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The road to hell is paved with good intentions


Cobus Fourie - 2009-11-19

Aforementioned is becoming my favourite adage. It is so true it is unreal. My other favourite, which often ties in with aforementioned, is “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (“the more things change the more they stay the same”).

A lot has been written about the looming LGBTIQ genocide in Uganda with its hideously named Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. There are even a couple of Facebook pages and groups dedicated to the support of the Nazi-esque draconian legislation.

You can read the nauseating contents of the Bill here, brought to you by Box Turtle Bulletin.

The groups and pages are, of course, invaded largely by South African human rights activists and the odd American and Brit. A South African LGBTIQ rights organisation was one of the first to denounce Uganda long before this draconian legislation was proposed, and the media liaison has said her famous words “I told you so”. The whole brouhaha was, of course, spurred on by the American pray-the-gay-away group Exodus International at a conference in Kampala. 

The discussion and utterances, had they happened on South African soil, would have been illegal and immediately declared hate speech and in contravention of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996) and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (Act 4 of 2000). Yet, after reporting the content as hateful ad nauseam, Facebook has done diddly squat.

The god-fearing and self-righteous champions of hate on the groups and pages mention the devil and their Christian intent (however convoluted, deranged and misguided) so many times that I am this close to inducing haematemesis. It seems in their view what they are doing is right. I guess it was the same with the mass murder of Protestants by the Roman Catholic establishment of the seventeenth century or the atrocity of apartheid propagated by the church. Uganda even has a Minister of Ethics and Integrity, my my my; it seems compassion has fallen by the wayside and the Ethics and Integrity Minister is actually a Minister without Portfolio. Since said minister is a proverbial co-sponsor of the bill I seriously doubt that he understands the concepts of ethics and integrity. Uganda is just another banana republic which produced the ultimate deranged tyrant called Idi Amin; it should thus come as no surprise.

The deranged bigots actually think they are being moral and following the word of god when they propagate genocide. I am sure Adolf Hitler thought the very same thing. Ditto for the slave traders a couple of centuries ago.

I do not comprehend how people who have been oppressed and manhandled could turn their scope on a scapegoat and do exactly what was done onto them. Have they learnt nothing? At least in South Africa the venerable former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu could see that the adage still holds true: those who do not know their past and learn from it are doomed to repeat their mistakes.

Common sense is actually not so common at all ...

A couple of heartening articles surfaced recently, though, which basically lambaste the government of Uganda. Yet the South African government's silence is deafening. It seems JZ inherited the lacklustre “quiet diplomacy”, which is basically just a euphemism for ignorance, complacency, tacit approval and shoddy governance.

The government of France has recently issued a statement.

“France expresses deep concern regarding the bill currently before the Ugandan parliament,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement sent to AFP in Kampala on Monday.

“France reiterates its commitment to the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The government of Britain followed suit.

In a statement given to PinkNews.co.uk, a spokeswoman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

“We are concerned by the introduction of a private member's bill on anti-homosexuality in Uganda.

“Adoption of the bill could do serious damage to efforts to tackle HIV and its criminalisation of organisations that support homosexuality could, in theory, encompass most donor agencies and international NGOs.

“The UK, alongside our EU partners, has raised our concerns about the draft bill and LGBT rights more broadly with the government of Uganda, including with the prime minister and several other ministers, the Ugandan Human Rights Commission, and senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We will continue to track the passage of the bill and to lobby against its introduction.”

A couple of American politicians wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also denouncing the Nazi-esque bill.

US Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Howard Berman (D-CA) wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act which has been introduced in the Uganda Parliament. Citing the significant US aid to Uganda provided in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), they ask Sec Clinton to “use every means possible to convey to Ugandan leaders that this bill is appalling, reckless, and should be withdrawn immediately”.

The US fundamentalist religious right have been lobbying for many years to get to this stage. Truth Wins Out opens this can of worms.

Sadly, this witch-hunt has the blood stained fingerprints of leading American evangelicals. The Fellowship (aka The Family), one of America’s most powerful and secretive fundamentalist organizations, converted Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni [...] to its anti-gay brand of Christianity, which is the “intellectual” impetus behind the anti-gay crackdown. The clandestine organization’s leader, Doug Coe, calls Museveni The Fellowship’s “key man” in Africa.

The hate forum also featured Don Schmierer, a board member of the “ex-gay” organization Exodus International, and Caleb Lee Brundidge, who works with discredited ex-gay “reorientation coach” Richard Cohen. These American “ex-gay” activists clearly left their stamp on this evil legislation, giving Ugandan officials a way to justify the abuse because they can claim that “sinful” gays can choose to change.

The American bigots have their eyes set on South Africa as well. Do not be surprised if something similar yet tamer gets introduced here. I can supply reams of proof of the links between American hate groups and so-called Christian South African groups.

The government of Uganda is in the process of promulgating this putrid bill because they have been proselytised by American bigots and are convinced that they are following god’s word. So here again the supposed “well-intentioned” bill turns out to be a tool for genocide.

The path to hell is indeed paved with “good” intentions.