Museveni: No Death Penalty, but No Free Speech Either

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill is that it not only punishes people for being gay, it punishes anyone who “promotes” homosexuality or argues in favor of equal rights. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is all for it:

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has spoken out against the controversial death penalty addition to an anti-homosexuality bill currently being debated by the parliament, but has insisted that “homosexual propaganda” will not be tolerated in the African country.

“I have been telling these people (pro gay activists) that nobody will kill or prosecute them for being homosexual, but there should be no promotion of homosexuality,” Museveni said at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in the capital Kampala, according to

“I told him I have never held rallies to even promote heterosexual issues,” Museveni said about a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Uganda. “The problem is promoting, you hear people holding conferences to promote homosexuality as if it’s a good thing,” the president added, with Christians listening to his remarks reportedly chanting “Amen.”

So it’s perfectly okay to advocate murdering gay people, but it should be criminal to stand up for their right to exist. Welcome to barbarism.

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  • Modusoperandi

    Send Barton over there. Get him to tell them all about the First Amendment being from the Bible.

  • fifthdentist

    Silly rabbit, rights are for Christians.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    @fifthdentist – Being gay and being Christian are not mutually exclusive.

  • holytape

    The strangest thing is that if you say “I think homosexuals are people,” and don’t report yourself to the authorities within twenty-four hours, you’re qualified for the death penalty for committing aggravated homosexuality.

  • thebookofdave

    Let’s not forget that the bill has not been passed minus the capital punishment provision, nor has the offending rule been struck from the existing bill. Sounds like President Musaveni is merely flip-flopping on the issue to dodge international scorn and pressure.