The Observer (Kampala)

18 December 2012

Uganda: It's Sad Tutu Could Stoop So Low

opinion

I find it sad that the respected Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, could find it wise and worthwhile to pen the article titled 'To Ugandan MPs: God does not discriminate among our family' (Daily Monitor, December 12).

Tutu's opening paragraph is paternalistic and sets the high tone for the article's entire logical and moral inconsistencies and fallacies.

He starts: "Uganda's Parliament is - unbelievably - on the verge of considering a new piece of legislation that would have the effect of legalizing persecution, discrimination, hatred and prejudice in that country."

And continues: "Should the Anti-Homosexuality bill be voted into law, it will criminalise acts of love between certain categories of people, just as the apartheid government made intimate relations between black and white South Africans a punishable offence."

He adds that the bill "is just such an instrument," one of "all kinds of terrible instruments to oppress other people" used in human history.

Surely, these are dangerous statements from an icon like Tutu, just as are misleading the analogies he makes. Much as it's hard for Tutu to believe that Uganda is handling such legislation, it's also hard on the part of many Africans, and Christians, to believe this is the Tutu they have always heard about.

Surely, can this be the same Tutu that in August this year boycotted a meeting because he could not imagine sharing a platform with Tony Blair whose earlier support for the invasion of Iraq was "morally indefensible"?

In an attempt to shield himself, the prelate writes: "If what I am told is true, that the Anti-Homosexuality legislation in Uganda has widespread popular support, it should surely be the moral duty of the custodians of that country to educate its citizens about discrimination and equal rights. Surely, it should be their duty to clarify the fundamental misunderstandings in communities about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)."

Is he really calling upon our leaders to a "moral duty" or to a global division of labour in a project of moral degeneration?

He adds: "To those who claim that homosexuality is not part of our African culture, you are conveniently ignoring the fact that LGBTI Africans have lived peacefully and productively beside us throughout history." Of course this raises more questions than it answers. For example, does legislating about homosexuality mean discriminating the entire LGBTI; if LGBTI Africans have, indeed, been around with us, then how come some foreign big powers are all of a sudden clamouring to protect them now?

He concludes: "I urge the people of Uganda to reject hatred and prejudice." Now, surely, this is assuming malicious intent on the part of our society without evidence. It's simply parroting clichés and slogans of some other supremacists around the globe.

Surely, the learned and experienced archbishop ought to know that just because someone practises something doesn't render it right or harmless to a community or human civilisation. It is strange that he is quiet about the big money and the political clout of powerful states behind the global homosexuality promotion.

Isn't he aware of the blackmail by certain big powers on poor countries and their raising of homosexual rights as the greatest of human rights? And while he condemns what the Nazis did to the Jews, he is quiet about the post-1948 apartheid practised in Israel.

It is improper to overstretch freedom to mean the right to do anything an individual feels like. Imagine if a sane person chose to walk naked on the streets of Kampala because they believe or argue that it's their freedom. Is it okay to practise bestiality on one's own animal; walking naked and exposing one's own body, having sex in public because a couple is married, or ending one's own life?

This is all part of a suspect quasi-theology, sweet-named as "freedom." And isn't paedophilia, prostitution, and even rape an individual's way of exercising their rights and freedoms?

Even insinuating that the Ugandan state will be raiding people's bedrooms to get evidence - as if he ever heard it raiding hotel rooms for prohibited prostitution, adultery, etc - doesn't sound to be in good faith. This homo craze is an epochal thing and a clandestine operation; it doesn't matter whether Tutu is conscious of his role in it or not.

This hideous movement will utilize anyone it feels useful and usable. This craze could determine the future of the human species and civilization because its jurisprudence is based on violation of the foundations and basics of civilization. It's an affront against spirituality (let alone religion).

The author is a Ugandan journalist.

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