Thursday, January 27, 2011

Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas

Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone campaigns against homosexuality

From the New York Times:
An outspoken Ugandan gay activist (David Kato) whose picture recently appeared in an anti-gay newspaper under the headline "Hang Them" was beaten to death in his home, Ugandan police said on Thursday (...) He was attacked in his home Wednesday afternoon and beaten in the head with a hammer, said Judith Nabakooba, a police spokeswoman.
What I take from the news is not the pervasive homophobic sentiment propagated in Uganda, nor that this sentiment is fostered by state policy (which we commented not long ago in this blog). I'm interested in "why" was David Kato murdered; who is responsible.

People do what they do often because they feel they should, or they are protected or entitled to. In Uganda, where gays are treated like perverted predators, some may feel that killing a homosexual is the right thing to do.

To cover up Kato's death African police and (homophobes) are using the favorite American pro-gun lobby-line of argument: nothing can prove that violence in America is, in any way, related to guns. They have changed it as such: Nothing can prove that this is a hate crime (theft they say?).

If one concludes that Uganda's anti-gay laws (which condone and promote that a paper publishes Mr. Kato's picture under the headline "Hang Them") are responsible for his death, one is over-generalizing. The fact that he was recently threatened doesn't matter at all.

So, the persecution of Jews in Europe for 500 hundred years cannot in any way be connected to the Christian anti-Semitic propaganda since the early days of institutionalized Christianity in the Fourth Century AD.

(To be continued)