Uganda’s anti-gay bill

2014 March

Uganda is Gay Ground Zero thanks to fear, politics and misguided religiosity

2014-03-18T05:18:45-04:00March 15th, 2014|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, March 15, 2014) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦Fear is a strange thing, which is why it’s so hard to look into the eyes of another human being that you’re about to gas or bomb or, in the case of Uganda’s gays, throw to the lions. This is also why President Yoweri Museveni recently refused to meet with Uganda’s gay community – there were repeated requests – before signing Uganda’s infamous anti-gay law. The new law means even touching with the intent of a homosexual act – try to prove or disprove this one – will get you seven years. Short of jail, a life-sentence for a single homosexual act, there’s obviously also a new chill on the street here.

2010 December

There is no us versus them

2014-02-28T12:04:00-05:00December 10th, 2010|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week - December 10, 2010) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Two friends. One's confessing a secret. He's crying. Blubbering. Hyperventilating. "You'll be surprised," he says. "Don't worry," says his friend. "I know about things. Whatever you've done, you can tell me." "You'll be surprised," says the first. "No, I won't. Don't worry. Who is she? What's happened?" "You're making assumptions." "It's okay. Whatever you've done to her. Come on. Just tell me." "I'm gay." Silence. Disbelief. Embarrassment.