December 9, 2009

Richard Cohen, Real Life Person That Is Completely Serious: (from The Huffington Post) Last night, Rachel Maddow interviewed Richard Cohen, the author of Coming Out Straight. Which is an actual book about 'overcoming' homosexuality. All you need, apparently, is a tennis racquet and CUDDLING WITH A MEMBER OF THE SAME SEX. Science. Unfortunately, this would be much funnier if it wasn't being used by the Ugandan government for support of their proposed bill to make homosexuality punishable by death, which is also something that is actually happening in real life in 2009 on this planet. Right now. Videos below, Readers.

The preview:

The interview:


  1. This sickens me. I don't even know how to begin to respond. I'm mostly talking about the bill in Uganda, details for which can be found here.

    I'm not going to talk about this man's colossal ignorance because it's just not worth it. I'm glad Rachel was patient enough to expose him, though, sadly, I'm worried for people who think he might be a source of hope.

    But Uganda?!!? How can anyone of sound mind actually think killing homosexuals (or imprisoning them for life) is a legitimate solution to anything, let alone effective legislation? These people call themselves Muslims and Christians and 95% of them are opposed to legalizing homosexuality. Is AIDS the issue? I can understand being worried about it. But this is clearly not the solution.

    I'm seriously just really confused. Is Uganda that violent, that people don't think that killing homosexuals would be an extreme measure? Have they become desensitized? Has it made them somehow crueler than most of the humans I know? This makes me physically ill.

  2. this sounds like the definition of a morally bankrupt society. Are the members of the legislation educated? I have to ask, how could they be, if they're trying to pass things like this?

  3. Uganda relies on foreign support for 40% of its budget, and while government spokesperson Fred Opolo calls this "democracy in action" and says that Uganda is "debating its destiny," saying furthermore that it would be outrageous for other countries to cut aid, I'm not sure I agree.

    What can be done? Leverage the government? Get all the foreign sponsors to threaten to cut aid if this goes through? It seems like it would work. This is outrageous.