Gay Ugandan has been writing to various Ugandan MPs on the international reaction towards the Ugandan anti-homosexual Bill. He has now chosen to make public the conversation between himself and Benson Obua Ogwal, MP for Moroto. The exchange gives a very clear insight into the mindset of the people behind the Bill which for Benson seems to be based on pure vindictiveness, self-hate and an underlying uncertainty about his own sexual identity. The response to the increasing persistence of Gay Ugandans is the MPs defensive assertion that only Uganda is right about homosexuality and the rest of the world are wrong.
I sent him this article. ‘Christians, Put down the Stones’ Here was the esteemed legislators response.
Dear Anonymous Gay, And you think this will deter us?
There are a very few aspects of the Bill that we can concede on like the Death Penalty and Extra-territorail Jurisdiction, but Gays won’t have a field day in this country, try as the would. It is not about any of those Anti-Gya activists being attacked in the media. It is about Uganda. If only Gays could do it behind closed doors and not try to lure the innocent poor youth, it would be a different matter. But they are becoming bolder and bolder.
Benson. My brief reply Put down the Stones, Mr. MP You have accused us of too many false deeds. Put down the Stones
Then, after some time, I sent the statement of the Vatican Permanent representative to the United Nations that I blogged about here. Just the statement.
Here was Hon. Benson’s reply. Hey Gay Pervert, How about this one coming from all religious leaders across board right here at home?: www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/news/Church_leaders_back_govt_on_anti-gay_Bill_95758.shtml
We love gays, but hate homosexuality which has no place here. Forget about the Bill being withdrawn, for it will be passed in due time. Benson.
Here is my reply – Hi Honourable MP, Yes, I have noted the perjoratory term you have used. Personally, I think it shows some very fine defects in your intellect. But, I cannot say so. I am the pervert, arent I?
You, sir, and all the ones you have copied this letter, are shaming my beautiful country. Yes, I am gay. and Ugandan. And, you are shaming my country, before the whole world.
Rick Warren has denied Ssempa, and come out against the Bill. So will the rest of the world. The Catholic Church is going to come out against the bill. And, you will continue calling me a pervert, dear honourable MP.
Dont think it takes much intelligence to work out who will be the dishonourable person and who will not. Thanks for your nice comments, dear esteemed honourable
Then followed a long conversation while the Rt Honourable Gentleman was kind of silent. Then, he was apparently irked by my reference to myself as the gay pervert. Kind of irks when one embraces the spear instead of shying away from it, doesnt it?
Here was his next e-mail to me:
It is not me who calls gays perverts. It is the Bible, and I believe in theBible. Gays and lesbians are perverts. And I cannot call you “Gay Uganda” because Uganda is not gay. What is your real name?
The religious groups in Uganda who met at Entebbe under the eigis of Inter Religious Council of Uganda and endorsed the Bill were represented at the top most levels in person: Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, The Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church, The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala who is head of the Catholics in Uganda, The Mufti who head moslems of Uganda, The head of the Seventh Day Adventists and the President of the Born Again Federation of Uganda.
Think about it. Benson.
My reply : Hi Benson, My name is gay Uganda the pervert.
I happen not to be a Christian. It is a foreign religion. I dont believe in it. Does that make me less a Ugandan? I will think about that. Do you represent only Christians in your Constituency? Ok, thanks, so you confirm that the Catholic Archbishop was amongst the 200 church leaders and the Moslem leaders. Was the Cardinal there?
Thanks, thanks, thanks. I will think much about that. I assure you.
Tell me, Benson, do you really think there is nothing wrong with this bill of yours? The Bahati/Benson Bill. I am just curious. So many people from all over the world have condemned it that I am curious about your view. You as Benson. Do you think Uganda must be right and the world MUST be wrong?
Why are panicky, Mr who? Why don’t you wait and see what MPs are going to do with this Bill as representatives of their people? This protracted and winding arguments are not going to be very helpful because they are simply convuluted.
Has it ever occured to you that the whole world could be wrong and only Uganda right on this gay thing? Why must we see things through the lenses of the WORLD that might be totally lost? Does it not bother you that it is evil, wrong and dirty to use an organ meant for egesting something dirty? Give me a break!!
I represent all in Moroto, but will be disappointed to find that there is a gay there. My people are very happy with my stand on the Bill.
I do not know the difference between the Cardinal and the Archbishop, but I know His Emminence the Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala retired recently and was replaced by Bishop Kizito Lwanga. I am inclined to think the latter was there.
I know what you want to say, but spare yourself the trouble; The Vatican may have a position that is different as you are trying to say, but this is Uganda.
I think this debate is up. It is taking me nowhere!! There is nothing new coming here. It is beginning to irritate me that you keep flooding my inbox with your mails. Remove me from your mailing list.
My reply. Dont think I will hear from the Honourable in some time anyway.
So, there are no gay people in Karamoja? I dont really know how to reply to that. The best answer would be that I am from there. But, you will not believe a gay Ugandan pervert, will you?
Why panicky? The mps in my country have tabled a bill in which I and any other Ugandan who is like me is to be imprisoned or killed. Because we are different.
You know, I have too much evidence and knowledge that Uganda is in the wrong here. That is why I am asking you for your take on it. Tells me your state of mind. So, you do think that Uganda is right and the world is wrong. Interesting.
I see life through my own eyes. MY OWN EYES. I happen to be too independent not to question what people like Mr Langa tell me. I question, I listen, I look, I observe. I come to conclusions.
For example, I am not a Catholic. But, well, I know the difference between the Archbishop and the Cardinal.
Benson, Benson, I am a Ugandan. The law of the spear prevails. You have one to my throat. My life. That is the option you give me with a bill which gives me life in prison or death. For you it might be an academic thing. For me, well, it is not, Mr Member of Parliament.
Which reminds me that you are supposed to represent all Ugandans who are in your Moroto district. Not only those who are in UPC, or those who are saved, or Christian. That is our right as Ugandans. And, we are Ugandans.
So, the shame, Mr Member of Parliament, is squarely in your corner.
gay Uganda the Pervert.
Hmmmmmm! Hindsight, I am playing with fire.
The coals are up in the air, and I am juggling it. Probability that I will be burned? Very high, unfortunately. I am bearding the lion in his den.
But, even a mouse can fight when it is the mouse’s life in balance.
Pray for this mouse…