Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has been under pressure to denounce Uganda’s gay genocide bill because of his association with The Family, a group of “Christian” politicians with strong ties to Uganda’s president and to Ugandan legislators who introduced the bill.  Although Grassley tellingly makes no mention of it on his website, the Iowa Independent reports:

After initially refusing to denounce a proposed law in the African nation of Uganda that would execute people convicted of being homosexual, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released a statement Friday night to The Iowa Independent declaring the proposal “un-Christian.”

Grassley said his “commitment to traditional values” and “respect for life” holds true both in the United States and around the world. So with that in mind, after he learned more about the proposed legislation through the U.S. State Department, he was able to conclude that it is wrong and should be rejected.

“Based on what I’ve been able to learn about the legislation and from the stand point that I’m a born again Christian, I can tell you that I don’t agree with this un-Christian and unjust  proposal, and I hope the Ugandan officials dismiss it,” he said.

The article goes on to remind us that Grassley initially refused to comment, using the excuse that he isn’t in the Ugandan parliament and was unfamiliar with the law.  Next, he told reporters that he was too busy “reading bills in Congress without reading the bills in another 190 countries” to speak out against proposed genocide in a country and by a government he has personally maintained strong ties to for decades.

Laurel Ramseyer

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