U. S. Partially Suspends Aid to Uganda for Criminalizing Homosexual Behavior

Musevini Credit Russell WatkinsWASHINGTON — U.S. officials have partially suspended aid to the East African country of Uganda for signing into law a bill that criminalized homosexual behavior in the country.

“As a result of this review process, a portion of the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) cooperative agreement with the [Ugandan] Ministry of Health has been put on hold pending this review,” an unnamed official told Reuters this week.

The outlet states that a representative of Uganda’s health ministry confirmed that the department “would no longer be able to access money from a fund used to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits.” It is not known exactly how much aid was cut, but last year alone, the department received $3.9 million in U.S. aid.

Ugandan President Yoweri Musevini had signed legislation into law late last month that would require up to life imprisonment for those who engage in “aggravated homosexuality,” meaning those who intentionally spread the HIV virus, commit homosexual pedophilia, or repeatedly engage in sex acts with those of the same gender.

“We have been disappointed for a long time by the conduct of the West, the way you conduct yourselves there,” Musevini, a Christian, told CNN in a recent interview. “Our disappointment is now exacerbated because we are sorry to see that you live the way you live, but we keep quiet about it. Now you say ‘you must also live like us’—that’s where we say no.”

He said that he was not concerned about the possibility that the U.S. would withhold aid in light of Uganda’s position on homosexual behavior.

“Worried? Not at all,” he said. “If the West doesn’t want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space here to live by ourselves and do business with other people.”

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While Musevini and other Ugandan officials have repeatedly received international pressure to abandon the legislation, many Africans fully supported the bill and urged its passage.

“Speaker, we cannot sit back while such [a] destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation,” stated a petition presented to Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in 2012. “We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.”

When questioned about the matter, Kadaga stated that she believed that parliament needed to heed the voice of the people.

“Who are we not to do what they have told us?” she said. “These people should not be begging us.”

“The most impressive part of this struggle here is that even non-Christians—like Muslims—are also at the forefront of advocating for the passing of the bill,” Restore Uganda director Okumu Yudah Tadeo told Christian News Network. “According to Uganda’s cultural and religious values that have helped to keep morals in the country, it is in Uganda’s best interest to keep up the good morals and Godly values in this generation and the generations to come.”

Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

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  • Craig

    Obama is a bully. Always threatening and harrassing everyone. Like a spoilt child throwing a temper tantrum.

  • Luke

    My thoughts as a Christian are, I believe in Christian morals and values, and also what the Bible says about homosexuality. Such as 1 Cor. 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1 8:10, to name two places. I believe that homosexuals know full well that what they do is wrong, but it’s what they personally want to do, so they do it anyway. I would encourage them to seek professional counseling, and straighten their lives out, while they still can. Because what are they going to say on that “final day”, when they are asked, why did you continue to do that, knowing full well that it was wrong ? It’ll be too late then. I commend Uganda for passing laws to try to stem the spread of homosexuality, and also STD’s associated with homosexuality. I only wish the U.S. would do the same, instead of promoting such immoral and perverted behavior.

  • Webb

    Using our tax dollars to promote and encourage homosexual behavior and acts is nothing short of criminal. Our president is no Christian.

    • Dr. Norman C. Murphy

      You do not believe in the love of Jesus Christ. You believe in the hatred and bias of the anti-Christ, Saul of Tarsus.

  • Karate Kathleen

    This is sickening.

  • Stephanie

    While America continues in it’s unbiblical moral freefall, a country which was once run by a communist thug, is finding hope in godly leadership.

    May the Lord God bless the people of Uganda who desire to honor and obey His Word.

    May the Lord bring shame and rebuke to our ungodly and wicked leadership for attempting to impose our nation’s deviancy on the Ugandan’s.

    • Dr. Norman C. Murphy

      Please move to Uganda so you can be close to the liar and fraud, Scott Lively. You deserve one another.

  • Rev Donald

    We should cut off aid to any country that doesn’t criminalized . homosexuality. Homosexuality is a crime against God and against the Holy Bible. After reading this story I know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.