It’s About Time. Clinton and Obama Speak Out Against ’Kill the Gays’ Bill.

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    Feb 05, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    Uganda’s parliament is currently considering an anti-homosexuality bill that would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, require people to report every LGBT individual they know, and criminalize renting property to gay men and women.

    The measure has been widely condemned around the world, from UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to federal lawmakers of both parties in the United States. The Obama administration has issued statements condemning the legislation and was working privately with Ugandan officials, but the President himself has not yet commented. In December, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referenced the Ugandan legislation, saying, “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide.” She has also personally spoken to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about the bill.

    Today at the National Prayer Breakfast, both Clinton and Obama condemned the Ugandan legislation:

    – CLINTON: And I recently called President Museveni, whom I have known through the Prayer Breakfast, and expressed the strongest concerns about a law being considered in the parliament of Uganda.

    – OBAMA: We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it’s here in the United States or as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.

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    Making these pronouncements today was significant because the Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation, the controversial group also known as “The Family.” As author Jeff Sharlet has detailed, The Family has ties to the Ugandan anti-homosexuality legislation. The author of the bill is Ugandan Parliamentarian David Bahati, who organizes the Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and has been embraced by the far right in the United States. Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called on C-SPAN and government officials to turn their backs on today’s event.

    Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced a resolution condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill. “The proposed Ugandan bill not only threatens human rights, it also reverses so many of the gains that Uganda has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Berman. The bill has 38 co-sponsors, but only one — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) — is a Republican.

    I know that this bill and the Pres. and SOS coming out publicly against it sparks the common non-interventionalist attitude in this group, and that the U.S. should perhaps not be involved with Ugandan politics. But the obvious connections to an American based Christian organization, The Fellowship (or more commonly ’The Family’), the influence that said group has had on President Mussevini of Uganda, and the Congressional Republicans and Democrats connected to that group:

    Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.)
    Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.)
    Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok.)
    Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
    Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
    Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
    former Senator Dan Coats (R-Mich.)
    Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)
    Representative Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.)
    Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
    former Representative Chip Pickering (R-Miss.)
    former Representative Steve Largent (R-Ok.)
    former Representative Tony Hall (R.-Ohio)
    Representative Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.)
    Representative Randy Forbes (R-Va.)
    Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich.)
    Governor Mark Sanford (R)
    former Attorney General Edwin Meese (R)
    former Attorney General John Ashcroft (R)
    and former Secretary of State James Baker (R)
    Documented historic associates include

    Senator Ralph Brewster (R-Maine)
    Senator Frank Carlson (R-Kan.)
    Senator Alexander Wiley (R-Wis.)
    Senator B. Everett Jordan (D-N.C.)
    Senator Mark Hatfield (R-Or.)
    Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC.)
    Senator Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.)
    Senator Homer Capehart (R-Ind.))
    Senator Absalom Willis Robertson (D-Va.)
    Representative Walter Judd (R-Minn.)
    Representative O.K. Armstrong
    Representative Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.)
    Representative William Jennings Bryan Dorn (D-S.C.)

    I think this makes it an American issue, or at least an issue that Americans are complicit in creating and/or propagating. So the question that I pose here is: Should politicians connected to the Family come out against the considered legislation in Uganda or face the deserved wrath of the voters, or is the bill still none of our business as Americans?
  • lostlogic

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    Feb 05, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Bill Nelson? Really?