So Uganda's president has signed the anti-gay law. And Obama shook his finger and said, "You shouldn't do that." .....and that's it. There will likely be no other reprecussions, because America is helping Uganda fight terrorists in Somalia.
I think we should air-drop condoms, lube, and pamphlets with accurate medical information on human sexuality (oh, sorry, it's called "gay propaganda" now) all over the country, and let the damn President of Uganda try to stop us. What do you think?
Actually, air-dropping food or condoms or information is my solution to most world problems...
While we're at it let's mass drop cellphones and such over North Korea.
I'm not sure the aid being cut off is a reaction to just the government. These laws are popularly supported. Uganada is not a deathly poor country or severely under developed. This money is best spent creating schools in Madagascar or Cape Verde. Not in a county where the population votes for the brutal supression of its own people.
Big time sad. :(
Here's another problem, though. Western government threaten to withhold aid from poor countries who mistreat their homosexuals. But western religious groups are always very active in sending missionaries to Africa; and some of those same western missionaries are the ones lobbying for anti-gay laws. So if governments and secular NGOs pull out in protest, that leaves the Africans even more dependent upon church groups, and thus even more open to what the church groups have to say... :(
I can't believe people are doing this. I wish I knew what I could do about it.
There's another article up now about how the evangelical leaders who pushed for this murderous law are now claiming they never supported it.
They even link to a 2009 blog post where Scott Lively brags about the thousands he reached with his anti-gay tour in Uganda.
I hate this. I hate that it was my fellow countrymen who encouraged this--maybe even caused this. I am ashamed and feel like apologizing again for America. My only consolation is that it wasn't my government this time supporting the terror. I am ashamed of my government for its support of colonialism and apartied in Israel/Palestine; at least I know my government wasn't directly behind this travesty in Uganda.
This is a shift for me. I've mentioned before that I wasn't always an LGBT supporter, and that religious-fueled condemnation made it hard for me to condemn even obvious violent acts.
RESOLVED: America should do something about every bad thing that's going on in the world, especially when there's no particular or even tangential benefit to the United States.
And the lube. You're kidding, right? There were no gays before Astroglide?
We are still working on guaranteeing civil rights for American gays. THAT is our first gay-related priority because that is OUR problem and OUR business. We can't right every wrong going on elsewhere in the world.
Fair point. I do wish there was something we could do. Something constructive, though, that would actually help people.
I dunno, I've never tried being gay, with or without astroglide...it seems like it would help?