Friday, December 10, 2010

The wages...

There is not a lot in this world that I would say actually surprises me. Watching Rachel Maddow's interview with David Bahati, Author Of Ugandan 'Kill The Gays' Bill, was one thing that did surprise me. I'm not sure why exactly. I mean, we all know that there is a population of people who believe that homosexuality is a behavior. And not only that, but that it is a behavior that can be changed or "cured." But a behavior that is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty?

Rachel Maddow devoted almost half of her Wednesday show to a lengthy interview with David Bahati, author of the infamous bill in the Ugandan Parliament that calls for gay people to face life imprisonment or, in some cases, execution if they are convicted of having practiced homosexuality.
Bahati is also a member of The Family, the religious organization that carries substantial power on Capitol Hill. Before playing her interview with him, Maddow recounted some of the history of anti-gay legislation in the United States, and pointed out that they all had one thing in common: their claim that gay people were trying to "recruit" children into homosexuality. 
I really don't know what to say. At one point Rachel persistently tried to get Bahati to actually say that his bill aimed to punish homosexuality with the death penalty. She pointedly asked him what he thought about homosexuality and Bahati said "homosexuality is against God's law and was sin." Then Rachel pointedly lead him by saying "punishable by...?" Then Bahati skirted actually saying he sentenced gay people to death. Instead Bahati said "the wages if sin is death." (Do you see in that newspaper clip with the headline is the yellow "hang them"?)

There you go. Death sentence proclaimed. Other penalties for talking about homosexuality or even knowing someone who is gay are also punishable by years in prison.

Back to the point, since the wages of sin are death, what about all the other sins? What about the sins that Bahati and every other human in every single country on the planet earth has committed? Has Bahati calculated that wage? (What about the "sins" committed at the C Street House subsidized by The Family? What are their wages?)