Ugandan Conference Leaders Call For Another Meeting While Pushing Pedophilia Theme; Exodus Continues Silence

Jim Burroway

March 12th, 2009

Ugandan media is reporting the results of the anti-gay Conference held last weekend in Uganda:

Family Life Network and other stakeholders last week organized a seminar and series of meetings on the subject of homosexuality. The Executive Director of Family Life Network Stephen Langa, participants received shocking and worrying revelations about the level of defilement and recruitment of school boys and girls into homosexuality and lesbianism.

Langa says in a statement that some parents asked if there is any safe school in Uganda, given the level of immorality and organized rackets in schools. According to the statement from the workshop, the information available indicates that both day schools and boarding schools are affected by this vice.

It says that during the seminars, it has come to light that organized homosexual/lesbian groups are using money to entice their victims and are encouraging the victims to recruit their fellow students in schools. As such, Langa, also a panelist on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), says that his organization in conjunction with other stakeholders unanimously agreed to hold a parents’ consultative meeting be held as a matter of urgency.

Ugandan newspaper headlines in 2007. Click to enlarge.

Ugandan newspaper headlines in 2007. Click to enlarge.

This “urgent” meeting will take place on March 15. Uganda has a history of media-led vigilante campaigns, having witnessed at least three such campaigns between 2005 and 2007. Previous campaigns have also deployed the “gay recruitment” theme as part of their rhetoric. The re-appearance of this rhetoric in Ugandan media coupled with an announced meeting of concerned parents and citizens is worrying.

Exodus Board member Don Schmierer, a speaker at the conference in Kampala

Exodus Board member Don Schmierer, a speaker at the conference in Kampala

Exodus Board member Don Schmierer spoke at that conference. Conference leaders voiced support for Uganda’s legal ban on homosexuality, which provides for a life sentence for those convicted. The conference announced that they sought to strengthen that ban by requiring convicted gays and lesbians to undergo ex-gay therapy. When asked about social issues, Schmierer recommended “other facilitators [who] would answer questions about homosexuality being unnatural,” including noted Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively.

BTB’s Timothy Kincaid first contacted Exodus International about Don Schmierer’s participation in that conference on February 27, a week before the conference’s start. That was met with silence. Yesterday, representatives of Truth Wins Out, Ex-Gay Watch, and BTB released an open letter to the Exodus board calling on Exodus to clearly state its position on criminalization of homosexuality and forced therapy, remove Don Schmierer from the board of directors, and denounce Holocaust revisionist and Watchmen On the Walls co-founder Scott Lively. It also calls for Alan Chamber’s resignation. So far, there has been no response from Exodus on any of these points.

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

AJD

March 12th, 2009

You guys should forward this to the Southern Poverty Law Center, if they’re not tracking it already. Also, send it to some newspapers.

Timothy Kincaid

March 12th, 2009

It appears – to me, anyway – that this story is on the verge of going large. It is already building steam in the gay press and I’ve even seen a reference in a small mainstream newspaper.

Unless Alan wants the ex-gay movement to be linked in the minds of the public with civil rights abuses, he needs to act.

Swampfox

March 12th, 2009

This is truly unbelievable.

werdna

March 12th, 2009

“Unless Alan wants the ex-gay movement to be linked in the minds of the public with civil rights abuses, he needs to act.”

Even if he does issues some kind of statement distancing himself from this disgusting fiasco in Uganda, the damage is done. Exodus can’t come out too strongly against what’s going on in Uganda or they risk alienating their base (conservative anti-gay xtians). Any apology or attempt to distance themselves is going to be weak and clearly a p.r. move at this point.

SharonB

March 12th, 2009

Really.
How hard is it to condemn this pogrom?

What is Exodus doing right now? finger in the wind? Head in the sand?

How spineless, and ultimately un-Christ-like!

This should not be a difficult call for anyone with an iota of integrity to make.

Unless, of course, they have no problem with the pogrom, which I suspect IS the case.

Timothy Kincaid

March 12th, 2009

SharonB,

I too am perplexed.

I have no difficulty whatsoever condemning genocide, mass murder, incarceration of political dissidents, forced reorientation, life sentences for concentual adult relationships, pogroms, ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, demonization of minorities, holocaust revisionism, or attacks on freedoms of speech or association.

Because I never find myself in the position of asking which human rights abuses Jesus would endorse. I already know the answer; none.

SharonB

March 12th, 2009

Timothy:
Amen, and Amen!

grantdale

March 13th, 2009

You have asked for the correct things.

Fat chance it will happen. Exodus will basically ignore you: you’re homosexual activists afterall.

Exodus is ‘never wrong’. They will not act unless you can find a way to humiliate them in a wider media. I fear that too many are worried about their mortgages to expend even a brain cell worrying about human rights abuses in Uganda. Or in the US of A.

It’s times like these that us agnostics really did wish there WAS a God who eventually punished people for failing to keep the Golden Rule.

Alas, we don’t. We only have one lifetime to fight for justice.

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