The Original Series - 2x7 - Catspaw
(note: the lamers at CBS seem to have turned embedding off. Weak.)
Enjoy the episode and have a Happy Halloween!
In March, American anti-gay activists traveled to Uganda for a conference that pledged to “wipe out” homosexuality. Seven months later, a draconian bill has been introduced that pledges to make good on this threat. The “Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009” is so severe that it is designed to shred the spirit and suffocate the soul of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Ugandans. If it passes, Uganda will become a predator state that actively hunts down GLBT people to destroy them.Hmmm... terrible stuff, obviously. Locally, I think the biggest thing to take away from this is that for folks who involve themselves in anti-gay coalitions these are the consequences of your actions. Your money, the power you give to those in and out of office who perpetuate the anti-gay agenda, the rhetoric, the contemptuous religious bigotry, all of it. Maybe most folks just think of it as denying their fellow human being a few rights here and there, but the beast they help create isn't content to simply cease at some arbitrary line of "reasonable repression."
Uganda already punished gay intimacy with life in prison. But, apparently that was not harsh enough, with this bill penalizing anyone who “attempts to commit the offence” with up to seven years in jail. Additionally, a person charged will be forced to undergo an invasive medical examination to determine their HIV status. If the detainees are found to be HIV+, they may be executed.
This barbaric legislation stifles free speech by threatening anyone who is accused of “promoting” homosexuality with five to seven year prison sentences. Snitching on gay friends and family members is strongly encouraged because “failure to disclose the ‘offence’ within 24 hours of knowledge makes somebody liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.”