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.
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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.