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Bridget Johnson

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April 4, 2014 - 4:57 pm

The State Department announced that the U.S. suspended a healthcare clinic in Uganda after a government raid and arrest of one staffer under new anti-gay laws.

The law signed in February by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni hands down a sentence of life in prison for many same-sex acts. Also receiving prison time under the bill are those who don’t report gays to the government or any organizations or individuals that support gay rights. Ugandans can also be sentenced for attempted homosexual acts or same-sex activity committed outside the country.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said today the administration is “deeply concerned” that a U.S.-funded health clinic and medical research facility, the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), was raided by Ugandan authorities on Thursday.

One of the facility’s employees, a Ugandan accused of conducting “unethical research” and “recruiting homosexuals,” was arrested and released the same day.

“This incident significantly heightens our concerns about respect for civil society and the rule of law in Uganda, and for the safety of LGBT individuals,” Harf said.

“The MUWRP is engaged in efforts to improve public health and save lives. The Ugandan government is responsible for protecting all of its people, and attacks and intimidation of health care workers are unacceptable. The safety of health workers must be respected. We have temporarily suspended the operations of MUWRP to ensure the safety of staff and beneficiaries, and the integrity of the program.”

The project is a collaboration between Makerere University and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program.

“We are working with police to understand the circumstances under which this person was detained. Until we have greater clarity as to the legal basis for the police action, the operations of the program are temporarily suspended to ensure the safety of staff and the integrity of the program. We are working directly with the patients of MUWRP to ensure there is no interruption in their care,” the MUWRP said in a statement, referring further questions to the U.S. government.

The U.S. Military HIV Research Program has been conducting HIV research in Uganda since 1998 and expanded its portfolio to include prevention, care and treatment activities in 2005 under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project recently expanded to studying other communicable diseases as well.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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So they'd let Ugandan children die in order to force the Ugandan government to let the "Gay" cult proselytize its preference/ orientation, huh?

Dear President Putin:

An opportunity to fund an already established health care clinic in Uganda has just arisen...
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It will likely be the Chinese, or perhaps a Saudi-funded organization, Muslim Brotherhood or along those lines. Whether your tax dollars should be taken from you to fund this or any other foreign assistance is a matter for another discussion, but yes, this current mis-administration would rather choose this push, over saving or extending the lives of Ugandans, or anyone else. They are that dedicated to this ideology, to their own version of "multiculturalism" over any other.

Everyday we get official cables from DC and other embassies extolling this philosophy. I wish I could share with the readers here a recent one where an African PM told our ambassador to, basically, "shove" his corrupt value system. This push from DC is relentless, and it all started in January 2009. It has even begun telling Diplomats in the field what terminology we can use in our official and semi-official writings.

Don't misunderstand me, I do not support the extent of the Ugandan law in this matter. It treads on many principles I hold dear, but I will tell you from experience that most Africans, even the many who do not support this very oppressive law, are fed up with Western elites pushing this agenda, and are going to start pushing back.

Now, if only they would take the next logical step and fix their own societies, and quit relying on donor money (or dope fix, depending in the terminology you choose) to do what they should, and can, do for themselves.
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Personally, I'm of the opinion that their societies are entirely their own affair, insofar as they pose no threat to us and respect property rights,( and the Law of Free Navigation...for obvious reasons).

If those folks want to go to Hell in a hand basket of their own making...or one they have purchased with their own funds...then by all means, they should be free to do so.

Your revelation about the "Parteibefehl" being issued by Mother State at Foggy Bottom,( which in this context is a pretty funny joke), comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has dealings with Official Washington...from any of its Organs.
Years ago PJ O'Rourke asked in half jest:

" How many Hispanics are thoracic surgeons?"

Today, that question would be posed in earnest in some GSA-furnished office.

But the other side of that coin is what you relate, and the action taken against the clinic in Uganda.
Medicine used as a political weapon by the government of the nation founded by John Brown.

You DO realize that John Brown is the Father of our country, right?
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Wasn't Pakistan the site of the first Gay Pride event at our embassies a few years ago?
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I'm not sure of who was the first, but will tell you that the current mis-administration was quite aware of the embassies who did not participate, and these Leftist bullies are very adept at creating a chilling effect.
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Yet Pakistan can execute people for "insulting Islam" at will.
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And Iran can hang homosexuals with impunity.
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So, this is all our government cares about any more? What about the Christians worldwide who are arrested and executed? Don't bother answering--I already know.
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