Thursday, 12 May 2011

The Uganda "kill gays bill" keeps on going

The Uganda kill the gays bill is still very much on the cards and is now scheduled to be debated this Friday

I'm getting the feeling that this bill will keep sinking and rising until the world is looking the other way and then it'll be passed while we're all distracted.

There's a lot of random rumours – let's just confirm it HASN'T gone away and it HASN'T removed the death penalty. It can still pass, it's still being debated and it still kills gay people.

It's always sad when gay rights are debated, sadder and horrifying still when they are debated going backwards - and worst of all when our very lives are up for debate and questioning – with the lives of so many innocent people literally hanging in the balance.

I urge everyone to contact their elected representative to protest this bill. I'm not sure what power internet petitions have, but heckling, poking and generally being a nuisance to your representative who at least has to pretend to listen to you, is usually pretty effective. At least as effective as we can manage

If this bill passes, Uganda will be another state with legally sanctioned genocide against gay people. And let us make it clear that this is genocide. If any other group that was singled out for death for existing we would not hesitate to call it what it is – in fact in international law the definition of genocide means doing any of the following with intent to destroy

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Which, frankly, means there are freaking dozens of states in the world that actively pursue genocide of GBLT people or allow such genocide to take place within their borders. Except, of course, when these crimes are committed against GBLT people, it is not recognised as genocide.

We don't need another country ratcheting up its efforts to destroy us. We don't need the not!genocide to be pushed further, we really do not.

Rowan Williams has finally spoken again but his words just seem to be reinforcing his insulting “condemnation” he made last time. He completely fails to acknowledge that his church is one of the forces behind this bill and supporters of this bill (strongly implying there's no Anglican hands on it, actually, which is a gross deception) and protests the “severity” of the bill. Again, sickening wording – it suggests he's happy with the bill's contents so long as the bill didn't contain the death penalty. Criminalising gay people is fine so long as he doesn't have to think of the Death Penalty. I'm past expecting better from him and the Anglican church (or organised religion in general, to be honest).