Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga responds to Father Musaala 14

Here is the Archbishop of Kampala’s press release. It’s not clear whether this was before or after Father Musaala was suspended from conducting his priestly duties ‘pending investigations.’

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Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga

Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga

PRESS RELEASE

Dear people of God

“I deeply think of the immense suffering caused by the article produced in the media authored by Fr. Anthony Musaala, that seems to be casting a dark shadow of suspicion” over all priests.

Above all, the Church takes seriously the allegations in this article. On behalf of my fellow Catholic Bishops in Uganda I wish to assure the public that as leaders of the Catholic Church in Uganda; we are committed to the protection of the minors and rights of everyone. Investigations about these allegations are to begin immediately with of course cases that are proved.

It should however, be clear to everyone that the value of the choice of priestly celibacy according to the Catholic tradition still stands, and the need for solid human and Christian formation is underlined, both for seminarians and for those already ordained.
The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law states the stand of the Catholic Church on celibacy in Canon 277, which mandates clerical celibacy that: “Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore are obliged to observe celibacy, which is a special gift of God, by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and can more freely dedicate themselves to the services of God and mankind.”

This Church law is embraced willingly as prescribed by Can.1037 which states that: “A candidate for the permanent diaconate who is not married, and likewise a candidate for the priesthood, is not to be admitted to the order of diaconate unless he has, in the prescribed rite, publically before God and the Church undertaken the obligation of celibacy, or unless he has taken perpetual vows in a religious institute”. This means therefore that no one is forced to embrace this discipline before or at ordination.

Everyone should once again remember that until Christ came along (Mt 19:12), and then Paul (1 Cor. 7:32-35), the only state of life known was marriage but when Christ came, He made it clear that some people would remain celibate (“eunuchs”) for the sake of the Kingdom of God (Mt 19:12). St. Paul further recommended it for those who would be dedicated to serving God in this world (1 Cor. 7:7, 17, 32-35), for the salvation of souls and it is totally a freedom of choice as the above biblical quotations suggest.
If one fails to comply with this discipline, he does it on his own and not on behalf of the Church. Consequently personal failure in this regard is not an offence sanctioned by the Church. However we as Bishops deeply regret such failures and seek forgiveness from those who have been victims.
I indeed applaud all the many religious men and women who have remained faithful to this promise and there is nothing we can offer but our prayers for them.

It is very unfortunate that the author of the published document stands to call for suspension of this discipline through his proposed forum that has no Church legitimacy and yet the Church’s legislation and practice is clear on this point. None-the-less we are going to investigate into the allegations in the article with people concerned together with certainty of the author of this document.

As per now, after the acceptance of Fr. Musaala that he authored this document, the law prescribed by the Church in can. 1369 takes its course. This law states that: “A person is to be punished with a just penalty, who, at a public event or assembly, or in a published writing, or by otherwise using the means of social communication, utters blasphemy, or gravely harms public morals, or rails at or excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.”

This means therefore that Fr. Musaala because of the publication of his article in the public media which damages good morals of Catholic believers and further expresses a wrong teaching against the Catholic Church’s teaching and that this stirs up hatred and contempt against the Church, he incurs a Ferendae sententiae penalty as prescribed by Can.1314. This means that Father Anthony Musaala is suspended from celebrating sacraments and sacramentals, from the powers of governance in accordance to the law of the Church Can.1335 and1336§1n.1, 2and3 as investigations are being carried on.

Once more I feel sorry of the inconveniences caused by this article and let us entrust the whole matter to our Lord the most chaste, for the conversion of hearts to do good.

Yours Sincerely in Christ,

+Cyprian K. Lwanga
ARCHBISHOP OF KAMPALA

Women to blame if they are raped by their spouses? 3

Money quote from the comment section of Uganda’s New Vision (Moses Nuwagaba, March 5, 2013):

“On the question of rape in marriage, the solution is in sensitizing spouses, especially women, about their conjugal responsibilities.”

Huh? I found myself doing a double take.

Is Mr. Nuwagaba really suggesting that it is the wives’ responsibility to ensure that they fulfill their sexual obligations in order to avoid being raped by their husbands?

Yes, he is.

Such outlandish opinions -espoused by men and women – are legion in Uganda.

Take this advice in the same paper that was given to a woman who complained that her husband of six years was an unapologetic adulterer who left her to fend for the home and her two children. After it got too much, she left the marriage bed, no doubt afraid of what sexually transmitted diseases she might catch:

Opinion A (a woman): … Have you considered that despite your husband having flaws, you might also have some? … When you are hurt by your husband, turn to your first love, Jesus, not to another man …”

Opinion B (a  man): Instead of abandoning your husband, keep talking to him. He will reform when the time comes. …

Opinion C (a man): If your husband has declined to change, talk to his confidant to influence him. If you unknowingly wronged him, examine yourself.

And so on and so forth.

So, there, it is clear: in Uganda women must put up with deadbeats, compulsive philandering, neglect once they make marriage vows.

Yes, I hear you wondering whether these opinions are really from adults living in 2013. They are and are reflective of how Ugandans generally reason. The general expectation is that men will sleep around, and that women should understand and be patient with them when they do. There is little point in arguing against it – it is what it is.

Which makes me wonder … if such thinking is still par for the course in Uganda in 2013, what does it say for the mountain we have to climb to convince this country to understand same-sex relations?

 

Illiterate African Americans: go back to school!

Forced by political correct to apologize: Mitzi Miller (left). Right is Fantasia

Forced by political correct to apologize: Mitzi Miller (left). Right is Fantasia

Check out this uplifting story from Kenya:

Money quote:

Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, 88, is the oldest man in Kenya to attend primary school. At the time of his enrollment four years ago, the Guinness Book of World Records listed him as being the oldest person in the world to start primary school. A Great Grandfather who have (sic) a great dreams. … .

And now check out the comments when the [educated] editor of America’s Jet magazine,  Mitzi Miller, launched a diatribe against 29-year-old Fantasia Barino, a fairly successful R&B singer who apparently still can’t read or write properly. In a nutshell, the comments, no doubt from other African (black?) Americans, heap contumely on the editor for calling Fantasia’s illiteracy out, even going as far as saying that they will boycott Jet magazine.

Utter rubbish. A woman brought up in America is illiterate and that is Jet Magazine’s editor’s fault?

It's not as though books in America are always terribly expensive

It’s not as though books in America are always terribly expensive

A friend from another forum argues that  “I agree that it’s time for Fantasia to refine herself and embrace some sort of reconciliation with the challenges of her illiteracy. However,  JET magazine editors should NOT be putting down this woman because this wannabe bourgeoisie editor who had a more fortunate life, in her head thinks she is better than Fantasia.”

To which I say … The Jet magazine editor should say what she pleases about Barino’s illiteracy if America wants to continue calling itself the land of free speech.

Actually, the editor is doing Barino and the entire unread black American corps a service by making illiteracy in America an object of derision. In the richest country in the world, if we are harder on people without book learning, that would be the first step towards stigmatizing illiteracy. It’s not the editor’s fault that Fantasia slipped through the cracks. Yes, it was unkind of Miller to point out her “sista’s” shortcomings but that is life – sometimes it is unkind.

Fantasia has been entertaining us for almost 10 years now, yes? In that time, she has sold albums, acted on Broadway and wrecked someone’s marriage. Can you imagine what we would be saying now had she used some of that time to learn to read and write? Instead, you now read that Barino still relies on her daughter to read stuff. She admits she can’t make head or tail of documents put in front of her – and doesn’t seem intelligent enough to hire someone to decipher them for her.

“The fact that I wasted an hour of my workday writing a press release to address an issue created by a person who cannot even read it is just… (Mitzi Miller on Fantasia)

In sub-Saharan Africa men and women go back to finish 7th grade in their 60s. What excuse does a woman who now has some money in the bank have for not hiring a tutor and learning to read and write?.

Mitzi Miller dear … you live in America so you have to think carefully about your choice of words and style of addressing controversial issues. But you have done Fantasia and all the drop-outs of America a favor by pointing out that no adult American citizen has any excuse for being illiterate in 2013.

Illiterate black America, go back and complete your schooling. Please.

Pope Benedict XVI: India Knight Voices My Very Thoughts 3

India Knight had a great piece, three years ago on why she had let her Catholicism lapse:

Money quote:

Vague because it’s hard to pay lip-service to a faith that you feel hates you; a faith that would rather let you die in childbirth than have an abortion, won’t let you take the contraception necessary to prevent said abortion, hates gay people despite having many homosexual priests; a faith that talks ignorant nonsense about HIV and Aids, that would rather watch people die in Africa than let them use a condom; a faith that is unbelievably slow to say sorry about the fact that some of its members are habitual rapists of children.

I mean, you know, at some point you just give up. Not one of these things is defensible taken individually. Collectively, they are beyond comprehension.

My thoughts exactly. This Pope has been an unmitigated failure, with his reign characterized by cover-ups, even rewarding, of priestly pedophilia, foolish resistance to contraception by a Pope who has never raised a child or had to worry about where his next meal would come from, publicly inveighing against homosexuals while continuing to secretly hire them into the priestly ranks … one could go on.

The only positively radical thing Benedict XVI has done in his entire Papacy is to resign. Time for a Pope ready to live in the 21st Century.

To a gay man living in 201013, the Catholic Church Vatican I see and read about is an abomination.

Related reading:

.1. Pedophilia, celibacy and the priestly vocation
2. Is the notion of a sexually active gay clergy tenable?
3. If Biblical teaching is unquestionable …
4. Stephen Fry on the Catholic Church
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Are Uganda’s telecom companies screwing their customers? 2

2744/= ! I was on the phone for barely 5 minutes

Charged 2744/= ! I was on the phone for barely 5 minutes

Among the breathtaking things I have come to appreciate about Uganda is the power that telecom companies wield in this country. Economic power is of course not a bad thing but Uganda is the only country I have lived in where telecom companies engage in price-fixing, banking, usury (lending you 2,000/= in airtime you don’t have and charging you 800/= for the loan), gambling and, of course telecommunications almost at will.

I will focus on Airtel which is what I know best but the other communications companies (MTN, Warid, Uganda Telecom, Orange) are not that different since they operate as a cartel of sorts. A little more on that later.

Airtel used to be called Celtel. Then it became Zain which it was when it flew in R Kelly and Akon, at astronomical cost, for what turned out to be extremely disappointing concerts.

Now it is called Airtel, having been acquired by Bharti Airtel, an Indian company.

Airtel charges a tariff of  4/= per second for pre-paid phone calls. That means that you should pay 240/= if you make a one minute phone call, yes? Not necessarily.  The other day I was on the phone to an MTN number for 11 seconds and I was charged 576/= (52.36/= per minute).  Then I made a second call to the same number a couple of minutes later which lasted 10 seconds. I was charged 240/= (24/= per second). The third call I made, this time to a different number lasted 1.02 minutes and cost 504/= (8/= per second).

It’s confusing to the customer and, with the level of financial sophistication in Uganda not exactly helped by a so-so education offering, it is easy to see how most customers will not be able to figure out what exactly they are being charged on each phone call they make.

Airtel Arsenal "offer" seems more like a gambling package

Airtel Arsenal “offer” seems designed specifically to encourage gambling

If I was expecting to pay 44/= for an 11-second phone call that I paid 240/= for, where did the 196/= go?  If that were to be replicated a million times a day (Airtel boasts way more than one million customers),  what would that mean to Airtel’s bottom line? Could they possibly make more than 196,000,000/= ($73,400)  if this happened to one million customers in one day?

Is that how Airtel can afford to “give away” 5m/= ($1870) a day on television game shows as well as make all sorts of seemingly great offers to their customers? Why does it seem to me as though the customers themselves are already paying for all those ‘offers’ in inscrutable, confusing, opaque tariffs?

Airtel also has all sorts of enticing packages such as 20,000/= for “free” Airtel to Airtel  for an entire month. Exciting deal? Seems so until you apply it in practice.

If you load 20,000/= of the Airtel to Airtel package, you can make those calls for 30 days without paying anything extra. So, if you run out of Airtel-to-other-networks airtime, you can still make Airtel-Airtel calls. So far so good.

Now, if you load 10,000/= of Airtel-to-other-networks airtime, you might get a bonus of 5,000/=. But if you still have the Airtel-Airtel package, something interesting happens: the Airtel-Airtel free calls stop being free and their cost will be deducted from the bonus you received when you bought Airtel-to-other-networks airtime! Until the bonus runs out, your free Airtel-Airtel package is basically suspended. In other words, Airtel raids your Airtel-to-other-networks bonus for Airtel-Airtel calls that you have already paid 20,000/= for!

How the bonus airtime tariffs are calculated is a mystery, too. Suffice it to say that they are charged as haphazardly as the non-bonus tariffs.

Huh? What is that again?

Huh? What’s that again? No, they never took me off the bonus scheme and so they never responded

Now, try asking Airtel personnel why your bonus is being used for Airtel-Airtel calls when you have already paid for them. First you have to run the gauntlet of their disorganized customer service centers where they can’t even get right the queuing system. If you persist, you will speak with polite, empathetic Airtel officials who, however, don’t deliver on their commitments.

I persisted for about a month until I gave up when it became clear that, despite their fine words, they weren’t interested in resolving the issue. Take it or leave it was the tone of  the last e-mail the Airtel official sent me. So, I decided to leave it, and now longer subscribe to the Airtel-Airtel scheme since it seems like a swindle to me.

Their e-mails are either deliberately written to obfuscate, or someone at Airtel needs to figure out how to communicate with customers in a simpler style.

Yet another promise not fulfilled

Yet another promise not fulfilled

Some months ago, I sought out a radio talk show host I know, asking that I go on his show to talk about the telecom companies’ incomprehensible charges to customers. He didn’t mince his words. Telecom companies are so powerful, and radio stations are so beholden to them for advertizing shillings that they couldn’t say or bring on anyone to so much as question their business practices, he told me. That makes MTN more powerful than the president of Uganda – quite a feat for a company that is so divested in Uganda that it could shut down in exactly a day and return to South Africa.

MTN, too has its share of tariff complaints

MTN, too has its share of public complaints

So, how can you prove whether the tariffs you are being charged are as advertised? If you are a prepaid (pay as you go) customer, you can’t.  The simplest way would be to ask for a transcript of your phone calls but in Uganda the telecom companies don’t have to give you anything unless you get a court order.

What’s left is what I resorted to: made phone calls over a time and monitored the duration and cost. What I gleaned seems damning but it would be totally useless anywhere beyond this blog as I cannot back it up with any verifiable record. That seems to suit Airtel and the other data and voice service providers just fine.After all, if you can’t get a verifiable record, how can you question their business practices?

Why bother with barrier lines if your customers can mill around idly?

Why bother with barrier ropes and proper lines if you can make your customers mill around idly?

It is nonetheless curious that it is now much cheaper for Airtel customers to call India, Bangladesh, Canada or the United Kingdom than it is for them to call within Uganda. That sounds suspiciously as though the Ugandan customer calling his mother across town is subsidizing those who make international calls (what some might call preferential treatment) but, again, I can’t prove it.

Finally, did you know that, like the OPEC cartel, the big Ugandan telecom executives regularly meet to discuss tariffs and what they can do about them so that their respective companies all stay profitable?  Next time you wonder why they all charge about the same calling rates even though their customer base and numbers vary widely, do remember that.

PS. I sent an e-mail to Airtel, asking them whether they had any comment/clarification before I posted this. They sent me an e-mail that their “PRO” would get back to me. S/he hadn’t by the time I went to print. 

More lynchings reported in Nigeria 1

Nigeria is back again in the news – this time it’s one of its northern states that is stirring the cauldrons of primitivity that we’ve come to associate with Nigerian “justice” lately.

All in a day's work in Nigeria: alleged 'gay men' lynched

All in a day’s work in Nigeria: alleged ‘gay men’ lynched

It is because mob justice is so common in Nigeria that I am reporting the latest allegation of “gay lynching” with a pinch of salt. In the above picture, CKN Nigeria (via Identity Kenya) is reporting that the three men in question were found having sex and paraded through the streets.

Perhaps or perhaps not. What is doubly disturbing is that this kind of thing is so common in many parts of Nigeria and it seems indiscriminate. These men could indeed have been gay men, though the age disparity between them makes such a conclusion suspect to a casual observer. But they could also have been suspected of being chicken thieves or Christians for that matter. They could have been stripped naked and paraded in the streets for any number of reasons, this being  Nigeria.

I once took part in a lynching – inadvertently. It was an incident that started with a stolen smart phone and nearly ended with a dead naked man right there on Kampala’s main thoroughfare.  You can check out the details here. That poor man could have been killed for a cell phone that probably brought him in a sad $5.00 after he shared the proceeds with his accomplices.

Since that incident, I have bought two more smart phones and I am moving on up, like The Jeffersons. I doubt that any of the thieves have food for lunch today, despite stealing my phone. And that should be their comeuppance.

Hindsight is 20/20 but I now know I would simply walk away. And so should all these voyeuristic  male Nigerians who seem too eager to jump at any excuse to take pictures of other men’s genitals in broad daylight.

Really, Nigeria men, get a grip! I suspect that  if you ask nicely, you can have your way with other grown-up men without having to first parade them nude in the streets.

 

Victoria University – a counterproductive step 7

Victoria University LogoVictoria 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.

Hollywood “shunned” Liberace ‘biopic’

And quite understandably, too.

Check out at this money quote which summarizes why, had I been a Hollywood executive, I wouldn’t have financed the movie about Liberace’s life for a mainstream audience:

While I see your points about homophobic Hollywood, I think this is more of a generational issue than one of sexual orientation. [Las] Vegas can’t even keep its Liberace museum open anymore, and ‘seventies period pieces like Boogie Nights and Studio 54 peaked fifteen years ago. The average age of people old enough to have cared about Liberace at the time has to be at least 55 or so now, and why would young, hip movie goers pay money to see a cheesy flick about some excessive queen their grandfather’s age? Putting Matt Damon to work in a gay role is a good idea, but a seventies soap opera just isn’t the vehicle for it.

Over-the-top camp: Liberace

Over-the-top camp: Valentino Liberace

Yes, he blazed an outlandish trail in Las Vegas but, even in this day and age when gay-themed movies win Oscars (Brokeback Mountain and Boys Don’t Cry refer), Liberace’s life would have been too corny, too hackneyed, too one-dimensional to appeal to today’s  kids, men and women without whom the cash tills won’t ring. Movie executives have to make calculations that ultimately should make their studios money.

At least Liberace has been resurrected on HBO. We should see that as a very positive thing, sit our butts down and watch it on television.
Which reminds me … someone has my entire series of Sex and the City (HBO, 1998-2004) that I can’t seem to convince them to return without doing hand stands.  I wonder how Liberace would have handled that situation.
I must watch Steven Soderbergh’s HBO biopic to find out.

Is walking off the pitch the answer to racist chants?

A couple of days ago, AC Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng picked up the ball and led his side off the field 25 minutes into a friendly match in Italy. He was making a statement against the racist chants that were spewing forth from the stands.

Petulant or principled? Kevin Boateng

Petulant or principled? Kevin Boateng

He made an astute calculation to walk off at a mere friendly match because of course he can’t hope to keep doing that in league fixtures that have so much money, prestige and team reputation riding on the actions of the players.

That  is why I am puzzled by Boateng’s decision to abandon an entire match on account of just … words. It’s inconceivable that this is the first racial abuse he has heard from the stands, and he must know that it will not  be the last because, of course you cannot muzzle an entire population of 40,000+ fans for 90 minutes.

So, how can he think that walking off the field is the solution? Isn’t that playing into the racists’ hands? If all they have to do to frustrate an entire football match is heckle the players, you can bet the tactic will be used liberally.

Even if Boateng wasn’t paid millions to enjoy himself, which he is, he really ought to be man enough to rise above the frothing from the supporters’ stands. Now, if the fans were hurling missiles, I would be singing a different tune.

Which brings me to my own view about this sort of walk-off:

It’s foolish to think that you are going to fight racial abuse by walking off the pitch. You should stay on and play and show the frothing mouths in the stands that you are bigger than their insults. No one can do away with this sort of conduct by taking the ball and walking off with it. At the professional level these guys play, it is mourning ninny, cry-baby, behavior to walk off the pitch because you have been racially insulted.

Kevin Boateng should get some balls or he should find another profession.

Questions the anti-gay brigade struggles to answer 3

No bill: Ugandan girls walking around in the nude

No bill: Ugandan girls walking around in the nude

Now and then, it helps to revisit the questions that we would like those supporting the Bahati [Nazi] anti-gay bill to answer. We’ve asked them ad nauseam but I am not aware that a coherent response has ever been provided anywhere.

1. The Bahati Bill was not a result of a spike in “gay recruitment in schools” or a threat to the family as is claimed. So, what prompted it? Money? There is a lot of money to be made by Christian evangelicals such as Martin Ssempa who will gladly fight, for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the proxy morality fight already lost in the United States. His vested interest and that of the people who pay his way is well documented.

Peripatetic Rebecca Kadaga - this time visiting the Pope at the Vatican

Pushing for bill: peripatetic Rebecca Kadaga – this time visiting the Pope at the Vatican

2. Do you know that under this bill, everyone in Uganda who knows a gay man/woman is at risk of a 3-year jail term if they don’t hand them in to the police? Did you also know that priests, counselors, doctors and parents are also mandated to turn in anyone they discover is gay? When did we last read about such stuff, “read” because most of us are too young to have seen it first hand? Does Nazi Germany ring any bells?

3. The Uganda government’s own figures show that 176 girls were molested by their male relatives last year. Those are the ones on record and it stands to reason that the true number is much higher. Do you know of even a faintly comparable statistic on the gay side? What then makes Bahati claim that gays are a threat to Uganda?

4. Ugandans (and their president, Museveni) keep on arguing that they don’t like the “flaunting it.” What sort of

Junket straight ladies flaunting it: Zari and Sylvia Owori

No Bill: Junket straight ladies flaunting it: Zari and Sylvia Owori

flaunting it in Uganda have they seen anywhere that requires Parliament to enact a law? Anything near what one sees with the ladies of the night at Speke Hotel or on the drink junkets on boat cruises on Lake Victoria? I have done most, if not all, the night clubs in Kampala, sometimes from Wednesday through Sunday and I have never seen a gay couple or a semblance of a gay couple ‘flaunting it.’ Am I looking in the wrong places?

5. How exactly do you recruit someone into any kind of sexuality? Would you make the same argument if a woman of 45 lured a boy of 15 into her bosoms and he went along? Or should we argue that this would be okay since she would be recruiting him into the ‘normal’ sexuality? If not, why isn’t Uganda also enacting a separate law for that sort of thing?

6. Child molestation/preying on the young (gay or straight) is already a crime on Uganda’s books. Why does Uganda need an additional law specifically targeting gays for stuff that both gay and straight people are capable of doing?

Conservative? Ugandan women routinely dispense with knickers

No bill: Ugandan women are increasingly caught out with no knickers

Finally, is Uganda really a conservative country? Do you remember happily married Gen. Kazini (RIP) and how he died in the bedsit of a mistress in the wee hours of the morning? Conservative? How about the recent Zari/Bad Black et al shenanigans? Conservative? Is the way girls dress in Club Rouge (micro-minis, roof high LBTs, no knickers, breasts hanging out etc.) reminiscent of the olden days that you want to see continue in Uganda? Do you know that there are night clubs in the heart of Kampala that host live sex shows (straight) if you have just 20,000/= ($7.00) for the entrance? Conservative? Really?

Or should we argue that Ugandans are conservative because they attend church in record numbers?