It's bad enough that Uganda wants to imprison and "cure" gay people, but not to be outdone, Rwanda has also jumped on the homophobic bandwagon.
Article 217 will criminalize same-sex relationships, and organizations that support LGBT people, with prison terms ranging from 5-10 years, and fines ranging from 2,000-1,000,000 Rwandan francs!
Up to now, homosexuality has not been an issue in Rwanda (because they didn't have any gay people... Yeah, right!).
Will Pastor Rick Warren, and the rest of the United States' Religious Right-wing, use their bully pulpits to speak out against THIS one? Again, these are the people who have exported our so-called "culture war" to Africa. And they have had willing disciples in bishops and pastors in these countries (Rwanda's Anglican Church boycotted the last Lambeth Conference and has been on record opposing homosexuality since 1998).
I hold no hope that the Archbishop of Canterbury will sit down for tea with another journalist to denounce this action. Or that the Pope will dispatch another minion to speak for him before an international panel in New York.
When will people quit this crusade against us?