|Politics, sex and religion in Uganda: cause for concern|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
I applaud and support humanitarian efforts to feed, clothe and educate starving orphans here and abroad (I don’t know what “discipling” is, but I don’t think it’s edible).
But anyone who contemplates “engaging Uganda” should look before they leap.
Over the last few years, high-level Ugandan government officials have been receptive to the tutelage of American evangelical Christian individuals and organizations with a specifically anti-homosexual agenda. This includes several well-known ultra-conservative groups, and even a few U.S. senators.
Homosexuality is already “illegal” in Uganda, but pending legislation would impose even more draconean punishments, including the death penalty.
Members of Congress and the U.S. State Department have expressed their disapproval of this “Kill the Gays” legislation and have suggested that U.S. aid to Uganda might be discontinued if it passes.
Some of the original evangelical supporters and co-authors of the legislation have tried to back off from their earlier position, but they have also tried to slow and soften the U.S. response.
Since the original Enterprise article(s) mentioned that most of the orphans in Wera lost their parent(s) to AIDS, it should be noted that the preponderance of AIDS cases in Africa result from married heterosexual activity.
Anyone who questions the validity of these observations or the seriousness of the threat to basic human rights in Uganda should “google” or “bing” Uganda and Kill the Gays.
Holyoke Enterprise June 16, 2011