An independent Scotland will give asylum to Ugandans who consider themselves persecuted by anti-gay laws, reports The Herald.
Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister For External Affairs, has written to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague detailing the Scottish Government’s gesture to welcome “any Ugandan” persecuted by the new laws.
He also intends to raise the matter with Ugandan ministers at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
Unless William Hague follows suit, the measure would need Scottish independence before coming into force. It is however unlikely that the ‘No’ camp will use the announcement in the independence debate, so entrenched is the pro-homosexual position in British politics and media.
Humza Yousaf, 29, was elected via the Mixed Member Proportional Representation from the Party List. He has been a spokesman for Islamic Relief. Having a soft spot for sodomites is not normally an Islamic trait.
In his letter Mr Yousaf urges Mr Hague “to offer asylum to any Ugandans who feels threatened or persecuted by the legislation”, adding that “Scotland will play her part in providing asylum for those seeking refuge from this draconian legislation”.
He adds that during the Games “no one from any part of the Commonwealth who visits Scotland will be under any doubt about our values as a welcoming, open and tolerant society”.
But not tolerant of African values or Christian virtue, of course.
The announcement raises questions. Nigeria, the biggest country in Africa, and also a Commonwealth member, has a recently-enacted law which also outlaws homosexual propaganda. Will Humza extend Scotland’s offer to Nigerians?
Africans are resourceful people and not devoid of acting skills. It is easy to claim to be homosexual and impossible to disprove. Scotland can look forward to a flood of applications for asylum if independence goes through.
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