Box Turtle Bulletin has been the place to turn to when you want to learn more about the twists and turns in the saga of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda. Jim Burroway has compiled all of the posts over the last year in one place, Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate, so that you can see, from beginning to the present, how homophobic Western forces and religious zealots, have stirred up the levels of hate to such an extreme that Ugandan officials proposed legislation designed to eliminate gays from its country in a “final solution” of criminalization leading to execution.
In the latest news, the controversy has been over the prospective attendance of the author of the kill gays” bill, David Bahati, at the National Prayer Breakfast, here in the U.S., along with “fierce advocate” President Obama. (The Daily Monitor):
Mr Bahati, according to reports, may speak at the event where President Barack Obama – a gays-tolerant liberal president, is also expected to attend. On Friday, Mr Bahati said he would attend. The event is organised by The Fellowship- a conservative Christian organisation, which has deep political connections and counts several high-ranking conservative politicians in its membership.
“I intend to attend the prayer breakfast,” said Mr Bahati – himself a part organiser of the Ugandan equivalent of the national prayer breakfast. This week, citing international pressure, President Yoweri Museveni advised his party’s National Executive Committee, his cabinet and the NRM parliamentary caucus to “go slow” on the Bill.
Contradicting this information is Dr. Warren Throckmorton, who is in touch with some of the principal figures surrounding Bahati.
This is surprising and conflicts with other information I have. I am seeking to get confirmation of the status of just who, if anyone, from Uganda will attend. There have been other reports that Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo planned to come to the event. However, Buturo confirmed to me by email that he is not planning to attend.
However, according to Bob Hunter and others with the Fellowship Foundation, Bahati was invited months ago to come to Washington DC only as a volunteer and not to attend the NPB event. According to these sources, Bahati declined the invitation prior to introducing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
So we have to wait and guess who’s coming to
dinner breakfast. The last thing the President wants is a Big Gay Demonstration outside the event.