Add another enabler and supporter of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual Bill. Mrs. Mission America, Linda Harvey, says she has been involved in Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and that it has been mis-portrayed. In an interview after a recent speech in Gross Pointe Michigan, she was asked about Scott Lively’s involvement in the issue. The interviewer used the description, “kill gays bill” when Harvey stopped him, said she too has had involvement and claimed,
This has been mis-portrayed– and please clear this up. Uganda is criminalizing rape of children, and I think that a lot of people would say, hmmm, maybe death penalty for rape of children — heterosexually or homosexually….
Of course this is inaccurate and is itself a misleading assessment of the bill. She notes that her sources in Uganda tell her that the death penalty will be removed from the bill. Then she continues to say why she supports the bill.
The fact they are re-criminalizing homosexuality is (a) their business, (b) it is patronizing for white Westerners to be telling these folks — they are seeing George Soros funded gay groups going into Uganda. They are all through the schools, lots of promotion to kids. Poor kids, poor kids are being offered money and favors and gifts to have sex. That’s exploitation. That’s sex trafficking. And it’s being done mostly homosexually. By Western homosexuals coming in and trying to get involved in Uganda.
In addition to playing the race card, she says other interesting things in this interview. To wit, she thinks gay people fund Fred Phelps and she favors re-criminalization of homosexual behavior in the US, although she doesn’t know what the penalty should be.
Back to Uganda, while it is tiresome, I must again repost the actual language of the bill. The AHB would duplicate existing law regarding child abuse (defilement) but add specific language to outlaw homosexual behavior in Uganda with death for HIV positive people who engage in same-sex intimacy (touching, as defined in the law) and people who commit more than one offense. Life in prison is the penalty for all other intimacy involving same-sex partners. Don’t believe me, go read it here. Here are some relevant portions:
The object of this Bill is to establish a comprehensive consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting (i) any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and (ii) the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any Government entity in Uganda or any non governmental organization inside or outside the country.
And, in the definitions section:
“touching” includes touching—
(a) with any part of the body;
(b) with anything else;
(c) through anything; and in particular includes touching amounting to penetration of any sexual organ. anus or mouth.
And section 2:
2. The offence of homosexuality.
(1) A person commits the offence of homosexuality if-
(a) he penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual contraption;(b) he or she uses any object or sexual contraption to penetrate or stimulate sexual organ of a person of the same sex;
(e) he or she touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.
(2) A person who commits an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for life.
Note, no mention of children in section 2. Now the death penalty section:
3. Aggravated homosexuality.
(1) A person commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality where the
(a) person against whom the offence is committed is below the age of 18 years;
(b) offender is a person living with HIV;
(c) offender is a parent or guardian of the person against whom the offence is committed;
(d) offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed;
(e) victim of the offence is a person with disability;
(f) offender is a serial offender, or
(g) offender applies, administers or causes to be used by any man or woman any drug, matter or thing with intent to stupefy overpower him or her so as to there by enable any person to have unlawful carnal connection with any person of the same sex,
(2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.
(3) Where a person is charged with the offence under this section, that person shall undergo a medical examination to ascertain his or her HIV status.
Section 3, line b and f is where the private consensual behavior could result in death. Arguably, line d could be construed as forbidding consensual relationships between a boss and a co-worker. I suspect the author intended some kind of sexual harassment but the way the bill is written, this is not clear. There are also sections criminalizing the intent to commit homosexuality and failure to report known homosexual acts with jail or fines as the penalties.
Now, let me issue a challenge to those who believe Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a good thing and is being mis-portrayed:
Put the bill on your website.
Link to it. Download this pdf of the Uganda Gazette publication. Here is a searchable pdf. Upload a copy to your website. To my knowledge, no supporter of the bill has done this. Isn’t that odd? If you support something, you should be glad for people to see it. Ssempa said he would over two weeks ago and has not done it. The Parliament has not done it. Bahati has not done it. Cliff Kincaid, Peter LaBarbera, Scott Lively, Linda Harvey; no one has posted the full text of the bill. Why not?