Monday, January 4, 2010

American Evangelicals Activate Anti-Gay Drive In Uganda

As a result of three American evangelicals' anti-gay lectures in Uganda, gays have been threatened with execution, life imprisonment, beatings and rape. It's apparently a short path from nonsensical speeches about a "gay agenda" to threats and violence:

Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.

...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.”

Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.

Under international pressure, the Ugandan government is considering a "compromise": life in prison. Now the three evangelicals, Scott Lively, Caleb Lee Brundidge and Don Schimierer, profess to be horrified. They should have considered the effects of their inflammatory rhetoric. Here's what their "spiritual mission" set in motion:

Human rights advocates in Uganda say the visit by the three Americans helped set in motion what could be a very dangerous cycle. Gay Ugandans already describe a world of beatings, blackmail, death threats like “Die Sodomite!” scrawled on their homes, constant harassment and even so-called correctional rape.


Tim Gunter said...

These three missionaries reap what they sow.

Jeff Tone said...

Tim: Yes, and the persecuted gays in Uganda also reap the results of these missionaries' reckless words.