Uganda asks God to forgive its sins, then vows to enact draconian anti-gay laws

IN celebrating his country’s recent 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni led his nation in a prayer of repentance in which he confessed to a whole mess of sins.

I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history, and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft, which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.President Museveni has longs chats with God

Wow! He then beseeched the Almighty to:

Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery. These sins and many others have characterized our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history. Lord, forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love You, to fear You and to seek You. Take away from us all the above sins.

If this wasn’t enough, the posturing Christian nincompoop continued:

We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God, and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own. I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to You, to walk in Your ways and experience all Your blessings forever.

Homosexuality was not specifically mentioned in his prayer, however. Museveni explained in an interview earlier this year with British reporters that he believes homosexuality should simply be “ignored” in the nation, although he opposes the promotion of the lifestyle in any form.

Shortly after the President’ prayer of repentance, Uganda drew fire from many quarters when members of Uganda’s parliament said that they plan to pass an anti-homosexual law before the end of December because of pressure from Christian groups.

Many donor are now threatening to cut aid to Uganda if the the law is enacted.

Protests have taken place previously outside the Uganda Mission in New York, and more are slated for tomorrow

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told Parliament:

We cannot sit back while such [a] destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation. We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.

Commenting today in The National Post on “Uganda’s homophobic farce” Gerald Bareebe,  a Ugandan journalist, and Brett House, a Senior Fellow at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in Montréal and a former principal advisor in the executive office of the UN secretary-general, wrote:

This bill has never been about supporting Ugandan social mores, preserving the traditional African family, protecting youth from so-called homosexual “recruiters” or fighting neo-imperialism, as Kadaga contends. If Kadaga really wanted to fight Western influence, maybe she’d instead consider scrapping the British colonial-era laws on which Uganda’s existing anti-gay statues are founded.

Gays, rather, are incidental to this bill: They’re just the most readily available scapegoat to throw under the Ugandan bus.

This bill is really a virtual combo of bread and circuses to dampen domestic Ugandan opposition to President Yoweri Museveni’s increasingly autocratic rule. And it’s a smokescreen to divert international attention from Uganda’s craven role in the ongoing war in Congo.

The Christian News report said:

Some believe that Uganda will continue to need much prayer as it is under intense international pressure on both sides of the issue of homosexuality. Protests are planned for the days and weeks ahead as Uganda’s parliament decides whether to make same-sex behavior a crime in the nation, generally punishable by jail time.

While revisions have been made to the bill since its first presentation in 2009, it is unclear as to whether the death penalty has been removed from the law, although there are reports it is no longer being pursued as a punishment. It does, however, ban the promotion of homosexuality in any form, in addition to the commission of sexual acts, criminalising anyone who “funds or sponsors homosexuality” or “abets homosexuality.”

Tomorrow, a demonstration entitled “Uganda: The World is Watching” will be held outside of the Uganda Mission in New York City, organized by the American-based group AEB Project and the Ugandan organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). On Monday, Amnesty International will be protesting in Denmark, and various worldwide businesses are taking up petitions against Uganda in order to express disapproval of the bill.

13 responses to “Uganda asks God to forgive its sins, then vows to enact draconian anti-gay laws”

  1. Ian says:

    I was once told that to believe in the bible I had to had to open my mind.

    When I retorted that to believe in the bible you had to open your mind so far that your brains fell out they were not amused/

  2. barriejohn says:

    Stephen Green thinks that this is wonderful news!

    Stephen Green of Christian Voice in the United Kingdom* said: “President Museveni has set a standard which other national leaders would do well to emulate. All the sins which the President has identified in Uganda are present in Britain and America under different names. All governments need to root out corruption, wickedness and injustice and return to God.”

    *Reporting on himself – hahahahaha!!!!!

  3. barriejohn says:

    The “sodomites” are “undemocratic”:

  4. missus_gumby says:

    Stephen Green Stephen ‘Birdshit’ Green. There, fixed it for you! 🙂

  5. Angela_K says:

    The Ugandan President asked his god to forgive his countrymen for mass killing, torture and rape to wipe the slate clean – so they can start the aforementioned all over again. That’s how religion works.

    Talking of Mr Green, I wonder if his god has forgiven him for wife bashing?

  6. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    When you think of all the problems facing Uganda (and the world) why this emphasis on homosexuality? Why does any god have such an interest in what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms?

  7. Stonyground says:

    “Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own.”

    Yet another Bible passage that is an exact reversal of the truth.

  8. Har Davids says:

    If only we know what gene causes this kind of religious madness: we could cure or kill them all!

  9. Matt Westwood says:

    “why this emphasis on homosexuality?” Oh come on wake up at the back. So he will have a group of people to specifically blame the ills of the country on when his policies all go arseface-up. He’ll then have the excuse to plunder their assets. And when he’s softened up the population to accept this sort of policy towards particular demographic groups, he’ll just pick on another bunch. And so on, until whatever happens next.

    But of course, that would never happen, that sort of thing has never happened in the history of the world. People are too nice.

  10. Kristina D says:

    To truly live in a Christ-like manner, Christians would be even more accepting of skeptics. As the stories go, Jesus was exactly that.

    It’s a shame that my side of the pond uses spirituality to justify hate. What’s supposed to be something beautiful is something downright awful.

    I don’t know where it got so skewed along the way, but it’s been misinterpreted and abused to heck.

    It reminds me of this video I recently came across– it’s a
    cute little song about how Jesus and his followers actually Occupy Jerusalem.

    Anyways, here it is:

    it has a point.

  11. Stuart H. says:

    Just thought I should make you aware of another nasty tactic evangelicals are using on this & other issues.
    There’s been a pretty mean-minded debate in my local paper (Isle of Man) about Manx government overseas aid. Latest salvo was from local supporters of some evangelical charity who run Christian schools in Uganda & elsewhere. Their argument was that government aid to Uganda & other countries should be cut because of African ‘corruption’. Their alternative was that people should give the money to ‘reputable’ charties like theirs instead & claim the tax back.
    Given that governments probably will cut Ugandan aid because of obscenities like this Bill, maybe we should be looking out for evangelicals offering to make up the ‘shortfall’ in public donations, and be ready with letters to the press pointing out that, far from being innocent & benevolent, these anti-human throwbacks and their meddling in African affairs are the original reason the aid has had to be cut.

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