It’s sometimes easy to forget how blessed we are to be living in a culture that celebrates personal expression and individuality.

I am fortunate and very thankful that my choices can be questioned but never denied.

Vanguard is one of my favorite shows (however sobering its content is) and last year I saw an episode titled Missionaries of Hate which focused on the highly inflammatory and volatile issue of Anti-Gay sentiments in Uganda. And yesterday I learned that David Kato, a known gay rights activist in Uganda, had been killed. The New York Times reported that several newspapers in Uganda routinely print the names, pictures, and even addresses of individuals who identified with being gay. Several of those highlighted by newspapers have gone into hiding but many more have simply disappeared.

Uganda’s parliament has been trying to pass an Anti-Homosexuality Bill for years now which would broaden the scope of penalties that can be imposed on people found to be gay, including the death penalty.

The U.S. gave about a quarter of a billion dollars in aid to Uganda in 2005 (I believe that number has decreased significantly since but I couldn’t find an exact figure for 2010) and has no plans to stop funneling aid money into the resource-rich but poverty-stricken East African country. Serra Sippel, President of the Center for Health and Gender Equality, has this to say about faith-based foreign aid that I thought was a thought-provoking read.

And here ends my world news tidbit.

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