I don’t know that I can say it any plainer than that: we need to follow the money. Barney Frank gets it:
“I was pleased when the Financial Services Committee overwhelmingly, in a bipartisan way, voted in favor of my amendment urging the Secretary of the Treasury to oppose any financial assistance from multilateral development institutions to countries that persecute people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or religious beliefs. In the discussion of the amendment I offered, I specifically mentioned the deeply troubling case of Uganda, which is now considering legislation to legally deprive people of these basic human rights.”
“If the bill before the Ugandan parliament becomes law, it must be the policy of the United States government to oppose any aid to Uganda from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, or any other international financial institution of which we are a member.”
Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been rescheduled for a vote on Friday. And even Martin “graphic poo porn” Ssempa has called for the death penalty to be removed (probably because of the media attention that has caused) and replaced with a 7-year sentence. Because in the end, the forces that are driving this bill aren’t so interested in actually killing and imprisoning LGBT people as they are in a nice little side benefit. Continue reading Uganda: Follow the Money
I: A Brief Canadian History of Political Forces
II: The Opponents of Social Progress: Roadmap to the Far Right
As Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party seek a majority mandate, there is no shortage of speculation on either side of the map as to what a
non-progressive Conservative majority would look like in Canada. By some accounts, we’d see a new capitalist utopia of crime fighting and McJob creation. By others, we’d see a social agenda unleashed which, now completely unbridled, would rewrite Canada into a Christian Nationalist dictatorship.
But we’ve seen already how Harper is completely cognizant of Canada’s inclination for social progress, and having to tightrope in order to maintain the far-right extreme and the centrist support he needs to maintain power. Stephen Harper is gaming, and he is not going to seek only a 4-year majority. He is in it for the long haul, and that means tightroping for as long as he can. Continue reading What to Expect from a Harper Government (In The Bedrooms of the Nation III)
Update: This article has been revised and reposted. This was originally done in response to a concern raised that even though I discourage retaliation, naming names might inspire someone to do so. Which is not my intent. But in removing those sections, the narrative changed, and had to be rewritten for the sake of flow. Comments on the original post also displayed a huge amount of Islamophobia, so it became necessary to address that as well. So the post has changed, but the premise remains the same.
Replies to this post will be moderated, due to the escalating level of bigotry displayed in response to the original post (most of which have been left in the moderation queue). I’m not big on censorship and believe in free speech in Canada, but this is my place, and I won’t have it turned into a platform for bigotry aimed at minorities. That’s my prerogative. (And Jadis, I’m a little confused as to whether your threat was meant for me or for a commenter, but neither scenario is appropriate). I also reiterate that I am not likewise aiming bias at Christians: my issue is with efforts from a small group which is not representative of all people of faith to assert any one specific faith system as law and dictate to everyone else how they should live their lives or whether they even should have a place in our society.
Conservative leader Stephen Harper keeps trying to assure voters that he won’t reopen social debates like abortion and same-sex marriage, since he knows that won’t earn him mainstream votes. Instead, he tries to run on a platform of crime punishment and McJob creation. And yet if one looks further, one overturns a rock which reveals a political base that is a coalition of usually-divided groups working together to oppose social progress. In part one, we saw what led to the rise of the new Conservatives. Here, we’re mapping out the network that makes up his base. Continue reading Opponents of Social Progress – In The Bedrooms of the Nation II (Revised)