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Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians

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  1. of people it accused of being gay and calling for them to be hanged.

    Bit worried that PN said ‘it accused of being gay’ rather than for example it stated were gay

  2. The genocidal maniac David Bahati – the monster who introduced the ‘Kill the gays’ bill into Parliament, was in the US last month. He was staying with a high profile Republican (who is also a member of ‘The Family’ – the extreme right, christian fundamentalist group).

    He was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow show. He says that the Bill will be coming before parliament in March.

    If this Bill is even debated in parliament then it is a clear declaration by Uganda that they no longer require international aid.

    A government which has the time and resources to waste persecuting sexual minorities, clearly does not have hunger and poverty issues to deal with. Otherwise they would be focussing on that.

  3. Steve@GayWebHosting 4 Jan 2011, 12:44pm

    I agree with David above. If concerning themselves in peoples private lives is more important that dealing with poverty and hunger, then perhaps we should stop helping to prop-up a morally bankrupt government?

    I love the way they say ´stay out of our business and stop meddling in our affairs´ when they are called to account for their human rights record, but they are happy to have us involved in their business when it comes to aid and hand-outs…

  4. Well said, David.

    I am glad this injunction was granted by the judge. That headline stinks of fundamentalism and immature bullying – “homos”? Nice when you have a derogative name to call others to distract yourself from your OWN feelings of inferiority, isn’t it?

    Telling that Bahati stayed with someone linked to The Family too. bahati shouldn’t eevn have been allowed into the US while he promoted the murder of gay people, in my opinion.

  5. “A government which has the time and resources to waste persecuting sexual minorities, clearly does not have hunger and poverty issues to deal with. Otherwise they would be focussing on that.” – David

    No David, that’s the precise reason why countires like this persecute sexual minorites..or any minority for that matter.

    It takes the pressure off of the failing corrupt regime and has been used numerous times throughout history to promote unity against a common enemy. This is merely the latest incarnation.

    There are rarely times I feel quite frightened. This is one of them – that people will drum up a religious fervour to justify their own hatred makes me view humanity with fear and disdain.

  6. westcoastkid 4 Jan 2011, 4:29pm

    Danny, I believe the word you are searching for is “scapegoat.” The “THEM” factor.

  7. “No David, that’s the precise reason why countires like this persecute sexual minorites..or any minority for that matter.”

    Indeed.

    I fully agree. They are scapegoating gay people as it is a populist thing to do.

    The only response to such murderous populism is to tell the Ugandan government –

    ‘If you pass this law then the aid money stops. We do not give money to genocidal regimes. We do not trade with genocidal regime. Give China a call – just don’t bother trying the emotional blackmail of colonialism with them, as they don’t give a toss about that as they’ve never colonised you.’

  8. Hodge Podge 4 Jan 2011, 7:42pm

    This is great news

  9. westcoastkid:
    > Danny, I believe the word you are searching for is
    > “scapegoat.” The “THEM” factor.

    Or, if you were seeking to relate this, as it should be, to human rights, the words are “othering”, “anathematisation”, and genocide.

    David:
    > The genocidal maniac David Bahati – the monster who introduced
    > the ‘Kill the gays’ bill into Parliament…

    Your use of “genocidal” is spot-on, but to paint Bhatia as a maniac misrepresents the problem, and undermines the necessary efforts to combat and erase it. He is stoking murderous hatred against a group of other human beings perfectly coldly, and deliberately. That is much worse. And in a country adjacent to one that has experienced a major genocide in recent memory, which Bhatia;s colleague, Scott Long, tries to blame on gays…

    > He was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow show.

    Yes. And the entire interview can be seen at http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/09/5614680-rachel-maddowdavid-bahati-full-interview

    That’s a lesbian journalist doing a fine job, and making british media look very, very poor in comparison.

    Interestingly he was then in the US, which would have necessitated him passing through the UK. Hopefully he will not be allowed to do that again.

    > …He says that the
    > Bill will be coming before parliament in March.
    >
    > If this Bill is even debated in parliament then it is a clear
    > declaration by Uganda…

    No, again you you misrepresent the problem. The bill has already been debated in the Uganda parliament, but debating a bill does not necessarily say anything about the country’s government. The issue is not yet (and hopefully never will be) about the government (although some government ministers are already implicated). The issue is the people and major influences that have brought the bill to the Uganda parliament, and are having related, much wider but less high profile effects elsewhere, in many countries, including our own.

    This anathematisation is an age-old religious technique, and we are just one section of its traditional victims. In Pakistan it is currently being used against christians, and those who tolerate christians. It should everywhere be recognised for what it is – promotion of genocide, which is banned under a Geneva convention of 1948.

  10. …a step in the right direction in Uganda…

    ….er…keep an eye on Martin Ssemper…don’t let him get away… he will end up in the Internationl Court of Justice for fanning the flames of hatred and murder..

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