Looking at many of its embassies and delegations, an ignoramus would be excused if he believed that the rainbow flag is the flag of the United States, and the country has long been making officious its missionary zeal in defending the interests of the LGTBI lobby in the lands of infidels, in a curious form of ideological colonialism.
So it is not surprising that the highest officials of the Biden administration had jumped as if they had been stepped on a callus when they learned that Uganda did not have the same vision of goodness as the looby; Uganda did not have the same vision of goodness as the looby.
The Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has lacked time to show his public indignation on social networks.
“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament yesterday violates fundamental human rights of all Ugandans and could reverse progress in the fight against AIDS/HIV,” Blinken writes on his Twitter account.
“We strongly urge the Ugandan government to reconsider implementing this law.”
If it were a country of lesser weight, such a statement from its foreign minister would be understood as intolerable interference but nothing more.
In the case of the United States, the “recommendation” sounds more like an ominous order.
The White House also immediately entered the fray through its peculiar quota spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, who, being a proud lobby member, probably took it personally.
In any case, she wrote on Twitter:
“The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill by the Ugandan Parliament is deeply concerning.”
“This law would jeopardize progress against AIDS/HIV, deter tourism and investment in Uganda, and damage Uganda’s international reputation. Human rights are universal.”
Universal, yes, but they dictate them, which until yesterday afternoon (in historical terms), the United States was equal to Uganda in this, with all its apparatus of centennial democracy and luminary of freedoms.
But the cherry on top of the statements came from Homeland Security spokesman John Kirby at a press conference.
“President Biden has been entirely consistent with his fundamental belief in human rights, and LGBTQ+ rights are human rights,” the National Security Council spokesman said.
“We’re never going to shy away or shy away from standing up for those rights for people to live as they see fit, as they want to live.”
“And that is a central part of our foreign policy and will continue to be.”
Kirby follows Biden, who stated that US policy is to “lead by the power of our example in the cause of advancing the human rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world.”
Uganda appears to be at the opposite pole.
Its parliament passed the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” on Tuesday with 389 votes in favor and two (2) against.
The measure establishes strict penalties for homosexual behavior and identification, including the death penalty, particularly rape, and child abuse cases.
Uganda’s Minister of Public Works, Ecweru Musa Francis, came out strongly in favor of the new legislation last week, describing it as safeguarding the country’s morals and protecting its children.
“It is our country, and we have our morals. We will protect our children. We are making this law for ourselves.”
“We are making this law for our children. We are making this law for our children’s children,” he said.
“This country will stand firm. Homosexuals have no space in Uganda.”
With information from LGI