Uganda Reveals Christian Right’s True Colors

January 5th, 2010at 11:39am Posted by Eli

You may think Prop 8 was a huge triumph for the fundie homophobic right, but it appears that they view it as a consolation prize compared to how they really want to deal with “the gay agenda”:

For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.”

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One month after the conference, a previously unknown Ugandan politician, who boasts of having evangelical friends in the American government, introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, which threatens to hang homosexuals, and, as a result, has put Uganda on a collision course with Western nations.

Donor countries, including the United States, are demanding that Uganda’s government drop the proposed law, saying it violates human rights, though Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity (who previously tried to ban miniskirts) recently said, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.”

The Ugandan government, facing the prospect of losing millions in foreign aid, is now indicating that it will back down, slightly, and change the death penalty provision to life in prison for some homosexuals. But the battle is far from over.

Instead, Uganda seems to have become a far-flung front line in the American culture wars, with American groups on both sides, the Christian right and gay activists, pouring in support and money as they get involved in the broader debate over homosexuality in Africa.

I can certainly understand gay activists doing everything they can to help fight against this, but it’s absolutely despicable that so-called Christians are sending money to support this kind of heartless evil.  Oh, but wait – it’s all just a big misunderstanding, they had no idea that the Ugandans would actually take them seriously, they totally love gay people:

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.

“That’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” he said. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.”

You see?  They may believe that gays are immoral pedophiles who want to convert children to their satanic lifestyle… but some of them are really very nice!  Well, I’m sure that makes all the difference in the world, and I look forward to some of these anti-gay fundamentalists going back over to Uganda to explain that executing or imprisoning people just for being gay just goes way too far… unless, of course, they think it’s a-okay.

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