Adrian Phoon; 12/1/10
A recent proposal in Uganda to legislate the execution of homosexuals has sparked international outrage. Although the Government has since revised its prescribed sentence from death to life imprisonment, the bill remains striking for its overt hostility towards gays. The move is more than just a Ugandan oddity – it is the embodiment of a murderous fantasy, cherished by fanatics in the West, to extinguish homosexual life altogether. It is easy for the West to dismiss the bill as a local phenomenon, emblematic of African opposition to ”civilised progress”. Deeply religious and protective of traditional family structures, Uganda has long been hostile to homosexuality.