Peace on earth and kill the gays.

A tattered and burned gay rights flag.Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of the Ugandan parliament, has painted a psychotic picture of what Christmas means in that country.

Merry Christmas? Ugandan Speaker of Parliament promises the draconian anti-gay (Kill the gays) bill will pass before the end of 2012, and will be a Christmas gift for Uganda’s Christian community.

On Monday, November 12, Ugandan Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that Uganda’s anti-gay bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite vigorous and vocal international criticism of the odious legislation.

Because fuck asking for world peace.

How could such a murderous piece of legislation, so offensive to human compassion, so flagrantly at odds with reason, ever even be considered by a nation of humans, let alone be likely to pass?  Believers know the answer just as surely as atheists.

Kadaga insists it is what most Ugandans want: Ugandans “are demanding it,” she said.

Last Friday Kadaga met with Ugandan anti-gay activists who spoke of “the serious threat” posed by homosexuals to Uganda’s children. Some Christian clerics at the meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, asked the speaker to pass the law as “a Christmas gift.”

Don’t give me any of this “they are only extremists and there aren’t many like them” line.  Remember all those people who left church to cram fried chicken sandwiches down their faces at Chick-Fil-A, right here in the US of A, to “support free speech”?  Yeah, Chick-Fil-A donated money to groups that are working to get this bill passed.  Tastes like trans fats and being an asshole, doesn’t it?  In their minds, they’re just sitting on the moral high ground munching on their waffle fries without a care in the world.  Meanwhile, immoral atheists like me actually give a shit about the suffering they helped to create.  Jesus might forgive the droves of believers for failing to see the difference between supporting free speech and supporting the oppression/death of gay people, but I sure don’t.

The response from the moderate Christians will be that these people have somehow mistranslated the will of the same god who ordered Abraham and Jephthah to murder their children, who slaughtered whole cities of homosexuals and children, and whose book contains passages calling for the death of homosexuals.  The rub for them is that the Ugandans abiding by their own personal relationship with Jesus should, instead, comport to the moderate’s personal relationship with Jesus.  They will rush to assure the critics of faith on Uganda’s account that faith is really beautiful when done right.  The implication will be that the Ugandans’ belief that the Canaanite Jew who rose from the dead 2,000 years ago wanted gays to die is irrational, and that the more sane, more reasonable position is that the Canaanite Jew who rose from the dead 2,000 years ago doesn’t want us to kill gay people.  This is what passes for serious moral discourse in this world.

Those moderates, some of which will likely email me or comment, will consider that message so important that many of them will exert more energy in defense of faith than they will in criticism of a nation of Christians set to murder normal people.  This type of behavior, intended to separate moderate faith from fundamentalist, only makes me loath religious moderation even more.

It will occur to very few that we shouldn’t genocide gay people because simple compassion dictates we shouldn’t, regardless of what god said (which makes the quibbling over his will superfluous, even if the evidence for his existence didn’t suck to the extreme).  This is the problem with religion: it jams concern for god’s will into where empathy will should be, and it does so in moderates and fanatics alike

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • D-A

    I was just reading the response from a moderate Christian, and you are spot on.

    • Art Vandelay

      Where in the Bible does it say that you must imprison and/or execute gay people? Answer: It doesn’t.

      Well…kind of it does though.

      • Anon

        Nope it doesn’t.

        • BuzzKill

          Yes, yes it does. Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

          • sqlrob

            Yet I’m sure most of the people that use that for rationalization aren’t keeping kosher. Huh, fancy that.

          • Jillian

            Check out this website for a look at how that Biblical verse has apparently been misinterpreted.


            Regardless, this is just some verse written long ago by a man. Not everybody believes the Bible is inspired by God. In fact, some think it is a ripoff of earlier religions.

            Thanks for pointing out the verse, though. You’re the first person who did after I posed the question.

          • leslie

            That was also the Old Testament when it was an Eye for and Eye. Then the New Testament happened and you are supposed to turn the other cheek.

        • Drakk

          Leviticus ring a bell?

  • Art Vandelay

    Moderate Christians…not barbarians; they just hold the door wide open for the barbarians.

  • Glodson

    Yup. That is another thing that bugged me when I was a believer. Too many people did “good” because God commanded them to. I didn’t like that appeal to authority.

    Also, Scott Lively, a massive asshole:

    He really called this bill the “lesser of two evils.” And the moderates do allow for these people to maintain a hold. He’s just misinterpreting the Bible, if he got it right, he would be just fine….(No, he’s still a psychotic asshole)

  • Envy Burger

    Please don’t stop harping on this subject, or stop trying to make the “moderate” Christians learn their role in all of this. At some point they will have to realize that their bigotry-in-the-form-of-pretending-to-love-the-”sinner”-and-hate-the-sin-while-really-just-hating-the-”sinner” and support of any kind of intolerance group leaves the door wide open for these lunatics. The “moderate” Christian brand of bigotry is no better than this brand, it simply isn’t being stretched to its “logical” conclusion here in the US (at the moment).

    I kind of apologize for the excessive quotation marks.

  • RuQu

    Here’s a link to the petition at to request the Administration revoke aid and impose sanctions and seek UN sanctions if they pass this law.

    • Jillian

      Can Canadians sign this petition? I would like to post it in my blog.

      • RuQu

        You have to sign up for a account, so I’m thinking “no,” but if you even might have American readers you should.

        • Jillian

          OK. I’ll post it for American readers.

        • Jillian

          I opened a White House account from Canada and was able to sign the petition — which means people from outside the U.S. can sign, too.


  • Michael

    Thank you for linking to the story, and helping to get the word out about this horror In Uganda, a horror perpetrated in the name of Christ.