Museveni threatens to take revenge on his LGBT population

Yoweni MuseveniUgandan dictator Yoweni Museveni spoke to supporters at a private ranch near Allen in Collin County on Sunday, Sept. 21.

One Ugandan that attended described the event as taking place in a “hot, mosquito-filled tent.” He said Museveni threatened to take revenge on his country’s LGBT citizens for his treatment in Dallas.

“I was told that Dallas is full of homosexuals and lesbians,” he reportedly told the people gathered to meet with him. “I didn’t know they were so powerful.”

He mentioned being refused reservations at area hotels after Dallas Voice reported on his plans.

Then came the threats.

“I wish I knew what to do with them,” Museveni said.

And the dictator intent on LGBT genocide said he’d show us what happens to homosexuals when he gets home.

We know Museveni was given a visa to enter the U.S. to attend a U.N. conference this week, but such visas to the U.N. are often restricted to New York City. Our question is, why is a head of state allowed to travel around the U.S. and make veiled threats of murder?

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: U.N. approves U.S. amendment, restores gays to genocide protections

The U.N. General Assembly adopted an amendment Tuesday afternoon to restore “sexual orientation” to a resolution condemning the unjustified killing of people from certain minority groups.

Sexual orientation had been removed from the resolution by a committee last month for the first time since 1999, at the request of Arab and African nations.

The amendment restoring sexual orientation was proposed by the U.S.

From the Associated Press:

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. member states have restored a reference to sexual orientation that was dropped amid much controversy last month from a resolution opposing the unjustified killing of minority groups.

The removal of the reference, done at the committee level last month, alarmed human rights advocates who said gay people are among minority groups that need special protection from extrajudicial and other unjustified killings.

The assembly on Tuesday voted 93 in favor of the United States’ proposal to restore the previous language, with 55 countries against and 27 abstaining. The assembly then approved the amended resolution 122 in favor, with 0 votes against, and 59 abstentions.

UPDATE: The White House issued the following statement about the vote:

“President Obama applauds those countries that supported the amendment offered by the United States to ensure that ‘sexual orientation’ remains covered by the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary execution. Killing people because of their sexual orientation cannot be rationalized by diverse religious values or varying regional perspectives. Killing people because they are gay is not culturally defensible — it is criminal.

“While today’s adoption of an inclusive resolution is important, so too are the conversations that have now begun in capitals around the world about inclusion, equality, and discrimination. Protecting gays and lesbians from state-sponsored discrimination is not a special right, it is a human right. Today’s vote in the United Nations marks an important moment in the struggle for civil and human rights. The time has come for all nations to redouble our efforts to end discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

—  John Wright

U.N. votes to remove protection of gays, lesbians, transgenders from execution

The Bahamas thinks it’s OK to kill you.

In a 79-70 vote, the United Nations voted last week to remove LGBT people from a list of protected groups that have historically been targeted for genocide. Seventeen countries abstained and 26 countries were not present.

For the past 10 years, sexual orientation was included on the list of protected groups, which also includes members of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities.

The motion to eliminate sexual orientation from the list was introduced by Benin, a small country in West Africa.

Most of the votes to remove sexual orientation from the list came from African and Muslim countries. However, enough votes came from the Western Hemisphere to pass the resolution. Some of the countries that voted in favor of the resolution are popular LGBT travel destinations.

The Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia voted that it is OK to kill the LGBT community. While Jamaica has a poor record on LGBT rights, the Bahamas does not and their prime minister has said that homosexuality is not illegal and welcomed LGBT tourists.

Belize is a popular Central American tourist destination that also voted to kill gays.

After the earthquake, the LGBT community in Dallas organized the largest relief fundraising event in North Texas for Haiti. That country said thank you to the Dallas LGBT community by voting with the majority to kill gays.

South Africa was the first country in the world to include equality based on sexual orientation into its constitution. Same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa. That country voted for killing gay people.

Caribbean countries that are popular travel destinations and abstained were Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Other popular gay travel destinations that abstained were Fiji and Thailand.

The United States condemned the motion and voted against it.

—  David Taffet

International scouting comes out against Ugandan gay genocide

BSAThe chief executive of the Scout Association UK, Derek Twine had this to say about the Ugandan genocide bill targeting gays, lesbians, their friends and families:

We find the Bill not only discriminatory and contrary to the sanctity of life, but also completely incompatible with our interpretation of the values of our worldwide Scouting Movement. We have already drawn our grave concerns on this to the attention of the Secretary General of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and we are subsequently aware that the issues are now subject both to WOSM’s direct engagement with the Chief Scout of Uganda (Mrs Maggie Kigozi) and to ongoing global consideration by members of the World Scout Committee.

Twine acknowledges that gay scouts and scout leaders are only a small part of the gay population of Uganda. However, David Bahati, the member of the Ugandan parliament who is the chief sponsor of the bill, is also the Chief Scout and the Chief Commissioner of the Uganda Scout Association.

Irving, Tex. -based Boy Scout of America that has gone to the Supreme Court to retain its right to discriminate against gays has remained silent on the issue. BSA is a member of WOSM.

—  David Taffet

Shouldn't religion stand for something?

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Aren’t religions supposed to stand for something? (I think we’re against murder, but if we say it, we’ll lose members. Hey, let’s put those pesky 10 commandments up for a vote).

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, apologized to gays and lesbians who have felt undervalued by him, but he also argued against equality now. By that he means equality is important, but donations are more important and bigots outspend non-bigots, so no equality until we pony up.

But then this isn’t surprising. The Anglican Church in Uganda supports the kill-the-gays bill, according to the UK Guardian.

So Williams’ seeming wavering on equal rights isn’t that surprising. He’s not even firmly against murder.

—  David Taffet

Obama and Clinton address Ugandan genocide of LGBT people at D.C. prayer breakfast

In Dallas this morning at the Creating Change conference, religious leaders from across the country gathered for an alternative prayer breakfast as a response to the one occurring in Washington, D.C. Harry Knox, the Human Rights Campaign director of the religion and faith program of the Human Rights Campaign, said he asked the president to address the issue of Uganda at the breakfast. Evangelicals who reportedly were involved in the writing of the proposed anti-gay legislation were attending the breakfast in D.C.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both addressed the issue directly in their remarks this morning.

Knox said that in addition to the Dallas event, groups gathered in 20 other cities to pray for the lives of LGBT Ugandans and their families who are threatened with state-sanctioned murder.

Rev. Stephen Sprinkle from TCU organized the service and Rev. Jo Hudson from Cathedral of Hope spoke. Others participating were Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New York, Bishop Yvette Flunder of San Francisco and Rev. Rebecca Voelkel of D.C.

—  David Taffet

Holocaust march in solidarity with the LGBT community of Uganda

Latisha McDaniel
Latisha McDaniel

Equality March Texas will hold its first Holocaust Remembrance march on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Organizer Latisha McDaniel said, “The event is meant to recognize the sometimes forgotten victims of the Holocaust, the LGBT community. Many members of our community don’t even know the full meaning of the pink triangle and what happened to the people who wore that patch. It is extremely important not forget this horrific part of our history especially with the imminent legislation in Uganda and Rwanda. The persecution is far from over.”

There will be a march from the Highland Park fountain where Oak Lawn Avenue becomes Preston Road to the statue at Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. Afterward there will be speakers at the Warwick Melrose Hotel.

McDaniel said that marchers should park near the Crossroads and a shuttle will run from Cedar Springs to the start point of the march from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The march will begin at 7 p.m. and it will take 20 to 40 minutes to get to the Melrose depending on speed of marchers and traffic.  The presentation at the Melrose will begin at 8 p.m.

In case of rain, go directly to the Melrose Hotel.

—  David Taffet

Baldwin takes lead in Uganda anti-gay genocide

Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s office sent a press release that said she and Reps. Jared Polis and Barney Frank, along with 90 other members of Congress, sent letters to President Obama and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. They are voicing their opposition to the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill.

“The pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda is an appalling violation of human rights and it behooves us, as Americans and Members of Congress, to do all we can to prevent its passage. We fervently hope that President Obama will use the full force of his office to oppose this hateful and life-threatening legislation in Uganda and send a clear message to other countries that such discrimination must not be tolerated.  And, we hope that Ugandan President Museveni recognizes that this legislation is morally untenable and politically harmful to his nation,” said Baldwin.

“This is nothing more than the institutionalization of hatred and bigotry and it must be stopped,” said Polis.

In the letter to Museveni, they point out that Uganda “even seeks to establish extra-territorial jurisdiction,” to extradite gays and lesbians living abroad.

They note that similar legislation is under consideration now in Rwanda and they urge Obama to take all necessary steps to stop it including cutting any bilateral assistance, as Sweden has threatened to do should the bill pass.

The letters sent:

—  David Taffet

Gotta love the British press

Despite recent, horrible coverage by the BBC of the proposed Ugandan genocide of gays and lesbians, you’ve got to love the British press. They pull no punches.

The (U.K.) Guardian’s headline about the proposed legislation:

Anti-gay bigots plunge Africa into new era of hate crimes

Gets right to the point. Those proposing genocide are anti-gay bigots. Period.

Compare that to New York Times coverage:

Death Penalty for Gays? Uganda Debates Proposal

This is only story I found about the crisis in the New York Times and it is NOT a New York Times story. It’s an Associated Press story. Very neutral headline. Non-judgmental. Same headline might have been used for an article about something innocuous. “Increase spending for education? Uganda debates proposal” or for criminal activity: “Death penalty for rape? Uganda debates proposal.”

But this law is not about something innocuous and not about criminal activity. It is about genocide.

Another example. London Times:

Uganda’s Inhumane Bill

Clear. Unequivocal. This bill is genocide, which goes against all human morality. This bill is inhumane. Humans don’t do this.

Back to U.S. coverage:

Dallas Morning News:

Under proposed bill, some gays in Uganda could face death penalty

Same bland AP story as the NY Times. Note the downplay. “Some gays.” Others will be OK rotting in jail for the rest of their lives, but that’s OK. And their relatives and anyone else they want to jail? Hey, they just get three years. At least they’re not going to kill everyone.

Washington Post. Couldn’t even find the same, bland AP story.

For the only national coverage of this story, only Rachel Maddow is hammering the administration for not speaking out strongly about this and evangelical scum like Rick Warren who has hosted the author of this bill in his church and may have been involved in actually writing this legislation. And “The Daily Show,” not actually a news show, for bringing attention to this issue.

—  David Taffet

BBC promotes debate on whether gays should be executed

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So many news organizations are getting coverage of the proposed Ugandan genocide of gays and lesbians wrong.

Today, the British journalists’ union criticized the BBC over their coverage.

The U.K. Guardian reports that BBC World Service has posted a discussion to debate whether or not gay people should be executed.

Should we post a discussion about whether the head of the BBC should be killed?

Of course not. That is simply irresponsible. Then why would the BBC post a discussion about whether I should be executed?

The BBC is publicly funded by a tax paid by all British citizens including gays and lesbians. Is the BBC proposing that those citizens should be murdered?

Or is the justification for the argument that the lives of Ugandan gays and lesbians are worth less than British gays and lesbians?

A news organization has an obligation to report facts and not make them up like Fox News does. A news organization may print opinion and label it as such. We do that on our Viewpoints page. We print opinion here in Instant Tea. But even opinion pages do not promote morally, ethically, legally criminal, abominable acts of murder.

Any responsible news organization has an obligation to call genocide what it is and under no circumstances should there be an online debate about whether that genocide is OK. It’s not.

UPDATE: BBC apologizes

Peter Horrocks, director of BBC World Service, apologized for a headline and for offense we may have taken at a debate hosted by his site over whether gays and lesbians should be executed.

I’m not sure he thinks debating whether gays and lesbians should be executed is wrong. He’s certainly sorry gays and lesbians were offended and sorry for the offensive headline, but apparently there is still room to debate whether Ugandan gays and lesbians have committed a capital offense.

—  David Taffet