President Joe Biden angrily lashed out at Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act, demanding that it be immediately repealed in a Memorial Day statement in which he threatened economic punishment over legislation that was signed into law earlier on Monday by President Yoweri Museveni after it was approved by the Ugandan parliament earlier this year.
In his broadside against a sovereign nation with far different cultural values than the United States, Biden raged at the law which, whether it is moral or not, was produced through the process of “democracy,” a term that the geriatric career politician and his fellow Democrats revel in thumping their chests about as long as it isn’t applicable to anything that they disapprove of.
“The enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a tragic violation of universal human rights—one that is not worthy of the Ugandan people, and one that jeopardizes the prospects of critical economic growth for the entire country. I join with people around the world—including many in Uganda—in calling for its immediate repeal. No one should have to live in constant fear for their life or being subjected to violence and discrimination. It is wrong,” Biden said in his statement.
— U.S. Mission Uganda (@usmissionuganda) May 29, 2023
“This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda, including U.S. government personnel, the staff of our implementing partners, tourists, members of the business community, and others,” the “leader” of the free world added.
Biden also put Uganda on notice that he has directed the National Security Council (NSC) to “evaluate the implications of this law on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda, including our ability to safely deliver services under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other forms of assistance and investments.”
“My Administration will also incorporate the impacts of the law into our review of Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). And we are considering additional steps, including the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption,” Biden added, wielding the big stick of U.S. sanctions.
In March, the Ugandan parliament overwhelmingly voted to pass the bill with 389 of 529 members approving, and while Museveni sent it back to tone down some of its provisions, his ultimate approval wasn’t in doubt in a country that many others in Africa have a drastically less permissible attitude towards homosexuality than in the West, particularly in the U.S. where LGBTQ+ individuals are afforded special privilege and have come to be culturally dominant in recent years.
Ugandan govt. overwhelmingly votes to criminalize homosexuality, sending a message to the westhttps://t.co/tQQOit187v
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 22, 2023
The 78-year-old Ugandan leader “has called homosexuality a ‘deviation from normal’ and urged lawmakers to resist ‘imperialist’ pressure,” according to Reuters.
Some of the stricter measures of the law include the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” which applies to pedophiles who have sex acts with children which would include child rapists, same-sex acts with disabled individuals, and the passing on of a terminal illness like AIDS through the act of homosexual sex, also included in the law are tough penalties for grooming and the promotion of homosexuality that stop short of execution.
Anita Annet Among, the speaker of Uganda’s parliament announced that the bill had been signed into law by President Museveni via Twitter.
“I thank my colleague members of Parliament for withstanding all the pressure, in the interest of our country,” she wrote.
— Anita Annet Among (@AnitahAmong) May 29, 2023
Also blasting the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law was Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who called for “civilized” nations to unify in condemnation but stopped short of demanding that it be reversed.
“This Uganda law is horrific & wrong,” Cruz tweeted on Monday. “Any law criminalizing homosexuality or imposing the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ is grotesque & an abomination.”
“ALL civilized nations should join together in condemning this human rights abuse,” the Texas lawmaker added.
This Uganda law is horrific & wrong.
Any law criminalizing homosexuality or imposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is grotesque & an abomination.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2023
The controversial Ugandan law comes at a time of increasing backlash in the U.S. against the excesses of the transgender movement which includes the current boycotts against Target and Bud Light amidst legislative efforts in a number of states to ban groomers and perverts from classrooms, prevent drag queens from sexualizing kids and prohibiting genital mutilation surgery from being performed on underaged Americans, all of which continue to be defended by Democrats.
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