Shooting Fish in a Barrel by Saab Lofton

Shooting Fish in a Barrel
by Saab Lofton

How did I learn the definition of solidarity? Not from attending a protest, but by watching an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine entitled "Crossover" in 1994 ...

A callous version of Ben Sisko from a parallel universe: What do you care about Terran freedom?
Major Kira: I care about FREEDOM.

... that's why I stand with the gay community, and these days, the importance of such a stance couldn't be more clear: As of this writing, the Ugandan government wants to make any homosexual act punishable by DEATH. That's right, we're talking about nothing less than GENOCIDE.

International pressure -- i.e., threats to economically divest from Uganda -- has thus far kept this fascistic legislation from passing, but sadly, America's Religious Right has sunk its venomous fangs into Uganda's collective consciousness and made an already-ignorant nation (Can we say, Idi Amin?) even more retarded.

The Ugandan government has a page on Facebook that I've all but occupied by repeatedly posting pro-gay comments, and as a result, I now understand the appeal of video games, because debating these ignoramuses is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. For example, a dufus named Clement Ige actually said this with a straight face (no pun intended): "Supposing the whole world turns gay by year 2030? That means the Human race will go into extinction by the start of 22nd century."

Oy vey ... Well, my response was as follows: "Turn gay?" HOW, exactly? With a giant laser ray straight out of a James Bond movie? What the fuck are you smoking, Clement? If anything is the case, God CREATED homosexuality to prevent the sort of overpopulation seen in Charlton Heston's Soylent Green (1973) because Humans are NOT bound by mating cycles like animals are. If God is responsible for that which is natural, then I'm far more accurate than not ...

"One thing is clear: The environment a child grows up in has NOTHING to do with what makes most gay men gay. Two of the most convincing studies have proved conclusively that sexual orientation in men has a GENETIC cause ... [Geneticist Sven Bocklandt of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA] is quick to point out that most likely there is no single 'gay gene' -- no single switch for sexual orientation. Instead, there are probably a handful of genes."
--Discover Magazine, June 2007

... as entertaining as it's been pimp slapping these bitches with FACTS, lives are at stake. THIS repressive shit is bad enough ...

"[Uganda's fascistic legislation] would also criminalize the public promotion of homosexuality including discussions by rights groups with a sentence of up to seven years in prison for anyone convicted."
--The New Age, December 12th, 2012

"If Ugandan gays think they can flee the dragnet by seeking asylum, even that might not be an escape route. The bill wants Ugandans who engage in same-sex activities outside the country to be extradited for punishment."
--First Post, December 7th, 2012

... but what's really disturbing is how at least a couple of Ugandans have sworn that, even if this evil decree fails to pass, they would personally execute homosexuals -- as these quotes taken from Facebook reveal ...

"We shall continue to attack gays if the government does not stop them."
--Ssematimba Ibrahim Muzata, November 26th, 6:00 a.m.

"If the government does not eliminate gays in Uganda, then we shall."
--Atwine Paddy, November 26th, 6:12 a.m.

... then there's Wanyama -- a sick fuck if there ever was one -- who posted this comment immediately afterwards: "We attacked one gay seriously and he reformed after us caning him 100 strokes."

... English is NOT Wanyama's first language, so excuse his bad grammar ("after us caning" should be "after we caned"), but NEVER forgive what he proudly admitted to being a part of: TORTURE.

All this talk of taking the law into your own hands smacks of the Ku Klux Klan's lynch mobs, but before any of you evasive whites desperately claim that Uganda's homophobia supposedly lets y'all off the hook in ANY way, keep in mind one of the reasons why I'm defending Ugandan gays so vehemently is because I know what it's like to be denied love by society ...

"The point of segregation was to keep black southerners in their separate and inferior places. To do that, the state had to be able to tell who was who. In order to do that, like had to marry like. For more than 300 years, state legislatures wrote laws that defined whiteness for the purpose of marriage. Depending on the state and the decade, people who were more than half black, or a fourth black, or an eighth black, or one-sixteenth black, or even one-thirty-second black, could not marry anyone defined at law as white. These laws were the lodestar of segregation, because without controls on sex, [ethnic] classification became impossibly complicated. Inter[ethnic] sex -- what white southerners called miscegenation -- undercut all forms of segregation based on genealogy."
--historian Jane Dailey, from PBS' American Experience: The Murder of Emmitt Till

... so NO, Uganda does NOT mean America is the land of the free -- at best, it simply means America is the lesser of two evils ...