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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 8:08 a.m. MST

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 8:08 a.m. MST

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Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Wow, SMH!

Objectified
Tooele, UT

Patriot is correct. We shouldn't judge another unless we've walked in their shoes. What might not be right in one country, might be the best fit for another. AIDS, precipitated primarily by homosexual conduct, has killed tens of millions of people worldwide over the past few decades. And more-so on the African continent than anywhere else.

At what cost do we keep pushing our idea of political correctness on the rest of the world? Is it really worth millions and millions of lives to be able to boast that we are politically correct in applying our own standard of what we think that is? Keep in mind that entire villages in Uganda have been decimated by AIDS brought on mostly by homosexual acts.

Like it or not, the ugly truth of the matter is that if this law had been enacted 25 years ago in certain African countries, more lives could've been saved than were lost during the holocaust. And if it's not politically correct to compare those two ultra-evils, then please excuse me. But the comparative numbers speak for themselves and are consequently food for thought.

intervention
slc, UT

A quick literature review shows the error of the claims that AIDS in African countries is linked to homosexuality.

“the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, is spread in
Africa, most experts believe, primarily by heterosexual contact. “ (A February
2003 article published by David Gisselquist and others in the International
Journal of STD and AIDS.

“the unavoidable conclusion is that girls are getting infected not by boys but by older men,” who are more likely than young men to carry the disease, “with the downward trend of many African economies ... relationships with (older) men can serve as vital opportunities for financial and social security, or for satisfying material aspirations.” (AIDS Epidemic Update, 2002).

intervention
slc, UT

“The breakdown in social order and social norms caused by armed conflict is also
contributing to the African epidemic. Conflict is typically accompanied by numerous
incidents of violence against women, including rape, carried out by soldiers and guerrillas.
Such men are also more likely to resort to commercial sex workers than those living in a
settled environment.”

“Poverty forces large numbers of African men to migrate long distances in search of work, and while away from home they may have multiple sex partners, increasing their risk of infection. Some of these partners may be women who have become commercial sex workers because of poverty, and they too are highly vulnerable to infection. Migrant
workers may carry the infection back to their wives when they return home. Long distance truck drivers, and drivers of “taxis,” who transport Africans long distances by car, are probably also key agents in spreading HIV.” CRS issue brief for congress, AIDS in Africa.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

@Objectified: The main reason for the spread of Aids in Africa is unprotected heterosexual intercourse. Please get the facts correct and stop spreading mis-information.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Article: "'The media witch hunt is back,' tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, a well-known Ugandan lesbian activist who is among those listed in the Red Pepper story."

It will likely be more than just a media witch hunt. Two weeks ago a mob in Abuja, Nigeria, inspired by similar anti-gay laws there, attacked a dozen gay men, killing one and seriously injuring four more. Gays have also been attacked in Kenya.

Objectified: "Keep in mind that entire villages in Uganda have been decimated by AIDS brought on mostly by homosexual acts."

Your assertion is not backed by logic or the record. How can AIDS in the gay community (only 2-5% of the population) be responsible for HIV incidence rates exceeding 70%? The prevalence of HIV in Africa is due to heterosexual promiscuity, cultural mores that permit widespread prostitution, and religious objections to safe sex practices and sex education.

The anti-gay political movement reflected in recent legislation in central Africa has the material and spiritual support of American conservative evangelical organizations. Our hands are not clean of the violence.

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

Objectified asks, "At what cost do we keep pushing our idea of political correctness on the rest of the world?"

Yes, indeed. As the 2013 documentary film "God Loves Uganda" attests, the anti-gay political movement in central Africa is heavily supported by American conservative Christian evangelicals, who contribute money and time to the effort to criminalize homosexuality. Yes, American are pushing their PC ideas onto other countries. And it is having a horrendous cost.

By the way, "God Loves Uganda" will be broadcast on PBS on May 19.

Ophelia
Bountiful, UT

Objectified: you're making inaccurate assumptions in your comment. It is true that the African HIV epidemic of the early 80's was largely homosexual. However, the current HIV epidemic is primarily heterosexual.

The preponderance of the HIV in Africa is caused by heterosexuality, not homosexuality. It has been referred to as explosive in its devastation. 59% of HIV-positive Africans are women, and the vast majority of children diagnosed with HIV had the virus passed through their mothers. Don't blame it on homosexuality. It simply isn't so.

dmcvey
Los Angeles, CA

Tabloids printing these men's names has already resulted in the murders of gay men in Uganda. We know the outcome of these actions--we can judge them. This is horrible and the idea that people in comment sections defend this is pretty appalling. People who defend these kind of actions should be ashamed of themselves.

portlander
Arlington, WA

Just another reason to hope and pray for the refuge of Zion. Sin is sin, and it is spreading across the globe as promised and prophesied, in these latter days. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah came about because of their extreme unrighteousness. The same reason for the flood in Noah's day.

It seems to me that only thing holding back the same destructions in our day, is that we are attempting to gather in as many souls as possible, before the Savior's 2nd coming. As long as the gathering is still successful, the Lord will stay His arm and sword!

All of this makes me extremely sad for mankind in general, yet extremely joyful for those who turn their lives over the Lord and His kingdom on the earth.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The actions of Kerry show a continual colonialist mind-set on the part of people in Washington. It is a refusal to grant true self-government to Uganda.

It also comes from a failure to understand the history of Uganda, including the fact that the "Martyrs of Uganda" were a large group of Christians in that land killed by a ruler who wanted to impose his homosexual practices on his subjects.

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