Issue: Uganda and Anti-gay Laws

What’s with homosexuality nowadays that there seems to be a global commotion to it? Fight against discrimination?

Well, the recent signing of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of its Anti-gay Law where clauses like allowing homosexuality in one’s home, or even just arguing for LGBT rights (could merit imprisonment) has brought in more controversy to a race already known for its intolerance against homosexuality – only this time, it has caught the world’s attention.

While U.S. President Obama called it “a step back for all Ugandans”, Archbishop Desmond Tutu elaborates that “there is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever. Nor is there any moral justification.”

Wait. Don’t you think that everybody is actually wrong here?

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Uganda's Yoweri Museveni

For Uganda

The new law is just promoting hate towards the gay sector as well as fear among the gays themselves. Okay, their leaders are trying to protect their culture but not that way, not through hate and fear. If they believe lesbianism is “learned” then they could include such subject in schools as part of their values formation, and have churches do such as well. Or like China, they could censor their “connection” to the world as in control their internet, television and other media inflows.

You may say, “hey, control of such is discrimination.”

The author says NO. However, hiding human rights violations are a different thing.. but protecting one’s culture through media? It’s not discrimination so long as the government doesn’t threaten (coercive laws), and people have the freedom to express and communicate with whoever on this planet.

Thence, if anyone displays whatever their sexual orientation in public is, leave them alone so long as they’re not making trouble. At most, local leaders could only exert their influence through media – beyond media is not good. Got what I mean?

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Now, the case of Russia is different. For one, there was confusion as it was timed with that of the Winter Games, thus, everybody including foreigners were worried of being arrested for being gay. However, if Russian leaders want to protect their culture, use media not force – the rest, leave it to their people’s families, schools, and churches.

Outside Uganda

No country or entity has the right to force their beliefs to whoever – individual, group, or country. Don’t scheme. Stop Imperialism. You don’t just interfere unless it’s something like Syria, or there are human rights violations in that place. People, especially leaders, should understand and respect a country’s sovereignty and an individual’s privacy.

If you don’t appreciate one’s culture or beliefs then let them know and cut your ties if you wish – but never cross the line and interfere with their business. That’s their own life, live yours. Everyone has their own yard to fix, and garden to grow.

What’s your take?

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