US Tentacles in Ugandan Homo-murderous Law

Bush-regime evangelical clientelism propelled Uganda to the homosexual hate hysteria it currently stews in.

The Rev. Kapya Kaoma, a Zambian, went undercover for 6 months in Uganda, to witness and report that US evangelicals, who thanks to the Bush regime wield enormous power in Uganda, provided the legitimacy and facade of expertise for the promotion of homophobic hysteria in Uganda and the country’s institution in 2009 of a death penalty for gay people.

With the turnover in US leadership, American conservative evangelicals, a major client of the Bush regime, were assured by the Obama administration that they would not face reduced public funding of their “social service” activities, which include campaigning against human and civil rights for gays, and proselytizing for their religious sects in countries like Uganda.

The recent relevation that conservative evangelicals (Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Don Schmierer) have spurred murderous state policy in Uganda strengthens the case against ending remaining clientelistic relationships between the US state and the Republican clients, as conservative evangelicals had attempted to hide the nature of their activities in Uganda, presenting a more moderate face in the US. It is now much more difficult to see where “compassionate” conservatism ends and barbarous conservatism begins.

But for all their US-side claims to civility, as missionary Scott Lively blogged proudly, his campaign was ““a nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.” Or a nuclear bomb against human rights, more accurately.

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Bankrupt Capital Punishment

An example of frame transformation can be for example where some of the 4,000 jurists members of the venerable American Law Institute over time came to see the death penalty, which they had promoted and managed for decades, as a moral and practical failure.

They disbanded the organization last fall. Though they themselves developed the modern death penalty in 1962, and were the death penalty’s intellectual and juridical champions, they ended throwing up their hands at what they came to see as “intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment.” After decades of honing the death penalty in the US, capital punishment was ultimately observed in an ALI-commissioned study to be used unfairly; it was usually racist; it was enormously expensive, though legal defenders received almost no compensation for their work; it was riddled with politics; and innocent people tended to be executed.

Like Justice Harry A. Blackmun, the American Law Institute as an organization traveled from seeing capital punishment as jurisprudence necessary to securing the good society, to seeing it as the state “tinker(ing) with the machinery of death.”