Obama Condemns Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

President Obama has issued a statement condemning the harsh anti-gay law in Uganda that President Musevini now says he will sign into law. There’s some inaccurate and self-serving nonsense at the beginning of this statement, but I like the rest of it:

As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, no matter who they are or whom they love.

That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda. It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.

As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. At a time when, tragically, we are seeing an increase in reports of violence and harassment targeting members of the LGBT community from Russia to Nigeria, I salute all those in Uganda and around the world who remain committed to respecting the human rights and fundamental human dignity of all persons.

I don’t know how anyone could ever say that the United States has “consistently” stood for universal human rights with a straight face. But this bill IS a serious violation of human rights and deserves to be condemned by every decent person. Now watch the Christian right throw a fit over this statement, which will only provide more evidence for the conclusion that their claim not to be hateful bigots is a lie.

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  • badgersdaughter

    But is he going to instruct Immigration and the border agents to give refugee status to Ugandans who identify as gay? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Phillip IV

    And the Ugandan government’s “Ethics and Integrity Minister”, a de-frocked priest, reacted with the following complaint to the threat of withholding US aid from Uganda:

    It’s very dishonest, very irresponsible and unfriendly of persons to attach behavior of another community to their sharing resources.

    Brilliant, eh? Support for a community should not be conditioned at all on the community’s behavior – unless, of course, it’s homosexual behavior.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    So when does the bombing begin?

  • birgerjohansson

    For True Believers (TM) Obama’s disapproval proves the Ugandan politicians are right.

  • marcus

    badgersdaughter @ 1 This would seem to be an absolute requirement for anyone who believes in “…the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.” Otherwise that whole piece of rhetoric is just bullshit. Oh…wait

    I will be interested to see if Obama walks the talk.

  • dingojack

    Oh well he would say that –

    as a Kenyan. 😉

    Dingo

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    sigurd jorsalfar (#3) – “I’ve outlawed Russia Uganda forever. We start bombing in five minutes”.

  • Olav

    Ed:

    There’s some inaccurate and self-serving nonsense at the beginning of this statement, but I like the rest of it

    That “inaccurate and self-serving” bullshit undermines the rest of his message enormously. Because a large part of the intended audience will simply reason: “well that was obviously a big fucking lie, why listen to anything else he has to say.”

    Obama can do better. Or perhaps he just needs a new speech writer.

  • Olav

    Or perhaps, I admit, it is possible that his statement was not at all meant to be heard outside the US.

  • busterggi

    “I don’t know how anyone could ever say that the United States has “consistently” stood for universal human rights with a straight face.”

    Well it is only a theory.

  • cry4turtles

    I guess the US remains an “experiment” in freedom. Boogers and all, I’m glad our president made a stand.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Even as I type this some talking head is concocting his next anti-Obama screed, which will claim Obama has come out in opposition to the Ugandan law because he’s a secret Muslim.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ timgueguen : Who they’ll claim is probably secretly gay as well. In fact I believe that’s already among the conspiracy theories ludicrously cast at Obama by some in the Rightwing anti-Obama conspiracy field of fruitcakes.

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    Well done Obama.

    But this bill IS a serious violation of human rights and deserves to be condemned by every decent person. Now watch the Christian right throw a fit over this statement, which will only provide more evidence for the conclusion that their claim not to be hateful bigots is a lie.

    I’d rather not watch that actually but I expect it’s probably what we will get.