Uganda updates: Hearings continue on Anti-Homosexuality Bill

UPDATE 5 (Tuesday, May 10) – I started another post for the developments today. Go to that post for the latest… UPDATE 4: This petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) has 100,000 200,000 signatures; check it out and sign on. Also, tweet this post with the designation #Uganda. All eyes will be on Stephen Tashobya’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee tomorrow. If the committee’s report on the AHB is completed and presented to the Speaker of the House Edward Ssekandi, then… Read more

Uganda report: Testimony in anti-gay bill to conclude Monday

As the closing of the 8th Parliament looms, two early supporters of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill continue to promote passage of the bill. Martin Ssempa and Stephen Langa both testified Friday before the Legal and  Parliamentary Affairs committee. A website called Weinformers provide more information about their message and also reports that hearings will conclude on Monday. According to this report, Ssempa advocated the removal of the death penalty because it is not a “behavioral corrective measure.” However, he did not object to life… Read more

David Bahati: Hearings took place today on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Today, public hearings on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill took place before the Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee, according to the bill author, David Bahati. In an interview, Bahati said that the Uganda Law Reform Commission and several religious leaders were on the list of those slated to provide testimony. He added, “I know that the process of legislation is moving forward.” Bahati declined to say that the bill would be voted on next week, saying that the actual end of Parliament is not until… Read more

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Hearings may be happening now

A report from blogger Gay Uganda indicates that hearings on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill may be taking place now in a committee of Uganda’s Parliament. Other sources tell me that the bill is certainly not dead, even with the unrest which has rocked the country over food prices. Gay Uganda believes the bill could be used as a distraction from the rioting. In any case, there is concern among GBLT advocates there that the bill could be scheduled for vote next week. If hearings… Read more

David Barton on the Daily Show

Last night’s program with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show was underwhelming at best. Stewart did not get to Barton’s use of quotes out of context until the end of the 2nd clip and then Stewart did not pin him down on specifics. In the extended sections embedded below, Stewart tried to pin Barton down about the effect of the First Amendment but Stewart provided no quotes from Barton. Barton has said that the First Amendment only applies to denomination… Read more

The Cincinnati Bible Wars: When the Bible was removed from schools

The month of May marks the 400 anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The most published book in history, the KJV was once widely read in public schools around the nation. However, in 1872 that trend was reversed by the Ohio Supreme Court in Minor v. Board of Education of Cincinnati which addressed what was called at the time, the “Cincinnati Bible Wars.” In 1869, the Cincinnati Board of Education voted to remove the KJV… Read more

David Barton on the Daily Show tomorrow

Pass the popcorn. According to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show website, David Barton will appear tomorrow night May 4 at 11pm. Wait, what? He won’t come on the Paul Edwards Show with me, but he’ll go on the Daily Show? UPDATE: Well, that was disappointing. Read more

Muslim group lauds death of Bin Laden

The Michigan branch of the Council for American Islamic Relations issued this press release just a bit ago lauding the death of Bin Laden. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MI Muslim To Hold Press Conference Regarding Elimination of bin Laden (SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/2/2011) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomes the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a threat to America and the world. [MEDIA ADVISORY: The CAIR-MI news conference along with the Council of Islamic… Read more

News reports: Osama Bin Laden is dead

It is all over the networks. Obama will speak soon and share the details. FoxNews has this word… Here is the transcript of the President’s remarks on the operation that took down Bin Laden. Read more

Letter from George Washington to an annual meeting of Quakers

Does Washington, in this letter, sound like he is talking about Christianity alone? George Washington September 1789 Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the persons and consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but, according to their stations, to prevent it in others. The liberty enjoyed by the people of theses states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their consciences, is not only among the choicest… Read more

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