We were appalled on Friday to learn that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced that he would sign the legislation, long in the works, that would criminalize homosexuality and impose life sentences on “repeat offenders.” President Obama is also appalled, and he shared the following in a press release:
“As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe that people everywhere should be treated equally, with dignity and respect, and that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, no matter who they are or whom they love.
“That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda. It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.
“As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. At a time when, tragically, we are seeing an increase in reports of violence and harassment targeting members of the LGBT community from Russia to Nigeria, I salute all those in Uganda and around the world who remain committed to respecting the human rights and fundamental human dignity of all persons.”
Never ones to let human rights abuses stand in the way of their agenda, the Concerned Women For America are very upset that Obama is on the right side of history:
“His arrogance is breathtaking,” Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, director and senior fellow of Concerned Women for America‘s Beverly LaHaye Institute, told LifeSiteNews. The “president repeatedly insists that his personal values and beliefs are equated with the nation’s values and beliefs. When he insists that those controversial ideas constitute a human right, the president is saying that the deeply-held religious beliefs of many Americans are irrelevant.”
He is also disregarding the views of most Africans, they say. An estimated 72 percent of all African nations have passed or are in the process of passing laws restricting public homosexual behavior.
Crouse told LifeSiteNews President Obama’s actions are a form of “cultural imperialism – exporting the sexual crusade of a very small minority of Americans with outsized influence,” who have tried “to tear down the moral foundations of our nation as well as the rest of the world.”
“Obama of all people should realize how offensive his position on homosexuality is to devout Muslims,” Dr. Crouse told LifeSiteNews.
“Obama of all people.” Because he’s a secret Muslim, right, Janice? She is also incorrect to suggest that Obama’s values on this subject do not represent those of Americans. Perhaps twenty years ago, Janice would be speaking for a majority of Americans, though it’s been a long time since a plurality of the American people treated the LGBT community with as much hatred as the average religious right leader. But these days, a solid and growing majority in the United States support full equality and inclusion for LGBT people, so when President Obama communicates that to the world, he is very much reflecting the nation’s values and beliefs.