“David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals…”

Via elephant journal
on Jan 27, 2011
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Good, God. What kind of God would condone these actions by our evangelicals?

…the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, a country where homophobia is so severe that Parliament is considering a bill to execute gay people, Mr. Kato had received a stream of death threats, his friends said. A few months ago, a Ugandan newspaper ran an antigay diatribe with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Kato was beaten to death with a hammer in his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the small and increasingly besieged gay community in Uganda suspect otherwise.

“David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009,” Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups…

…Ms. Kalende was referring to visits in March 2009 by a group of American evangelicals, who held rallies and workshops in Uganda discussing how to turn gay people straight, how gay men sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” intended to “defeat the marriage-based society.”

The Americans involved said they had no intention of stoking a violent reaction. But the antigay bill was drafted shortly thereafter. Some of the Ugandan politicians and preachers who wrote it had attended those sessions and said that they had discussed the legislation with the Americans…

…the continent is full of harsh homophobic laws. In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. In Kenya, which is considered one of the more Westernized nations in Africa, gay people can be sentenced to years in prison……Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, who describes himself as a devout Christian, has said, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.”

Full story at NY Times.




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6 Responses to ““David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals…””

  1. Roger Wolsey says:

    So. very. sad.

    Ironically, evangelical/ism comes from the Greek, "evangelos," which means "good news." Tragically, too many evangelicals are spreading bad news instead. : (

    That said, there are progressive evangelicals… not many, but enough to give me hope. According to recent surveys, a growing number of young evangelicals (in the West) don't have problems with homosexuality. May those young 'uns grow up and take over soon!

  2. Erma says:

    Not true evagelos. False prophets.

  3. Roger Wolsey says:

    Erma, indeed. Seems to me they should be sued for false advertising.

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  5. Erma says:

    According to the BBC it was a local newspaper which published photos of Mr.Kato and Mr.kato was suing the newspaper. They actually make no note of evangelicals, so I think this headline on elephantjournal is pretty sensational! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12295718

  6. YesuDas says:

    Some of them are among my former students, Roger.