Ugandan Cabinet meeting considers Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Here is a video report from NTV in Uganda regarding a Ugandan Cabinet meeting where the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was debated.

Hon. David Bahati, bill sponsor, signalled some willingness to amend the bill but has been silent about the nature of the changes. Later yesterday a debate on possible changes yielded little fruit.

The committee, to be chaired by local government minister Adolf Mwesige, will come up with a proposal that will be forwarded to the legal, parliamentary, presidential and foreign affairs committees.

“It was a heated debate for over two hours. Those who expressed reservations fear the cutting of aid by western governments,” said a source who preferred anonymity.

“Those for it argued that we need to maintain our independence and values as a country,” the source added.

There were 21 Cabinet members in the meeting.

While broadly supported domestically, the 2009 anti-homosexuality Bill has caused a tempest abroad and anxiety from western donors who fund a large chunk of Uganda’s budget.

Those opposed to the Bill say it is discriminatory and violates human rights.

ht: BTB

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  • http://aebrain@webone.com.au Zoe Brain

    Congratulations Warren. You’re now officially a “fellow traveller”.

    From the oxymoronic Americans For Truth

    Folks, I’ve been trying to avoid the Ugandan “Culture War” on homosexuality because I figure we’re busy enough with our own here in the USA. But that hasn’t stopped American homosexual activists and fellow travelers like Professor Warren Throckmorton of the “evangelical” Grove City College from insinuating themselves into the Ugandan situation. (Sadly, Warren has lost his faith in the ability of God to radically change homosexuals through Christ, and now busily works — even in Uganda! — to promote the faithless and disheartening message that most “gays and lesbians” cannot change their basic “orientation”; see his Uganda Independent column in which he makes that assertion HERE.)

    Here’s the question I keep asking myself about the Uganda controversy: just what is it that qualifies the United States of America to lecture the Ugandans about homosexuality? Is it our public policy that enshrines immoral sexual behavior (oops: “sexual orientation”) and gender confusion (er…”gender identity and expression”) as a “civil right”? Is it our homosexual “marriage” laws that make a mockery of this divine institution (laws about which Prof. Throckmorton is curiously silent)?

    Tell me: does Uganda have something to learn from Christian “defectors” like the opportunistic Prof. Throckmorton — who is now a de facto promoter of homosexuality as normal, natural and healthy while ostensibly still claiming some sort of “Christian” mission at GCC? (Grove City College boasts in evangelical circles that it is “authentically Christian” — an advertising claim of diminishing accuracy the longer it abides likes of Throckmorton.)

    [TAKE ACTION: contact Grove City College HERE...and request a written explanation as to why they employ an activist professor who undermines the Bible's clear teachings on homosexuality as a changeable sin (and not a natural "orientation").]

    Challenge to Accommodationists: I stand corrected if Prof. Throckmorton or any Grove City prof — indeed, any homosexual activist or pro-”gay” apologist — can show me anything resembling “sexual orientation” in the Bible as this concept is currently understood and posited in academia, the media and society.

    From his bio on the AFTAH site:

    LaBarbera and Americans For Truth are frequently cited by Christian and conservative media. He has been interviewed by Dr. James Dobson on his national “Focus on the Family” radio program, American Family Radio, the late D. James Kennedy’s “Coral Ridge Hour,” “Point of View” (including by the late, great Marlin Maddoux), and hundreds of other local radio shows. He is a regularly interviewed by “Family News in Focus” (produced by Focus on the Family), Janet Folger’s “Faith2Action” radio show, Vic Eliason’s WVCY “Crosstalk” radio show, OneNewsNow (American Family Association), Cybercast News Service, USA Radio News, and SRN News (Salem Radio Network).

    From 2003-2006, LaBarbera served as executive director of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI). … At the Family Research Council (FRC), a leading pro-family think tank, he served as a policy analyst on homosexuality and gender issues while editing FRC’s popular weekly publication, CultureFacts.

    LaBarbera also has had two stints working at Beverly LaHaye’s Concerned Women for America (CWA)…

    In Illinois, as Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), LaBarbera emerged as a leading critic of the homosexual activist agenda coming out of Chicago,…e has appeared on major TV and radio news programs in Chicago, including WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and across the state, and has been quoted on pro-family issues in Illinois newspapers ranging from the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Southtown in Chicago to the The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale.

    LaBarbera also sits on the Board of Protect Marriage Illinois, a group launched by IFI that is now independent and seeks to permanently protect the definition of marriage in Illinois against those who would radically redefine it.

    To reach LaBarbera and Americans For Truth, call 630-717-7631 or e-mail: americansfortruth@comcast.net. Fax: 630-839-0799. Regular mail: Americans For Truth, P.O. Box 5522, Naperville, IL 60567-5522.

  • Lynn David

    This protest against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 has been in part a religious protest. I believe that it is time to clearly restate that position by any of several religious organizations.

  • Lynn David

    Warren’s box.

  • adrian

    (What exactly has Mr. LaBarbera ever achieved? The only thing I can think of is that he quite probably makes it easier for Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to sell their books. The outrageous post catapults him into the same orbit as Fred Phelps. As for the man’s media appearances listen in that much aggrandized bio, an internet search tends to reveal more articles about him, than by him. Congratulations by the way to Dr Throckmorton on his consistent principled stand on the Ugandan affair.)

  • Michael Bussee

    Question: Why do they all wear yellow shirts?

  • Richard

    Just a guess: The yellow chicken-shit stripe down their backs has spread all the way to the front.

  • Michael Bussee

    No, apparently it’s the color of the ruling party:

    Museveni’s victory was greeted with cheering and singing as sporadic crowds took to the streets clad in the yellow of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), blowing whistles and hooting horns.

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-africa_democracy/uganda_future_3303.jsp


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