Uganda’s president blocks anti-gay bill.

Well here’s a pleasant surprise:

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill to toughen punishments for homosexuals.

He has written to the parliamentary speaker criticising her for passing it in December without a quorum.

Homosexuals were “abnormal” or were so for “mercenary reasons” and could be “rescued”, a local paper quotes his letter as saying.

Things are pretty fucked up when even I breathe a sigh of relief at “Oh, he only thinks gay people are sick and not that they should be killed/jailed.”  But this isn’t over by a long shot:

His spokesman told the AFP news agency that Mr Museveni believes that gay people are sick but this does not mean they should be killed or jailed for life.

“What the president has being saying is that we shall not persecute these homosexuals and lesbians. That is the point,” said Tamale Mirudi.

He denied that the president had changed his mind under pressure.

“The president’s position has been the same for a long time, nothing has changed,” he added.

Our reporter says Mr Museveni is trying to reach a compromise with MPs, because if he refuses to sign the bill, parliament can still force it through with a two-thirds vote.

There’s a lot of anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, and enough to Christianity to make them excited about the prospect of genocide.  If you think that sounds harsh, can you honestly say that it’s not Christianity that is moving the citizens of Uganda to support a bill that would punish homosexuality with death?  If not, then it’s Christianity moving people to support genocide – and making them think they’re the most moral people around to boot!  If Christianity were a moralizing force, shouldn’t it dissuade people from genocide?

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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.