Desmond Tutu compares Museveni to Hitler and Nazi Germany
Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for compassion from Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and asked the Ugandan leader to not sign a planned anti homosexuality bill.
Tutu likened the bill to that of laws imposed under Hitler in Nazi Germany and compared the banning of homosexuality and imprisonment of homosexuals to life in South Africa during apartheid, where interracial couples were forbidden.
If approved, Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill could see same-sex couples sentenced to life imprisonment.
Museveni had originally declined to sign the bill, but it is now likely he will sign it into law after being presented with “scientific evidence” homosexuality was learned behaviour.
Tutu told the AP he was “disheartened” by Museveni's decision because there is "no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love."
In a statement to the nedia, Tutu commented: "In South Africa, apartheid police used to rush into bedrooms where whites were suspected of making love to blacks. It was demeaning to those whose 'crime' was to love each other, it was demeaning to the policemen - and it was a blot on our entire society."
Tutu added: "The history of people is littered with attempts to legislate against love or marriage across class, caste and race. "But there is no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love... There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever. And nor is there any moral justification. "Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, among others, attest to these facts."
The Uganda bill originally proposed the death penalty for repeated homosexual acts between consenting adults.