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Uganda Leader Says Gays Are ‘Sick’ But Should Not Be Executed

Uganda Leader Says Gays Are ‘Sick’ But Should Not Be Executed

Kampala (AFP) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni views gays as “sick” but does not believe they should be jailed or executed and will block a push by parliament to impose tough penalties, his spokesman said on Friday.

“He does not approve of homosexuality but he believes that these people have a right to exist,” presidential spokesman Tamale Mirudi told AFP.

“The president says that these people are sick, you cannot kill a sick person. A person that has been found guilty of homosexual practices cannot be imprisoned for life.”

The spokesman confirmed a report in the independent Daily Monitor newspaper that Museveni had refused to approve a controversial bill passed by parliament last month that would have seen homosexuals jailed for life.

He also insisted that the president was not backing down in the face of widespread international condemnation of the bill.

“What the President has being saying is that we shall not persecute these homosexuals and lesbians. That is the point. That is the message. Maybe society can resent them but they cannot be persecuted because of their problem,” Mirudi said.

“It was not because of a lobby. Nobody has influenced the president. The president’s position has been the same for a long time, nothing has changed,” he added.

“The president has repeatedly said that we always have been having homosexuals in Africa and they never have been persecuted. But we shall not allow them to marry in public, to organize a demonstration in Kampala,” the spokesman said.

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    The Fellowship and Uganda. (wikipedia)

    The Fellowship, through Representative Joe Pitts (R.-Pa.), redirected millions in US aid to Uganda from sex education programs to abstinence programs, thereby causing an evangelical revival, which included condom burnings.

    In a November 2009 NPR interview, Sharlet alleged that Ugandan Fellowship associates David Bahati and Nsaba Buturo were behind the recent proposed bill in Uganda that called for the death penalty for gays.[76] Bahati cited a conversation with Fellowship members in 2008 as having inspired the legislation.[77]

    Sharlet reveals that David Bahati, the Uganda legislator backing the bill, reportedly first floated the idea of executing gays during The Family’s Uganda National Prayer Breakfast in 2008.[78] Sharlet described Bahati as a “rising star” in the Fellowship who has attended the National Prayer Breakfast in the United States and, until the news over the gay execution law broke, was scheduled to attend the 2010 U.S. National Prayer Breakfast.[78]

    Fellowship member Bob Hunter gave an interview to NPR in December 2009 in which he acknowledged Bahati’s connection but argued that no American associates support the bill.[79]

    President Barack Obama, in his address to the Fellowship at their National Prayer Breakfast in early 2010, directly criticized the Uganda legislation targeting gay people for execution. In calling for a renewed emphasis on faith and civility, Obama stated, “We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary [Clinton] mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.”[80]

    Over the last few years there has undoubtedly been an increase in the number of Americans, particularly on the Left, who have voiced strong concerns about what they see as fascism, or fascistic tendencies, being
    expressed by some within the ultra- conservative, factions within the Republican Party. These contentions have been dismissed by moderates
    on each side as nothing more than hyperbole. A byproduct of increased
    divisions, and tensions between two competing philosophies, driven more
    by other factors, like an uncertain economy, or rising levels of public debt.
    And how best to meet these challenges, rather than factual similarities.
    However, I believe it would behoove each American, in good faith, to
    educate themselves in the case of the K-Street group, and the Ugandan
    connection. To approach the subject with an open mind. Look up the
    proper definition of fascism. As it is often associated with Nazism. And,
    while the Nazis of the 1930s, and 40s Germany, were Fascists. Fascism,
    or to hold or express Fascist dogma, is not necessarily, synonymous with Nazism, New-Nazism, White Supremacist, or other such groups.