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ON signing into law a bill harshening penalties for those arrested for being gay, Uganda's imbecile of a President – Yoweri Museveni – made ludicrous claims that gay people give each other worms through sex, and that people are only gay because they have sex for money.

A report exposing Museveni’s gross ignorance was published here shortly after

the UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) had roundly condemned the draconian anti-gay legislation. The PTT blamed the malign religious influence on parliamentarians and the population as a whole for bringing this about.

The PTT Secretary George Broadhead said:

Much has been made of the influence of American Evangelical Christians in bringing about this legislation, but other malign religious influences seem to have been totally ignored.

When  the legislation was first mooted in 2012, The Uganda Joint Christian Council, which includes Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox bishops, called on parliament to move it forward. Top religious leaders from across the country asked Parliament to speed-up the process of enacting it to prevent what they called ‘an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage’.

Speaking after their annual conference organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), an ecumenical body which brings together the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, the bishops resolved that the parliamentary committee on Gender should be tasked ‘to engage the House on the Bill which was now at committee level’.

Broadhead added:

At the end of December 2013,  the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, said ‘In Uganda, there are so many injustices like child sacrifice, domestic violence, drug abuse which are now a big issue in our schools …I want to thank Parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

I want the world to understand what we are saying. Can you imagine your son brings another man at home for introduction?’

Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira commended MPs for passing the Anti-Homosexual Bill, but asked them to object the proposed law to legalise abortion describing it as murder. The Bishop of Mbale, the Rt Rev Patrick Gidudu, asked Ugandans and political leaders who are against the Bill ‘to seek God, repent and renew fellowship to save the country from God’s wrath’.

‘Significantly, Ugandan scientists reported that people did not choose their sexual orientation, that homosexuality was not an abnormality, that homosexuals had always existed in Africa and that current attitudes to homosexuality in Africa were largely a result of Muslim and Christian missionaries and colonial powers.

 

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