Only my good friend Bill Berkowitz would be able to come up with a piece that somehow connects the Ukraine, Uganda, homophobia, Christian fundamentalism and more. Only Bill.
Well, I am glad he did.
This exporting of hate by religious theocrats and fundamentalist types is a sickening phenomena. They figure, I suppose, as Bill points out, they are losing ground at home so they will take their hate to "greener" pastures. This is not funny business. We have already seen in Africa where this sort of things leads. People aren't just repressed, they die, gay people die. Gay people are forced into hiding like Jews trying to escape nazis and these "good" Christian people are helping to make it so.
Wouldn't you like to gather all these people up one day, find some remote island without inhabitants, and ship them there where they can play with each other to their hearts content...and I am not just talking about fundamentalists of the Christian variety. Jews have these fools, Muslims have these fools, Hindus have these fools, for "god's" sake, even Buddhist have these fools. I should not say fools as that implies they are just stupid. They may be stupid, but that isn't all they are, and anyway, they are not all stupid. They are just people so filled with hate and so full of themselves that they actually believe they are on a mission from some sky god to "clean" things up.
Anyway, sorry for the outburst. I now turn you over to the far more reasoned, analytical voice of Mr. Berkowitz.
The following comes from Truthdig.
Will Ukraine Be the Christian Right's Next Anti-Gay Battleground?
"While western leftists (including myself) took it upon ourselves to critique the Ukrainian enthusiasm for the EU, it was suddenly clear to me that the LGBT community had no choice. It was either Europe, or a return to Russian anti-gay legislation. In fact, a law similar to Russia's was already being proposed under the Yanukovich regime. And yet, Ukraine had been the first of the post-Soviet countries to decriminalize homosexuality. These activists wanted to keep things that way but they want much, much more."Unlike their counterparts in the west, the Ukrainian LGBT activists aren't devoting most of their resources to gay marriage. For certain practical matters, they support civil partnership but it's only a part of their multi-pronged strategy. Their activities including building a gay-friendly doctor's network, both for People With AIDS and for the increasing number of lesbians wishing to give birth. They are excited about their building of alliances with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) -- family is very important in Ukraine."