October 18th, 2009
While the three American anti-gay activist and Exodus International are either too cowardly or callous to speak out against the latest proposed Anti-Homosexuality bill before Uganda’s Parliament, the opposition newspaper The Daily Monitor today raises its voice on behalf of the defenseless. Everyone in Uganda well knows the abject terror of the nighttime knock on the door, and The Monitor reminds all of us of the legacy behind Uganda’s latest drive to add the death penalty for homosexuality:
Do you know the fear which arrives with the knock on the door in the middle of the night? If you were an outspoken opponent of any government from 1962 until today you felt it even if it never happened to you. Do you know the terror of women who lived through the civil war in Luweero or LRA atrocities in the north? They went out every day knowing they faced rape and murder, suffering because they were women.
If you are a gay man or woman living in Uganda today, then you carry the same burden of persecution for your identity. You risk death or torture or public humiliation at the hands of a community blinded by hate and religious dogma. Your plight is about to worsen, since another bill making you illegal will soon pass into law.
Gay people are not the only ones who should fear the new bill criminalising homosexuality. Measures which make who you are a crime are easy to manipulate. It\’s easy to persecute gay people in Uganda because they are a very small group which has no political or mainstream social support.
If you think those two groups deserve what they get, then recall the days not so long ago when you felt unfairly targeted for what you are. The last 47 years were not kind to many of us. So it is astonishing that we seem to have learned nothing about the importance of diversity to stability and development.
Uganda’s latest bid to terrorize that country’s LGBT citizens is being facilitated by the conspiracy of silence from Exodus board member Don Schmierer, Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively, and the International Healing Founation’s Caleb Brundidge. It was their three-day anti-gay conference in Kampala last March which started this mess. But with Uganda’s bloody history during the Idi Amin era, the current reign of terror by with the Lord’s Resistance Army, and the government’s ongoing repressive policies pitting one ethnic group against another (policies which led to widespread riots on Kampala last month), these three Americans are feeding at the trough of a long and troubling legacy. After nine months, their silence can mean only one thing: assent. Bloody assent. Very soon, the bloodstains will no longer wash off.
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.