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Ugandan Church Leaders Back “Kill Gays” Bill

Jim Burroway

December 9th, 2009

The independent Ugandan newspaper The Daily Monitor reports on a meeting of 200 religious leaders held in Entebbe this week in which participants encouraged the government to cut diplomatic ties to all countries demanding withdrawal of the Anti-Homosexuality Act that is now before Parliament.

The meeting brought together church leaders representing Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist churches as well as Muslim kadhis. Participants pledged to actively campaign for the bill in their houses of worship. According to the Monitor:

At their three-day meeting in Entebbe this week, the spiritual leaders came up with several recommendations that are opposed to homosexuals. “Government should cut ties with donor communities and other groups which support ungodly values such as homosexuality and abortion,” one of the resolutions reads.

…The Secretary General of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda, Mr Joshua Kitakule, told Daily Monitor yesterday that development partners should not  interfere in the process of legislation in Uganda.

“Those countries should respect our spiritual values. They shouldn’t interfere,” he said. “All senior religious leaders have been given copies of the Bill to read and educate people in the churches and mosques,” he added. Mr Kitakule said the Bill, which was tabled last month by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, has not been understood by human rights activists and homosexuals. “The Bill is ok. But it has been misunderstood. We need to educate people on this proposed law,” he said.

Member of Parliament David Bahati, who introduced the bill into Parliament, was also at the conference and spoke in favor of the legislation. Echoing Richard CohenDon Schmierer, Scott Lively and other American ex-gay advocates, Bahati said:

“It is a learned behaviour and can be unlearned. You can’t tell me that people are born gays.   It is foreign influence that is on work,” he said.

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



December 9th, 2009 | LINK

I hope there’s some error since a Catholic friend of mine said it was impossible the church anywhere would ever support it.

For his sake, not mine.

December 9th, 2009 | LINK

The meeting brought together church leaders representing Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist churches as well as Muslim kadhis

Unless kadhi is an arabic word for ‘guy who accepts jesus as his lord and savior but stillc calls himself muslim for some reason’, and I highly doubt it is, they are all liars who don’t give half a damn about the bible. You simply cannot claim to oppose homosexuality for religious reasons and then stand there arm in arm with people who proudly defy the single most important tenet of your religion.

December 9th, 2009 | LINK

Everyone who calls themselves a Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist or Muslim supports this movement. People keep telling me “they’re not all like that.” Each individual who attends any christian or muslim church is part of the power base for this movement. They ARE all like that.

David C.
December 9th, 2009 | LINK

Ignorant fools that would be perfectly happy to see their country abandoned by outside sources of aid: a poor, hungry, sick, and disorganized population is much easier to dominate. Words with sufficiently pejorative connotation to describe these wretched frauds fail me.

January 6th, 2010 | LINK

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