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Bad news for the RCC from Uganda and the Philippines

Hatemongers meet: Ratzinger and Kadaga pictured at a Vatican human rights conference. Photo All Out

Hatemongers meet: Ratzinger and Kadaga pictured at a Vatican human rights conference. Photo All Out

DESPITE Pope Ratzinger publicly blessing a mad woman who promised Ugandans a Christmas gift of a gay hate bill, and huge Catholic protests against a Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines, it looks today that the Ugandan bill has been kicked into the long grass, and that the RHB is set to become law.

Ratzinger’s blessing of the ghastly Rebecca Kadaga – which took place at a human rights conference at the Vatican – was widely interpreted as a gesture of support for her “Kill the Gays” bill, but we learn today that the Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, appears to have distanced himself from the venomous Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

This, says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, suggests the Government may not support the bill in its present form.

Said Tatchell in a statement issued this morning:

This may be the reason the bill has not been passed, as expected, in the run-up to Christmas.

PM Amama Mbabazi said:

It [homosexuality] is unlawful already … Why won’t we support it [the bill]? Because it’s already covered. But there are certain aspects which may be new, like promotion of homosexuality, things like that.

Peter Tatchell joins protesters against Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill outside Uganda House in London at the weekend

Peter Tatchell joins protesters against Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill outside Uganda House in London on December 10, Human Rights Day

Tatchell added:

His words indicate that the government of Uganda may not support key sections of the bill but may agree to a crackdown on the promotion and advocacy of LGBT human rights. Caution and scepticism are advisable. This might be a government ploy to diffuse protests and lull LGBT Ugandans into a false sense of security.

There is likely to be a parliamentary majority in favour of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill if it comes to a vote. In this eventuality, the only hope is that President Yoweri Museveni will veto the bill.

Meanwhile Philippine legislators are today poised to pass landmark birth control laws paving the way for increased sex education and free contraceptives, despite lobbying by the Catholic Church.

The Philippine Senate is due to vote on the Reproductive Health Bill during its crucial second reading, while the House of Representatives will vote for the third and final time later today, said Congressman Edcel Lagman.

We are sure it will pass [in the Senate]. We expect the margin of victory to be wider in the House.

This flies in the face of angry condemnation of the bill from the RCC.

Catholic nuns pictured protesting over the planned Philippines Reproductive Health Bill

Catholic nuns pictured protesting over the planned Philippines Reproductive Health Bill

Bishops across the country have argued that laws allowing increased sex education and the handing out of contraception will encourage pre-marital sex and lead to the legalisation of abortion.

The bill will be signed into law by President Benigno Aquino if both houses of parliament agree on a common version.

Lagman shrugged off intense lobbying by the Catholic Church, including warnings that bishops would campaign against advocates of the bill in next year’s elections.

It’s more of a threat than a reality. The experience in other Catholic countries is once a law is passed on reproductive health, even the Catholic Church became silent and supports the law.

The bill is seen as a way of moderating the country’s population growth, reducing poverty and bringing down the high maternal mortality rate.

Lagman added:

The key provision is the prioritisation of the poor and marginalised sectors who really need information and services of reproductive health.

Bishops campaigned against the proposals at the weekend, reading a pastoral letter to congregations across the country during Mass, saying:

The wide and free accessibility of contraceptives, even to the youth, will result in the destruction of family life and in greater violence against women.

Hat tip: Graham Martin-Royle and Barriejohn (Philippines report)

15 Responses to “Bad news for the RCC from Uganda and the Philippines”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    What a happy, joyous, love-filled bunch those nuns look. They remind me of zombies or daleks. I can just imagine them wandering around (occasionally bumping into things) screeching ‘Exterminate!’, ‘Exterminate!’.

  2. barriejohn says:

    Jesus fills your heart with joy, AgentCormac!

  3. tony e says:

    Surely, in a sane world, the last people who should have any opinion on reproductive rights are those rcc nuns and priests who have voluntarily gave up theirs?

  4. AgentCormac says:

    Of course he does, barriejohn. Of course he does.

  5. Alan C says:

    #Bishops across the country have argued that laws allowing increased sex education and the handing out of contraception will encourage pre-marital sex and lead to the legalisation of abortion.#

    I think it might have been pointed out here before but if not.
    The buy-bull not only condones abortion but gives instructions on how to induce one.
    Numbers 5: 11-22.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    Bishops across the country have argued that laws allowing increased sex education and the handing out of contraception will encourage pre-marital sex and lead to the legalisation of abortion.

    Let us consider the Roman Catholic Church’s record when it comes to scientific discovery and scientific accuracy and scientific suppression, then act accordingly in this matter.

    On the meta-level, I note that theists are quick to use logic when they think it can serve their ends, but do not forbid themselves the non-explanations of ‘it was God’ and ‘you must have faith’ when challenged in the slightest.

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    “Bishops across the country have argued that laws allowing increased sex education and the handing out of contraception will encourage pre-marital sex and lead to the legalisation of abortion.”

    Yes, probably. Where’s the problem? Extra-marital sex is delightful and legal abortion is essential in a free society.

  8. Robster says:

    Wasn’t there a Bond villain called Kadaga? And those nuns…They have their brains surgically removed when they sign up. The vatican installs two carved stones in their empty little heads containg ten rules and that’s all they need to function at a basic level. Being catholics, basic is as good as it gets.

  9. Georgina says:

    @Matt W.: Yes, sex is delightful, pre/post, as long as it is consenting adults.
    However, the better the sex education, the more freely available the contraception and the stricter the punishment for rape – the less one needs abortions!

    Morning after pills should also be freely available for victims of rapists who were not shot the first time.

  10. FredB says:

    Bishops, nuns and priests belong to the past. Their views, like the religion that they represent, are outdated, dangerous for humanity and mainly totally unacceptable by any freethinking, rational, logical human being.

    Long live education!

    If someone believes in a personal god, then so be it, but let it be religion-free. If there really is a god or gods, then he/she/it would deplore the lack of humanity shown by the largest religion that purportedly represents him/her/it.

    Religions are dispicable in their attempted (sometimes sucessful) manipulation of innocent people’s minds and lives.

  11. OurSally says:

    Since when is Mary blond and fair? I bet she even has blue eyes in the picture. Couldn’t the RCC at least give the Philippines a dark-haired and brown-eyed Mary?

  12. Stephen Mynett says:

    If we are to have region-sensitive nativity scenes, I cant wait for the Bangkok version with the ladyboy Mary.

  13. barriejohn says:

    I was searching for some humorous nativity scenes on the net (as one would), when I came across this page:

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=nativity+humour&view=detail&id=5AEC5D88EDF7D4870FED284CA30BAFF10C269E89&first=70

    Scroll down to see more. I have two of the Private Eye “Books of Boobs”, and always cry with laughter when I look through them, even though I’ve read them from cover to cover before. (“Children shot for Christmas in the home”!)

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