Both states have governments that hate gay people (and anyone remotely resembling gay folk). Uganda’s legislature passed a bill making gay anything a crime, and their prexy signed it into law. Arizona also passed a law legalizing anti-gay hatred, albeit not quite as crazy as Uganda’s.

And lest you think there is no connection between a small country in East Africa and American Teavangelicals, think again. Right-Wing “conservative” “Republican” “Christians” helped get both bills passed. The difference is only of degree: in Africa, you can be killed or imprisoned. Arizona isn’t there yet, but give them time.

Kansas is pushing similar laws, as are other state and local governments, claiming that their “religious freedom” includes the right to oppress and kill anyone their snake-handling (or snake-oil selling) preacher tells them to hate. They forget that the Constitution gave the rest of us religious freedom, too, and most of us don’t really give a single owl pellet who loves whom nor how they love them, so long as we are left alone to likewise conduct our love lives without government interference.

The American West and the African East: havens of hatred. Please, everybody, how about passing some nice “mind your own damned business” laws for a change?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky