This evening the president of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni, expressed to CNN how he is disgusted by homosexuals. After signing an anti-homosexuality bill that made homosexuality laws tougher on gays in Uganda President Museveni said, that he had commissioned a group of Ugandan government scientists to study whether homosexuality is “learned,” or some sort of a genetic distortion you were born with concluding that it is a matter of choice. In addition, it was after he concluded that it was by choice that he believed it was right to pass this bill which is much tougher on some homosexual acts by making them punishable by life in prison.
President Museveni said that “Homosexual is unnatural and inhuman.” He stated that he was regarding it as an inborn problem, Genetic distortion and that was his only argument. But now that scientists have knocked this one out, there was no question as to why it should be accepted as humane.” The National institute of Health wrote an open letter to the Uganda Scientist in New York last week urging them to reconsider and revise their report. Among scientist’s responses to President Museveni’s anti-homosexuality law, scientist Dean Hamer at the National Institutes of Health stated that, “There is no scientific evidence that homosexual orientation is a learned behavior any more than is heterosexual orientation.” I believe this bill is unfair and irrational, in addition i cannot believe that although third world countries may be a little far behind on certain aspects like, technology, news, electricity and ect. that it would have such a closed minded and unfair president that would pass such a bill to punish his own people for simply liking someone of the same sex.
This bill was introduced in 2009 and originally included a death penalty clause for some homosexual acts. The nation’s Parliament passed the bill in December, replacing the death penalty provision with a proposal of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.”The bill also proposed prison terms for anyone who counsels or reaches out to gays and lesbians, a provision that could ensnare rights groups and others providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In conclusion, I feel like as a nation that stands up for justice, peoples individual rights, freedom of human rights, speech, self expression, discrimination, privacy, religion and so forth we must some how come together and try to help third world countries like Uganda with leaders that are so close-minded as to criminalize homosexuality that may end their own country by violating their peoples human rights and as a result may end turning its own people on them and make matters worst. The U.S is not only a nation that stands up for peoples justice but it is also a country that has the power to set an example for leaders like President Museveni in order to try to impose world peace by helping the foundation of a nation which is indeed its people.