Global News Blog: The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

November 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Nancy Weaver

In 2009, the Ugandan government proposed a bill outlawing homosexuality enforcing the death penalty for those with previous convictions. The United States government spoke with President Museveni about the bill and expressed opposition to the bill.

Prior to this bill, people in Uganda already discriminated gays and treated them differently. Now, church officials in Uganda show gay pornographic images to rally support for the enforcement of the bill. U.S. Christian leaders expressed their views in Uganda and in the media.

Rick Warren, Saddleback Minister in California and writer of “The Purpose-Driven Life” said, “When I didn’t speak out, people assumed I was in support of this bill.” Warren chose to express his opinion on a CBN web video and urged Ugandan pastors to not support this bill but rather embrace all individuals in the community. In response to this controversial bill, many other leaders cannot answer how the bill follows Christianity’s greatest commandment; love your neighbor as yourself.

Those who traveled to Uganda from the U.S. indirectly suggested that Americans believed their opinions might change the law. This caused many Ugandans to resist the idea of the “white man.”

With this bill intact, Americans still wonder about their moral duty to stand up for another country’s affairs despite opposition. Edmund Burke, a British statesman once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.” Does this statement apply to American’s role in Uganda or should Americans turn a blind eye?

For more on the Anti-Homosexuality bill check out, http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/uganda-considers-death-penalty-gays-10067803