British ministers are criticizing the BBC for hosting an online debate asking whether homosexuals should be executed.
The debate on the Have Your Say website, which was originally entitled "Should homosexuals face execution", has attracted more than 600 comments, only 200 of which were deemed suitable for publication. Last night it was listed as the most popular forum on the BBC’s Web site.
The corporation changed the headline to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" after lobbying by the BBC Pride board, which is composed of gay and lesbian staff at the corporation.
The forum’s introduction said: "Should homosexuals face execution? Yes, we accept it is a stark and disturbing question. But this is the reality behind an Anti-Homosexuality Bill being debated on Friday by the Ugandan Parliament which would see some homosexual offences punishable by death."
While many contributors expressed shock that the question was up for discussion, some agreed with the notion that gay people should be put to death.
Chris from Guildford, wrote: "Totally agree. Ought to be imposed in the UK too, asap. Bring back some respectable family values. Why do we have to suffer ‘gay pride’ festivals? Would I be allowed to organise a ‘straight pride’ festival? No, thought as much!! If homosexuality is natural, as we are forced to believe, how can they sustain the species? I suggest all gays are put on a remote island and left for a generation — after which, theoretically there should be none left!"
Another, from Aaron in Freetown, said: "Bravo to the Ugandans for this wise decision, a bright step in eliminating this menace from your society. We hope other African nations will also follow your bold step."