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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Uganda's Kill-the-Straight-Friends-of-Gays Bill


By Rob Tish

President Obama’s remarks today have drawn attention back to Uganda’s Kill-the-Gays bill.  And the media still hasn’t gotten it right.  Some conservatives offer the outright lie that it only intends to execute child molesters and people who deliberately spread HIV.  The liberal media points out that the bill would also execute people who merely have gay sex more than once.

But the facts are much worse than that.  I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating.  Here are two examples of people who could be put to death:

  • Someone who has gay sex once and doesn’t turn his partner in to the authorities.
  • A straight person who doesn’t turn in a gay friend after hearing about about a couple romantic evenings.
You don’t have be gay to be executed under this bill. Here’s how easily the government could put you to death:

   1. The death penalty applies to anyone convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.”
   2. Aggravated homosexuality includes all “serial offenders.”
   3. A serial offender is “a person who has previous convictions of the offence of homosexuality or related offences.”
   4. Related offences (Part III of the bill) include not ratting out your gay friends (if you are a person of religious, political, economic, or social [!] authority).

Here it is as a diagram:

It’s a two-strikes-and-you’re-dead bill.  And if you dig into the logic, merely keeping silent about someone who’s keeping silent is enough to count as a strike.

Read the bill. It’s much worse than we’re being told.  (And feel free to copy and share the pic if you want.)


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