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UGANDA - Human Rights Emergency unfolding for LGBT's

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Human rights atrocities are unfolding and will take a serious turn for the worse unless action is taken RIGHT NOW.  President Museveni signed the anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda, with a penalty of life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality."  The death penalty was reportedly removed.  Numerous Ugandan LGBT's report that their lives have been threatened, and that they are scrambling to different embassies trying to obtain visas and to find out how to claim political asylum, only to encounter red tape.  This situation has worsened after the publication of the names of 200 of Uganda's allegedly "top homosexuals" by the Red Pepper tabloid on February 24, 2014.  LGBT's are in fear for their lives by the growing hostilities exhibited by the emboldened society, which has been infected with far right-wing "Christian" fundamentalism at the hands of American preachers.

Martin Ssempa, the pastor who has been the most influential Ugandan in support of this bill stated on Ungandan television this week that he is working to spread similar legislation in other East African countries.  The danger of this spreading like wildfire through the interior of Africa is alarming.

Action must be taken immediately to extricate these individuals from that country in order to prevent the possible slaughter that is brewing just under the surface, ready to explode into a vigilante bloodbath.  This law contains no provisions for penalties against the perpetrators of vigilantism, and offers no mechanism of control to prevent this from happening.  Those in favor of eradicating homosexuals from the society feel very emboldened, and frankly, there is nothing preventing them from engaging in genocidal behavior if it gets started.  Who will champion the call for protection for these people?  There is no time for a petition and all that nonsense.  Leaders have to have the guts to act, and to act FAST.  President Obama's "review" of the relationship between our two countries is not enough unless he delivers a strong message that genocide will not be tolerated under any circumstances, under the risk of invasion.  I expect him to go to the UN to seek a consensus.  I consider the seed planted now.  I know that this reaches a wide audience, even on Capitol Hill.  My job is done here.

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DaveyS is a 5th-generation Texan now living in California, a proud liberal (product of the public education system in North Texas!), and a staunch critic of conservative policies that are destroying our nation.

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