Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 12/9/2009

Uganda Be Kidding Me

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Let me see if I have this…

There exists something called the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009” in Uganda and through this bill, if you are gay you can receive life in prison, execution through hanging and even 3 years in prison for knowing somebody is gay.

There is a group of political Christians (debatably a “secret” society) called “The Family” which includes Chuck Grassley, who has had influence in Uganda, and my BFF Stupak, who I guess took money that was to be used for causes in Africa, and instead put it into abstinence only sex education methods.

Richard Cohen runs an organization called the “International Healing Foundation” which has been linked directly to the Kill the Gays Bill. Cohen denies any association or support of the bill, though he makes claims that are very similar to those in the bills such as homosexuals  are a risk to young children. He is also not licensed, but was kicked out due to ethical financial relations.

Salon reporter Mark Benjamin makes the points that “reorientation” efforts link homosexuality to a freudian root (wanting to be closer to a mother/father) and that while the definition of homosexuality is the desire to have sex with the same sex, success stories in the “de-gaying” movement are defined by not physically having sex with the same sex.

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I could say so many things right now. And yet at the same time the only thing going through my mind right now is a string of expletives.

Why can’t people just accept others? Why is that so hard for the world? At the very least, why can’t we just not try to control things that are not actually a part of our personal lives?

And seriously? Christianity was the motivation behind the Kill the Gays Bill? I don’t know that much about Jesus, it’s true, we’re not super tight, but I have this funny little feeling he wouldn’t have felt so great about legislating murder not based in any type of crime but rather based on a part of a person’s life. WHAT THE #@$#%@#$%!#@$!@#

Love, people. Love.

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  • Haviland @ at 11:09 am, December 9th, 2009

    Check this out for the whole story. Thank you for posting here!
    http://www.autostraddle.com/rachel-maddow-schools-rich-cohen-23543/

  • Alex Catgirl @ at 12:25 pm, December 9th, 2009

    What you man not know is that the Catholic church is one of the worst offenders for a very simple, albeit nefarious, reason.

    Uganda is Anglophone nation located in eastern Africa; Uganda has a population of 32 million, roughly 40 percent Catholic. By mid-century, the Catholic population should soar to 56 million, enough to make Uganda the sixth-largest Catholic nation in the world, ahead of such traditional Catholic powers as France, Italy, Spain and Poland.

    Proving that the Catholic Church does indeed practice orthodoxy -the same old colonialist crap for the same old reasons by our “friends” at the Vatican.

    Who are to busy to defuse the genocidal situation they created because… ZOMG! Joanna Krupa is wearing nothing but a crucifix in the new PETA advertisement encouraging people to adopt homeless animals!

  • K8 AH @ at 3:24 pm, December 9th, 2009

    Rachel Maddow is awesome!

  • Alex F @ at 4:04 pm, December 9th, 2009

    Rachel Maddow is too cool! I love her! Haha, she was all like : “Dude it’s you book” or something, that cracked me up! She says the truth so very well :)

  • Toongrrl @ at 5:17 pm, December 9th, 2009

    @K8 AH and Alex F
    If you guys think she’s awesome, I love her!!! I am attracted to her and who does he think he is talking to? Anita Bryant?
    I will do anything for you Rachel!! Love me!!
    Don’t worry ‘tweens and teens, I am just a crazy lady

  • Steph @ at 12:56 am, December 10th, 2009

    Ugh, love Rachel SO MUCH. The proposed legislation? Perhaps not so much.

  • Valerie B. @ at 6:01 pm, December 11th, 2009

    Half the time, Homophobes like this “The Family” Uganda organization are total hypocrites. They say that its a crime to be gay, that gays are evil works of the devil and even that they deserved to be killed. They say this with a Bible in their hands and a “What Would Jesus Do?” Bracelet on their wrist. Maybe Jesus would love all people, regardless of their sexuality, perhaps?!?!? But, oh, these guys are smart and have REALLY thought that situation through and tweaked it a bit: “Oh, you may be gay and thats okay cuz I still LOVE you but here I have this book that will show you how to become straight. I wrote it because I LOVE you and Jesus LOVES you no matter if you’re gay or not, but still, take a look at this chapter and see how this disfiguration–er, I mean PHYSCOLOGIC PROBLEM–of yours, can be CURED!”
    Psht. My friends’ gay moms were watched this….they sure as hell didn’t feel loved. >.>

  • Mae @ at 8:51 pm, December 12th, 2009

    My SO and I watched this, and he genuinely didn’t understand what was going on. It was so difficult for him to comprehend that some people think that you can “cure” homosexuality… It just didn’t compute.

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  • Jackie @ at 1:54 pm, April 21st, 2010

    This is a terrible issue and it is ridiculous that people think that killing is a way to “cure” homosexuality. You think that if people could “choose” then they would choose not to die. It amazes me that people can’t seem to understand such a simple concept, that people love who they are going to love and they have no real control over it. It also bothers me that a church group would try and head something like this. It is true Jesus would love someone no matter who they are and who they want to be with. I consider myself a christian and a feminist and I think that people who go around claiming God is going to send homosexuals straight to hell are an insult to me and my faith. They give people a reason to fight against the church and these people should be re-evaluating their bible and their beliefs. They claim they are just following God but they are clearly not very educated on how God works because he loves everyone. Those people have no right to point fingers at anyone.

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