There is talk that the anti-homosexuality bill is about to be reintroduced for discussion in Uganda. This bill would see two consequences of homosexuality - in cases of “aggravated homosexuality” (undefined) the death penalty can be imposed, and life imprisonment can be imposed for simply being an LGBT person. Anyone who “aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality” would face seven years in prison. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to LGBT people also could get seven years.
Uganda’s speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, calling for the bill to be passed, said that most Ugandans would welcome it, going as far as saying that it would be a Christmas gift to the population, a point allegedly welcomed by some clergy.
I know (although I lament it) that many people simply see the lives, loves and stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as intrinsically immoral. But. But. But.... even if someone advocates this view, the systematic torture of LGBT people (and, by association, their families) by imprisonment is always immoral, and always in opposition to good conscience. It can never be a good thing. Furthermore, for a bill put forward in the name of Christianity, it goes against the deepest social injunction of the gospel.
I am glad for the people of conscience and the people of faith who are courageously speaking out. And it saddens me that more people of faith are not speaking out against this from the principles of their faith.
Above is a link to a prayer. More importantly, contact your leaders - civic and faith leaders - to raise awareness of this threat to the dignity of humanity.
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