(CNN) -- Uganda's President has said he's seeking advice from American scientists before he decides whether to sign a bill that criminalizes homosexuality.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda. The proposed legislation passed by parliament toughens the penalties, including life imprisonment for certain acts.
President Yoweri Museveni 's decision backtracks from his announcement last week, when he said he'd sign the bill for "scientific" reasons.
At the time, he said that Ugandan scientists had determined there was no gene for homosexuality.
"It was learned and could be unlearned," he said.
Shortly after his announcement, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that enacting the bill would affect relations between the two nations. He described the proposal as an "affront and a danger to the gay community" in Uganda.
The United States and Britain are among the nation's largest donors.
The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner who vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service.
"I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don't work with," Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. "But I don't know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don't want to do business or if I don't want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I'm not interested. That's America. That's freedom."
If you were to take all references to America out of the 2 articles above and replace them with labels like "A" and "B", you would think that the articles were about 2 separate countries: one that supports gay rights and one that does not.
It is a reflection of the fractured nature of humanity - at least that is one aspect of it. We are so divided within ourselves and in our lives that we cannot even develop one clear assessment of anything, we see only in a fractured way as per the restriction of our current nature. On top of this we have a very limited ability to reason and question with clarity, we are always bringing our fractured views and biases into everything we touch. In other words, we take our baggage with us everywhere, and no one ever taught us how to leave it behind and be objective and holistic.
Keeping this in mind, is it any wonder that America has contradictory stances and reactions to the same issue? And by this I don't mean the varied opinions of the people of America, I mean the political and media representation of America that spoon feeds the people, leading to those varied opinions.
In the end, discrimination is discrimination. Discrimination stems from ignorance, from a blind faith in one's own opinions and beliefs. It comes from a complete unwillingness to take anything else into consideration, to acknowledge that there may be more to it than what one believes there is.