Author of Kill the Gays
By Melanie Nathan, Dec 03, 2012.
Ugandan Member of Parliament, David Bahati and I have not spoken in quite a while, and I thought I would give him a call today to discuss the impending Anti-Homosexuality Bill’s vote this coming week. We used to speak regularly. I always thought that I could influence him if he just got to know me. He did get to know me, and alas the Bill is still up for passage. Lest we forget that Mr. David Bahati is chairperson of the Ugandan chapter of the C Street FAMILY and has many a right wing extremist Pastors and perhaps even some U.S. Senators to account to if this Bill does not pass.
To get a sense of how our conversations go; we are cordial, we hear each other without one talking over the other, with only one major frustration for me and that is the fact that around the 30 minute mark, Skype seems to fail into a blurr and then cuts us off mid sentence; as well as Banati’s constant “huh huh,” and “what?” Which I have come to learn is a diversion or avoidance tactic. I keep pressing the same question until I get an answer and before you know it 30 mins and inevitable Skype fail.
We did our usual greeting, exchanged weather reports and then I dived in to my questions:
Nathan: Will the Bill be up tomorrow morning?
Bahati: No because the parliament will be dealing with th death of someone and that will be the only agenda
Nathan: What do you think about Parliament save itself the embarrassment of passing a bill that violates the Ugandan Constitution such that it can never actually become law and that will never b enforced?
Bahati: If that is the case why are you all so worried about it?
Nathan: It is the principle
Nathan: AP is reporting that you said that the death penalty has been taken out
Bahati: Yes it is out of the Bill.
Mel: In what form is it in the report as a recommendation -
Bahati: It is out of the Bill in a new redraft
Nathan: Many people do not believe that
Bahati: Then they must wait to see it
Nathan: Rachel Maddow is still waiting for that proof of gays recruiting children that he promised her back in December of 2010. Why is it that he can’t actually provide any proof. Was evidence on this given to the Committee?
Bahati: It will all be in the report. We are focused on making the legislation pass and any information that committee can put out will be there
Nathan: Is the report Public?
Bahati: The report will be in front of the parliament when we read the Bill again and people will know what is in
Nathan: Do you know that the world is erupting in protest over the Bill and it s making people very angry around the world
Bahati: Maybe some of the World but not our World here in Africa and besides what about your own Americans what percentage favors marriage equality? Keep your own house in order. If 40% oppose marriage equality that is a hundred million Americans.
Nathan: Mr. Bahati, Sir, we are not talking about marriage equality, I am not interested in that discussion here. That is a separate and different issue, Sir. I am talking about criminalizing good people who are not criminals. I am talking about your BILL which seeks to imprison mothers, doctors, nurses, sister, friends and good people whi have never hurt anyone. You want to turn people into criminals who are not interested in nor have ever hurt anyone in their lives. Just because of who they love and what they do in privacy of their own homes. Please don’t change the subject sir, its is not the same thing.
Nathan: Mr. Bahati I am very sad about how far this has gone. You invited me to visit Uganda, but the Bill is about to pass. I consider myself a good decent human being. I have never harmed a child or anyone. I am not a criminal in my country. Yet, I am self-confessed lesbian and if I set foot on your soil I should be arrested.
Bahati: laughs. No it is not like that….
Nathan: Are you saying you will not enforce the law? Then what is the point?
Bahati: Well maybe…silence
Nathan: Do you know that many of us here in America are taking a pen and writing on our hands “Ugandan Arrest Us” and then we are taking photos… all of us will be criminals in Uganda and many of those writing these protests are not even Gay.
Nathan: We are protesting…….
Beeeep… Skype drops call, Nathan calls back and phone unavailable.
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