Will the Next Pope Support Uganda’s ’Kill the Gays’ Bill?
One of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI apparently supports Uganda’s controversial "Kill the Gays Bill," Gay Star News reports.
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is a favorite to become the next pope, but many LGBT activists may be concerned over his support for anti-gay measures and that he’s defended Uganda’s dangerous bill. The National Catholic Register reported last year Turkson, 64, said people need to understand why African governments are creating anti-gay bills and the "intensity of the reaction is probably commensurate with tradition." He added that people need respect African culture.
"When you’re talking about what’s called ’an alternative lifestyle’, are those human rights?" he said of U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who has criticized African countries’ anti-gay laws. "There’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified."
"He [Ban Ki-moon] needs to recognize there’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified," Turkson added.
According to the Bilerico Project, when Turkson was asked why homosexuality is a stigma in Africa, he said, "Just as there’s a sense of a call for rights, there’s also a call to respect culture, of all kinds of people. So, if it’s being stigmatized, in fairness, it’s probably right to find out why it is being stigmatized."
There are currently 37 countries in Africa that have passed laws that criminalized homosexuality. Punishments vary from country to country, but gay men can be subjected to whippings, jail time and capital punishment.