This is the continuation of my reply to Albert’s comments to one of my articles here. I made three parts of this segments and this is the last one. Am trying to help Albert see the reality of life in Uganda. And this is what is happening in my country. Now you, Albert, may equate the local food market with a church, mosque or the local sports bar. I don't. I make a clear distinction in my mind. My country has been under threat from both Christians and Islamists for decades. Uganda is a violent country and is getting worse.
There's violent conflict between Museveni's thugs and the Buganda Kingdom. Muslims are violent because of their religion. But so are Christians. Too many Christians kill their own children, which are viewed as "witches." Or mostly known as ritual murders. They kill them for wealth or sudden riches. Cult leaders have killed their flock. Then there's a quiet violence of overpopulation which causes hunger and deaths--not so much by actual starvation, but by opportunistic diseases which thrive in bodies with low resistance because of malnutrition. The Institution of Religion thrives on human misery. They treat symptoms without tackling root causes of human misery.
Like you, I would have sympathy for those killed in a food market should an Islamist throw a bomb into the crowd. But unlike you, I would have no sympathy for people killed in a building dedicated to the practice of religion. As for the atheist killed inside a church, I will simply warn atheists to stay out of churches because of the danger in Uganda. I also have to question how much sympathy I have for sports fans who were killed on 11th of July even though I have on many occasions shouted my anger towards those who carried the attacks.
Uganda is a very troubled country--because of religion and all the corruption it breeds. As they say: If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. Religionists are part of the problem. Sports fans are generally not politically involved--especially in overturning the status quo. Sports are simply another kind of religion. Sports fans, for the most part, are not part of the solution.The people I have respect for, and would be emotionally affected should they be killed by Islamists or Christian fanatics, would be those who have rejected religious beliefs and were ACTIVE in fighting for human rights--for everybody. In Uganda we don't have anything that represents democracy because most people are politically uninvolved.
It's a little difficult to convey this idea, but I have a certain level of love for Uganda because I know what a jewel it could be--if it weren't for religion. I envy people in European countries that are relatively secular. But I also know that I can cause change in Uganda by teaching my fellow citizens that religion is evil, it's holding us back, and over 32 million people are suffering from this colonialist yoke that Europeans imposed upon us since the late 19th century.
Because of the ravages of World War II, Europeans have grown up pretty much. My question now to Europeans and Americans: When are you going to come down to Africa and clean up the mess you made with your religion? To Americans especially: When are you going to stop sending your vile, Nazi-like evangelical Christians? What we need from Europe and America is a kind of Peace Corps that will expose their religions for the garbage they are, and to replace religion with instructions in scientific methodology and rationality. And while you're busy cleaning up garbage--take David Bahati and James Nsaba Buturo back with you to America. If this happens, I will be the happiest person on planet Earth.