Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brody's Notes... Christian Family Group Head Tweets Support For Uganda's Death To Gays Bill

Tony Perkins via CNN
By Brody Levesque | WASHINGTON -- The president of the Washington based Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, sent out a tweet Monday expressing support for parliamentarians in Uganda who are considering a measure that will impose harsher sanctions on LGBT people as well as sentencing guidelines that could mean capital punishment in some cases. Perkins tweeted on Monday:
"American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance — afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God."
Human Rights watchers immediately condemned Perkins with the spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign Fred Sainz denouncing Perkins saying:
"Tony Perkins can't claim that FRC isn't a hate group, while at the same time support a bill that many believe would bring the death penalty to gay Ugandans."
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the FRC as a "hate group" because of its consistent history of spreading misinformation to the public about LGBT people.
As political leaders including the Speaker of Uganda's Parliament press to pass the measure, The Washington Blade reported that ranking U. S. officials have met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the bill.
“As we have regularly said, we call on the parliament of Uganda to look very carefully at this because Uganda’s own Human Rights Council has made clear that if this were to pass, it would put the country out of compliance with its own international human rights obligations,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said adding; 
“And so, Assistant Secretary Carson had a chance to make that point again and our strong opposition to this, to the president, to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda.”
Sources at the State department have confirmed to LGBTQNation that there is no evidence that the measure's supporters have removed the death penalty clause from the legislation as of Tuesday afternoon.


Desmond Rutherford said...

Is that a recent photo of Tony Perkins, or is it a photo of his waxen image at Madame Tussauds?