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Uganda’s David Bahati admits he wants to “kill every last gay person”

08/31/2010 by JR Russell

Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, went to Uganda and spoke to the author of the much discussed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, David Bahati.

Sharlet has written an article about his visit for Harper’s Magazine (you’ll have to be a subscriber or find a hard copy to read it) and has done an interview with NPR. In the interview, he talks about the opportunity he had to meet with David Bahati, and even visit him in his home.

He warns that — while the bill is currently on the back-burner as a result of international pressure — it is still there and is still an actual threat, as is the violence and rhetoric that has been inspired by the bill and the discourse around it.

And essentially what it is right now is sort of a tiger on the leash. It’s something that the dictator can – if he feels he’s threatened and he needs to rally public support and distract them – he can get this thing passed in probably about four weeks. So it remains incredibly dangerous.
NPR

And while the likes of Martin Ssempa have been saying that the bill is about HIV prevention, Bahati made his motivations clear when he invited Professor Sharlet to his home.

[Bahati] spoke more bluntly than he had before, about what he wanted to do.

And what he wanted to do was kill every last gay person. And this came up because he said, well, the death penalty may come out of it but, you know, democracy will bring it back…

Towards the end of this genial visit, Bahati threatened to arrest Professor Sharlet if he came back to Uganda, on the grounds of promoting homosexuality.

And he said, yeah, of course I’ll have you arrested. And, you know, he sort of made that clear to the Ugandan journalist I was with, too.

The only thing holding [the Anti-Homosexuality Bill] back, right now, is Museveni, who is afraid of losing support from Western donors. If there was a vote on it tomorrow, it would pass almost unanimously. To vote against it would be political suicide in Uganda.

But that said, Museveni is holding it back. He’s trying to kind of play both sides. On the one hand, says we got to go slow on this; may be this isn’t the right way. And then he’ll go and give a public talk about the gay menace. His wife, who is also very powerful, the first lady, has also talked about sort of purging Uganda.

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9 Responses to Uganda’s David Bahati admits he wants to “kill every last gay person”

  1. IHL

    November 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Courageous Man of GOD he is. America has succumbed to the Prince but GOD has raised up another champion…Uganda!

    Wow…who would have thought? GOD is amazing.

    • wally

      November 24, 2012 at 3:47 am

      No PERSON of GOD would want to kill. What did Christ do when he came upon a problem ? Did Christ kill them ??? Did Christ not go out amongs them and try to show people the way to God ? What happened in your situation ? God/Christ spoke forgiveness ,,not murder !No Person of God can speak MURDER !! They can speak PRAYER !!! GOD,GOD,GOD is the JUDGE and the jury and Sentence of our end of life. Pedophilies,are of every sexual life style,none have the monoply on the sin ! Kill ALL who have sex with a child. It’s not just in the gay community. Stright persons have sex with children, as your person Bahali !!! and with men and women ! Make sure you really check him out,,,,,,anyone so bent on killing someone,,,doesn’t want the truth to come out, He is trying to get the one person that knows his history of having GAY sex is killed before you find out the truth ! God !! read your word,,, tells you,,,I reveal the truth and will be the one who seeks revenge !!!!! No that pedifile David Bahali,PM. Check his maritial problems !!!!! I know for sure.

    • wally

      November 24, 2012 at 3:51 am

      YOU are NOT a Save CHILD of GOD ! You speak death to another in GOD’s name ????????? Hope your family can stand what you put them through !!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Panda

    February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Its appalling that someone could promote such a hate for a social group. Disgusting.

    Bahati should just do us all a favour and kill himself.

    (Edited to remove offensive misogynistic term)

  3. Bizoune

    September 2, 2010 at 1:48 am

    actually mostly straight people in Uganda have aids… and there not IV drug users neither… Educate yourself…

    • CanuckJacq

      September 2, 2010 at 4:28 am

      Most Ugandans — straight or otherwise — do not have HIV. The HIV rate is about 6.4% of adults. High, but not that high.

      Most recently, the largest increases are with straight, married supposed-to-be-monogamous couples.

      It’s really hard to get accurate figures of straight v gay infections because homosexuality is criminalised so people are unlikely to admit how they got the infection.

  4. rudy

    September 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    well i think like he wants to live his live well so does the gay people too. we are not asking him for shit. if he looks and reads carefully about people with HIV gays are not the only people with HIV but strait people to because some strait people just don’t stay with one person but wants to be with all they can get. i say let the gay people live there lives because we also have the right to vote and we have rights too.

  5. karen simpson

    September 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Immediate sanctions should be placed on Uganda till the hidden bill is destroyed

    • CanuckJacq

      September 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      I’m not sure that would really accomplish anything. Another similar bill could be written up in 20 minutes (it’s not a complicated bill). What needs to happen is constant international pressure to prevent the passage of hate legislation and to also repeal the criminalisation of homosexuality (it’s already illegal). And we in the west need to support, support, support the groups in Uganda who are fighting for their rights. They have a long, hard road ahead.