British PM urged to act over Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill

By staff writers
May 12, 2011

Following debates in the Ugandan Parliament this week, which could result in a much-publicised Anti-Homosexuality bill becoming law, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement in the UK has called upon all people, Christian and otherwise, to make known their opposition to "these deeply flawed, inhumane and unjust proposals".

The group is also asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the UK government's opposition to the Bill clear and unambiguous.

While it would appear that key people behind the proposed legislation, such as MP David Bahati and Pastor Martin Ssempa, have moved away from a call for the death penalty, if passed the new law would still mean imprisonment under appalling conditions for those 'convicted' of homosexuality - for life in some cases, LGCM points out.

In a deeply conservative society with strongly entrenched homophobia, such a draconian worsening of the law (homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda) will send out the worst possible message, say civil rights campaigners.

LGCM Chief Executive, the Rev Sharon Ferguson, commented:
“There is nothing Christian, ethical, or just about this Bill. It is the mirror opposite of everything Christ taught."

She continued: "We appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron and the United Kingdom Government to join with others in a clear condemnation of this potential move. We urge the Prime Minister to remind the Ugandan Government that their determined programme of denying human rights to their own citizens will make them a pariah state.”

Ms Ferguson added: “It is to be remembered that many LGBT people in Uganda are themselves Christians and Christianity is not restricted just to hateful expressions which diminish human life. David Kato, the gay activist who was murdered recently, was just one such Christian believer.

"We applaud all Christians and others who have stood up and continue to do so against this evil and injustice. We honour especially the courage of the Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a very vocal opponent of the Bill.”

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