Lovely. Watch the video. Then I have a correction and a question:
Correction: Molotov Mitchell claims that the Ugandan anti-gay legislation only calls for the death penalty in cases of pedophilia, sexual abuse, knowingly spreading HIV, and “using power to coerce.” Molotov Mitchell is doing something usually referred to as “lying through his teeth.” He is likely aware that those five people in the world who respect him and view him as a trendy, macho guy are far too brainwashed to check his facts for themselves. Sadly, we have the text of the bill, and we were taught to read when we were young, so we can easily show you were Molotov Mitchell is lying. The death penalty is called for in cases of “aggravated homosexuality,” which is explained thus:
3. Aggravated homosexuality.
(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.
Okay. If a person has same gender sex with someone under 18, they can be put to death. Even if they’re 19. That’s #1. A person can be sentenced to death if they have same gender sex while HIV positive (even protected! even if they divulge their HIV status!). Thats #2. A person can be sentenced to death if they have same gender sex with someone they have authority over. Presumably this includes a boss having sex with one of his employees, coerced or not. That’s #3. A person can be sentenced to death for having same gender sex with a person who has a “disability.” Again, it is not stated that the sex must be coerced to merit that distinction. Simply that the “victim” must be disabled. That’s #4. Oh, but look at this one: If a person is a “serial offender,” they may also be put to death. This seems to mean that if they are caught having regular old gay sex MULTIPLE TIMES, they are subject to the death penalty. This, presumably, would put most sexually active gay people, having garden variety safe sex WITH THEIR PARTNERS, in danger of going before the, um, Death Panel. (Oh, look, death panels are real. They’re just in Africa.)
So. Either Molotov Mitchell is:
1. Stupid. (Entirely possible.)
2. A liar. (As a member of the Religious Right, this is likely.)
3. Both. (The likeliest option.)
So that’s the correction.
Now my question: When I watched the video, an advertisement for Woolite played beforehand. Woolite is made by Reckitt Benckiser. How do they feel about their name being associated with lying hate speech? Maybe you should ask them.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)
UPDATE: I only watched the video once, but it seems that a revolving group of products are advertising in this video, including Resolve and Dell. Jeremy Hooper and Warren Throckmorton have more on how to contact the companies involved, and Warren’s corrections of Mitchell’s lies are also thorough.