BBC News – Uganda: Museveni ‘seeks US advice on homosexuality’.
Although I am as straight as can be the rights of all human beings are important to me so that includes the rights of the LGTB community.
Now I was reading this. first on the N.O.S text pages (Dutch prime public broadcaster) but since that is in Dutch and I am blogging in English I use the BBC version of the story.
I have a few problems with this. First… How on earth can ever be proven someone can be born gay? I fully believe that this is indeed the case but how to prove it. If it could be proven it would mean that it should be somewhere in our (or their) DNA right? It is not that you can ask a new born “hey..are you gay by any chance?) . The only way (imho but I am no scientist) is to see if it is in our DNA
Now… if it is in our DNA we have another “problem” because it would kind of prove that LOVE or the ability to love someone is also in our DNA. Extrapolating THAT further we could conclude that feelings like love, hate, fear and kindness are also DNA regulated.
I always was under the impression that things like love (and hate) was prove of the fact that there is more then just a body of flesh and blood but that “inside” that body something “soul like” resided. However if any and all actions we take in live can be traced back to a certain genome… where do God and soul come in play then. The only “prove” of their being more (as far as humanity goes) is kind of gone.
Lucky enough, for me personally, their remains enough for me to prove that there MUST be something more. For example the “perfect” life conditions we have here on our little blue planet have to much “coincidents” for me to be just a random thing. You can see it in Biology but also in mathematic (as you can see in this blog by my good friend Shaun
Now… the second problem I have is the following.: Museveni seeks US advice in this matter. US Advice??? is he insane? Sorry, I love my US friends very much, I have nothing against the U.S citizens in general but common. This is the country that until recently had a “don’t say don’t tell” policy in their armed forces, the country that brings a state before court to try and stop the rights of gay people to be married. The country where nationwide broadcasting “fair and balanced” news channels are actively campaigning to get rid of laws that make things equal to the LGTB community, the country where being gay is seen as identical to being a pedophile or goat fekker. The country where science can be bought for the right price. And this is the country he asks advice from.
It’s like asking Kim Yong Un for advice to research the possibility that people can be free.
I fear for the LGTB community in Uganda and more… I fear for the LGTB community in many many other countries because if there can’t be found an answer the law will go through and if this law goes through it will be repeated by many other gay unfriendly countries and that will NOT be limited to the so called “third world” and middle eastern countries but there might be some “western” civilisations invoking it as well.
Although we can’t do much, we CAN protest. I have found two petitions on the internet that you can sign.
The first one is directed at Citibank / Barclay’s group. This is an organisation that deals a lot in Uganda and them speaking out against it would surely make an impression. If you have business with either Citibank or Barclay’s (or one of their companies under another name) please sign this petition (heck… if you don’t have any business with them sign it as well
The second one is a petition on Change.org. A website I guess most of us are familiar with by now. This petition is addressed to President Museveni and should be signed as much as possible since it goes straight to the legislator. Sign yourself, have your partner sign, your neighbour, your sister, brother, mother and heck… your pastor as well. (tip of the day: most of us have multiple email addresses. If you have only one (which should be the one from your ISP then) you can make a free email address on:
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