A Reply from Sen. Inhofe

Politics

Early last month I posted about an email that I sent to a member of my Congressional delegation, Sen. Jim Inhofe regarding Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill. Today I received this response:

Dear Mr. Louthan:

Thank you for contacting me regarding anti-homosexual legislation being considered in Uganda. As your voice in Washington, D.C., I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me.

As you know, the Ugandan Parliament is currently considering legislation that would impose strict penalties for homosexual acts. The Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009 would require severe prison sentences for someone caught in a homosexual act and for helping or counseling another person engage in a homosexuality. Additionally this legislation would allow for the death penalty if someone is convicted of having sex with a minor or disabled person, if the offender is HIV-positive, and for “serial” offenders.

I was shocked to learn that this legislation was being considered in Uganda. I do not, nor have I ever, supported or condoned this legislation. It is my hope that Uganda will abandon this unjust and extraordinarily harsh legislation.

I have worked closely with Ugandan President Museveni on many important issues. In fact, I have made over 100 visits to the African continent and have met with and built relationships with people from all walks of life. During my time on the continent, I witnessed first-hand the significant and strategic place in the world that Africa holds. It is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent, comprised of 53 nations and over 900 million people. Africa has largely been ignored and neglected by the rest of the world – initially seen as the impenetrable “Dark Continent,” then colonized and exploited, and then neglected. However, I believe there is much hope for the future of African countries and better days are ahead.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again regarding issues that are important to you.

Some minor formatting inconsistencies (which I have fixed here) lead me to believe that the third paragraph was pasted in, so I wonder if there are perhaps alternate forms of it that could be used for people with less obviously anti-killing-the-gays views than my own.

I don’t really have much editorializing to do, but frankly for someone who is “shocked” and who hopes for the abandonment of such “unjust and extraordinarily harsh legislation” it seems odd that he, who has “worked closely with Ugandan President Museveni on many important issues”, has decided not to work with him on this one.

It would also be nice if he would make more public his “shock”, but even that might be too much to wish for from the man who practically (if not literally) invented the “God, Gays, and Guns” platform.

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  1. Jeff Sharlet  •  Jan 27, 2010 @9:12 am

    Nice work.

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