“We Africans never seek to impose our view on others. If only they could let us alone.” –Yoweri Museven, President of Uganda.
According to Newser:
Uganda’s president today signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless Western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in front of applauding government officials, journalists, and a team of Ugandan scientists whose report—which found that there is no genetic basis for homosexuality—Museveni has cited as his reason for backing the bill.
Reading the above account, you might imagine that the Ugandans are mainly concerned about homosexual activists who are teaching “civil rights” to all the oppressed homosexuals in Uganda. I doubt that is the primary concern. Virtually all poorer nations have to deal, either by compliance or resistance, with a committed “sex tourism” industry, where mainly white European and American perverts travel to a country for the purpose of having sexual encounters with people below the normal age of consent. This tourism can be heterosexual, but homosexual sex tourism of this kind is a major problem for governments that care about their people being exploited by rich foreigners.
Of course, in that context, the Obama push to get homosexuality and even homosexual marriage recognized everywhere, adds fuel to the fight. (Or rather, recognized everywhere except Saudi Arabia, where we are quiet about their beheadings). Ugandans don’t like being subservient to US bullying. Note that homosexual acts have always been illegal. These new harsher penalties with mandatory reporting rules are a response to Western pressure. While the penalties for homosexual acts are a source of complaint, the real offense is that Uganda is not willing to do nothing while Western-funded foreigners invade the country and use money to change Uganda’s laws and culture. Thus an early complaint about Uganda’s new law: “The bill would criminalize the legitimate work of national and international activists and organizations working for the defense and promotion of human rights in Uganda.”
Uganda is pushing back to maintain its own identity.
So, way to go, homosexual lobbyists. Great work.