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Uganda Situation Continues To Deteriorate; Exodus Washes Their Hands

Jim Burroway

March 30th, 2009

The anonymous blogger GayUganda is reporting that Stephen Langa, the director of Family Life Network who has been leading the latest anti-gay vigilante campaign, is now speaking on Ugandan FM radio stations advocating the arrests of Ugandan LGBT leaders. GayUganda also reports that Langa is calling some of those very leaders requesting meetings. No word on what he intends to say or do at the proposed meeting. LGBT Ugandans, naturally, are very cautious.

Meanwhile, GayUganda has a very prescient suspicion about Exodus:

Did his American friends know that they were stirring up this kind of hatred and hate mongering? They will throw up their hands in helplessness. They never planned this, they will say, with wide eyed innocence.

GayUganda nails it, as this describes Exodus’ behavior perfectly. Publicly, we’ve only seen the lame three sentence statement that was issued on March 13. But privately, we do know that they are playing the innocence card exactly as GayUganda predicts.

Exodus has the capacity to contact Ugandan media to publicly condemn the latest anti-gay campaign. After all, if a professor from a small northeastern Christian college can do it, so can Alan Chambers. And that professor didn’t have the benefit of direct contacts that Don Schmierer has. Yet Exodus continues to wash their hands of any responsibility for their own board member who has provided “expert” cover for Langa’s latest campaign.

GayUganda writes that plans for April including gathering signatures for a petition and, more worrisome, a mass rally in one of the stadiums with a march on Parliament.

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



March 30th, 2009 | LINK

I think some words of wisdom from South Park is in order (in this metaphor cancer is the anti-gay):

“Cancer is pure evil. It is a fat little lump that needs to be destroyed. When there is a cancer, you have to fight it.
You can’t reason with cancer. You can’t wish it away.
Cancer doesn’t play by the rules so neither can you. And you can’t listen to what anybody else tells you. You have to be willing to give up everything, because the cancer will take everything… When you have cancer you fight, because it doesn’t matter if you beat it or not, you refuse to let that fat little lump make you feel powerless.”

March 30th, 2009 | LINK

I hate to sound like a broken record, but please contact your Congressional representatives about this. The word needs to get out about what’s happening; this can’t just keep bouncing around the gay blogosphere.

L. Junius Brutus
March 30th, 2009 | LINK

Hillary needs to call the Ugandan president and tell him to stop this bullcrap, or else.

Ben in Oakland
March 30th, 2009 | LINK

“Exodus Washes Their Hands”…

from Lady Macbeth…”All the perfumes of Araby will not sweeten this little hand.” I can just imagine Chambers or Thomas in drag as Lady Macbeth.

Or, quoting joseph Welch on Joe McCarthy: “”Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”

Ben in Oakland
March 30th, 2009 | LINK

Now that i tihnk about it, Lady M and Joe seem the wrong references.

How about Pontius Pilate?

Strike while the irony is hot.

Emily K
March 30th, 2009 | LINK


I used that EXACT metaphor in this blog post about Proposition 8. Amazing.

March 30th, 2009 | LINK

Emily K,
Neat synchronicity23; glad to hear someone else interprets this situation the same way.

March 30th, 2009 | LINK

At this point, it doesn’t really matter what Alan Chambers says (particularly since most of what comes out of his mouth isn’t true to begin with). They linked their name and what little was left of their reputation to this hateful conference in Uganda. The conference was designed to stir up passions and violence in Uganda. Everyone recongnized that long before the conference started. Yet instead of denouncing the conference, Exodus lent it’s name as a sponsor of the conference, sent a Board Member to be one of the keynote speakers, and Alan Chambers has praised the performance of that Board Member’s performance after the conference.

People will be hurt, and some may end up dead. Alan Chambers can say that he didn’t see any of this coming, but it would be another in a long string of lies. Actions have consequences, and now Exodus can put itself in the same category as Scott Lively: a person or organization that encourages others to commit heinous crimes of violence against their fellow man. Their involvement in this conference and it’s aftermath has finally turned Exodus into an official hate-group.

March 30th, 2009 | LINK

“Exodus Washes Their Hands”

That kind of blood doesn’t wash off.

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