As a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, I urge our university administration to officially condemn the "Kill the Gays" bill and reach out to the Ugandan Catholic Church to ask them to stand against the bill.
This bill mandates the death penalty, life imprisonment, and other draconian measures to punish LGBTQ people, and even people who refuse to “out” them to police.
As members of the Notre Dame community, we know that we have a unique role and responsibility in standing with our Ugandan brothers and sisters. We study abroad there, we work with NGOs there, we share our Congregation of the Holy Cross with them.
Notre Dame has instilled in us a passion for human rights. As a community we will fight for them.
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- University President
Fr. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
- Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization
Dr. Nick Entrikin
- Director of Center for Social Concerns
Fr. Paul Kollman
Dear Fr. Jenkins,
As president of the University of Notre Dame, please officially and publically condemn the “Kill the Gays” bill currently being discussed in Uganda. This bill mandates the death penalty, life imprisonment, and other draconian measures to punish LGBTQ people, and even people who refuse to “out” them to police. Notre Dame has a powerful responsibility and role in this fight for human rights. We send our students there, we have invested in development there, we share our Congregation of the Holy Cross with them. This bill is not about the morality of homosexuality, but the basic right to life and freedom. Please do not let the execution and arrests of LGBTQ people and those who protect them happen without a fight from Our Lady’s university.
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