Saturday, November 24, 2012

Uganda may vote on even more draconian anti-gay law, makes baldfaced statement about protecting collective cutlure (or "cult")

The White House and State Department have as yet made no comment on the even more draconian anti-gay bill in the parliament in Uganda, although it may make a statement next week.  Top Magazine has a story this morning here

The wording of the law is rather bald-faced in its purpose: protecting the “cherished culture of the people of Uganda” against “sexual rights activists”.  It minces no apologies about “group culture”, a notion that we find with the “natural family” movement on the right wing in the US.  Such writings become anti-individualist and express the importance of “shared goals”.  It isn’t too hard to see that such thinking, when carried to extremes leads to cults (like Waco, Jonestown or the FLDS in Colorado City), and when done by governments leads us toward states like Nazi Germany or North Korea.  It seems bizarre to brag about a culture that leads to such places.  It’s an easy play for power mongerers.  One aspect of Ugandan culture (note, how the word “cult” gets derived), however, is the belief that married parents have a “right” to lineage (and that unborn souls have a right to conception) and that homosexuals are “murdering” the lineage by refusing to procreate.  I experienced some of this a half century ago as an only child.

The CIA says that Uganda has a birthrate of about 6.14 children per female (4th in the world).  But it had 64000 deaths from HIV in 2009, 8th in the world (link). 

The law would sometimes impose the dearth penalty, make it illegal to rent to homosexuals, and even to fail to turn in homosexuals.  But even in the US, there used to be laws in some states making it illegal to serve alcohol to homosexuals (in Virginia) or even sometimes to rent to gays. 

The bill is reported to have passed a parliamentary committee and could come up for vote any time, as with this Towleroad report here.

CNN has a story and video about the upcoming vote here. CNN has been airing a report where reporters interview ordinary Ugandans on the streets of Kampala about the matter.  Many seem indifferent, but some say "gays have no place in our culture".  Very interesting.  Does that mean, "in our cult"? 

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