Independent opinions


The constitution of Uganda states that ‘Every effort shall be made to integrate all the peoples of Uganda while at the same time recognising the existence of their ethnic, religious, ideological, political and cultural diversity’.

Chapter 21 (1) states that ‘All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law’.

Chapter 29 (2) further states that ‘Without prejudice to clause (1) of this article, a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, social or economic standing, political opinion or disability’ implying that under our constitution, the gay are part and parcel of our society and there is no reason as to why we should discriminate against them.

However, I would like to appreciate that there are two perspectives relevant in such a case; the legal perspective and the moral perspective. I have come to understand that currently, there is no clear law in Uganda that can be used in a litigation case against homosexuality specifically. So, I’ll base my argument, not on a legal perspective, but on a moral perspective. This perspective encompasses our conscience too.

Under this perspective, I will use the guidance of two books namely the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Bible. The Bible in Leviticus 18:22 says ‘’Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman. That is detestable.’’ Romans 1:27 also says ‘’in the same way, men stopped having natural sex with women and began wanting each other all the time. Men did shameful things with other men, and in their bodies they received the punishment for those wrongs’’ I don’t think this can get any clearer than that! The Bible thus pronounces itself on homosexuality! As for the Holy Qur’an, I have not been able to avail myself a copy, but my Islamic friends could help me here and shed more light about this.

If there is anyone who can quote me a bible verse where homosexuality was practiced in any Bible scene, please let me know. Or if we were to consider our core African value; Does any of our African teachings encourage homosexuality? Did our fore fathers really carry it out? Where did it originate from? Has it been imported from out? Should it really be promoted or discouraged?

While having a conversation with one of the gay activists in Uganda, I asked him how he became gay and he told me that he was born that way and realized it during his Primary School level. I don’t concur with that because I believe feelings and emotions are determined by what we believe and no one is born with a specific attitude towards anything. The attitude anyone has about anything is due to the influence of the surroundings. This may include films, friends, family norms and many more. We only may be born with specific physical attributes that we may not be able to change (though recent technology has proved this otherwise)

Personally, I disagree with David Bahati’s bill because I think it is too harsh and it spells out punishments which I think are too excessive and need some revision. For example rather than a death sentence, I would rather a rehabilitation programme be put in place (i.e if homosexuality acts are finally declared illegal)

I don’t intend to violate anyone’s human rights but I think that however much homosexuality may be legal in some countries, is it morally right?

When someone argues that we should leave what happens in people’s bedrooms to those in that bedroom, does he realize that that is impossible because it will finally be translated onto the streets and even into schools (primary, secondary and even university) where young people may be swayed by immaterial objects and recruited into this vice. If I were to ask, how many of you would accept and encourage your 15 year old child if he/she told you he/she is gay?

More to that, let’s look at the sexual perspective of this; The Bible says sex is existent for pro-creation purposes and not re-creation purposes. Feel free to enlighten me if there is any pro-creation that takes place between homosexuals. The sex between gays even goes against all natural (and biological) laws.

My personal take on homosexuality is that till it is declared illegal by means of a legislation, no one should segregate against them. However, on a moral point of view, I totally discourage this vice and would appreciate it if a rehabilitation programme would be put in place to help the people engaged in it. Killing them (or giving them a life sentence) will not help them reform but will drive the rest of them into hiding thus won’t stop the vice at all. Encouraging them to come out, giving them a welcoming atmosphere and accepting them into the society as measures are being put in place to try to revert their sexualities would be much more welcome. In the fight against STD’s, monitoring their actions would help in curbing the spread of this disease.

@jobaze (on twitter)




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