Victoria University, an affiliate of the UK-based University of Buckingham, has announced that it is to close its campus in Uganda on account of the Bahati anti-gay bill.
Money quote from the Vice Chancellor:
“Over the last few months, the University of Buckingham has been in discussions with our partners, Edulink, who own Victoria University in Kampala, Uganda, about our continued validation of some of Victoria University’s courses. We have both become increasingly concerned about the proposed legislation in Uganda on homosexuality and in particular the constraints on freedom of speech in this area,”
Really? A center of learning is closing its doors solely on account of discriminatory legislation instead of writing briefs on behalf of or in support of those fighting the legislation? Why does that make any sense? What message does that send the students at this school? That you should close down and run when faced with policies you don’t like or agree with?
A New Vision reader’s [edited] comment sums up my own thoughts:
My opinion is that gays should be tolerated as long as they do their things in private as we all do . But now , I am about to change my mind . It seems that homosexuals are more intolerant than I thought . They are a wicked and selfish … Why on earth do you close down a University just because politicians are about to make a law that you don´t like ? Is there any country where everybody likes the laws their leaders make ? If homosexuals had a country where they are the majority, would they allow other people to have a voice ? Why don’t they close when government shoots people ? Why don´t they close when some Ugandans are not allowed to demonstrate? Why don`t they close when politicians steal money that is supposed to help the sick ? It has been always said that homosexuals have an agenda to recruit . Is this the evidence that the allegation is true ? University is the place where people are provided with the keys to open all doors. If a government is taking away “freedom of speech” from the people, isn’t that the reason why a university should stay open at least with the aim to teach students that free expression is a right?
From a gay Ugandan man I say …
Amen. Amen, Amen.