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American Christian Evangelicals Celebrate Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill

By December 6, 2012

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Is America's Christian Right genocidal in their violent and hateful attitudes? Arguably yes, given how many of them are celebrating the prospects of Uganda passing a law that will authorize killing gays. They wouldn't want this for Uganda if they didn't want it for America. This means that they are, whether implicitly or explicitly, advocating mass murder in the name of their religion.

Anti-Gay Christians
Anti-Gay Christians
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If you think you understand how bad Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill is, I suggest you take a closer look because it's probably much worse than you realize. It doesn't merely authorize "killing the gays." As bad as that is, it would actually represent an improvement.

What makes Uganda's bill worse is something that happens quite often when a despised minority is targeted for persecution: the bill is designed to make it useful for targeting almost anyone and everyone else under the guise of attacking gays. Almost anyone can be tainted not only by association, but also by being accused of homosexuality and for fairly innocuous behaviors.

Tony Perkins: American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance--afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?

Bryan Fischer: Homosexuality now against the law in Uganda, just as it was for 200 years in the US. It can be done.

Source: Daily Kos

And what is it, exactly, that Bryan Fischer thinks "can be done"?

Clause By Clause With Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

Clauses 1 and 2: Anybody Can Be Gay Under the Law. The definition of what constitutes "homosexual act" is so broad that just about anyone can be convicted.

Clause 3: Anyone Can Be "Liable To Suffer Death". And you don't even have to be gay to be sent to the gallows.

Clause 4: Anyone Can "Attempt to Commit Homosexuality". All you have to do is "attempt" to "touch" "any part of of the body" "with anything else" "through anything" in an act that does "not necessarily culminate in intercourse."

Clauses 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10: How To Get Out Of Jail Free. The bill is written to openly encourage -- and even pay -- one partner to turn state's evidence against another.

Clauses 7, 11, and 14: Straight People In The Crosshairs. Did you think they only wanted to jail gay people? They're also targeting family members, doctors, lawyers, and even landlords.

Clause 12: Till Life Imprisonment Do You Part. And if you officiate a same-sex wedding, you'll be imprisoned for up to three years. So much for religious freedom.

Clause 13: The Silencing of the Lambs. All advocacy -- including suggesting that the law might be repealed -- will land you in jail. With this clause, there will be no one left to defend anyone.

Clause 14: The Requirement Isn't To Report Just Gay People To Police. It's To Report Everyone. Look closely: the requirement is to report anyone who has violated any the bill's clauses.

Clauses 16 and 17: The Extra-Territorially Long Arm of Ugandan Law. Think you're safe if you leave the country? Think again.

Clause 18: We Don't Need No Stinking Treaties. The bill not only violates several international treaties, it also turns the Ugandan constitution on its head.

Clauses 15 and 19: The Establishment Clauses For The Ugandan Inquisition. These clauses empower the Ethics and Integrity Minister to enforce all of the bill's provisions. He's already gotten a head start.

Source: Box Turtle Bulletin

Follow the link to the source and you'll see that there are links for further explanations of what's so awful in each individual section. You'll see how and why you don't have to actually be gay to be executed under this bill, how almost anyone could be convicted of homosexuality, how this law can be used to jail critics of the law, and more.

It's really an abominable situation. While reading, keep firmly in mind that America's Christian Right has actively supported and encouraged the development of this bill every step of the way. They praised it in the past, are praising it today, and would like to see equally abominable laws be passed in America - not just against gays, presumably, but against many other groups they dislike. It's likely that pagans, Muslims, atheists, communists, and many other would be targeted in similar ways by similarly genocidal measures.

That's the reality of conservative, evangelical Christianity in America today. That's also the reality of voting for the only political party to actively promote and further their agenda, the Republican Party.

Comments
December 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(1) Don Kelley says:

Looks as though the Ugandans and the Evangelicals thought the Nazis had the right ideas about persecuting those they didn’t like!

December 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(2) Dan Froese says:

I just signed a petition from change.org to pressure Barclays and Citi Bank to place pressure on the Ugandan govt to stop this insanity.

December 8, 2012 at 10:44 am
(3) Sharyn says:

“While reading, keep firmly in mind that America’s Christian Right has actively supported and encouraged the development of this bill every step of the way. They praised it in the past, are praising it today, and would like to see equally abominable laws be passed in America – not just against gays, presumably, but against many other groups they dislike. It’s likely that pagans, Muslims, atheists, communists, and many other would be targeted in similar ways by similarly genocidal measures.”

Citation needed.

December 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(4) Austin Cline says:

Citation needed.

Not to those who have been following the story. Do a little research if you care; if you don’t, I can’t be bothered to hold your hand and spoon feed you information that’s readily available.

December 8, 2012 at 11:09 am
(5) Allison Chamberlain says:

“That’s the reality of conservative, evangelical Christianity in America today.”

That’s a heavy statement, and potentially very damaging to True followers of Jesus Christ. There are some people who CALL themselves “conservative, evangelical Christians” that agree with this kind of legislation. In my opinion, they’re way out of line, not to mention big fat phonies.

I am definitely a conservative, evangelical Christian, and I most certainly do NOT agree with the Ugandans on this one.

Although it’s true that the Bible speaks plainly against homosexuality in both the Old and New Testament, there is absolutely NOTHING in Jesus’ message that would advocate this kind of legislation.

As as example: When he was presented with a woman who had been caught in the very act of adultery, he told the religious people to stone her only if they themselves were without sin. He then told the woman, “Go and sin no more.” He STOPPED them from killing her. He didn’t bring a message of condemnation, but a message of mercy, grace, and LOVE.

I know there are millions of people out there who believe that homosexuality is not a sin or a choice, but that one is born into it. That right there is THE definitive issue: Is it actually a choice someone can make?

Well, if the Bible says not to do it, then it must be a choice. If one identical twin can be straight and one homosexual, then it’s clearly not genetic. (Yes, I knew them personally. And no, there is no definitive research to date saying that homosexuality is genetic. Sorry.)

Getting back to the main thing… Jesus’ message is STILL one of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. If adultery is forgivable, if lying and cheating are forgivable, if theft is forgivable, if prostitution is forgivable, then so is any other deviation from God’s design. His love and grace still stand today…for my deviations and everyone else’s.

December 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(6) Austin Cline says:

I am definitely a conservative, evangelical Christian, and I most certainly do NOT agree with the Ugandans on this one.

Unfortunately for you, conservative evangelical Christianity isn’t defined by you, it’s defined by the leaders who do support this law.

Although it’s true that the Bible speaks plainly against homosexuality in both the Old and New Testament, there is absolutely NOTHING in Jesus’ message that would advocate this kind of legislation.

Actually, the same Old Testament prohibitions call for the execution of gays.

Well, if the Bible says not to do it, then it must be a choice.

And that’s what you’ll believe no matter what the scientific evidence says, right?

If one identical twin can be straight and one homosexual, then it’s clearly not genetic.

You don’t comprehend basic genetics. Not everything that is genetic will be shared by identical twins. What’s more, studies of identical and fraternal twins have demonstrated a very large genetic component to homosexuality.

And no, there is no definitive research to date saying that homosexuality is genetic. Sorry.

You should be sorry – for ignorantly spreading falsehoods instead of doing basic research in order to learn basic facts.

December 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(7) Anthony says:

Do unto others, eh? Ok, let’s get the lions ready. I think it’s time to reopen the Coliseum for a few new shows.

December 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm
(8) Maya says:

@ Allison- First of all, you misunderstand what people means when they say that homosexuality is genetic. While it is true that some genes cause expressions which are inevitable (such as hair and eye color), others simply create tendencies and likelihoods. For example, it is well known that schizophrenia runs in families, but it is possible for one identical twin to have schizophrenia and another not to have it. A person might have tall parents, but if they are malnourished or exposed to certain diseases during growth, they can end up being short. Genetic factors don’t mute environmental ones. Saying that homosexuality isn’t innate simply because it is not genetic is a non sequitur. Many things can happen during fetal development that do not change the fetus’s genes but can alter it significantly. Why do you think they invented prenatal vitamins?

December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm
(9) Deucalion says:

@Anthony(7):
THIS! Yes, yes, and more yes!

March 14, 2013 at 12:37 am
(10) Kasia says:

The Irony of our times is that the means the Fascists used in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s to obliterate Jews is precisely what we need to be using against Fascists and Religious Fascists (Christians/Muslims) today.

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