Thursday, January 27, 2011

Are the American evangelicals who went to Uganda to spread hate and homophobia going to be held accountable for the murder of David Kato?

Looks like all that rabid hatred and homophobia that American evangelicals have been exporting to Uganda may now have claimed its first victim with the death of a Ugandan gay man named David Kato, who was bludgeoned to death in his home this week.

I wonder if these so-called men of God: Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera, Tony Perkins (the Family Research Council), and Pastor Rick Warren feel like they have blood on their hands.

Here is what JMG has to say about these so-called men of God:

Yesterday Scott Lively's "nuclear bomb" against Ugandan gays went off in the form of the iron bar which crushed the skull of David Kato. In some countries, it's possible that Lively would be under arrest today. Also complicit in this murder is Peter LaBarbera, who for years has worked to publicize and praise Scott Lively's evil agenda. Then there's Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council, who last year paid lobbyists $25,000 to convince members of Congress to block a planned resolution denouncing Uganda's gay death penalty bill. And let's not forget Pastor Rick Warren, who supported, funded, appeared with, and publicized the work of Uganda's leading anti-gay activist, Pastor Martin Ssempa.

And here is an ABC report on these evangelical haters and their work. A word of warning: it will make you sick to your stomach:

And after all of this, I cannot forget the last conversation I ever had with my own homophobic evangelical brother in which he told me my own gay son would go to hell for choosing to be gay and giving me a real tongue lashing for daring to speak of the oh-so-holy Rick Warren in anything but glowing terms. No surprise it was my last conversation ever with him.

Oh god, I think I'm going to be sick...

Update: Statement by President Obama on the Killing of David Kato


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release January 27, 2011

Statement by the President on the Killing of David Kato

I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work.

At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate. In the weeks preceding David Kato’s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered. It is essential that the Governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable.

LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all.


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