Uganda’s common hypocrisy

As posted to my Gazette blog.

So now the author of Uganda’s draconian anti-gay legislation is saying the loss of millions in foreign aid is a price worth paying to protect the country’s moral values, according to reports (see The Independent).

Of course, he probably won’t be directly affected by his country’s loss of foreign aid. And so what if millions of citizens will lose out on various services funded by the foreign aid. Yes, it’s all worth it in order to persecute the small number of gay people in the country. Such is the price of homophobia . . .

One has to wonder, though, about the selective moral values of the Ugandan government. For example, is there a law in the making that would ban tobacco, and make farmers grow food instead of cancer-causing cash crops (see All Africa article below)?  Surely losing the money generated by the tobacco industry would be a small price to pay to protect its citizens and uphold its moral values.

Ugandan officials claim they banned same-sex relationships because they are “not natural.”

So, tell us, Uganda: what is natural about smoking?

Answer: Nothing.

It’s hypocrisy, of course. Ugandans should be asking why their government targeted a few innocent gay individuals while allowing a deadly filthy industry to thrive.

And, yes, the same hypocrisy exists around the world. Every nation, whether based on Christian values or those of other religions, is guilty of it. So, you see, Uganda is just as dirty as everyone else, and persecuting a few gay people in the name of the lord won’t wash away its greater sins. And now while cancer rates are rising in the developing world (see The Economist link below), Uganda will have less foreign aid that could be used to treat those the government failed to protect in the first place.

Hmm . . . What would Jesus think about it all? How could anybody justify this to Him?

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See The Economist article: Cancer in the developing world: Worse than AIDS — the burden of cancer is falling increasingly heavily on the poor

See All Africa article: Uganda – ‘Men Grow Tobacco for Drinking Money but Women Feed Families’

– Jillian

One thought on “Uganda’s common hypocrisy

  1. It is such a shame they are so intellectually backward. Truly the shadow of ignorance is fostered in their hearts. You would think that people would want to make their lives and the lives of their neighbours better. Can we just stop believing in made up things and just believe in ourselves, and that we can do good. The hate has to stop.

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