WHAT DOES UGANDA HAVE IN COMMON WITH ARIZONA?: Draconian laws

That in 2014, any country or State (as in the case of Arizona) can pass racist and discriminatory laws defies the imagination.

All across the globe, “People Power” has empowered average folks to take to the streets demanding to be heard, and resulting in the overthrow of despots and the overthrow of bad regimes.

The Arab Spring is a case in point. The other day, same fever took over Kiev and brought down a Russian-backed lackey.

Simply put, regular folks are up in arms yearning for human rights, demanding that the rule of law be upheld, and that all people be treated fairly, under the law.

Fast forward: Uganda’s rubber-stamp parliament passed, and President Museveni signed, a law that discriminates against gays and lesbians. Sadly enough, this decision is based on faulty logic and laughable scientific deductions.

In Arizona, a Bill (SB 1062) just passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature, allowing businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians, all in the name of religion.

How is this any different from racist laws that denied Blacks their human and constitutional rights before legalized racism was outlawed?

Prior to SB 1062, Arizona passed another Bill (1070), racist to the core, against un-documented immigrants, so may be we should not be amazed at this recent discriminatory Bill against gays and lesbians.

And in the case of Uganda, better not be supportive or “harboring” a gay or lesbian. And if you wear mini-skirts, think twice before you visit Uganda.

I am so tired of hearing the argument (as advanced by President Museveni) that African culture does not condone homosexuality. But nor does African culture condone corruption, yet it has brought the Ugandan civil service (once the envy of Africa) to its knees. It has become a way of life and is daily swept under the rug.

There are bad laws, and there are un-sound and immoral laws. Uganda’s, and Arizona’s Bill are all of the above.

From here on, how will the faithful in Arizona raise their voice against Islamic fundamentalists that kill in the name of Allah?

What would Jesus do?

Let’s remember, apartheid, that evil policy, propagated and supported by the South African Dutch Reformist Church did not gain a clean bill of health because its architects sold it to the world in the name of The Lord.

It is a fact: millions throughout history have died in the name of religion, as in Ireland and the Middle East.

It is a sad day in Uganda, and I will not be visiting Arizona, soon.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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