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Letter to American Hosts of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill MP -Davaid Bahati

Melanie Nathan – December  11, 2010 – An Open Letter to Jack and Linda Klenk;

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Klenk,

David Bahati, the MP of Ugandan Parliament, author of the Anti Homosexual Bill, otherwise notoriously termed – “The Kill Gays Bill” informed Rachel Maddow that he had been a guest in your home.  He also described himself as a friend of your family. Your radical hospitality has incurred the wrath of the LGBT community in the USA, because Mr. Bahati believes strongly that all Gays should be put to death, citing saving the children as his motive.

Mr. Bahati told Ms. Maddow on her show  that the Bill is founded and rooted in one fact; he said it is a based on evidence that Homosexuals are “recruiting children in Uganda, into homosexuality.”   Now I am a lesbian and cannot for the life of me imagine what that means. I asked a gay male colleague what it meant to him and it defied his sense of logic too.  So when Maddow asked Bahati for proof, Mr. Bahati said he would provide this proof.  Maddow is waiting and the gay community is not holding its breathe because we know its a lie. The very concept is non-existent.  If anyone was indeed harming children in a sexual way, I imagine such would fall under Uganda’s sexual assault laws, no matter who would cause such harm, gay or straight.

The only recent recruitment of children that I have been privy to is the very serious international problem of child and human trafficking and that tends to involve heterosexual men looking for young girls as sex slaves.  Recently the FBI broke a large ring, of human traffickers, rescuing 69 young female teens, recruited in Africa for sex by a ring of African adults and sent to the USA as sex slaves to American pedophiles. Now that may warrant a Bill in Uganda – The Anti-Human Trafficking Bill. Maybe Mr. Bahati considers protecting children a human right; he made it clear that ‘being homosexual in Uganda,” and I quote, “is not a human right.”  I also have been informed that there are young students being recruited for J1 (Student Visas) in African Countries such as South Africa, by a ring of traffickers, on the pretense that they would come here to study and sell magazines; and instead they are required to do sexual favors for good straight men in the USA.

Linda Sowter Klenk

You took into your home a man, infamous in the Western World and persona non grata here in the USA; you housed him, fed him, gave him Linda’s cell phone and took him shopping.  You had a man in your house who had been barred from a conference, while others from his country were permitted,  and whose visa was the subject of contention as expressed by the USA and Ugandan Press.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which David Bahati authored and which he has promised to pass as part of his campaign for re-election pitch,  asserted this week on Maddow, that the Bill will pass in Uganda’s parliament next year.    Bahati informed Ms. Maddow that what became known as the “Kill Gays Bill”  is a derivative of his association with the “C” Street “Fellowship” (otherwise known as The Family.) I have included an extract from the Bill below as taken from Box Turtle site, so you can see how far it goes.

I presume you must have already been aware of the content of the Bill, since the Truro Church in VA, where you worship, has members also your Face Book friends, with direct connections to the missionary communities in Uganda and the Church has links to Ms. Diane Stanton of Texas who funds The Christian University in Uganda-  programs and people who presumably endorse the Bahati Bill, whether overtly, tacitly – as indeed silence can be noisy!

Stating the obvious,  gay people  have children, parents, aunts , uncles, sibling and grandparents; all are targets of  The Anti Gay Bill, considered accomplices.

The initial intent of the Bill was to make this a crime, punishable by death, but with the influence of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Kofi of the UN, the execution aspect has been removed and kept only for serial situations – that means it could apply to anyone.  But this  spells death nonetheless – by its very existence; it invites hate crimes and witch hunts.

Making homosexuality a crime in Uganda is like declaring war on an entire minority and could result in great mistrust, fear and harm to the community in general. It could be used as a political weapon and it would in essence take the country back with very wide international repercussions.  Hence anyone supporting this in my view is irresponsible and  complicit in the result and all its trickle down implications.

I hope that friends of Bahati with respect including the Klenks,  will use your influence and friends of the Uganda people such as your Truro Church in Fairfax, VA,  will speak up to debunk the myths that fuel ‘Idi-Aminesque’ consequences.

Here is my prediction – if this Bill passes or even if it goes one inch further;

1.   America will be faced with having to withdraw all its Embassy personnel, unless they were granted express immunity from the anti Gay law- because we do hire gay and lesbians into the State Dept and we even had an openly Gay Ambassador in the department;

2. American Companies and others from the European Continent will have to withdraw from Uganda because most Companies have diversity policies, which mean that gays and lesbians and transgender people are not only not discriminated against, but encouraged to apply for employment. In fact many corporations such as Google, Apple, A&G  pride themselves on their Diversity programs. Ugandan will be forcing these companies to out employees so they are not complicit in the ‘Crime of Homosexuality’ and Companies?

3. America may have to recall Its AIDS funding and Programs for fear of outing of recipients;

Last week when David Bahati stayed at your home in Lorton, Virginia, I had your names and address in my hand but did not release it  to my activists friends from Get EQUAL who were chomping at the bit to show up at your home.   When Rachel Maddow released the information I wrote my first rushed piece about your hospitality and your guest.   If Bahati would not have left on Thursday, after being out shopping with Linda, then about 50 protesters would have been outside your home with signs saying “David Bahati Go Home’ and “Who Houses Hate Mongers?” The minute Bahati got on a plane we breathed a sigh of relief and called off the protest scheduled for early Friday am – outside your house.

So now that this has been said, I am asking for your help for the LGBT community- for Uganda and for the World – and it is because you are clearly very close and influential ewhen it comes to BAHATI.  and we would let go of the apology we  so desperately wants to hear from a man of and family of your standing, as a career government official who served the USA for many years through the Non-Public Education Directorship in the US Department of Education -

1. Please go Public with your denial of support for the Bahati Anti-Homosexuality Bill;

2. Please Ask Bahati to reconsider his Bill and offer support for an anti-human trafficking Bill instead;

3. Implore upon your Church the true Teaching of Christ – the one of love and acceptance;

It is my keen hope that other Churches that do indeed accept all G-ds Children will contemplate going into Uganda to counter this horrendous Bill.

If this Anti Homosexual Bill Passes in any form, there will be a massive withdrawal from Uganda of American interests and we will lobby the State Department to withdraw our Embassy too. Americans will be advised by the State department of the serious threat to travelers and tourists who may be accused of being gay or knowing someone who is gay.    We will ask that all Ugandan officials be denied entry into the USA, based on the serious violation of the International Declaration of Human Rights. We will ask that AID to Uganda ceases until the Bill is withdrawn and that would unfortunately have to include aid for AIDS.  We would boycott all Coffee and other Ugandan exports and our Companies will take their business elsewhere.

While Uganda is criminalizing Gays the Philippines, a religious country, is contemplating protecting gays.   Israel protects Gays, South Africa has vowed to maintain it anti- discrimination Constitution which includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

I hope this letter will provide a picture of the reality of this situation and that your family act proactively to prevent the spread of the lie and this true abomination perpetrated on the people of Uganda.

Sincerely,

Melanie Nathan BA LLB
US Citizen, Lesbian mother, daughter, sister, friend and human right’s activist.
San Francisco, California, USA.

Box Turtle Highlights the following from the Death Portion as amended of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill:-

  • (1) A person commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality where the
  • (a) person against whom the offence is committed is below the age of 18 years;
  • (b) offender is a person living with HIV;
  • (c) offender is a parent or guardian of the person against whom the offence is committed;
  • (d) offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed;
  • (e) victim of the offence is a person with disability;
  • (f) offender is a serial offender, or
  • (g) offender applies, administers or causes to be used by any man or woman any drug, matter or thing with intent to stupefy overpower him or her so as to there by enable any person to have unlawful carnal connection with any person of the same sex,
  • (2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.
  • (3) Where a person is charged with the offence under this section, that person shall undergo a medical examination to ascertain his or her HIV status.

See the Video below – Mr. Scott Lively is supposedly involved in the same Fellowship as BAHATI.  Scott Lively is running scared and would not meet with Bahati on this last trip to the USA.  But as BAHATI himself said the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is the FELLOWSHIP – so that statement together with this Video shows exactly where the finger can be pointed.

Recommended Reading is the “C “Street Book by Jeff Sharlet, who has spent time with Bahati in Uganda.  excerpts via Box Turtle Bulletin:

“Sharlet accompanied Bahati to a restaurant, and later to his home, where Bahati told Sharlet that he wanted “to kill every last gay person.”

“It was a very chilling moment because I’m sitting there with this man who’s talking about his plans for genocide and has demonstrated over the period of my relationship with him that he’s not some back bender — he’s a real rising star in the movement,” Sharlet says. “This was something that I hadn’t understood before I went to Uganda, that this was a guy with real potential and real sway and increasingly a following in Uganda.”

Bahati also has increasingly a following in the U.S., including people like Lou Engle; Andrew Wommack and his man in Kampala, Leland Shores; and now, a former director of non-public education at the Department of Education under the President George W. Bush. Sharlet has more on that in the next segment.

Sharlet describes Uganda as an American Evangelical “laboratory of ideas” that they cannot promote in the U.S. By exporting those ideas to a place like Uganda, the hope is these ideas can ferment so that they can then use those “successes” to re-import those ideas back to the West. In fact, Bahati has said several times that he believes his bill will serve as an example for the rest of the world to follow.”

A side Note:-  Please do not waste your comment by telling me not to promote a boycott and how that would hurt the Ugandans.  What comes first the cart or the horse. Here the Horse is the Bill and the cart is the Boycotts.  So Ugandans need to take responsibility and be educated and told the truth – Gays do not set out to impose their orientation or intend to hurt anyone.  Perhaps some Church with a  conscience would send counter missionary Christians into Uganda to help the People with the truth.

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Melanie Nathan- nathan@privatecourts.com

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4 Responses to Letter to American Hosts of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill MP -Davaid Bahati

  1. Debbie V

    December 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    As disturbing as this kill-all-gays is, even in the US, it signals the beginning of the end for such thinking. History shows that when a new social more is about to gain acceptance, the opposition fights back with lethal aggression. The fight will be bloody, but homosexuals WILL be accepted in my lifetime.
    Articles like this will help. :)

    • Melanie Nathan

      December 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Debbie for your insight. This piece and all that led up to it was a ton of work; I would like to see this get more attention because there is so much important info in it as well as the message that we as a community will call out anyone who overtly or inadvertently supports anti-gay hate. Its insidious and the repercussions are significant. Thanks for your support. mel

  2. TheGayManifesto

    December 12, 2010 at 10:24 am

    We fully support a boycott against Uganda or any country that promotes genocide against Gays and Lesbians.

    You should have given out the address.

    • Melanie Nathan

      December 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Yeah I should have but there were other reasons not to…. cannot get specific. – I dont think he will set foot on US soil again