Tuesday, January 05, 2010
The Canary in the Coalmine: Homosexuals in Uganda
Old miners used to send canaries into the coalmine to make sure that the mines were safe for the miners. If the canaries died -- the miners knew not to go into the mines. Homosexuals in Uganda are modern-day canaries in the coalmine -- and the government of Uganda is proposing to sentence them to life in prison for their homosexuality.
There is no such thing as "gay rights" in Uganda. For whatever reason, the Ugandan government has decided to one-up even the most homophobic leader in Africa: Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Uganda now shares the same limelight as other human rights abusive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt in its treatment of homosexuals.
Ugandans, like many other Africans, refuse to believe that homosexuality could possibly be indigenous to the country. Not only is it a sin against nature, but it is a colonial import.
The reality is, that homosexuals are human beings -- just like heterosexuals. Until Ugandans and others realize that, human rights will be mere rhetoric.
Photo credit: CNN