AlterNet has been reporting on the way zealous evangelical conservatism in the United States has influenced some noxious policies overseas, the most horrifying and brutal of which has been the surfacing of a bill in Uganda that would essentially criminalize homosexuality, including using the death penalty. The bill sparked numerous petition drives and threats from the US of aid being cut off.
This morning, though, the AP reports that the bill has mysteriously disappeared from the docket: The bill had been scheduled to be debated before the full parliament on Wednesday but was dropped from the schedule.
The future of the bill remained murky. Wednesday was parliament's last scheduled day of session, and President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled on Thursday to be sworn in after his February re-election. It wasn't clear if the bill could be carried forward to the next session or if the bill's author would have to offer a new bill, which he has said he will do if needed.
...One member of parliament, John Alimadi, said Wednesday that the bill may have been dropped from the agenda because of the worldwide outcry against it.