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Ugandans Respond to Homosexual Lobby's Attack Against Anti-Sodomy Laws
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 24, 2007 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Posted on 09/29/2007 11:25:00 PM PDT by monomaniac

Ugandans Respond to Homosexual Lobby's Attack Against Anti-Sodomy Laws

International organization, Human Rights Watch, has history of opposing human life and family legislation

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

UGANDA, September 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Martin Ssempa, spokesman for Uganda's Interfaith Rainbow Coalition Against Homosexuality (INFAH), recently blasted the pro-gay organization "Human Rights Watch" for "numerous errors and misrepresentations" in their recent letter accusing the Uganda government of human rights abuses for enforcing the country's anti-sodomy laws.

"What you characterize as 'harassment' of homosexuals or 'threatening statements' by high government officials is in reality nothing more than the enforcement of the laws of our country prohibiting homosexual activity", wrote Ssempa in a letter to the organization.
 
"These laws reflect our culture and the sentiments of the vast majority of our people," he continued. "As a sovereign nation, we not only have the right, but also the obligation to enact laws that are supported by the vast majority of our people and reflect our culture and these values. Last week, Steadman and Associates carried out a research poll which showed that an overwhelming majority of Ugandans-95 percent-find homosexuality morally repugnant and absolutely unacceptable to our culture."

The Human Rights Watch letter, written on August 23rd, claims that Uganda is violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by "a long-standing pattern of harassment and state condemnation of people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity".  Uganda's laws prohibit unnatural forms of sexual behavior, for which the maximum penalty is a life sentence.

The letter claims that "Uganda is obligated to respect the provisions on equality and freedom from discrimination enshrined in its constitution (article 21(1)-(2)) and to comply with its international obligations as set forth in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which prohibits discrimination in its articles 2 and 26."

However, the ICCPR doesn't mention "sexual orientation" or anything similar in its list of protected groups, which include "race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."   Human Rights Watch claims that, since the signing, UN Committees have interpreted the treaty to protect homosexual behavior.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), an organization founded in 1988 with offices worldwide, has a history of opposing human life and family legislation, and of interpreting international human rights agreements to support their agenda. Last month the organization denounced the Nicaraguan government for its firm prohibition of abortion, demanding that "restrictions on abortion that unduly interfere with women's ability to fully exercise and enjoy their human rights must be removed". 

HRW claims that the right to life, referred to in human rights agreements, "is not intended to apply before the birth of a human being."  In another paper it targets all of Latin America for its abortion restrictions.

Ssempa, who is an international AIDS activist who advocates abstinence and marital fidelity as the primary way to combat AIDS, was particularly indignant about Human Rights Watch's contention that "to silence any discussion of sexual orientation" is "a determination that is devastating in the context of the HIV pandemic".  He emphasizes that it is precisely Uganda's emphasis on sexual morality that has cut the incidence of AIDS to 5%, a success rate unmatched in any other African country.

Ssempa points out that discouraging homosexual behavior is of key importance in fighting AIDS.
"Uganda has been a leader in reducing the rate of infection, and we have done it almost entirely by stressing abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage," he writes.

"To suggest that we are not doing a good job with our young people is simply not supported by the facts. To also suggest that because our HIV/AIDS prevention programs do not cater specifically to homosexuals is to suggest that not only should we condone their sexual behavior, but that they have some special right to engage in risky behavior that actually spreads this disease."

Human Rights Watch has not responded to the letter.

Ssempa's full letter to Human Rights Watch:
http://www.supportuganda.org/uga/Ssempa_letter.pdf

Ugandans urged to release condoms
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4208972.stm

See previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

Uganda Pro-Family Rally: "God loves homos, he hates homosexuality"
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07082103.html

Ugandan Vice President Opposes Abortion and Homosexuality as "Abnormal" and "Immoral"
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/aug/07082205.html

Ugandan Anti-AIDS Activist Demands UN Fire Lewis For Pushing Condoms
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/sep/05090701.html

United Nations Official Slams US for Abstinence Approach to AIDS in Uganda http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/aug/05083101.html

Uganda AIDS Prevention Success Being Undermined by Infuriated UN Condom-Pushers
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/feb/05020408.html

Population Control Pedlars Spreading AIDS In Africa?
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/1999/apr/990415a.html

U.N.'s Top AIDS Envoy Forgets Diplomacy in Demonizing U.S. Abstinence First Strategy
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jul/04071602.html

RUBBERIZING AFRICA AND THE FINANCING OF GENOCIDE
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2000/jul/00071802.html


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abstinence; aids; hiv; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; humanrights; riskybehavior; sodomy; std; uganda

1 posted on 09/29/2007 11:25:02 PM PDT by monomaniac
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To: monomaniac; wagglebee

I’m a Christian, and I believe the bible.

When I was young, I wondered how the world could ever be like the one depicted in end-time prophecy. Now I look at the world around me and see how its destiny is more obvious every day. It may not happen in my lifetime, but we will ultimately have a world where everything good and holy will be called evil and shameful, evil acts will be called good. We are drawing closer to that time every day—we are nearly there now!

Twenty years ago, who would have thought so many nations would be working so tirelessly to normalize homosexuality and abortion? I wish I could say we will win this battle against the God-haters, but that’s not to be, not in this age (we win the war, of course). I don’t fear what’s coming, but I’m very sad for our children who will have to endure it. It won’t be getting any easier to live a godly life in the coming world.

How can anyone look at this world and not see the coming tyranny? Empowered by modern technology, it will have powers previous totalitarian governments only dreamed about. Even now, many (most?) people see government as the solution to most nearly any problem, even ones government itself creates! And that includes Americans, once the most independent and freedom-loving people on the world, who now mostly cherish freedom as a license for immorality.

My hope is in Christ, because I have no hope left in this world whatsoever. Maybe we are on the verge of some great era of man, where individual liberty and morality will be the norm rather than the exception in the world. Sadly, I just don’t see that happening.


2 posted on 09/30/2007 1:25:33 AM PDT by CitizenUSA
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To: monomaniac

As I said in another post, African missionaries are now coming to the West in order to spread Christianity here.


3 posted on 09/30/2007 7:16:02 AM PDT by beejaa (HY)
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To: beejaa
Not only are African missionaries coming west, but the only spiritual leaders with the zeal of Paul are the African church leaders. It seems the Anglican Bishops of Africa are sending their priests over to take care of Africans in the US and consecrated conservative American priests as Bishops to shepherd dissident Episcopalians who want to stay Anglican. They are taking it to the liberal American Bishops. Christianity in Africa is having tremendous growth.
4 posted on 09/30/2007 6:45:59 PM PDT by elpadre
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