Nations pulling funding from Uganda in the wake of harsh anti-gay laws.

Make no mistake: Uganda President Museveni knew this was going to happen.  He even pre-empted it as he signed the bill.  But he did it anyway, and now nations that don’t want their money going to support a government culpable for such startling inhumanity are withdrawing funds.

At least three European countries announced the withdrawal of millions of dollars in direct support to Uganda’s government, and the World Bank announced it was delaying a loan to the country.Uganda depends on donors for about 20 percent of its budget.

The Dutch government said in a statement Thursday that it is suspending aid to Uganda’s government but will continue supporting nongovernmental groups, joining the governments of Norway and Denmark in taking such action.

Norway is withdrawing at least $8 million but will increase its support to human rights and democracy defenders, while Denmark is restructuring aid programs worth $8.64 million away from the Ugandan government and over to private actors and civic groups.

I’m glad nations are reorganizing, taking funding away from the government and instead spending the funds on groups that provide humanitarian aid, rather than pulling support for the country entirely.  There are people in Uganda starving who want nothing to do with this legislation.  They should not die because of a cabal of Christian bigots in power.

Sadly, most of the citizenry, just as eat up with Jesus, supports this law.  They are who give the President the power to enact it.

On a happy note though, the rest of the world is casting away the moral shackles of religion more and more, to the point that when Christ’s love gets enshrined in legislation that puts innocent people in prison, nations act.  I just wish the future could get here sooner.

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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.