OOOOOh- k....Uganda, wtf are you doing???

@xfahctor (14130)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
December 9, 2009 1:33pm CST
I have been following a story for a few days now that I am suprised I have not seen posted yet. So because no one else posted this, you are now stuck with my thread on it..... Not sure where to begin with this one, so I'll just toss the bazsics out there, a few tidbits of my own thoughts and maybe even a few links if your lucky. It seems the Ugandan Parliment has a bill in the works that would drasticly raise penalties for homosexual acts to disturbingly draconian praportions, up to and including, the death penalty. Uganda has had a long history of punishing homosexuality, it has been outlawed and punishable by up to life in prison dating back to colonial era law. But this ramps it up a bit. *update* as I was writing this it seems they have backed off the death penalty on this. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=aU6JnNOFJv64 ****************************** Here is the text of the latest bill (don't know if this text has the death penalty removed): http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/btb/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Bill-No-18-Anti-Homosexuality-Bill-2009.pdf The campaign started in 2008, but parminetary members have now added fuel to the fire by citing a book and program by Richard Cohen, an unlicense psycotherepist who began his program after turning himself away from homsexuality and now in a 17 year marriage. He claims homosexuality has deep complex psychologial causes and can be cured. Cohen, along with a vast number of other religious institutions and nations, has loudly condemned this law as barbaric and outragous. Sweden has threatened to cease all econimic aid should this law pass. *****some personal thoughts***** It seems to me the media that is covering this is focusing pretty heavily on use of Cohen's program in Uganda to justify the bill. this to me ammounts to blaiming Ozzy Ozzbourn when a youth committed suiced over a song by him. I think this situation would be much better served if we put the blame where it belonged, the Ugandan government.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 09
With crap like this going on, how can anybody seriously believe that homosexuality is a choice?
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@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Dec 09
I don't know if it's a choice or not, I'll be honest. It is, as one president said once, "above my pay grade". I just wish people were rallying against the true villan in all this, the Ugandan government. If folks would put a fraction of the energy in to campaining against the Ugandan Parliment and this law, instead of the people who are being blamed for inspiring it, we might actualy get this thing tossed out in Uganda.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
11 Dec 09
But, X, don't you think that if those "who are being blamed for inspiring it" would put THEIR energy into denouncing it there would be a greater chance of it getting tossed out? They may not be "to blame" because that falls on the Ugandan government but they definitely injected themselves into Ugandan policies. Just asking... Annie
@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
11 Dec 09
Actually I did hear the people Uganda claimed inspired it, denouncing it. What I am NOT hearing is enough critisism leveled at the Ugandan government over it. All kinds of attacks on christian ministers over it, but not much towards the ultimately responsable party....the Ugandan government.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
9 Dec 09
Disgusting - just plain disgusting. What's worse is the people who are against it aren't helping matters, either. You don't "cure" sexuality. It's not that simple. Living in America tends to make you forget just how backwards some countries are.
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@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Dec 09
I get to poits sometimes when I begin to question things here in the states. Then I look around the world and realize how good we still have it.
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• United States
9 Dec 09
I beat you to posting it on facebook, did it this morning, does that count? LOL Uganda has done something insane and horrible, and it is nobody's "fault" but their own. As you so aptly stated in the title, WTF?
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