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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Harper's anti-gay agenda finally revealed

Wait ... what? He's backing the opponents of pending anti-gay legislation in Uganda? Well, this is certainly awkward.

I remember walking past a crowd of protesters in Toronto during the 2006 election who were chanting, among other things, "Racist, sexist, anti-gay! Stephen Harper go away!" That attitude was pervasive among the bien-pensants of the Annex and the faculty lounges at U of T and York, and it still persists. All it would take, we were told, was a Conservative majority government and then the Secret Agenda would be revealed, bound in baby seal skin and sewn with human hair, and gays would be rounded up by the army and sent to concentration camps on Baffin Island.

I've never experienced homophobia from Conservatives, although I've engaged in many lively but respectful debates about gay marriage with my fellow travellers. I don't believe that most Conservatives, including the Prime Minister, are homophobic. Yes, there are people in the Conservative Party who are bigots, including some MPs, but there are also bigots on the Liberal and NDP benches too (I wrote about that here if you're interested). Most Conservatives I know are laissez-faire on the subject of sexuality, and although we may disagree about gay marriage, we absolutely agree on the subject of basic human rights.

So, it comes as no surprise to me that the Harper government is quietly supporting opponents of  a draconian law working its way through the Parliament of Uganda which aims to rid the country of homosexuals:
Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source.
Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the legislation, which Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called “abhorrent,” Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. The source confirmed that the Canadian involvement was specifically focused on fighting the Ugandan bill.
Homosexuality is already criminalized, but the proposed legislation would renew and reinvigorate efforts to rid Uganda of its gay population, and has attracted sweeping international condemnation.
The bill sought stiff jail terms for homosexuals, and those who failed to report them to the authorities, and in some cases life imprisonment. Legislators also sought to implement the death penalty for Ugandans who practise homosexual acts with an “aggravating factor,” which includes a spate of criteria, including being HIV-positive.
 The Ugandan bill is truly abhorrent. Among other things, it specifies the death penalty for the crime of "aggravated homosexuality":
[The bill would] Define a new crime of “aggravated homosexuality” for those who engage in sex with someone under the age of 18, who are HIV-positive, who is a “repeat offender” (so broadly defined as to include anyone who has had a relationship with more than one person, or who had sex with the same person more than once), or who had sex with a disabled person (consensual or not). The penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is death by hanging.
Bravo to the Conservative government for not only taking a stand on this issue, but putting resources in the hands of local opponents on the ground in Africa. I'm proud to be a Conservative right now.


Anonymous said...

This should get the moonbats frothing. This completely disproves their theory about the Conservatives funding anti-gay evangelicals in Africa in order to support some sort of homophobic agenda. Go Harper...

Anonymous said...

Harper hates gay marriage and he campaigned hard against it. Remember when Conservatives suggested Paul Martin should be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church? What planet are you guys on. Just because Harper has flip flopped don't patronize people with a memory.

Alain said...

There is absolutely no reasoning with closed-minded lunatics afflicted with a severe case of Harper derangement syndrome. I certainly do not agree with everything this government does, or rather the fact that it too often fails to act as a conservative government. I refer to not dealing with a bloated government, bloated public service and spending like a drunken sailor along with all the problems with immigration. However I do see red with the lies spread by these lunatics and I include the Liberal Party and the NDP. Remember the ridiculous ads that if you elect a "Harper government" he will put guns in the streets and use the military against law-abiding citizens. The list just goes on and on.

@Anonymous, you are a prime example of what I just said. You cannot provide one single case of this government taking action against SSM, abortion or just about any other social issue. The sad truth is that it doesn't even deal with the money drain called the CBC.

Eric said...

Anonymous 8:17

Being against gay marriage is not the same as being homophobic, and I understand why religious people (Harper being among them)have qualms about it based on religious doctrine. I don't agree with them, but I understand their arguments. Harper promised to bring the subject up in the House of Commons, and a proposal to re-open the debate was soundly defeated by a free vote (including votes against it by many Conservative MPs), and the issue is now closed.

As for Paul Martin, why shouldn't he be ex-communicated? He's a devout Catholic, and he is voluntarily a member of a church whose position on homosexuality and gay marriage is crystal clear, so either he agrees with the church's position or he's a hypocrite. Which is it?

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir. (I don't feel comfortable calling you Eric because I don't know you).

My respect for you grows. I am about as staunchly SOCIAL conservative as you can get. That being true I am glad to use you as an example.

If you were my neighbour in the house next door we would likely get along fine. You seem like a guy who would watch out for his neighbour's property while they're away, keep his dog from shitting on my lawn, not have drunken loud parties at 3AM. You and I would get along GREAT I'm sure.

Down the street there is another gay person. He dresses in a weird fashion in order to provoke reactions from people. He is constantly walking around with a sign calling me or someone I like a bigot. He flaunts his sexuality so publically it's impossible to ignore. Come on, imagine (some more) if a heterosexual girl were to walk up to everyone on the street and flash her tits. Does anybody think THAT'S an acceptable example of an expression of sexuality?

So in our imaginary neighbourhood who do you think will become friends and who ... not so much?

Lefties are spoiled, damned brats. You parade out in public screaming "OPPRESSION! BIGOTRY!" every damned time somebody is reluctant to cater to your evey whim and youwonder why some people don't much care for you.

Dumb assholes.