- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 18:26
- Written by Lara Landis
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Uganda is a country known for extreme Homophobia; and American Socially Conservative Christian groups who support and, in some cases, help developed some of the country’s more extreme anti-gay policies. The Observer, a Ugandan newspaper, mentioned Asexuality briefly, and it was far tamer than some of the rhetoric directed at LGBT individuals that came from the government.
The author seems to have confused Asexuality with a condition, a common problem even in the United States. The author states near the end of the article that couples need to discuss things among themselves, especially if one partner turns out to be Asexual. Where the author goes wrong is suggesting that there are some things only God can cure.
Uganda’s current environment would be far friendlier towards LGBT people if ‘pray away the gay camps’ were the preferred way for the country to deal with the issue. It would still not solve the issue, but it would be far kinder than the country's current laws regarding Homosexuality.
God seems unwilling to intervene in peoples' sexual orientations, despite the prayers of certain Fundamentalist Televangelists. It is difficult for an outside observer to determine whether the article represents a step forward in the thinking of some Ugandans or is simply a statement made by someone who thinks that prayer acts as a panacea. Even most deeply religious people acknowledge there are limits to what prayer can do.