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February 19, 2010

it’s not only about Uganda, it’s about how far it can go. An important article written by Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, Thursday, February 18, 2010

by Andrea O'Connell

Who will stand against Uganda’s brutal anti-gay law?

map of Uganda courtesy of Lonely Planet.com

Thankfully, Kathleen Parker has written a piece discussing the atrocities occurring in Uganda.  It’s a good piece, and provides links and references to other aspects of this story.  I would encourage you to read it.

I have been hearing about these atrocities in Uganda for a few months now, not in the main stream press so much, but NPR has had a few stories, and now Rachel Maddow, the Goddess that she is, has pointed to this article in today’s Washington Post.

The scary thing about this is there is some evidence that some folks in the American government, or in lofty positions in politics, are well aware of the hate and the murder of anyone purported to be gay in Uganda.

This is a must read.  But, what can we do about this when there are so many problems in the world – Haiti chief among them?   What can we do?  Knowledge is key, I think.  With knowledge of this we can talk about it and air the dirty complicity of some in the American government and others like Rick Warren who not only turned a blind eye to it, is said to have championed the cause.  Warren denies any involvement.

Now, what is so frightening about the killing of homosexuals is the fact that it is a LAW.

According to Kathleen Parker, we (U.S.) have done our part to fan flames to “help stop the homosexualization of the country” (Parker, WP, 2010).

Gays in Uganda already face imprisonment for up to 14 years. Under a bill proposed last October by David Bahati, the government could execute HIV-positive men and jail people who don’t report homosexual activities.

You know what?  If the religious fanatic right can do this in Uganda, what part of the world will they influence next?  How long before this  spreads to all parts of the world?

I think we need to pay close attention to Uganda.

Wouldn’t you agree?

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