Ugandan gay rights activist murdered

You might recall a few months ago, a Ugandan tabloid called “Rolling Stone” published an article identifying a number of homosexuals in an attempt to entice violence. David Kato brought these homophobic bastards to court, and won. His victory, however, was short-lived, as his infamy in the country eventually led to his murder.

David Kato, the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda, was bludgeoned to death in Mukono, Kampala, yesterday afternoon. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene in a car, and police are investigating.

Along with other Ugandan gay activists, Kato had reported increased harassment since 3 January, when a high court judge granted a permanent injunction against the Rolling Stone tabloid newspaper, preventing it from identifying homosexuals in its pages.

Although Uganda was always very homophobic, it took the inspiration of evangelical leaders in the US to really stoke the fires, which are raging indeed. It’s becoming increasingly dangerous for gays and lesbians, many of whom are seeking asylum in an attempt to avoid Kato’s fate.

I wonder when the crocodile tears will be shed by evangelical leaders who, without their tireless effort, none of this would have been possible. When will we all wake up to the fact that if they had their way, homosexuals would be jailed, beaten or killed for the “crime” of disobeying the supposed commands of a sky fairy?

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    Brandon

    “When will we all wake up to the fact that if they had their way, homosexuals would be jailed, beaten or killed for the “crime” of disobeying the supposed commands of a sky fairy?” -Jake

    I agree with you about everything you said except the last sentence.

    Your last sentence are always the dumbest. Do you drink while you write your posts and by the time you finish you are hammered?

    But I have to admit that The Fellowship should be held accountable for any part they play in this irresponsible leading of anti-gay protest. The situation is out of control in uganda and I’m glad you are bringing Anti-Homosexuality Bill and Kato’s death to the attention of everyone.

    Evangelicals need to stand up to this as well. I will try to do my part and educate people about this.

    At least one church leader is fighting: “Ugandan church leader brands anti-gay bill ‘genocide’ ” http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2009/dec/04/gideon-byamugisha-homosexuality-bill

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    Brandon

    I should explain further that I think your last comment is stupid because I feel like you are throwing all evangelicals into the same bucket as the people who are doing things like passing bills to imprison gay people. I just don’t think that is what the majority of evangelicals want. Sure, the stupid ones may want this but 99.9% don’t.

    It’s a stretch to think that just because leaders in the USA don’t want to let gay people marry that if they “had their way, homosexuals would be jailed, beaten or killed for the ‘crime’ of disobeying the supposed commands of a sky fairy?”

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    The Big Blue Frog

    It struck me, as I read about David Kato and Uganda, how the plight of gays and lesbians in Uganda is a lot like the plight of Jews in 1930’s Germany. They are being vilified by mythmongers who know how to use a microphone and a clenched fist to stir up sentiment in an uninformed populous which is looking for a minority scapegoat.

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    Jeffrey

    If you’re going to be part of a group that openly encourages the message that killing gay people is ok and that that this law makes sense – you have blood on your hands, pure and simple.
    Just because Rick Warren eventually decided to speak out against the ‘murder’ part of the bill after months of pressure from gay-rights groups doesn’t get evangelicals off the hook. Sorry.

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    Joey3264

    @BigBlueFrog you are absolutely right it’s a lot like the holocaust, a horrifying chapter of our past that shows just how important tolerance is. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. the real question is, will we put a stop to this madness? or will this disaster need to happen twice before mankind learns its lesson? I hope we make the right decision…

    @BRANDON try not to take it so hard, I understand not all christians are crazy. but its not like atheist and gays are upset for no reason. I cant blame this guy honestly, we are probably listening to frustrated anger, i’d be pissed at the end of each blog too.

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    Rebo

    @Jeffery

    “If you’re going to be part of a group that openly encourages the message that killing gay people is ok and that that this law makes sense – you have blood on your hands, pure and simple.”

    How far does being “part of a group” apply to Christians? Is being a follower of an Abrahamic faith ipso facto make you personally responsible for the actions of other followers of the Abrahamic faiths? What about being members of the human race? Can that too be considered a “group” and if so, shouldn’t the blood really be on everyone’s hands?

    I think some restraint needs to be exercised before extrapolating the problem to ensue an entire “group” who are loosely bound by their values in relation to a Sky God.

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    Rebo

    PS. apologies for spelling your name incorrectly.

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    TheRichDarkEarth

    @Brandon “I just don’t think that is what the majority of evangelicals want. Sure, the stupid ones may want this but 99.9% don’t.” I agree with you on that point. But let me ask you this: what percentage of evangelicals would like to see *some sort of law* against homosexuality on the books?

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    Jeffrey

    @REBO
    I’m talking more about the evangelical movement on a whole, not Christians on a whole, of course not everyone who believes in Jesus is responsible, sorry if i wasn’t specific.

    (and no worries about the name)

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    BlueIndependent

    I was replying to some religion article on HuffPo earlier in the week, and brought up the problem with Christians and homophobia in Uganda. A Christian came at me, trying to defend Christians there by saying homophobia was already there, and that if it were an Islamic country the gay person in question would have been executed. Regardless of whether he was right about that or not, I told him I took serious issue with the notion that Christians were somehow better for imprisoning a human being for life for being homosexual, and that he should be ashamed for offering such a defense. This sad story only serves to highlight my point.

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    Brandon

    “what percentage of evangelicals would like to see *some sort of law* against homosexuality on the books?” -THERICKDARKEARTH

    I’m not sure. Honestly, the reactions and beliefs of some Christians in the U.S. baffle me.

    In the circles I run in, 0% would want to create ‘some sort of law’ against homosexuality. But I’m sure there a bunch of ignorant, uneducated Christians that could be persuaded to vote for something like the bill proposed in Uganda.

    It’s certainly something that Christians need to speak out against and today I am posting something for my blog about this. Not that it will do much good but I’m not sure what else to do.

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