While the future of Uganda’s anti-gay law remains unknown, having been overturned on a technicality — the president wants to reintroduce it in an amended form — Kenyan lawmakers have proposed legislation as harsh as or possibly harsher than the law originally put forth in Uganda. In Kenya’s bill, “aggravated homosexuality” would result in public execution:
The draft Bill presented alongside a petition by the party’s legal secretary Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga provides for the offence of sodomy which would earn life imprisonment.
They propose death by stoning in public for any foreigner who commits a homosexual act and a life imprisonment for Kenyan nationals found guilty.
Anyone found guilty of aggravated homosexuality would also be stoned to death in public.
Aggravated homosexuality in this case would include committing the acts with people below 18 years, if the offender is a person living with HIV, if those persons committing the act are persons in authority over their victims, serial offenders and where a victim is a person with a disability.
The petitioner states that the Bill aims at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.
“There is need to protect children and youth who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technology, parentless child developmental settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption, foster care or otherwise,” the petitioner states.
While it’s unclear as of yet — we will find out — whether any American religious figures have their fingerprints on this proposed legislation, we note that it’s eerily similar to what’s happened in Uganda and Nigeria. The seeds planted by American figures such as Scott Lively in Uganda may now be cross-pollinating to their next door neighbors in Kenya. We wonder whether Lively, grandiose as he is about his own accomplishments, is pleased with this news.
It is notable, though, that the draft text of the legislation features language that came straight from the American “pro-family” movement, pushed by groups like the World Congress Of Families, Family Research Council and Concerned Women For America:
“The petition aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya,” it states.
Truth Wins Out and the Center Against Religious Extremism will continue to report on this as it develops, and find what American connections, if any, exist.