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Ugandan Catholics Want “Kill the Gays” Bill Revived

Ugandan Catholics Want “Kill the Gays” Bill Revived

Uganda’s Catholic Bishops have reversed their position and joined other religious leaders in demanding the revival of the notorious bill which allows for gays to be executed.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) was effectively shelved last year by the government, following sustained pressure from international donor countries. Despite repeated claims to the contrary, including some unfortunate mainstream reporting, the last version of the bill contained the death penalty in some circumstances.

The Catholic Church had previously been the sole major religion in Uganda in opposition to the bill. But according to the Daily Monitor, at the annual conference of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), an ecumenical body which brings together the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, the Bishops resolved that it should be retrieved from the long grass.

The UJCC said that the bill was needed to prevent what they called “an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage.”

The Vatican came out strongly and publicly against the bill and, Wikileaks revealed, even lobbied against it. Uganda watchers say that the change by the Ugandan Catholic church is “very serious” and that the UJCC resolution was pushed by an Anglican Bishop.

Another concern is that, according to the East African, Ugandan President Yowari Museveni is backing his wife, Janet, to take over from him in 2016. She has close ties to American evangelical dominionist Christian groups and is widely believed to be a force behind the “Kill the Gays” bill.

LGBT activists in Uganda say that despite some setbacks, they are slowly increasing visibility and support. In March, a group managed to join a march against sexual violence with their banner without incident in the capital, Kampala.

Said the award winning activist Frank Mugisha, of Sexual Minorities Uganda:

We see a shift in public opinion, and I guess it’s because many Ugandans are talking about homosexuality a lot. There are some local leaders who are now willing to meet and talk to us. The only problem we have is the belief people have that we are promoting homosexuality and recruiting children.

Mugisha’s group has filed suit in a U.S. court in the first known Alien Tort Statute case, seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. They are suing the American evangelical extremist Scott Lively for creating the anti-gay climate in Uganda which led to the introduction of the “Kill the Gays” bill.

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4:07AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

what would you expect when the vatican is run by an ex member of the hitler youth corp.?



The catholic church has combined with the extremist islamic influence in Africa., eg the country of the former Edi Amin.

And with Dolans joining the republicans, we have the perfect example of how catholic charity is only for the rich and powerful, to hell with the middle class and the poor.

Their idea is that the poorer you are, the more you will go to church for false hope. Their expected loss of contributions is nothing compared to the protection of their absolutist ideology which is little different then the taliban., except for the lack so far of ak47s

BTW the catholic church joins with the people of the repub for the most part NRA, whose merchants of death kill over 30,000 per year in america alone

Another example that “protecting life” to them is just another goebbels game – if you tell lies often enough they will be seen as the truth.

The church is all but dead in Europe, dying in Latin America. The USA is their battle of the bulge. The church gave the world the hatred of the Jews, which morphed into the holocaust and WWII and 55 million deaths

they will do anything to protect their power and money. The next murderous INquisition is at hand. Wait till we find them joining with the taliban.

Religious freedom is the curse of humanity.

5:43AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

I fail to see how executing gays will protect the bible--which is just a book--or the institution of marriage--which has far greater threats than whatever it is two consenting adults may do in private. Aren't Catholic PRIESTS a threat to marriage since they never marry? Isn't DIVORCE a threat to marriage?

But, gosh, for the first time maybe ever the Vatican is on the right side of an issue--probably because they hope to try to "convert" the gays.

1:41AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

ALL Homophobia comes ultimately from the Bigoted Patriarchal "religions", and is directly related to those Patriarchal religions' MISOGYNY, of which it is actually a part.

If those Patriarchal religions DID NOT TEACH HOMOPHOBIA, then HOMOPHOBIA WOULD NOT EXIST.
The "believers" in religious FAIRY TALES, do not like to ACKNOWLEDGE THIS FACT.

Debra: When BELIEF IN NONSENSICAL FAIRY TALES OF PATRIARCHAL RELIGION ENDS -- then THERE WILL BE NO MORE HOMOPHOBIA.
And, it is GOOD NEWS that Young People are LEAVING the Patriarchal Churches in DROVES!
Apparently, EVEN IN UGANDA, where support for LGBT Rights is "slowly growing". That means, THE CHURCHES, THANK GOD {irony intended!}, THE CHURCHES ARE LOSING THEIR GRIP.
The ONLY reason to believe the nonsensical Fairy Tales of Patriarchal Religion, is IGNORANCE and CLOSING YOUR MIND TO INFORMATION NOT APPROVED OF BY THE CHURCH "LEADERS". The ONLY reason.


11:25PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

it's a mad mad mad mad world

10:29PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

@ MAri G. It all started with the Crusades. How very "Christian" of them!!!

8:05PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Wtf is wrong with people? I can't understand how people can feel it's okay to kill a whole group of people for no reason other than they don't like them.

2:22PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

I think that the leaders are related to the American Christian "Taliban" says it all.

And agree with Robert F.

6:59AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Wow! What's up with that? Did they get all the rapist priests out of Uganda? I doubt it, they should be very frightened for their own.
It was probably being pulled out by some old priest, that can't get it up anymore.
Shame on the Catholic church.

6:43PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Interesting.

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