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Uganda Anti-Gay Activists March, “Storm Parliament”

Jim Burroway

April 24th, 2009

The Daily Monitor of Uganda has this report on a march by local anti-gay activists held on Tuesday:

Anti-gay mobs demonstrating in Kampala, Uganda (Joseph Kiggundu/Daily Monitor)

Anti-gay mobs demonstrating in Kampala, Uganda (Joseph Kiggundu/Daily Monitor)

Activists against homosexuality in Uganda stormed parliament on Tuesday protesting against the practice and demanded a probe into the practice in the country.

The activists who were holding banners denouncing the activity were led by the Family Life Network in conjunction with religious leaders.

The groups led by the Executive Director of Family Life Network, Mr Stephen Langa while handing over their petition to the Deputy Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga said the Parliamentary select committee should also assess the extent of the damage homosexuality has caused to children and Ugandans.

…Mr Langa said the homosexuals under the group Sexual Minorities Uganda spend huge sums of money to recruit University students and those in secondary schools into homosexuality. They did not give details.

Another Uganda news outlet, UGPulse, reported that Deputy Speaker Kadaga “promised to push for the amendment of Article 31 of the Constitution which prohibits homosexual marriages. Langa had earlier noted that the article prohibits gay marriages but not the actions.”The Daily Monitor’s article indicates that the group explained that they wanted the proposed amendment to be broadened to “openly prohibit homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality and other related practices.” According to some reports, there are moves afoot to make merely being gay a crime.

April 19, 2009 edition of Uganda’s Red Pepper (Scans via GayUganda. Names and faces obscured by Box Turtle Bulletin. Click to enlarge).

April 19, 2009 edition of Uganda’s Red Pepper (Scans via GayUganda. Names and faces obscured by Box Turtle Bulletin. Click to enlarge).

The anonymous blogger GayUganda reports that the demonstration began at Makerere University, the principle university in Kampala. Makerere University serves as host to pastor Martin Ssempa’s weekly anti-gay talks known as “Prime Time.” From Makerere University, the march worked its way through Kampala to the Parliament building. Portions of the march were carried on local Ugandan television.

This march follows Sunday’s full-page article in the gossip tabloid The Red Pepper, which provided first names and other identifying features of more than fifty gays and lesbians in Uganda. Identifying features included places of residences, employers, partners’ names, and types of cars driven. The article does not appear on The Red Pepper’s web site. The Red Pepper promises another round of public outings next Sunday.

The same tabloid gained notoriety for conducting a similar public outing campaign in 2007. That campaign led to mob assaults, arrests, extra-judicial punishment, and drove some LGBT Ugandans into hiding or exile.

This year’s anti-gay campaign traces its origins to a March 3-5 conference held in Kampala featuring three American anti-gay activists. Conference speakers included Exodus board president Don Schmierer, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively, and purported raiser-of-the-dead and Richard Cohen protegé Caleb Lee Brundidge.

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

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Lynn David
April 25th, 2009 | LINK

They want to probe the practice in the country? I guess those were your well chosen words.

Schmierer is a dunce.

Has there been a “peep” out of Richard Cohen about his “pupil” Brundidge going to Uganda?

jeff
April 25th, 2009 | LINK

Hmmmmm…..it’s OK to “OUT” the queers, I mean JOE.MY.GOD has no problem with outing.

JJQR
April 25th, 2009 | LINK

jeff : Michelangelo Signorile, too, made a career out of outing people. So how can we criticize Uganda?

Lynn David
April 25th, 2009 | LINK

Uh…. motivation and consequence of the outings.

Timothy Kincaid
April 26th, 2009 | LINK

How very disturbing that some readers find some measure of comparison between exposing the hypocrisy of an elected official and exposing the identity of a private person and thus putting them in grave danger.

In the first hand, we have a controversial action that might result in a politician either having to explain theirself or possibly losing votes. On the other we have an evil act of terrorizing and life-threatening exposure.

I think that those who are seeking to justify anti-gay Uganda activists may wish to think before they hitch their wagon to unmistable evil.

Strange, True & Religious : Conference in Uganda by 3 American professional anti-gays sets off strange feeding frenzy with pastors accusing rivals of gayness, miracle faking and human sacrifices
May 14th, 2009 | LINK

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KEARON KENNETH
November 2nd, 2009 | LINK

IT was really a good protest as the future generation is in danger if we do not fight this habit at an early stage

Fred Edwards
February 16th, 2010 | LINK

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be on them. Leviticus 20:13

grantdale
February 16th, 2010 | LINK

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye shall also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love to another.”

Fred — those are the words of Jesus himself. His new commandment was to love one another. With those words Jesus ended the authority of Leviticus 20:13, and the authority of any other of the many hatreds.

Why do you disobey the direct word of Jesus?

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Any word from Alan Chambers on this latest development? Or is he still too busy trying to work out how to reset that clock in his new Volvo? (Don’t you hate it when you’re 2 hours and 430 years behind.)

And surely Exodus have already organised for Don Schmierer to revisit Uganda and undo the damage he caused on his last tour… but I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere.

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