Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

Oh, religion, you're such a comfort to the soul

So there's this hilarious piece of legislation that's about to come to a vote in Uganda, progressive home of Idi Amin Dada. It aims not to outlaw homosexuality (which has already been illegal there for over 100 years, thanks to British colonialism), but to essentially remove it from existence. Among the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 -- written by a first-time legislator, and wildly popular with the Ugandan public:

- Any homosexual act is punishable by seven years in prison.
- Defending or promoting homosexuality is also punishable by jail time, as is failing to report people you know to be engaging in homosexuality.
- Entering into a same-sex marriage is punishable by life imprisonment.
- Any Ugandan who leaves the country and engages in gay sex elsewhere would be subject to extradition, and punished as if they had committed their acts under Ugandan law.
- Ugandans would face the death penalty for engaging in gay sex with anyone under 18, or for being homosexual recidivists.
- Other 'crimes' involving mandatory jail time would include teaching safe sex for gays and writing books about homosexuality.
- In a delightful cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-fag maneuver, Uganda -- a relatively poor country that is heavily dependent upon foreign aid -- would withdraw from any treaty involving countries that recognize civil rights or protections for homosexuals.

The bill, which is almost certain to pass, faces such widespread popularity -- and such vigorous defenders -- that many progressive legislators in Uganda are afraid to speak out against it for fear of being labeled gay or gay-sympathetic themselves. Of course, if the bill does pass, being gay-sympathetic would become a crime punishable by imprisonment.

Those crazy intolerant Muslims! Am I right, folks? Oh wait the bill is sponsored and supported by evangelical Christians in Uganda who are being financially supported by wealthy American fundamentalists. But still! Muslims! They're so intolerant!

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