Ugandans are kinda nutty.
Apparently they don’t dig gay people. They don’t dig ’em a lot. Like many African nations, Uganda has laws on the books criminalizing being gay. The maximum sentence (for, I guess, being caught on daytime TV with the President’s ten year old son’s cock in your ass while he sings “It’s Raining Men”, and you’re dressed as Liza Minnelli) is fourteen years in prison, where you will most likely be raped by homosexuals.
Clearly, that wasn’t punishment enough.
See, the government of Uganda feels the need to protect their culture from the “international gay agenda” which seeks to subvert and “homosexualize” that country. (I assume by painting the government buildings teal and pink and making the MPs wear fruit hats.) And yes, this would be the same culture that allowed warriors to purchase boys as wives when there weren’t enough women around to be bought. So after a rousing and much publicized workshop with much governmental attendance on “how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ‘to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity”, wherein American evangelicals Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Don Schmierer ranted their special brand of venomous bile, the government of Uganda responded with a brand-new bill, changing the penalty for being gay to death.
If you are gay, they kill you. If you test positive for HIV, they kill you. (The fastest growing segment of HIV positives is always young straight women.) If you are Ugandan and suspected of having the gay sex in another country, they extradite, then kill you. If you are thin and have good fashion sense, they kill you.
The bill never got passed, but only because it never got voted on. Apparently Uganda only exists at the whim of it’s financial supporters, enough of whom threatened to pull the plug that President Yoweri Musevini decided maybe it would be prudent to just table the whole thing. However, howls of protest from gay-hating political action groups… propped up by American evangelical money… continue to threaten to bring the bill back. And make no mistake, if this bill is voted on, it will be passed.
Vote against the kill-a-gay-a-day bill, and they kill you.
Recently, church leaders have been picking up the gay bashing… and electrocuting… and hanging… slack with events like the one depicted below. It seems funny, and in a way it is, but mostly it’s just sad and inhumane and wasteful.
Upside? This makes me proud to be an atheist.