When reading this article , I felt a rush of something related to happiness. In the same family, but not quite the emotion. Bittersweet is “its” cousin.
As more and more people continue to profess their righteousness before us, i.e., gay people are not human because they are homos, let us get to the crux of Princess’s argument. The Bill is inhumane.
None of us, human or not, should let our own leaders (who I must add have cheated us to a real democracy free of corruption) force such a bill on our conscience. As a matter of fact, I believe corruption and it’s consequences is a far greater problem to the Ugandan people than their neighbors’ sexual orientation.
Christian or not, Gay or Straight- No one has the right to label who is human or not, who is worthy of their life or not. I believe that is the responsibility of the person who created “humans”, and as far as am concerned it sure isn’t our behated Minister of Ethics and Integrity. Imagine, Ethics and Integrity. I will not even go into my definition of an Ethics and Integrity minister-maybe next semester.
In a similar vein, is it me or did someone else feel disgusted by the Bill’s command to have the “unworthy” people tested for HIV if found guilty of their “bad” pracitise? Talk about discrimination in all areas. Eh. I’m sure our minister’s intentions are to put the Ugandan people’s best interests at heart, but honestly- I think we can spend state money on something else like improving the Education sector. Health sector is not doing that great either but that does not mean you go out there and test every suspect left and right. Now if someone has an answer, help me out- is that going to eradicate the deadly virus that HIV is? I think not.
Government should not even be wasting time on net-catching un-straight people. Let them deal with our economic, political and social problems. As far as I’m concerned, this whole Bill is a waste of Members of Parliament’s time scratching their heads, (dosing) and debating whether to pass this moronic paper or not.
Even though I write and write, some other soul(s) writes, talks, demonstrates about this issue (pro or con), it’s not going to change the fact that the Bill has a fat chance of passing (choka!) or that our dear president has an equally good chance of extending the constitution so that he can run for 4th term( we need young Arab money flowing into the country), nor will my bickering change the poor economic and social situation that many fellow Ugandans face each day.
We can’t sit back and stay silent. Ugandans-we are better than that.
But then what next? Who will be the Jesus Christ of the LGBTQ community in not only Uganda, but the rest of the world?