Posts Tagged ‘Hate crime’

DEATH PENALTY AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT DROPPED FROM UGANDAN ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL (PHEW!)

December 10, 2009

Or in other words, the bill has been downgraded from a HUMAN RIGHTS EMERGENCY!!! to simply a Human Rights Emergency!

The bulk of the bill is unchanged so it’s still horrifying and terrible, and in a way is this is an ominous sign because now it’s pretty much certain to pass with widespread support from religious leaders who opposed it because of those harshest of provisions.

Although it no longer proposes to execute people for who they are, it would still imprison people for who they are. And still in the bill: 3 years in prison for not snitching on gays you know.

Today’s news is good, but the situation is still very, very bad.

(via Bloomberg)

OPERATION LOVE THIS GIRL: RACHEL MADDOW

December 10, 2009

Did you see Rachel Maddow interview “ex-gay” huckster Richard Cohen on Tuesday night? Because if you haven’t, you need to:

So many things. First of all: This almost made me wish Richard Cohen was right about being able to Cure the Gays, so I could turn Rachel Maddow straight and MARRY HER!

Sorry, that joke was Very Inappropriate, especially considering how Very Serious this interview was. Because, as summed up perfectly at Videogum-temporarily-Seriousgum, “DOUBLE YIIIIIIKES.”

And even that was an understatement. Because the Ugandan legislators who wrote the sickening Anti-Homosexuality Bill have been touting Richard Cohen’s teachings about curing people of their homosexuality as justification and inspiration for what they’re doing. (Cohen vehemently asserts that he doesn’t “cure” homosexuality, but as Maddow deftly points out, it’s merely a semantic difference, not a substantive one.)

Some of the provisions in that bill after the jump:

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