Breaking News: Ugandan President Speaks About Anti-Gay Bill

This morning there was a strange tweet coming from the Ugandan media outlet, The Independent:

Uganda backs off anti-gay bill: Saying that it contradicts Uganda’s foreign policy, President Museveni announced

Seeing this tweet, my colleague and partner in this whole situation Dr. Warren Throckmorton, called The Independent in Uganda and talked to the man covering Ugandan President Museveni’s news conference, and this is what he had to say:

President Museveni has told members of his National Resistance Movement party in a meeting at State House, Entebbe that cabinet will talk to Member of Parliament David Bahati who tabled the Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009, in order to reach a position that will leave both the local and international community satisfied.

The president’s pronouncement attracted wild murmurs from the audience prompting him to repeat his statement. He said ever since the bill was tabled in the last quarter of last year; he has been receiving calls from various international figures including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to find out updates on the proposed law. Museveni observed that the bill is affecting Uganda’s image abroad. He said although there’s need to protect Uganda’s values, it also necessary to take care of concerns of the international community.

What does this mean? This means that from all of our sources close to the situation in Uganda that this legislation will be dramatically reformated; if not completely disbanded. President Museveni has already made public statements opposing the legislation. Whether this is political posturing or not, it doesn’t really matter because things are getting done.

You can listen to the audio of the speech here (go to the bottom of the link’s page)

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Mrs T

    Of course it is political posturing, but even God uses that!!
    PTL for this, but we have to keep vigilant as there are always evil people out there who seek to hurt others. Human trafficking comes to mind!

  • http://www.wthrockmorton.com Warren Throckmorton

    Audio of the speech is now up: http://wthrockmorton.com/2010/01/12/ahbchange/

  • http://www.thesecondguess.org Matthew

    Thank you, heavenly Father, for watching over your children!

  • http://mattnightingale.blogspot.com Matt Nightingale

    Very encouraging! Thank God!

  • Ainebyona

    I want my country Uganda to stand for what is right; for us to love each other and hate sin. For this beautiful nation to focus on the really important things and not to be swayed by what the rest of the world thinks and does. May God guide the Church and the people of Uganda.

  • Robson uganda

    God in heaven. I will have a full sleepless week when museven hits the head of this bill!

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Ainebyona – I understand your comittment to have your country not be swayed by what the rest of the world thinks and does, and I appriciate that very much. However “loving each other and hating sin” does not include death or life imprisionment for gays and lesbians. It’s not right; nor is it biblical. James 2:10 says that if you’ve comitted one sin, it’s like you have comitted them all. So under that stipuation everyone should either be put to death or put in jail for life.

  • David

    Perhaps a lesson we can all try to learn from the situation in Uganda is to spend a little more time hating our own sin, a little more time on our own repentance, and a little less time reflecting on the perceived sins of others.

  • Ryan

    Andrew as you are proably well aware NPR did a short segment this morning on this issue in Uganda. In the story they discussed Scott Lively and played an excerpt of a speech he gave talking about the destructive nature of homosexuality to members of the Ugandan government. The story posed the question if his words influenced the government to propose this legislation. This made me sick to my stomach when i heard the excerpt of his speech. And then when interviewed took no responsibility not that this suprised me.

    Andrew a few months ago I read your book and for the first time in a long time I had some hope for my faith. I just turned 43 and grew up in the church. But when i uttered two small words (I’m gay) when I was 15 it was in that momemt that the church ripped my faith from my hands and slammed the door in my face.

    For years I have tried to reconcile my faith and sexuality. I feel totally isolated from the church and the gay community. Partly due to the fact that when I should have been looking to the gay commuinity for support I was looking to the evangelical community to try and heal me of my homosexuality.
    When I read your book it litterally turned my world upside down for about three months. And for the first time in a long time I had hope for my faith.It gave me hope that the tide was changing but to be honest after I heard that interview this morning I went back to a place inside myself that says this is hopeless. I have wanted to throw my faith out the window so many times and now I just don’t see a reason not to. I just dont feel like I can take it anymore. I am just tired of people like this shooting off their their mouths and then taking no responsibility for their actions. How many funerals do these people attend of GLBT people when they commit suicide or have been killed.
    I know you are working hard to build bridges between the two communities but I just don’t know if at this point I can be that forgiving. I HATE people like Lively, Dobson, Warren and Robertson. When they die some Christians will celebrate they are with their creator. I will celebrate because they are dead!!!
    They play this I love homosexuals card as if it makes it all better well it does not. And why should I care if they say they love me. What do they think they have done to show me that they care about anyone in the gay community. I left the Presbyterian Church because their votes time and time again have said we do not want you here. I am just tired of it all.

  • Ryan

    Andrew below are two links on the Uganda issue that appeared on pinknews.com that you and your readers might be interested in reading on this issue.

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/01/20/ugandan-mp-david-bahati-will-not-attend-obama-prayer-breakfast

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/01/21/ugandan-mp-says-he-may-amend-anti-gay-bill/


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