Uganda: Committee Chair describes Anti-Homosexuality Bill timetable

This morning I spoke with Stephen Tashobya, the chair of the Ugandan Parliament's Legal and Affairs committee. This committee has jurisdiction over the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. I asked Hon. Tashobya if he had any current plan for action on the AHB. He told me that the Parliament was currently preoccupied with the upcoming Christmas break and then the elections. About the AHB, he said, "So I suppose I can say it will come up after elections which is the 18th of February."He said he did not … [Read more...]

SPLC myth #4: Homosexuals don’t live nearly as long as heterosexuals

As anticipated, the groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "hate groups" have reacted with defensive distraction. Instead of responding directly to the charges made by the SPLC, they have organized a significant effort to change the subject. Called Start Debating/Stop Hating, the website   consists of endorsements from some prominent conservative activists, politicians and ministers. The website also asks visitors to sign a petition which reads:"We, the undersigned, stand in so … [Read more...]

State Department: Anti-Homosexuality Bill “major violation of human rights” but Bahati was not asked to leave country

Just a bit ago, I talked to Andy Laney of the U.S. Department of State who contradicted a report in the Uganda Observer that David Bahati was asked to leave the country.Mr. Laney said, "We did not ask David Bahati to leave the country," adding that the State Department did not have that authority.However, Mr. Laney confirmed that State Department officials met with Mr. Bahati while he was in the United States and told him...that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a major violation of human … [Read more...]

Jeff Sharlet talks about Uganda on Democracy Now

Not usually my source for news, but this clip of Jeff Sharlet on Democracy Now is interesting in that he says David Bahati is ready to move the Anti-Homosexuality Bill along. Specifically at 32:43, Sharlet says:What I'm hearing from David Bahati, the author of the bill, with whom I am still in touch, is that he's now being promised a second reading, and this new step in the press is a very alarming one because it shows that its moving back to the forefront of Ugandan society. The at … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groups

News ReleaseFor immediate release – 10.20.10Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groupsFree downloads help church groups prevent bullying, speak against anti-gay harassmentOn a day when many people are speaking out against bullying, the Golden Rule Pledge is releasing materials which can be used by churches to help prevent youth bullying.  Available for free download on the Golden Rule Pledge website, these lesson plans and class ac … [Read more...]

Go take this survey…

Bridge builder Andrew Marin is researching the religiosity and sexuality with a survey I can recommend. There are three weeks left in the survey period and I want to invite readers to go check it out.Here is his call for participants:We only have 3 weeks left in our 4 year study of faith experiences and religious/spiritual acculturation within the LGBT community!You can click here for all of the information (and answers to questions that were raised about it in the comment section) on … [Read more...]

CNN, Richard Cohen and California dreaming

More later, but here is the CNN episode which discusses the CA law which once required study of factors which might lead to homosexuality.Cohen quotes the ACP sheet that I just critiqued...It must have been a very slow news day for this story to make CNN. The law involved has apparently not been used and is an anachronism. Even if it stays on the books, I suspect the CA legislature would grant about $1 to fulfill it. Pointless.UPDATE:CNN follows up with Clinton Anderson. Kyra … [Read more...]

NARTH reviews Finnish study on parenting and sexual orientation

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi often tells his audiences that, in essence, homosexuality in males derives from lack of bonding with the father. In this YouTube video, he describes several factors which he believes could be important in the development of male homosexuality, including a masculine, sports-minded older brother, peer rejection and sexual abuse. However, referring to these hypothetical factors, Nicolosi says...but none of these are as important as the early relationship with the father, b … [Read more...]


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