I'm a big fan of getting local news about something, and talking with someone "on the ground." I've had too many panicky parents call and say, "there was an earthquake in Mexico!" wondering if their child is okay...not realizing that their child is as far from the earthquake zone as they are from Iowa, and he or she doesn't know it happened.
Today I was in a meeting with a person from Uganda. Someone else in the meeting asked, "so what do you know about that anti-homosexuality bill?"
She told us she had called a relative to ask that question, and he told her that yes, the bill would certainly pass, because the populace was definitely behind it. But that no one would be executed! They might be put in jail, but they would definitely not be executed. And that, really, it would be awfully hard to prove homosexuality anyway, wouldn't it?
Unless you were looking for it, I thought. No matter whether the person really was homosexual. What is proof, in that system?
Besides, it's not just "go to jail." It's "life in prison."
Persons found to be HIV positive can also be executed.
I can't say that my colleague and her relative are wrong. But I surely do wonder. And oh, I am praying.