A 16-year old Ugandan gets it on the Bahati [Nazi] anti-gay bill 4

First you are blown away by the quality of writing – which tells you immediately that this is an exceptional young man. Then you are floored by the flawless reasoning.

Here is a very thoughtful piece from a 16-year-old Ugandan, a young man who puts the idiocy of the Bahati Bill and many Ugandans who support it in their place. And, no, this young man obviously didn’t attend Uganda’s Universal Primary Education:

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It is easy for most Africans to blame their government for any national or political immorality, justice, and corruption. As stated in one of my previous blog posts, the Ugandan populace should feel no different. However, in light of the recent publicity surrounding the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, I point a finger towards not only to the government, but also to the Ugandan people.

Last month, Rebecca Kadaga was involved in a row with Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird over gay rights at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Quebec. When she returned home, Ms. Kadaga was met by [hundreds] of Anti-Homosexual leaders and supporters. This began the Speaker’s quest to ensure the enforcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill by the end of the year. The bill is meant to heighten the already severe consequences of homosexual acts or any support of homosexuality, meriting life in prison and even death in some cases. Earlier this week, Kadaga said that “Ugandans want that law as a Christmas gift. They have asked for it and we’ll give them that gift.” Having grown up there, I can attest to the extreme conservative climate present in Uganda. It is understandable that Ugandans would be hesitant in accepting homosexuality. That being said it doesn’t justify the attempted detainment and/or eradication of gays. This is an issue of human rights, a subject that Uganda has struggled with for decades. Citizens should be more empathetic.

The fact that the government is essentially harboring the systematic extermination of homosexuals is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable, especially in the progressive world we live in today. Although, regardless of Kadaga’s big words, the likelihood of the bill passing is low, due to Uganda’s dependence of foreign aid and investment. The global community has expressed its strong positions against the bill and countries like the UK have already frozen their aid to the African country. Economically, “Uganda is still a colony,” says my father.

But even if the law isn’t officially instituted, the real tragedy is the number of Ugandans in favor of it. That a people could be so ruthless as to support the killing of thousands for something that is out of human control, that a people could be so closed-minded that they would harbor the detainment and death of thousands due to their sexuality or support of something that contradicts their personal beliefs, speaks volumes and will ultimately determine the progression of that people. That a people can preach love in their respective religions and campaign for peace from their government, while they simultaneously rally for the execution of the innocent, is the height of hypocrisy, and reveals the corruptions that exist within in the church.

Whereas religion should serve a peaceful and harmonious celebration of common beliefs, it is instead a way to justify savagery. Many Ugandans argue that homosexuality is an attack on the institution of marriage but I doubt that their mere existence acts as a threat to anyone or anything. Uganda has been plagued with a warped Christianity and it is this corruption that will limit its progression. Countless nationals have long criticized their governments for being ruthless, corrupt, and unjust, however. As this episode can show us, Ugandans are not much different from their leadership. So, before casting stones at the likes of Amin, Obote, and Museveni, it would be who of them, to asses their own sin.

(Kalanzi Kajubi)

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