Bernie Farber speaks out on Uganda's “Kill the Gays” Bill:
As Canadians, we must be careful not to be lulled into complacency. After all, we live in a country that celebrates diversity, pluralism and acceptance. Canada was one of the first nations to legislate recognition of same-sex marriages. Sadly, many other places in the world are not as tolerant.
In October of 2009, Ugandan MP David Bahati submitted a private member’s bill targeting Uganda’s 500,000 gay and lesbian population. Labelled “Kill the Gays” bill, this draconian piece of legislation would have not only criminalized homosexuality but, in certain cases, mandated the death penalty.
Bernie winds up with:
As a human-rights leader, Canada has an obligation to speak out. As individuals who honour human life and dignity, we, too, have a responsibility to advocate for those less fortunate than us. We know that strong reactions from respected rights activists can have a salutary effect, and we’ve been able to make change when we work together for the common good. Silence is not an option.
In the past, John Baird, Harper and company have spoken out on this legislation. Let's hope they do so again, and soon.