Parliament Takes a Stand Against Homosexuality
30th April 2009 started off as an ordinary day but ended on a high note. I got back home from town at lunchtime, hot and bothered. While I took a rest I got a telephone call to say the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was going to be introduced in Parliament. So I put my shoes back on and went. Mr Hashaka, MP (NRM) was going to seek Parliaments permission to move the Bill.
Two years or so ago another MP tried to move a Bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of his/her sexual orientation. Orientation, is not the same as gender. Gender means male or female. Sexual orientation, according to some, means whether one, regardless of gender, is attracted to males or females or both. Whatever the case, they argue, it is their right. And because it is the right of a man to marry another man and a woman a woman, the argument continues, people who have made such a choice must not be discriminated against for jobs, or in the workplace etc. It is called ‘inclusiveness’, or ‘multi-culturism’. Many churches in the
Last month (April 2009, the State of North Dakota had to debate a similar Bill. The Senate rejected it. According to Robin Weisz (Republican), the law would ban situations such as employers voicing their opinions on same-sex relationships, as this could offend lesbian and gay staff. He explained, “If this bill passes, I can still preach about [opposition to] divorce and living together, but I would no longer be able to have an opinion in my own place of business on whether homosexuality was a proper or improper lifestyle,....Their rights have now superseded my rights.”.
Before Hashaka, MP could proceed, Ogenga Latigo (FDC), Leader of the Opposition wanted to hear Government’s statement on
Finally, when Mr David Hashaka began to speak, he first acknowledged those who were instrumental in moving the Bill. He recognised the presence of Pastor Martin Ssempa, Stephen Langa and Bishop Oyet in the Stranger’s Gallery. He then acknowledged the presence of George Oundo who recently revealed tactics used by ‘gay’ activists to seduce school children and that the funds to do so came from abroad. (George’s revelations are ugly but then sin is ugly). Like Gideon of old, George the victim had his moment. God will love, save and use anybody who allows Him. Also present were the young boy Julius whose assault at the hands of a Youth Councillor in
The Bill was introduced and seconded by a number of speakers. As with the anti-female circumcision bill, the entire House was anxious to contribute to the debate. One MP mentioned the ‘Teenagers Toolkit’ published and distributed by UNICEF, which presents homosexuality as acceptable behaviour. Another MP revealed that a paper was presented at a Commonwealth Conference discussing homosexuality. It urged the Commonwealth to harmonise its laws relating to homosexuality. This of course means countries that do not yet allow it should consider decriminalising homosexuality, and enabling same sex ‘marriages’. He may have been referring to the Commonwealth Law Conference, 5-9 April (the papers are not available on the internet). The House was informed those countries that do not comply may find their foreign aid affected There was uproar as everyone said we are not going to be compromised for aid.
In the end, support for the introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was unanimous. Hashaka again thanked those who had contributed to fighting the vice and mentioned religious denominations including Roman Catholic, Anglican and others. I do not now how often the Parliament (NRM, FDC, UPC and Independent MPs) votes as a bloc in support of an issue but we witnessed it twice that day. I told you it was a special day.
We congregated in the twilight outside and had a prayer led by Oyet. I remember him thanking God that
The final blessing was when Pastor Martin Ssempa said that since the death of the Uganda Martyrs and the spilling of their blood on this soil,
You are encouraged to lobby your members of Parliament (some may have been absent) to support the bill when it is read in he next few weeks.