Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill; Pope Francis Must Speak Out Against It

Uganda’s Parliament has passed a bill calling for tougher punishments for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment for those considered repeat offenders.   It remains for the president of Uganda to sign it into law.

Sky News reported that the death penalty, which had been in the original draft of the bill in 2010, was not included in the final version.  The bill also criminalizes the public promotion of homosexuality.

The news article reports that David Bahati, the lawmaker who initiated the bill, used religious language to praise the bill’s passage.  Bahati stated:

“This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.”

“Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way.

“It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks.”

Frank Mugisha, the leading Ugandan gay activist, who is a Catholic, criticized the Parliament’s action, saying:

“I am officially illegal.”

Frank Mugisha

Because Catholics are the largest denomination in Uganda, making up over 40% of the population, it is imperative that Pope Francis speak out against this terrible human rights development.   Uganda’s Catholic bishops have been ambivalent about the bill, sometimes supporting it, sometimes speaking weakly against it.  So, it will take Pope Francis’ strong moral leadership to make any kind of impact on this very Catholic nation.  We need Pope Francis’ voice to stop the punitive measures against LGBT people in Nigeria, India, and other nations, too.

While it is a busy time of year for all, please consider taking a moment to write to the Pope to ask him to speak out against this bill.  His mailing address is:

His Holiness Pope Francis,  Apostolic Palace, Vatican City 11020

Please keep Uganda’s gay and lesbian people in your prayers during this holy season.

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

Related posts

July 25, 2012: Catholics Among Christian Leaders Supporting LGBT Rights in Uganda

August 13, 2012: Former Ambassador to the Vatican Speaks Out Against Ugandan Discrimination

November 14, 2012: Catholic Leaders Must Speak Out Against Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill

December 6, 2012: Catholic Coalition Urges Bishops to Speak Out on Uganda’s Controversial Bill

8 Responses to Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill; Pope Francis Must Speak Out Against It

  1. Horrible! This is nothing less than a pogrom. And with 40% of the population Roman Catholic and the tacit support by the bishops, this is monstrous. I will write to Pope Francis.

  2. Friends says:

    As horrible as this atrocity is on its face, an even more diabolical aspect is not even mentioned. Under this hellish law, anyone who simply knows a gay person, and who refuses to publicly “out”, to denounce and to condemn and betray to authorities that gay person — even if he or she is a close family member — will also be sent to prison.This abomination simply cannot be allowed to stand. It makes North Korea and the defunct regime of East Germany look like Paradise by comparison. United Nations sanctions against Uganda are urgently needed.

  3. […] Uganda Passes Anti-Gay Bill; Pope Francis Must Speak Out Against It […]

  4. […] learning the terrible news last week that the Ugandan Parliament passed a bill imposing heavy penalties, including life imprisonment, on anyone convicted of homosexual activity, a New Ways Ministry friend […]

  5. It is the demand by Catholic bishops that the faithful target our LGBT brothers and sisters that is the seed of this monstrous law. It is time to stand for human dignity and equal rights for all. This must be unequivocal with no exceptions. Stop firing LGBT people in Catholic schools. Stop splitting hairs. Stand up for justice in every case, big and small. It should have never, ever come to this. This is monstrous. Stop calling LGBT people “disordered,” “sinners,” and other names. Start loving as Jesus has commanded. No good will come to the church without a stop to this horror.

  6. […] Parliament of the heavily Catholic nation of Uganda passes its infamous bill to impose life sentences and other severe penalties on those convicted of homosexual acts. […]

  7. […] It is time for Pope Francis and the bishops to join millions of lay Catholics in defending LGBT people as a duty of this fraternity about which he has written. Doing so is simply part of the “demanding path of love” to which Pope Francis calls each of us and the first step starts with each of us asking our Church’s leadership to stand against anti-LGBT discrimination in places like Uganda. […]

  8. […] news of the Ugandan law which criminalizes homosexuality made headlines in December when it was passed by parliament, people have been waiting to hear what that nation’s […]

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