Petition to the White House: sanction Uganda.

The Uganda parliament has promised to pass a measure before Christmas that could mean the death penalty for gay people.

There is a petition to the White House running, the type that guarantees a response from the White House if it hits 25,000 signatures.  The petition requests severe sanctions on Uganda if they pass this horrid bill.  I signed it, and I hope you’ll join me.

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.

  • RuQu

    It is worth adding that the petition needs to hit 25k before December 12th, so please don’t put this on your “I’ll do that tomorrow” list. Put it on your “today” list.

    And then pass it on.

    For additional context, that petition went from 6300 to 6600 signatures in the time the Texas secession petition went from 72k-111k. How’s that for national priorities?

    • Joe

      It’s also worth noting that you can sign it even if you aren’t American. I’m in Australia and had no trouble signing up for an account.

  • Timid Athiest

    Just an FYI in regards to how to handle the Uganda issue:

    • RuQu

      Foreign aid makes up about 40% of the Ugandan budget.

      US aid accounts for 3% of their GDP.

      It seems like a nice idea to let the local LGBT activists do the job, but I don’t think its overly cynical to think that a government even considering such a law is more willing to listen to a bunch of gay activists than they are to listen to money. As the Supreme Court has repeatedly told us, money talks.

      • Azkyroth

        As the Supreme Court has repeatedly showed us, money talks.


  • Jonathan

    Signed and shared.

  • Enopoletus Harding

    Sanction Uganda-bad idea. That will make the US’s image look far worse than that of Uganda. Publicly condemn the Ugandan parliament for even considering a ‘kill the gays’ bill-good idea.

    • Azkyroth

      Are you fucking serious?

      • Enopoletus Harding

        Yes, I am. If America places sanctions on Uganda, the American government will come out looking worse in the eyes of almost the entirety of the rest of the world.

  • Jude

    Is there any point in Canadians signing this?

  • http://facebook chrstal026

    Uganda,has its Religion,and America has no Business interfering!!!—The World would be without Humans,if all were Gay!!!