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Monday, January 4, 2010

Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda’s Anti-Gay Push


Demonstrators carried banners denouncing homosexuality in December in Kampala, Uganda.

Fundamental Christians are reaping as they've sown. I doubt, however, that they see this as a problem. More, it's, at worst, just a PR issue. Maybe just add some designer nooses and stones.

A snip: "Uganda has also become a magnet for American evangelical groups. Some of the best known Christian personalities have recently passed through here, often bringing with them anti-homosexuality messages, including the Rev. Rick Warren, who visited in 2008 and has compared homosexuality to pedophilia. (Mr. Warren recently condemned the anti-homosexuality bill, seeking to correct what he called “lies and errors and false reports” that he played a role in it.)"

No wonder Rick needed some extra money at the end if the year.

Such a welcoming place: "Many Africans view homosexuality as an immoral Western import, and the continent is full of harsh homophobic laws. In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. Beyond Africa, a handful of Muslim countries, like Iran and Yemen, also have the death penalty for homosexuals."

Stoning the homos? You can certainly see the Christian fascination with, if not admiration and modelling of, African mores, custom, and jurisprudence.

There was even a conference sponsored and presented by fundies regarding the manners in which the Ugandan population might demonstrate it's hatred of gay people.

Yeah, it had a prettier title, but I find it necessary to pull aside that honey-laced veil of hate.

Blurbs from the conference: "The three Americans who spoke at the conference — Scott Lively, a missionary who has written several books against homosexuality, including “7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child”; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality” — are now trying to distance themselves from the bill.

“I feel duped,” Mr. Schmierer said, arguing that he had been invited to speak on “parenting skills” for families with gay children. He acknowledged telling audiences how homosexuals could be converted into heterosexuals, but he said he had no idea some Ugandans were contemplating the death penalty for homosexuality."

The Christians might benefit from the study of history. It wasn't all that long ago that they were treated much as they would treat gay people now.

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