Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, yesterday on his radio program said, “The bill in Uganda that makes homosexual behavior against the law, it does not have a death penalty for gays in it. There is no Kill The Gays bill in Uganda — doesn’t exist. BBC says that. Plank has been taken out of it.”
Fischer is correct that the BBC has published that a Ugandan politician says the death penalty has been removed from the Kill The Gays bill, known in Uganda officially as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but the fact is that the death penalty has not been removed from the Kill The Gays bill.
As The New Civil Rights Movement and a handful of other news outlets have been reporting, this is the third time the media, especially the BBC, have reported the death penalty has been removed from the Kill The Gays bill.
No media outlet, certainly not the BBC, has ever reported — as best we can find — that the death penalty has been re-inseerted into the Kill The Gays bill, yet they are all so comfortable playing stenographer to Ugandan politicians. Which should force the international community to question the BBC’s reporting standards on this issue.
Comments made by a U.S. official in Uganda this week suggested strongly the death penalty was not removed from Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill, based on a report at The Washington Blade.
The fact is, as the unnamed source at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, the Kill The Gays bill has not been voted out of committee, despite what a top Ugandan lawmaker told the press.
Further, as the Washington Blade reported, an unnamed “embassy source” said the Ugandan parliament committee does not even have the power to change the bill, only to make recommendations on the bill.
Fischer is not in this case lying, just ill-informed.
But his comments that homosexual behavior will shorten your life are a lie, and a devastingly ugly one.
He is of course referring to HIV/AIDS, which does not, unlike Bryan Fischer, discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. And it’s dangerous to imply it does.
Fischer also lamented, “I’ve been falsely accused by people on Twitter of advocating the death penalty for homosexuals. I do not.” Perhaps because of tweets like this?
Homosexuality now against the law in Uganda, just as it was for 200 years in the US. It can be done. wnd.com/2012/11/uganda…
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) November 25, 2012
As for the rest of his comments in the video, here’s a report from Right Wing Watch:
Shortly before the election, gay radio talk-show host Michelangelo Signorile got into a discussion with a gay Mitt Romney supporter who called into the program to defend his vote for Romney, which prompted Signorile to tell the caller that he would be better off committing suicide than ”waiting for the slow, painful death that Mitt Romney will bring you.”
Signorile apologized the following day, saying there was no excuse for what he said and admitting that it was a “total botch up.”
But that apology means nothing to Bryan Fischer, who has literally never apologized for any of the hundreds of bigoted things he has said on air because he means every word of it, and is instead proof that, unlike himself, Signorile approves of the death penalty for homosexuals.
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