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EU Group Condemns Ugandan Conference

Jim Burroway

March 9th, 2009

A European Parliament intergroup has issued a press release condemning the Ugandan anti-gay conference, and called out the three Americans by name:

European Parliament’s Intergroup condemns Ugandan parliamentarians for meeting anti-human rights militants.
European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights strongly condemns the meeting of 5 March between several Ugandan parliamentarians and Scott Lively, Don Schmierer, Caleb Lee Brundidge and Stephen Langa of the USA and Uganda-based groups working to diminish human rights of LGBT persons.

“It is very sad that representatives of Ugandan parliament who should work for the rights of every Ugandan citizen, gravely discredit themselves by meeting people who work to spread hate and diminish rights of other human beings”, said Michael Cashman, President of the Intergroup. “It would never be acceptable for any member of the European Parliament to meet for example representatives of Ku Klux Klan thus I do not understand the rational of those Ugandan parliamentarians who agreed to the meeting with anti-gay militants.”

Raúl Romeva, Vice-President of the Intergroup for the GREENS/EFA added, “If these Ugandan parliamentarians are serious about respecting the constitution of their country and in particular Chapter 4 on Protection and promotion of fundamental and other human rights and freedoms, they should instead be working towards abolishing those discriminatory laws of Uganda which still deny full human rights to gay and lesbian citizens.”

Don Schmierer is a board member of Exodus International. This is the first time that I’m aware of that an activity by an Exodus board member has earned the condemnation of an official governmental committee. Today marks the tenth day since we made Exodus president Alan Chambers aware of the actions of a board member. We still hear nothing but silence from Exodus.

[Hat tip: Andy at UK Gay News]

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.



March 9th, 2009 | LINK

…(A)nti-human rights militants…

Nice. I’ve got to remember to use that term for these (and certain other) individuals — and for Exodus as a group if they don’t make a public statement soon against these individuals.

March 9th, 2009 | LINK

Nice to see Michael Cashman using his position as a bully pulpit. More power to him.

March 9th, 2009 | LINK

The CIA needs to keep a serious eye and investigate Exodus and any other group like this from the USA. Exodus needs to be made aware that they are on the the list.

Timothy (TRiG)
March 11th, 2009 | LINK

Anti-human-rights militants is exactly the right phrase for these people. I don’t expect Exodus to behave like decent people, but this episode has shocked me. I didn’t think they were quite this bad.

Will we see more member ministries leave the fold, as New Directions did a while ago?


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