Sunday, the Uganda Observer published an article on July 22 titled, “Inside the world of sexual minorities.” The article quotes local physicians with an informative article regarding various terms for sexual minorities. The article seems to make an effort at balance and information rather than opinion and moralizations.
Well, that did not sit well with Martin Ssempa who wrote a letter to the editor published today:
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 17:50
I am responding to the story ‘Inside the world of sexual minorities’ (The Observer, July 22-24, 2010). I view the two pages of extensive research you presented in such a national newspaper as any outcry of sympathy and acceptance of homosexuality and the people involved in the evil practice. It is a betrayal of readers’ loyalty and the family values in Uganda.
Your stories created the impression that:
•Homosexuals are a minority group, which should be accepted in society.
•Families can still survive even after one spouse turns gay, probably with the other spouse getting another lover too and ‘they live happily ever after.’•The definitions given of the various forms of homosexuality are meant to encourage the young minds to explore the vice.
•The pictures that ran with the story give an impression of happy, blossoming relationships, which is not the actual case with homosexuality.
•It is okay for children to turn to homosexuality and that their parents can just seek counselling and everything will be fine.
On the other hand, the stories missed out the following facts:
•Homosexuals are 100% more likely to contract HIV/AIDS compared to normal heterosexual couples.
•Homosexuality has a negative impact on the body’s external organs and is a health hazard.
•Homosexuals are very depressed people who face gender identity disorders.
Besides, homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda. Therefore, unless you are promoting a crime, I do not see why you presented homosexuality as a scientific normality.
As loyal readers of The Observer and parents, we demand an apology and counter coverage on the pro-family issues.
Dr. Martin Ssempa,
Who knows where Rev. Ssempa gets his statistics. I am not sure what external organs he is referring to but I am sure many readers will take issue with his “facts” as I do. He is however, welcome to provide supporting documentation here if he would like to.
I may be missing some of the article given what Ssempa refers to in his letter. If anyone has a more complete version, if it exists, please let me know.