Daniel Kalinaki's weblog

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Just an ordinary bloke.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


KAMPALA - After typing out close to a thousand words on the gay debate currently raging in Uganda, the computer f's up and I lose the lot. Moreover on a hot, humid wednesday afternoon. Here is what I meant to say: as long as it is between two consenting adults, I don't really care what goes on in people's bedrooms.

There is a difference between homosexuality and theft, murder, rape, paedophilia, necrophilia, female genital mutilation. If someone's actions do not violate other people's rights, their judgement should be left to God or whoever will be there to dispense justice on D-Day.

Pastor Martin Ssempa, who led the anti-gay demo, gave a brilliant quote, that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. But the idea that we should send cops to check out which courses people play their golf on is ludicrous. They should focus on the really important crimes and we have enough of those already. After all, even if your name is Adam, you are more likely to have your pockets rifled by the government's tax collectors than have your pants pulled down by a guy named Steve.

Needless to say, if you are reading this in jail or on your way there, you are not expected to pay tax -- although it is in your interest to watch your back, if you permit the flaccid pun.