti homosexuality bill into law “to save the nation from immoral acts.”

He attacked President Yoweri Museveni’s cabinet for proposing to throw out the bill.

”We cannot stand by while our children are being destroyed and yet we have a government, legislators and law enforcers who have the duty of protecting our children from homosexuality and sexual slavery,” Langa said.

“We want the bill which was introduced in parliament in 2009 to be immediately passed into a law.”

He called on all parents to contact their MPs and ask them to pass the bill.

If passed as first proposed by MP David Bahati, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would also penalize attempted homosexuality, would unilaterally break ties with all international commitments that would impede its implementation, and could effectively exclude Uganda’s LGBT citizens from the judicial process because of its overreaching propaganda and collusion provisions.

While legislators are currently embroiled in budget talks the head of Uganda’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Stephen Tashobya, has suggested that such talks will be through by November at which point lawmakers would be free to take up the bill. Whether they will prioritize the legislation or hold-off on the matter remains to be seen.

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8:05AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

"If you're gay and in Uganda, don't come out of the closet."

And if you're not in Uganda, avoid it like the plague. It is not safe for gay people or those who do not share the homophobia of this culture. And the hysteria around this subject makes the country an unstable, unsafe to be generally. Best to just avoid this place until it begins to show signs of growing up and becoming an adult nation-state. This is the stuff of adolescents.

10:55PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Harry C.:
"No doubt parents of the Third Reich thought that it was their right to teach their children anti-semitism. And certainly parents in the Deep South of the 1960s in which I grew up insisted they had a right to teach their kids to be racists."

Stars all around, Harry C.!


11:17PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Such a horror gays have to live in, in such a country. Everywhere it's hard, but this is shameful.

6:10PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Parents, your kids are not safe if the "gays are killed." Pedophiles don't consider themselves gay, and no one 'turns" gay- you either are attracted to people of the opposite gender, or you aren't...

5:22PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

My sexual orientation is of the straight kind but I still respect the gay persons' rights. These backward people will eventually come around and hopefully soon. If you're gay and in Uganda, don't come out of the closet.

5:01PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

"As a parent I've made it crystal clear to my children that should any of them ever tell me they are gay I would disown them because of my personal and religious morals"

Translation: This is all about me and how people will see me. My child is secondary to my own considerations. They are a means to my personal ends.

I give thanks every day that I do not live in an honor/shame culture and that the family I was raised in had pyschologically matured beyond this kind of adolescent self-preoccupation. Would the designated adult in this household please identify themselves at this time?

I find this very sad. And what a hell it would be to discover oneself gay in such a toxic family situation.

4:56PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

"Just as so many people are advocating that gays and lesbians have the right to choose to openly reveal and portray their sexual preference, so too do their parents and others have the right to choose not to be accepting or even tolerant of it.

Indeed. I'm not sure parents have a particular right to teach their children homophobia but parents have been poisoning the thoughts of children from the beginning of time. No doubt parents of the Third Reich thought that it was their right to teach their children anti-semitism. And certainly parents in the Deep South of the 1960s in which I grew up insisted they had a right to teach their kids to be racists.

But with rights come responsibilities. How responsible is a parent who teaches their children misanthropy?

2:42PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Fa'izah J.A.:
"Just as so many people are advocating that gays and lesbians have the right to choose to openly reveal and portray their sexual preference, so too do their parents and others have the right to choose not to be accepting or even tolerant of it."

You have the right to disagree, but no one has the right to be intolerant of homosexuals, because this would mean infringing on other people's rights.

As you wrote: "one person's rights ends where another person's begins."

Uganda's punishments of homosexuality is so wrong!

3:27AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

When will people realise that nobody chooses to be homosexual. Mabye if it made life easier somebody would choose it but with all that ignorance they meet it's not easy.

10:38PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Peace and hate cannot co-exist!

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