WCC warns Uganda leaders on dangers of antigay bill
Law condemned by church and political leaders
Jan 26, 2010
The World Council of Churches has raised concerns about a proposed law in Uganda calling for the jailing and possible execution of homosexuals.
Current law in Uganda allows for people to be jailed for 14 years for engaging in homosexual acts and the new legislation being considered would raise that to life imprisonment. No one has ever been convicted of homosexual acts in the country, however.
The proposed Ugandan law has drawn condemnation from church and political leaders in the West.
“We are saddened and distressed to receive the news from Uganda regarding a proposed law against homosexual individuals . . . which also proposes the death penalty to be meted out to homo sexual individuals who are HIV positive,” said Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the WCC.
Kobia, a Methodist from Kenya, wrote a letter to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on the issue December 22.