[Ed. – Dismissing someone else’s beliefs as ‘zealotry’: A sure way to win hearts and minds]
Fyodor Dostoevsky once said: “You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners.” That may still be true but a new criteria is focusing the division between liberal democracies and the rest of the world: the way societies treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.
This week began with the news that President Yoweri Museveni has ratified savage new anti-gay laws in Uganda. There was a delay as he waited for the results of a report from a team of ‘medical experts’.
Simon Lokodo is a former Catholic Priest and currently Uganda’s state minister for Ethics and Integrity. He explained why he felt that the state should interfere in the choices of consenting adults in private. He said: “Homosexuality is unnatural, abnormal and strange to our cultures. You cannot have a right to be a sick human being. There is no right in homosexuality. It must be cured.” This is a man who also claims that men raping girls is natural and morally preferable to consensual homosexual activity.